Amazon has released another new software update for Kindles. It’s been two months since the last update so right on queue they’ve released another new Kindle software update.
They’ve been releasing updates every two months lately, but it’s been a long time since they’ve actually added anything interesting or particularly useful. All year they’ve just been changing minor details that most people probably never notice or care about. The biggest update this year was when they added the dark mode toggle, but that wasn’t even a new feature, just a new way to access an existing feature. Earlier in the year they completely redesigned the font layout menu while functionally changing nothing.
It’s the same story with this new 5.13.4 update. Basically all this update does is add more advertisements and recommendations to the homescreen. I guess they figure why have customers open the Kindle store when they can just force them to look at it on the homescreen.
Update: It turns out they added a new group series option that they didn’t mention in the release notes, so this update is more interesting than it first seemed…
Unfortunately Amazon no longer seems to care about adding useful features like more font sizes and advanced layout options, but now you can scroll through 5 pages of recommendations on the homescreen. Yay!
For those of us with Home Screen View turned off you probably won’t notice anything new with this update.
The new software update is available for all Kindles dating back to the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite 3, so if you bought a new Kindle any time during the past 6 years there’s an update available for it.
You can wait for the new update to download over Wi-Fi and install automatically 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 5.13.4 software update:
Version 5.13.4 – December 2020
Here’s what’s new:
Extended Home Feed: You can scroll further on Home and see up to 5 pages of content.
Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+: Amazon FreeTime and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited are changing names to Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+ in the coming months. There is no change to the benefits you enjoy and no action is required from you.
Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.
This makes just about as much sense as their new charcoal black Echo Dot with a white AC adapter. What in the world is Amazon thinking right now!?!
Unrelated but Amazon is also killing comments on reviews effective tomorrow. That makes the fake reviews problem even worse! They claimed that comments were “rarely used” which is absolute bs.
Agreed. I look at the comments on reviews all the time. Especially if it is a negative review to see if the problem was solved or if someone has a solution (fix). Long detailed reviews seem to always have comments.
Oh, no! I like reading comments to reviews sometimes. I hate when websites are turning off commenting features – still haven’t gotten over Netflix removing reviews.
Low Profile says
You know what, I noticed it too! I don’t understand why Amazon did that, it makes no sense to me because I like to read all of the comments and replies. To me, they’re quite beneficial and helpful. Amazon has been doing some strange stuff lately which is not in the realm of logic at all towards benefiting the customer.
Looks like the older Paper Whites are never going to get the dark mode 🙁
I still believe they are using it as a feature to get people to upgrade.
Keith Chen says
Does the update provides the dark mode toggle for Kindle paperwhite 3 ? Thanks
PW3 is never going to get dark mode.
Keith Chen says
D Rudy says
FYI….. My Kindle Paperwhite 10th generation hasn’t updated since August. I emailed Amazon as their Kindle download update page doesn’t seem to be working. Apparently they have no tech people for Kindles at this time because they just referred me to the update page 🙄
It looks like they updated the library settings on all their devices except their Kindle Fire tablet which I have. I’d love to have the series grouping option. Any idea if they will update this device anytime soon?
Jannette dunn says
My new Kindle 5 has arrived but it has no colour ! It’s book covers are all in black andwhite
Mel Micke says
I often read a book series. I’d like a way to sort by author and then by publication date. Somtimes an author has several series. Optionally an additional column that I can can add a number with the authors initials that I can sort on.