What you need to know
- Amazon has announced that it will begin updating the user interface on its most recent Kindle e-reader models over the coming weeks and months.
- Key updates include a revised home screen, new navigation gestures, and an improved library experience.
- These updates will be available on 7th and 8th Gen Kindle devices.
Amazon is a company that has built its business on the back of books. It has grown from a company that began selling books over the internet over 25 years ago to become the driving force behind the idea of downloading and reading books on digital devices like the Kindle.
Its Kindle e-readers are by far and away the most popular of their kind, and even though it's been quite some time since they last saw a hardware refresh, Amazon has announced a major new user interface (UI) refresh for its most recent Kindle devices.
Starting in September, owners of late-model Kindles will begin to see a new navigation paradigm on their e-readers that will more closely resemble what they are used to on the best Android phones.
For example, settings like brightness, Airplane Mode, and more will be available by swiping down from the top of the screen, rather than tapping on the top of the screen like before.
Additionally, Kindle owners will be able to quickly and easily switch between the book they are currently reading, their Kindle library, and the home screen via new navigation options at the bottom of the screen.
Later this year, Amazon promises an improved home screen and library experience, featuring a cleaner-looking way to filter and sort your content and the ability to access more of your library books at one time. This will include a new collections view and an interactive scroll bar.
These UI updates will be made available to the latest versions of the Best Kindle e-readers, including the standard Kindle (8th Gen and above), Kindle Paperwhite (7th Gen and above), and Kindle Oasis devices.
The best Kindle for most people
The Kindle Paperwhite may be the middle child of Amazon's e-reader lineup, but it's also the best value for most people. It features an easy-to-read 167 PPI glare-free display, 8GB of storage for thousands of books, a large battery, and IPX8 water resistance.
Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.
Not really liking the update. I feel like I have an extra step now. We buy the Kindle e-readers for the readability and lessening of eye strain. Not for the tech UI.
I really hate the Kindle inteface so I cannot wait for this.
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