HowTo: Root your Kindle 3

As I'm using my Kindle 3 on daily basis I wanted to go behind the limits and check for some new features. As an entry point to the whole topic I highly recommend you K3_Index. This is what I did:

Step 1: Jailbreak

Download the files from In my case I've used update_jailbreak_0.11.N_k3w_install.bin. Copy this file to your Kindle, unplug it from the PC and run: [HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Update Your  Kindle.

Step 2: Install launchpad

"launchpad for Kindle is a small program supporting extended input capabilities. * The main purpose of it is providing the ability to run any 3rd-party programs * from within the original unmodified Kindle Framework software. * It can be also used to organize custom keyboard shortcut operations and * to simplify input of special symbols... (Source:"

I've downloaded the package and copied update_launchpad_0.0.1c_k3w_install.bin to the device. Afterwards the same procedure: Unplug your Kindle and run [HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Update Your Kindle

Step 3: Install PDF reader

You could use this wonderful unofficial guide. You can choose between:

As already described here follow these steps:

  • You need to jailbreak and install launchpad first
  • Create a folder customupdates on the exported Kindle drive, if not yet present
  • Copy a release ZIP file into the folder customupdates
  • Press Shift-Shift-I sequence on the Kindle for installing (if this is the first time you use launchpad: you only have 0.7 secs for the sequence!)
  • Press Shift-Shift-Space sequence on the Kindle to reload launchpad
  • done! now you can run the viewer via a Shift-P-D sequence.

The same applies to librerator too. Instead of Shift-P-D use Shift-L-L.

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2013-07-03 00:00