That is why I tried to load the Reader Suite as well is for the firmware updates. But when they are available you can manually download them. if you go to their website, and select "Service & Support" you will see a list of the e-readers. They have a firmware update for the Pyrus (not our mini)as you can see and you can download it. So when a firmware update is available for the mini they will add it to the list of devices and offer the update there. At least that is what i was told.
I also enjoy mine a lot.