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Amazon finally offers the 2.5 update for manual download

June 16, 2010

Perhaps it is a coincidence that soon after the 2.5.2 bin file started populating around the web last week Amazon decided to finally post the update on its support site for users to manually download. Or maybe they were pushed into action by the community effort. Regardless, they do not win any points for being second to the finish line.

For those who preferred waiting until Amazon offered the 2.5.2 bin file on their own site, it is now up: Kindle Software Update 2.5.2

You can either follow the link or proceed directly via the instructions below (all links point to files hosted by Amazon):

  1. Determine which type of Kindle you have: You can confirm which Kindle you own by looking at the certification symbols or first 4 digits of the serial number located on the back of your Kindle and comparing it to the images below. 
  2. Download Your Software: Visit the appropriate link below to download the Kindle 2.5 software update file directly to your computer:
Image of the back of Kindle (U.S. Wireless)

Kindle (U.S. Wireless)

Serial no. prefix B002

Download: Kindle (U.S. Wireless)

Image of the back of Kindle DX (U.S. Wireless)

Kindle DX (U.S. Wireless)

Serial no. prefix B004

Download: Kindle DX (U.S. Wireless)

Image of the back of Kindle (Global Wireless)

Kindle (Global Wireless)

Serial no. prefix B003

Download: Kindle (Global Wireless)

Image of the back of Kindle DX (Global Wireless)

Kindle DX (Global Wireless)

Serial no. prefix B005

Download: Kindle DX (Global Wireless)

  1. Transfer Software to Your Kindle: Turn your Kindle on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Then use your computer’s file browser to copy the update file from your computer to the Kindle root directory. (The root directory contains a number of folders – such as “audible,” “documents,” and “music” – and is typically denoted by a “device” icon).
  1. Monitor File Transfer and Disconnect: Check your file browser’s file transfer progress bar to ensure that file transfer to your Kindle is complete. When you’re confident the file has transferred successfully, you can use your computer’s unmount or eject function to safely disconnect Kindle from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from Kindle and your computer.
  2. 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.) Select “Ok” when prompted if you want to perform an update.
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  1. June 16, 2010 2:41 pm

    Unfortunately for some (probably silly) reason Amazon decided to disable some new features for unregistered devices. With the emphasis on “device”which means that people who do not have access to Whispernet are not able to put their device into “registered state” and as a consequence the “create collection” menu option is greyed out.
    Contacting Amazon support they confirmed some options are not available when not registered and they advice to register it on the website. Of course this does does not make sense, because this does not affect the Kindle itself when you have no wireless access.
    For me it is probably the last time I’ll ever buy a device which in some way has to depend on a company or wireless to be able to doi basic functionality!

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