Amazon is reportedly gearing up for a major redesign of its Kindle eReader, with a new interface and a refreshed software package.
The New York Times reported this week that Amazon will unveil a revamped e-readers that is likely to include an updated software package for the e-book readers and other software to make them more user-friendly and less likely to break.
In response, the company has said it is developing new software to fix some of the problems with the current versions of the Kindle software, and the redesigned e-books will be available later this year.
A software update is expected to arrive this week for the Kindle eReaders and Amazon says that it will be rolling out new software in a matter of weeks for its other products, including Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle Fire TV, Kindle TV 2, and Kindle eView.
The e-Reader redesign is being done to improve the performance of the new software and the user experience, but also to help with the growing number of devices that Amazon is making available for sale.
The NYT reported that Amazon has already spent $100 million on the redesign, and that Amazon’s engineers have been testing it for several weeks.
According to the NYT, Amazon’s software engineers are developing a software update that will be released in the coming weeks, but that is only a “very small part” of the redesign that will replace the current software and interface.
It is unclear what will replace it.
The NYT reports that Amazon expects the software update to be “tweaked,” which it did not specify.
In an email, a spokesperson for Amazon told Ars that the company will have a “major software update for Kindle” by the end of the year, but did not say when or in what way the update would be rolled out.
The spokesperson said that it is “expected to have major software updates” for its devices, including the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.
The spokesman added that “we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves” about the new hardware, but the software updates will likely arrive by the middle of next year.
The latest redesign is the latest in a series of changes that Amazon announced in the past few weeks, including a “more secure” e-mail system, a redesign of the Amazon Kindle app, and a redesign that was rumored to be coming for the company’s website.
According the NYT article, Amazon has also been experimenting with “different types of software” that will make it more user friendly and less prone to breaking, including “the first version of a more secure e-Mail service.”
In addition to the software changes that are rumored to have been made to the Kindle E-reader, Amazon also announced that it would be moving to a new cloud storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive.
The company is currently offering two tiers of cloud storage for $10 per month for users who use a desktop computer and $15 per month if they use a laptop.
Amazon has also made the decision to stop using paper for its e-commerce websites, instead using a paper-based payment system called Paypal.
That decision, according to the Times, will mean that customers who already use Paypal will be able to use Amazon’s new e-payments platform.
The Times also reported that some of Amazon’s competitors have also been using paper-related payment systems.
Apple, for example, has been using a payment system that Amazon created called Amazon Flex since 2014, and other tech companies have been using similar systems, including PayPal.
Amazon did not respond to Ars’ request for comment on the NYT report, and we have not seen the company respond to a request for a comment.