If you’re a Kindle Fire owner, you can now get the latest free update to version 6.3.1. It features parental controls, some neat sharing features and more practical movie rental times.
Not sure which version you’re currently running? The Amazon website tells you how to check:
“If you are not sure what software version you’re running, tap the Quick Settings icon, tap ‘More,’ then tap ‘Device.’ If your System Version is ‘Current version: 6.3.1,’ you are running the latest software. If your System Version is ‘Current version: 6.3′ or earlier, follow the instructions below to take advantage of all of the features available for Kindle Fire.”
The new version’s software upgrades lets Kindle Fire users easily share passages from their favorite books by highlighting the text, clicking “share” and adding a note, then simply posting it to a social network. When you rent a movie on your Kindle, the rental period now begins when you watch the film, not when you download it. Also, your personal documents can be stored in the Amazon Cloud and easily accessed from stored Docs content library. Check out some other key updates added:
Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari, Amazon’s community of book lovers, Book Extras makes it easy to see supplemental material about the book you are reading — without leaving the book. View descriptions of characters, a glossary of common terms used in the book, information on the authors and common locations referenced in the book, and more. To view Book Extras within your book, tap the bottom of the screen to bring up the options bar, then tap the menu icon and select “Book Extras.”
Print Replica Textbooks: Students can buy thousands of print replica textbooks to read on their Kindle Fire and save up to 60% off the list price of the print textbook. Print replica textbooks maintain the rich formatting, color and layout of the print editions. They also have additional features, including notes and highlights, zoom and pan, linked table of contents, real page numbers, Whispersync of notes, highlights and furthest page read.
Reading View for Amazon Silk: With Reading View on Silk, the content you’re interested in is elevated above the clutter in a reading-optimized, single screen view (even for multi-page articles). The full page is still available in the background, allowing you to easily toggle back to a traditional view to see other interesting features on the page.
Additional Enhancements: Faster re-connect of Wi-Fi after your Kindle Fire has been asleep, and general performance enhancements.
Are you looking forward to these updates? Are you already used them? Let us know what you think in the comments.