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Amazon overhauls Kindle e-reader interface offering easy-to-use features

What just happened? Amazon’s latest software update for the Kindle e-reader comes with a significant interface refresh. The update changes the home screen, library view, and settings to make reaching specific options easier. More interface upgrades are coming later this year. The update (version 5.13.7) is for eighth-generation Kindles or above and seventh-generation or newer…

What just happened? Amazon’s latest software update for the Kindle e-reader comes with a significant interface refresh. The update changes the home screen, library view, and settings to make reaching specific options easier. More interface upgrades are coming later this year.

The update (version 5.13.7) is for eighth-generation Kindles or above and seventh-generation or newer Kindle Paperwhite models. That includes most Kindles released over the last few years. Amazon says the update is rolling out over the coming weeks.

Amazon touts the new ability to access the brightness, airplane mode, and settings menus more quickly by just swiping down from the top of the screen. You can also switch between the home screen, library, and a book through a navigation feature at the bottom of the screen.

According to Ars Technica’s analysis, a search bar now replaces the top row of buttons. The home screen and library are incorporated into a two-tab design. Menus throughout the Kindle operating system are smaller now. Going to “Device Info” will now tell you exactly which model your Kindle device is. The update is the first modification of Kindle’s interface since 2016.

Amazon says later this year it will bring new filters, sorting menus, a collections view, and an interactive scroll bar to the l

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