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Kindle Firmware 2.5 May Be Downloading to Your Kindle Right Now

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In a post on Amazon’s Kindle discussion boards, a Kindle user named S. Foster recounted some compelling details from a conversation had with an Amazon tech. Foster found out that the update has already been rolled out to 20,000 customers in order to reduce strain on the server and troubleshoot. Whatever problems Amazon found have been fixed, and now Amazon is beginning to send it to more customers.

But, here’s the most interesting bit:

The update can take 2-4 days to download to your Kindles!

I suspected this might happen, as a 10mb binary file is hard to compress (unlike books, which compress pretty nicely). So in order to keep the strain off the wireless networks, the update comes to our Kindles in smaller chunks. (I found this out because he had to take a look at my Kindle’s activity log, and he noted that mine was in the process of downloading the update – I won’t have the whole thing until sometime Saturday. Ah well…).

So, the Kindle update may be making its way to you even now, though there’s now way to tell unless you happen to be an Amazon tech, in which case you probably already have the update and aren’t reading this post.

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