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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011 6:13:28 AM PST
Ken says:
Has anybody here figured out a way to change the default dictionary in the Fire, as can be done in the other Kindles?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 7:23:41 AM PST
Robert Coss says:
I really want this! I bought the spanish-english dictionary for my Kindle II, and I really want this bad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 7:34:03 AM PST
Ken says:
I bought the French and the Italian and then discovered that it doesn't look like they've included the option to change the default dictionary in the Fire.

An Electronic French Dictionary (Electronic Dictionaries)
An Electronic Italian Dictionary (Electronic Dictionaries)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 8:19:33 AM PST
Jeff12345 says:
I asked Amazon Customer Support. They inform me that "We'll not be able to change the default dictionary on the kindle fire."

This is a real problem, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 8:44:35 AM PST
Ken says:
Maybe somebody will find a hack.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 11:08:30 AM PST
I agree. This is a very important feature so that people can read material in other languages. It should be included in an upgrade, but it is disappointing that it is not available out of the box for the first version.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 11:11:49 AM PST
 nospin  says:
Anybody check out a book in a different language?

An unknown feature of the receent K4PC upgrade was that if a word was highlighted the K4PC would go find the appropriate dictionary and provide the translation.

So, is this not functional on the Fire?

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 11:13:08 AM PST
AMG says:
I second this! I love my Fire, but am incredibly dissapointed that the feature to change the default dictionary is not avaliable. Please, Please contact Amazon and make a request for the feature so they will change this!

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 11:20:49 AM PST
Jeff12345 says:
Doesn't seem to do it automatically. I tried. Strange thing, though, is that if I try to look up a word that is by coincidence also exists in English, it doesn't give me the English meaning either.

I'm wondering if this functionality is there somehow, and Amazon has just forgotten to tell us how to do it.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is concerned. I love the Kindle, but reading in a foreign language with the dictionary was a big part of why I bought it.

And what are people outside the US going to do? Even British readers may want a British dictionary.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 11:24:37 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 19, 2011 2:37:18 PM PST
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Brent M. says:
This is very unfortunate as this is the reason I bought a kindle for the first time. i had read that all the previous kindles allowed this feature. thank you amazon for taking it out of the fire. brilliant!!!

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 11:02:39 AM PST
Simon Picard says:
It should be an add-on in the next upgraded firm ware, if enough customers ask for it.
I agree that it is very disapointing, and should be corrected ASAP.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 1:06:34 PM PST
Agreed. We should all ask for it. It's pretty basic. I need to read in Spanish and I've got the English/Spanish dictionary that used on my other kindle.

Why would they tie you to one dictionary?

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 1:49:49 PM PST
In the last kindle for iPad, it is possible to change dictionary to: deutsch, engilsh (UK), englis (US), español, français, italiano, and portugues. All those dictionaries free. It is bizarre that in the kindle fire that is not possible.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 8:57:40 PM PST
Brent M. says:
yes, yes. contact amazon via the feedback feature in the menu of your fire. very easy to do. As Simon said, it's up to us to ask them for this.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 4:09:10 PM PST
As much as I am impressed with Fire, I would not have bought it, if I knew it didn't support the Spanish - Englisg dictionary. Very disappointing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 4:16:31 PM PST
I like the Fire too. I still have my regular kindle. There has to be a way to fix this. The normal dictionary on the Fire works great, better than the kindle. And it's easy to take notes.

But I use my kindle primarily to read Spanish books so I'm in the same boat as you are. The Mirriam Webster's Spanish-English dictionary is awesome for those trying to learn Spanish. Por que no podemos usarlo con el Fuego. No es justo mi amigo.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 1:50:07 PM PST
I was told by the dealer that I could change the primary dictionary. Now I see that I can't.
I plan on returning the Kindle Fire tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 5:15:53 PM PST
I might wait to return it. I'm quite happy with it over all. And I think that there's a quick fix to this problem.

Anybody know if there's a customer service email dedicated to Fire support? I've looked on the support page but could not find it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 6:22:12 PM PST
How to you access the dictionary and use it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 6:40:16 PM PST
There's an automatic diccionary that you use when you tap a word in the reader mode.

You can't change the default dictionary.


Posted on Nov 26, 2011 6:46:58 PM PST
It's not responding to the tap or prolong pressure.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 7:33:00 PM PST
I depends on what word you are selecting. However, normal English words should pull up the default dictionary definition when you press them.

Try again. If not, I think there's some defect.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 4:31:08 AM PST
I want to custom the dictionary

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 7:50:17 AM PST
Actually, I am really disappointed. I am in Uruguay now visiting my wife's family. What a great tool to study Spanish, to read and immediately be able to get translation for word I don't know. I brought my iPad, the Kindle touch, and Fire. None support this feature. The iPad does automatically load a Spanish to Spanish dictionary, which helps some, but I want Spanish to English. The Kindle touch does not work with the recent upgrade. I set the M-W Spanish-English dictionary as default, and it reverts back to default English dictionary! (See Strangely, PDFs do work properly). The Fire is the least helpful of the three as there is no Spanish-Spanish dictionary.

To me allowing translation dictionaries is a no-brainer feature for Amazon for ALL versions of Kindle. They will sell more books and more dictionaries! I hope someone from Amazon is monitoring this.

Actually, I incorrectly wrote about this ability to install translation dictionaries on physical Kindles in the issue of our publication iPhone Life currently being printed. So, both personally and professionally, I am not a happy camper.
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