The Kindle–and by proxy the Kindle 3–should be able to create Amazon accounts on the device just by the nature of its untethered access to books on Amazon’s storefront, but that wasn’t the case prior to Kindle software version 3.0.1. With the new software update that Amazon is rolling out after a quick beta test, users who do not have Amazon accounts can create an account on their device, making Kindle a truly untethered digital reading experience. Now, users can create an Amazon account, browse and shop for books, manage their book purchases, and read their digital books all on Kindle without ever needing access to a computer.
The software update should roll out over the air (OTA) to devices within the coming weeks. Users can also download the software via Amazon’s website and transfer it to their devices if they cannot wait, but that defeats the purpose of a truly untethered experience.