The first generation Kindle Paperwhite has received a software update. The 5.3.9 update gives you the ability to hide reading progress option. You can still see location in book, time left in chapter, or time left in book. The update also improves PDF performance. Kindle Paperwhite users now get improved Homonym lookup in Chinese and Japanese. The update is available for download on Amazon. You should be able to get it wirelessly.