The Kindle Touch, which Amazon discontinued in October in favor of the new, front-lit Kindle Paperwhite, nevertheless got a software update Wednesday that makes it more Paperwhite-like (except, of course, for the light).
The software updateÂ adds many of the features that I liked in the Paperwhite’s interface to the Touch, and it’s fairly significant in terms of how it improves reader experience. Navigation from home to library to shop is much simpler. Books are displayed by their cover images rather than through a list of text; the “time to read,” which measures your reading speed and tells you how long it will take you to finish a chapter, is added; and “cloud” has replaced the confusing “archived items.” There are also increased parental controls, syncing between text and audio, a panel view for reading comics and graphic novels and kids’ books, and an improved book discovery interface, including personalized recommendations and more author info.
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