Amazon Kindle firmware v3.0.1 goes public

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Looks like Amazon were satisfied with just 24hrs public testing of their

beta v3.0.1 Kindle firmware

for the third-gen ereader, since they've now

begun distributing it generally

.  Currently available to download, and set to go out as an OTA update "in the coming weeks", Kindle firmware v3.0.1 promises various unspecified "performance improvements" together with the ability to set up a new Amazon account directly from the Kindle itself.

That latter ability is handy for those picking up a Kindle in a retail store, such as when the ereader

lands in Best Buy

later this fall, or giving it as a gift to someone without a computer of their own.  Until now, an existing account – established online – was needed.  You can download the new firmware and manually update your Kindle 3 via USB from



[Thanks Tony!]