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Old 09-11-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Kindle Keyboard (K3) gets firmware update

Amazon have just released a firmware update for the Kindle Keyboard (aka Kindle 3) which provides the Kindle Keyboard with support for Amazon's new KF8 ebook format that offers many advanced ebook formatting features.

It also includes updated fonts, and several other features of later Kindles.

I was beginning to think that Amazon were never going to release a firmware update for this model. I'm very pleased to be proved wrong.

UK (.co.uk) site
US (.com) site

From The Digital Reader

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Old 09-11-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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That is indeed good news! I was beginning to think it just wasn't in the cards.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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I'm pleased to see some KF8 format goodness coming to the Keyboard.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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Did anyone compare the new fonts with the olde ones or even made some pictures?

EDIT: Thanks to Linkas for linking to a comparison.

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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Very cool. But does the trick to enable the justification on/off toggle on the font menu still work after this upgrade? I can't stand fully justified text, and rely on this menu choice daily.

Restore the text justification menu toggle without a hack

Thanks!

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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What's the upgrade number? I've had my k3 wifi on all day, and the fonts page and settings seem to not have changed. I'm on v. 3.3.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:26 PM   #7
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What's the upgrade number? I've had my k3 wifi on all day, and the fonts page and settings seem to not have changed. I'm on v. 3.3.
3.4

It looks like you have to go get it, and manually load it on the kindle.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
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I have upgraded, and there are no new fonts, only more clarity in same fonts, I believe. It looks good, and my Kindle seems a bit faster.

Ah! The new fonts were invisible to me, but evident to those using other alphabets, such as Hebrew.

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Very cool. But does the trick to enable the justification on/off toggle on the font menu still work after this upgrade?
Yes it does. Just tried it.

Edit: Ok.. Sometimes works. I'm finding instances where full justification doesn't change.

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #10
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Did anyone compare the new fonts with the olde ones or even made photos?
I just installed the update and have been reading on the device for thirty minutes. The text does look a little sharper and the blacks look a bit darker, but these improvements are in very small increments. Images do look a lot better; more defined and lifelike. Overall, text to background contrast looks about the same.

New parental controls only extend to turning on and off your ability to access Archived Items, the Kindle Store, and the Experimental Browser with a password. None of the time control features that Jeff was talking about for the newer Kindles are included.

In all, I am quite pleased with the update.
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The fonts DO appear darker and more "solid" - I habitually use a sans-serif font for reading - which (of all the standard font choices) shows the improvement the best.
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Yes it does. Just tried it.
Excellent, Jgaiser! Thank you SO much!

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Excellent, Jgaiser! Thank you SO much!
See my above added edit. Sometimes it seems to *not* work and KF8 files, the option is greyed out
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The fonts DO appear darker and more "solid" - I habitually use a sans-serif font for reading - which (of all the standard font choices) shows the improvement the best.
Now I have been switching in and out of different menus and eBooks for around an hour. It seems that fonts are getting darker as time goes on! Perhaps the pixels are adjusting to the new settings; a sort of technical stretch, if you will. I just turned on an overhead light, and now fonts really look darker.
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