Amazon has been moving a lot of gears this past week. In addition to announcing the 2nd gen Kindle Paperwhite, they have also just started rolling out a software update for the original Paperwhite.
As first when I saw an update was available I thought maybe Amazon was already adding some of the new features that were announced on the new Paperwhite, but alas it’s a minor update with just a few new goodies, mostly dictionary related.
The new software version is 5.3.8 and it includes the usual “general improvements” and the following new features:
* Search terms highlighted in search results
When you search for a word or phrase within a book, the search terms will appear highlighted within the search results. When you tap a result to go to that location in the book, the search terms will appear highlighted on the page.
* Select other dictionaries when looking up a word
When you look up a word in the dictionary, you can choose to look up the word in other dictionaries on your device from within the dictionary definition window.
* View other definitions of a word
When you look up a word that has multiple meanings for the same spelling (homonym), you can navigate through each of the available definitions from within the dictionary definition window.
As usual with Kindle updates, you can wait for the new software to download and install automatically when connected to wireless, or you can download the update file and install it manually. The directions for the latter can be found over on the Kindle software update page (link below).