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There’s a new free software update available for your Kindle Touch that you can manually download.  This update will also be delivered to your device automatically over Wi-Fi in the next coming weeks.

New features in this update include:

  • 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.


You can turn on the application, Text-to-Speech, will will read aloud your books (where allowed by the book holder), newspapers, blogs, and personal documents.  While reading a book or periodical, press the Text key , then use 5-way controller to underline “turn on” for “Text-to-Speech”.  Press the 5-way to select “turn on”.  You can either listen through your Kindle’s external speakers or plug in earphones into the headphone jack.  While Text-to-Speech is playing, the screen will turn the pages automatically so you can follow along while the audio is playing.  You have the choice of hearing your content spoken with a male or female voice and can also further optimize the listening experience by slowing down or increasing the rate of speech.

So there you have it, kick back and let the Kindle pamper you 🙂