Jailbreaking has historically been something associated with iPhones and iPads, but the humble Kindle is one device that can also be jailbroken in order to unlock additional functionality and customization options. Up until now, jailbreaking a Kindle required having a specific type of eReader at hand, but that limitation is now all but gone, with just about any Kindle able to be fettled with thanks to a new universal solution.
The process of jailbreaking a Kindle isn’t actually all that hard. It boils down to downgrading the version of the software running on the Kindle in question, copying over the jailbreak file and then executing it in place.
At this point, users can update their Kindle to the latest version of the software without fear of the jailbreak being erased. From here on, it’s a case of customizing and meddling with said Kindle in ways Amazon never intended, and that just makes it even more cool.
The whole process can be followed over on the forum thread linked at the end of this post, with instructions covering the different types of Kindle that are currently in circulation, namely, 6th, 7th and 8th generation devices running any firmware version. As of this writing, the following devices are supported:
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Paperwhite 2
- Kindle Paperwhite 3
- Kindle Touch
- Kindle Voyage
- Kindle Oasis
Once the jailbreak is complete, the result allows users to select a custom screensaver, read interactive books and even install audio players. There are plenty of other things that can be done with a jailbroken Kindle, and while it’s never going to compete with the iPads and Android tablets of this world, there’s something intriguing about a super thin, super light eReader that still has the Kindle high on our list of things we love in technology today.
Perhaps jailbreaking it will move it even higher on that list. There’s only one way to find out, that’s for sure!
(Source: MobileRead Forums)
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