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Do Kindle books ever get updated?

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Initial post: Dec 16, 2011 6:29:10 AM PST
mike palmer says:
For instance, a lot of Stephen King books were pretty badly converted so there's a lot of typos and such. Do publishers ever fix these, and if so, do the people who bought the book get "updated" versions of it?

I imagine if you KNEW a book had been updated and you removed it and redownloaded it, you'd get the updated version, but of course that's not really something they'd announce, so you wouldn't know.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 6:32:24 AM PST
Yes. I've received e-mails from Amazon saying that books I've purchased have been updated. You get a choice - if you want the new version, you don't have to do anything. It will be replaced and you can go to your Manage Your Kindle page and download the new version. HOWEVER! If you have notes, highlights, etc., you will lose them if the file is replaced, so you can choose not to replace the file. You just send an e-mail saying not to replace it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 7:33:39 AM PST
L. Housley says:
my emails say to reply to the notification email with the word yes and the new version will be sent to my kindle automatically

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 7:35:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 7:35:37 AM PST
Like others, I've received emails from Amazon telling me about an updated version of books I've purchased. My emails tell me to respond "yes" in order to receive the update.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 7:40:42 AM PST
Ok, I guess my memory was faulty. You have to respond with a yes in order to replace the old file. The fact remains, though, that you have to decide if you want to keep your notes, or get the new version. I don't make notes, so it's easy for me, but many people do make them............

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 8:20:56 AM PST
I have also sent CS a list of books that have bad typos. That way they know to inform whoever it is that needs to make the changes.
And I have gotten emails back from them about the corrections.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 3:12:02 PM PST
I have also notified publishers of poor editing and formatting but I have yet to get a response that was more than whining about how terribly tough their job is. Now, there are some publishers that I will not buy without samply first.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 3:42:17 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
If you go to the book's page on this web site and go all the way to the bottom there is a blue box for "Feedback"

The second item is

"Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book?"

I think this is the most effective way since it is routed to the area that can do something about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 3:44:53 PM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
Oh nice! I always wondered if there was an easy way to notify publishers about badly formatted books. Thanks for that tip, Beth Sexton.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 3:55:13 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
You are welcome A. Tsurukame!

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 10:39:33 PM PDT
Aunt Peggy says:
Does anyone know if these circumstances have changed? I'm re-reading a book that I read a couple of months ago, and I know that I was busy and tired when I read it, but there are part of it that seem different to me. I don't remember ever being asked to have it updated, but on the other hand, it was suggested to me (by Kindle / Amazon) as the work of a new writer, for me to read and post feedback on. Could it have been reworked and updated on my Kindle in the months since I last read it?

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 10:54:19 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
No, it will never automatically update. Now they send you an email and tell you there is a update available and if you want it you have to go to your Manage Your Kindle page and find the book and click the update button.

I just did this with Farenheit 451 couple of weeks ago.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 8:47:31 AM PDT
Snikt5 says:
If you know a book has been updated but you never got an email to update your copy, how do you request the update? For instance, my brother in law received an updated version of, A Dance with Dragons. I never got the same email and still have the faulty one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 8:52:59 AM PDT
@Snikt5 - Just go to Manage Your Kindle page (move mouse over Your Account in upper right hand corner and Manage Your Kindle is part way down the list) Find the book in your list and there will be a button to download the updated version. I haven't done it in a while so I don't remember exactly where that button is but it is obvious

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 9:33:40 AM PDT
A quicker way to identify the updates is also on the Manage Your Kindle page. On the drop down menu at the top (where it says All Items, etc.), Updates will be listed as an option - click on this and it will give you the short list of books available for update. [If no updates are available the option doesn't show.]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 12:49:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2012 5:58:48 AM PDT
Bob Allen says:
A correction to my original reply (below): This morning there were 2 updates available for books I had purchased and the "Updates available" option was in the drop-down menu. This option apparently only appears when there are updates to download. Nice.

I was just thinking that Amazon needed to add an option to that menu so that one could see all the books that had updates available. It is not in the drop-down list on my "Manage Your Kindle" page. I had to go through all my books, one page at a time, and look for the blue "Update available" option. For some books, I got a message that all highlights and notes would be lost - it seems to me that an update shouldn't break those since they are stored in a text file on the Kindle and, in fact, one book for which I got that note still seems to have all the highlights and notes still available. For other books, I got a message that said highlights and notes would still be available. I have not ever gotten an e-mail saying an update was available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 12:55:07 AM PDT
Bob Allen says:
With the updated software for the Kindle, 5.1.0 (at least on the Touch), when you highlight a section of text and the screen comes up that says Share/Add Note/Highlight, there is now a "More..." option. Click that and the last item in the list will be "Report Content Error." That will let you identify the type of error and enter a description of the error. Supposedly, a specialist will then look at those and post updates on Your Profile->Corrections on your page. However, I have yet to see any update other than "Received" for any corrections I've submitted -- it apparently takes a bit of time for someone to look at those.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 3:37:27 AM PDT
Robert, I get that email on a regular basis. It is sent to the email on my account. I would check your "junk" folder. Maybe it is being put in the wrong category.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 8:41:20 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 23, 2012 8:21:27 AM PDT
S. Ewing says:
How do you get the emails when book updates are available? I went into Manage My Kindle and there were a ton but I didn't get any emails about it from Amazon (not in junk mail either). Plus, is there anyway to know what was updated in the new version?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 2:59:44 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 3:54:13 PM PDT
S. Ewing says:
Thanks E! That explains why I've never gotten an email. And I's so easy to buy things and for them to email receipts and such, I'm surprised it's not easier for them to provide quick emails about book updates.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 3:57:34 PM PDT
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Posted on Nov 25, 2012 10:46:31 AM PST
I have a question... The cover for a kindle ebook I just updated is not showing up (unless I click that I want to

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 10:49:11 AM PST
thank you!
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