Those of you using the Kindle that Amazon is now calling the “Kindle Keyboard,” aka the Kindle 3, will be glad to hear that today there’s a software update out there that gives you access to Kindle Cloud for your personal documents. This is the same cloud that the Kindle 4 has access to, the one that, as always, you’ve access to every ebook you’ve ever purchased from Amazon, complete with all the notes and highlights you’ve left in them. Now you get your archived personal documents too!
Get this update NOW via Amazon’s simple to use update process — not only will you get the update to be able to access your personal documents, there’s also an expansion of elements you’ve already been enjoying, including Whispersync of last page read, bookmarks, and annotations to your archived personal documents that have been converted into Kindle format. Can you resist such excellent updates all included in this free update?
All you’ve got to do to get to this update on your Kindle 3 is, starting from the Home screen, is hit Settings. From there you’ll see your Kindle version at the bottom of your display. If you see Version Kindle 3.1″ or earlier, you’ve got an update coming to you. To download, just head to Amazon or hit one of the following links:
Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi: Download 3.3 Your serial number will start with “B008″
Kindle Keyboard 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) – U.S. and Canadian Customers*: Download 3.3 Your serial number will start with “B006″ Kindle Keyboard 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) – European Customers*: Download 3.3 Your serial number will start with “B00A”
If you’re unsure of your Kindle serial number, just check at the bottom of your Settings menu just like you did for the Kindle software version. Once you’ve got the software downloaded, you’ll have to transfer it to your Kindle device. To do this, again follow directions as provided by Amazon:
1. Transfer software to your Kindle Keyboard: Turn your Kindle Keyboard on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Drag and drop the new update file from your computer to the root Kindle drive. (The drive contains a number of folders – such as “audible,” “documents,” and “music” – and is typically displayed as a “device” icon).
2. Monitor file transfer and disconnect: Check your file transfer progress to ensure file transfer to your Kindle Keyboard is complete before disconnecting. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect Kindle Keyboard from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle Keyboard and your computer.
3. Start the software update: Go to the Home screen, press the Menu key, and select “Settings.” Press the Menu key again, and then select “Update Your Kindle.” (This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.) Select “Ok” when prompted if you want to perform an update. Your Kindle Keyboard will restart twice during the update. After the first restart, you will see “Your Kindle is Updating”.
4. Once the update is complete: Your Kindle Keyboard will automatically restart a second time. When you go to the Settings page, you should notice Version: Kindle 3.3 at the bottom of the screen. Once you see this, you know your update is complete.
Got it? Any troubles, ask below or go straight to Amazon for support. Get in the cloud!
BONUS have a look at the Kindle Touch while you’re at it.