Amazon has announced software update version 188.8.131.52 for the original Paperwhite-1
The announcement, posted in the Kindle Forums, was for a "free software update available for the original Kindle Paperwhite. This update adds features including Word Wise and Family Library that were previously only available on newer generation Kindle e-readers."
The software update includes "general improvements and the following feature enhancements"
Added text in brackets and emphases in boldface or italics are mine:
~Word Wise -For readers learning English and kids learning to read, Word Wise, available on many English language titles, makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so you can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
[Tip: Here's a page on HOW to use Wordwise, including how to turn it off or on. The page explains that not all books are wordwise-enabled. Here's a link to Amazon's listing of currently Wordwise-enabled books.]
To learn more or to see the various meanings the same word can have in different contexts, just tap on the word to bring up a simple card with definitions, synonyms, and more. You can adjust the number of hints you see with a simple slider, dialing them up or down as you learn and grow. See a screenshot.
~Family Library- With Kindle and Kindle reading apps, you can access not only your own books, but also books from the Amazon account of a spouse or partner. See a screenshot
[Tip: Prime members that use a business name can share free 2-day Prime-shipping among 4 employees sharing the space.]
~Kindle FreeTime Unlimited - An all-in-one subscription for kids that offers unlimited, ad-free access to more than 5,000 age-appropriate books, videos, educational apps and games, for as little as $2.99 per month.
~Expanded X-Ray for Books - X-Ray now makes it easier to explore as you read-quickly flip through all the images in a book, and use the new timeline view to easily browse the most notable passages. See a screenshot.
~Deeper Goodreads Integration - Goodreads on Kindle makes it quicker to access and update your reading status and adds the ability to preview and purchase books without leaving Goodreads. See a screenshot.
~Enhanced Search - Makes it even easier to find what you're looking for by combining and previewing results from your Library, Goodreads and the Kindle Store on the same page. See a screenshot
~About This Book- See information about the book as you start to read, including its place in a series and author information, plus mark it as "Currently Reading" on Goodreads. See a screenshot
These features will be delivered automatically as part of a free, over-the-air software update in the coming weeks, or you can visit [the Paperwhite1 software page] to download the software update [U.S.]...' [the UK Paperwhite 1 owners page here]
I corrected some links in the original announcement on the forums.
It's good to see Amazon continuing to support the original Kindle Paperwhite (2012).