Amazon is introducing a software update for its Kindle, Paperwhite and Oasis devices that could make them easier to use. The company announced that the changes would be made to Kindles Aug. 8 in the coming weeks.
First, with the update, you can swipe down from the screen to adjust the screen brightness, toggle between Airplane, Bluetooth, and Sync modes, and go to All Settings. A new bottom navigation bar lets you switch between Home, Library, and the book you’re reading.
Later that year, the company said it is also coming with “an improved home and library experience” that includes a revamped library with “new filter and sort menus, a new collection view, and an interactive scroll bar.” The updated Home Portal has a “Last Read” section that stores up to 20 items that you can access by swiping left.
Earlier this year, Amazon also added the ability to set a book cover as your Kindle’s screensaver (for those who have no ads) and enable faster downloads. Kindles are the most popular e-readers and usually have a fairly simple operating system that is sometimes difficult to navigate. These upcoming updates might not be a major overhaul, but they will make common tools easier to find.
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