Amazon has Announced It plans to introduce “a new, intuitive and easier Kindle reading experience” through software updates that are expected to begin rolling out in the coming weeks.
The first update will introduce new smartphone-like navigation that is supposed to make it easier to perform common tasks. Amazon said swiping down from the top of the screen will reveal controls for airplane mode and screen brightness, for example, while swiping up from the bottom of the screen will provide quick access to the home and library pages or the current book.
The second update is expected to improve those pages. It looks like the Home update will be minor – Amazon just said it will show up to 20 recently opened books with a swipe to the left. But the library is set up to update with “new filter and sort menus, a new collections view, and an interactive scroll bar” that should make finding the right book a bit easier.
Amazon said the first update will begin rolling out “in the next few weeks,” and the second update is said to “arrive later this year.” Both will be released via a wireless update to the Kindle (8th generation or later), Kindle Paperwhite (7th generation or later), and Kindle Oasis e-readers.