Amazon tends to release Kindle software updates every two or three months, and it’s that time once again.
A new round of software updates are now being pushed to all Kindles dating back to the Kindle Voyage from 2014, except it appears that Amazon is no longer updating the Kindle Paperwhite 3, which has not received the past few updates (it’s still stuck on 5.12.3 but it briefly had access to 5.12.4 before that update was pulled, but it never got the 5.12.5 update).
The new software version is 5.13.1. It adds some new Amazon FreeTime features for kids, including a revised layout and Audible support for audiobooks.
They also acknowledge the new Dark Mode toggle in the quick settings menu, but that was added a couple of firmware versions ago for some people.
In line with other recent Kindle firmware updates, this new update also comes with a couple of features that will be added “Over the next few weeks”. These include new Search and Page Flip features, which they’ve been tweaking with recent updates.
You can wait for the new update to automatically download over WiFi and install on your Kindle over the coming weeks, or you can install it manually whenever you’d like. The update files are available to download for each model on Amazon’s official Kindle Software Updates Page.
Here are the release notes for the Kindle 5.13.1 software update:
Version 5.13.1 – June 2020
Here’s what’s new:
New features for kids in Amazon FreeTime: Kids are getting more out of Amazon FreeTime with new features that include: a new layout, improved search, book details, and Audible support. For customers in supported marketplaces who are Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscribers, your kids will see rows of recommended eBook and Audible content that are age-appropriate and included in your subscription. Just access Amazon FreeTime from the menu to get started.
Search: Over the next few weeks, you will see a new search experience that makes it easier to navigate through your search results in the book without losing the page you were reading. To get started, simply search for a term in your book and tap on a search result.
Dark Mode: We have made it easier for you to turn on Dark Mode. You can easily turn it on/off in Quick Actions.
Updated Page Flip Navigation: Over the next few weeks, you will see an updated Page Flip experience that makes it easier to navigate to the right page in your book. The new experience shows recently read pages as dots on the progress bar, including your most recent page read from another device. To get started, tap the top of the screen while reading to display the Reading Navigation toolbar, then tap the left Page Flip icon (single page view) at the bottom of the screen.
Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.