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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation gets software update

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation
This new software update for 2nd Generation Kindle Paperwhite brings the firmware version to 5.4.5 and offers PDF preview in pan-and-zoom mode, as well as integration of ebooks samples with print purchases.
Codrut Nistor,

Amazon launched the second generation Kindle Paperwhite back in September 2013 but the device continues to receive software updates to add new features, tweaks and various minor improvements. Firmware version 5.4.5 has been unleashed earlier this week and comes with three major changes that Amazon has listed in the official change log.

Next to the usual "general improvements," Kindle Paperwhite software update 5.4.5 brings the following:

  • PDF preview in pan-and-zoom mode
  • Digital samples of physical books - after ordering a book on paper, the sample becomes available in the Kindle library of the user
  • Sync to the most recent page read - books read on the Kindle Paperwhite will be automatically synced across all Kindle devices and reading apps associated with the user's Amazon account

The update only works with second generation Kindle Paperwhite and should install automatically, but  is also possible to manually download and install the update. Unconfirmed rumors claim that a third-gen Kindle Paperwhite will launch with a flexible display that uses the same Mobius technology as Sony's 13.3-inch eReader.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-07-25 (Update: 2014-07-25)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.