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4 new features to try out on your Kindle Scribe

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Here are a few new features that will bring your Kindle Scribe experience to the next level.

The Kindle Scribe, Amazon’s newest e-reader, represents a whole new take on the Kindle, adding writing to everything customers love about reading with Kindle.

The device launched in November 2022, and today it’s once again getting a whole host of new features that make the experience an even better and more intuitive one, including the ability to send documents from Microsoft Word to your Kindle, and a new bird’s eye view for enhanced navigation. The Kindle Scribe is constantly getting better—and the latest software update is a perfect example of that.

These updates will automatically download and install on your Kindle Scribe over the next few weeks when connected to the internet via wifi.

Curious to learn how your Kindle Scribe is getting supercharged with new features? Here’s what’s new:

Here are a few new features that will bring your Kindle Scribe experience to the next level.

The Kindle Scribe, Amazon’s newest e-reader, represents a whole new take on the Kindle, adding writing to everything customers love about reading with Kindle.

The device launched in November 2022, and today it’s once again getting a whole host of new features that make the experience an even better and more intuitive one, including the ability to send documents from Microsoft Word to your Kindle, and a new bird’s eye view for enhanced navigation. The Kindle Scribe is constantly getting better—and the latest software update is a perfect example of that.

These updates will automatically download and install on your Kindle Scribe over the next few weeks when connected to the internet via wifi.

Curious to learn how your Kindle Scribe is getting supercharged with new features? Here’s what’s new:

  • 1.
    Send to Kindle from Microsoft Word

    You can now send documents (.docx and .doc) directly from your Microsoft Word app on your desktop or browser to read and review on your Kindle Scribe (you’ll need a Microsoft 365 subscription to do this). Rolling out today to Windows, with Mac and Web experiences coming soon.

    Here’s how to send documents to your Kindle:

    • Go to File > Export (or Share) > Send to Kindle.
    • Choose which format you prefer for your document. The "Like a printed document" option enables on-page writing with Kindle Scribe, while the “Like a Kindle book” option enables handwritten sticky notes with Kindle Scribe.
    • You can then read and annotate Word documents sent to your Kindle. Writing on the page and handwritten sticky notes are available only on Kindle Scribe.
    • Users can also add “Send to Kindle” to the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon at the top of Word for quicker access (Files > Options > Customize Ribbon/Toolbar > Choose commands from “All Commands”).
  • 2.
    In-Notebook Birds Eye View
    Kindle Scribe

    The new Notebook Overview lets you see a 'birds eye view" of nine notebook pages at once for a quick look and to easily navigate and manage them. Users will now be able to add/insert pages, move a single page, and delete a single page, giving you more control within your notebooks.

  • 3.
    PDF Reading/Annotation improvements

    PDF content will now include the ability to increase or decrease contrast, which is one of the most requested features for Kindle Scribe. The contrast slider will be available in PDF documents imported via Send to Kindle and PDF Kindle catalog content, and will enhance readability for reviewing and annotating PDFs.

  • 4.
    Two-column layout setting in landscape book reading
    Kindle Scribe

    We’re adding more ways to read on Kindle Scribe. You will now have the option between one or two-column displays for books when your device is in Landscape orientation. Two column display will be available in the new Aa menu setting in the layout tab for books content.

  • Other cool features released in February 2023

    New brush types for a more versatile Pen experience

    The Pen was already a great way to write or draw on this Kindle, but new brush types are making using the Pen even better. The Kindle Scribe is now getting new fountain pen, marker, and pencil brush options, ensuring that you can get the perfect brush type for the task at hand.

    Not only are there three new brush types, but each of those gets five thickness options—helping make using the included Pen even more versatile. The fountain pen type means you can create stunning calligraphy. With the marker, better highlight text. And, with the pencil, you can create natural-looking sketches right from your Kindle Scribe. All writing tools now feature enhanced pressure and tilt capabilities as well, providing more precision in your writing or sketching.

    The new brush types are available in the writing toolbar in Notebooks, in sticky notes in books, and anywhere else you can write on your Kindle Scribe. Plus, all of these options are available as Premium Pen shortcuts, so you can slot them straight into your workflow.

    Kindle Scribe e-reader.

    Subfolders to better organize your content

    The Kindle Scribe now allows you to create subfolders, or folders within folders, to better organize the content in your notebooks. That’s a pretty big improvement for those who create a lot and want to make sure all of their content is as organized as possible.

    Creating a subfolder is easy too. Simply hit the “+” button in any folder to create a new folder. And, if you decide you want that folder somewhere else, you can move it by hitting the three-dot menu and selecting the move option. Easy!

    Navigate to a page quickly and easily

    Navigating within your notebooks is even easier now by jumping straight to a page without having to scroll. All you have to do is hit the three-dot icon when you’re in a notebook, then select the “Go to page” option, and type the page number you want to go to. That makes it a whole lot easier to navigate through those high-page-count notebooks.

  • Coming Soon

    Kindle Scribe provides regular, free software updates delivering new features that make the device better and better. In the coming months, Kindle Scribe will add lasso select tools among more new features coming too. Be sure to check back here for updates on those great new features.

Next, check out our Kindle buying guide to figure out which e-reader device might be the best fit for you.