Amazon has issued a new software update for Kindle ereaders that includes a number of significant changes, including a new homescreen layout, a new OpenDyslexic font choice, a new quick actions menu, and improved book recommendations.
The update, version 5.7.2, is now available for the Kindle Voyage, the current entry-level Kindle, and the Kindle Paperwhite 2 and 3.
Like usual, you can turn on WiFi and wait for the update to automatically download and install with no intervention on your part.
Sometimes that can take a few weeks, however, as it’s pretty standard policy to roll out updates slowly instead of all at once.
If you want the update now, you can download the file and install it manually. Just head over to the Kindle Software Updates page at Amazon and choose the download for your specific Kindle model.
To manually install the update all you have to do is add the update file to the root directory of the Kindle’s drive. Then tap the menu button to go to settings, then tap menu again to choose to update your Kindle.
Amazon has a dedicated Kindle update page for this particular update that shows screenshots of the new features and describes how they work.
Here’s the list of changes with this update:
A new Home screen layout, which features access to your recent books, your Reading List on Goodreads, and personalized recommendations from the Kindle Store.
A new Quick Actions menu that allows you to quickly turn on Airplane Mode, sync your Kindle, manage your light settings, and more.
Our new OpenDyslexic reading font.
Book Recommendations – choose your favorite genres of books and rate books you’ve already enjoyed to see a list of recommended titles.
If you don’t like the look of the new homescreen, you can revert back to the old one by going to Settings > Device Options > Personalize Your Kindle > Advanced Options > Home screen View > Off.