Like the recent Kindle Fire update, Amazon’s latest Kindle Touch software update to its Kindle lineup is definitely worth downloading if you have the device.
The update is currently available to download, and Amazon will be sending it out to Touches via wi-fi “in the coming weeks.”
This update — version 5.1.0 — includes several major additions and upgrades, including:
- Language Support: Customize your Kindle Touch with the language you prefer: English (US and UK), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese.
- Landscape Mode: Switch between portrait and landscape orientation in books and PDFs to read maps, graphs, and tables more easily.
- Instant Translations: Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.
- Kindle Format 8: Formatting and layout improvements make Kindle books look even better.
- Wi-Fi Enhancements: Connect your Kindle Touch to Wi-Fi with WPS and select WPA2 Enterprise networks.
- Read-to-Me With Text-to-Speech: Have your Kindle Touch read English-language content out loud to you, now including summaries of newspaper and magazine articles when available from the publisher.
- More Sharing Options: Tell others what you’re reading on Facebook or Twitter from anywhere within a book — just tap to share a link along with your comments.
- Onscreen Keyboard Suggestions: Search and shop faster with automatic word suggestions as you type.
The landscape mode and Kindle Format 8 upgrades are, in my opinion, the most important. The instant translation thing is also pretty cool and great if you’re using your Kindle for foreign language study, though I expect you have to have the Touch’s wi-fi turned on for it to work.
I didn’t like the Kindle Touch when I first got it and played with it, so I ended up selling it. But this update makes the device a little more palatable.
You can download the update or see what version your Kindle Touch is currently running by going here.