Past updates for these two Kindles have been made automatically, in the background.
All the user had to do was to remember to leave Whispernet on when an update was expected.
That automatic update didn’t happen this time… at least not for my K2, and, from what I read on Amazon’s Kindle forum, not for the older DX, either.
The reason, apparently, is that these two Kindles are now discontinued, and automatic updates will no longer be made.
In fact, according to Kindle Guru Bufo Calvin, this is the LAST update that will be offered for these two discontinued Kindles.
HOWEVER -- Don’t be misled by some messages that say “there isn’t much improvement”.
There are some improvements that may or may not be of value to everyone (changes are described in the paragraphs below, copied from the Amazon web page about this update)… but the improvement in font contrast and clarity on my K2 has brought the display up very close to my new K3… which is, indeed, a thing of beauty!
Here is the on-line Amazon notice:
(Make sure, all the messages say… to follow directions exactly!)
All below is copied directly from the Amazon webpage:
Kindle Version 2.5 OverviewWe're excited to announce that a new, free software update is available for Kindle (2nd Generation) and Kindle DX. It's free and easy to download. The features included in this update are:
Collections: Organize your books, audiobooks, and personal documents into one or more collections. Subscriptions such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs cannot currently be added to collections on Kindle.
PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics.
Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you're not using it.
More Font Sizes & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience.
Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share meaningful book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle.
Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you're reading.