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Only 2 GB Storage for Kindle Paperwhite???


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Initial post: Sep 6, 2012 2:46:45 PM PDT
Yuan Wang says:
I just wonder why the storage for new kindle touch, kindle paperwhite, is only 2 GB.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 2:49:09 PM PDT
Fud53 says:
I would think that would be plenty of storage since most of your storage is free at amazon, but I guess people will always find something to complain about....

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 2:49:31 PM PDT
lapis says:
Probably because most people don't use anywhere close to the 4GB of space on the older devices, and they could save space/weight with the smaller storage.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 2:54:31 PM PDT
I do use about 2.5 gb on my Kindle Keyboard -- soooo, I won't be running out to buy the new paperwhite. Plus, no page turn button? No sale to me!

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 2:58:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2012 3:17:37 PM PDT
I doubt anyone here can tell you exactly why this is the case. I imagine its a cost/benefit thing. Since books purchased through Amazon are always in one's archive and any other documents should be backed up to a PC, what percentage of people really need to store 1000+ books on a device?

edit 100 to 1000

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:03:13 PM PDT
Perry says:
Considering most books are well under 1MB, 2GB would probably store some 2500 books. But, there won't be much cost savings (maybe $1 at most), and certainly no weight or space savings. Not a deal breaker for me though.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:17:19 PM PDT
Yes, you are right. In fact the documentation states 1,100 books. I'll edit my comment.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:32:40 PM PDT
Yuan Wang says:
Thanks guys~As you say, we actually don't need to 4GB. But it is just a little disappoint when you see some setback. I think no weight saving as the LED is added.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:33:12 PM PDT
Yuan Wang says:
Thanks guys~As you say, we actually don't need to 4GB. But it is just a little disappoint when you see some setback. I think no weight saving as the LED is added.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:33:21 PM PDT
Yuan Wang says:
Thanks guys~As you say, we actually don't need to 4GB. But it is just a little disappoint when you see some setback. I think no weight saving as the LED is added.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:36:52 PM PDT
JJMM says:
My Kindle Keyboard holds over 3,000...about 3x the amount in the new paperwhite. That seems like it is going backwards to me!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:38:41 PM PDT
AC Sue says:
And having no audio capability also seems like it's going backwards.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:39:56 PM PDT
Sigh. I pre-ordered the Paperwhite, but now I am dithering again. :-( I just checked my Kindle and find that I have 1,058 books on it & have 2.1G space left. The fact that the new model has half the memory space is a real concern. From the get-go I will have maxed out the Paperwhite's memory.

A lot of my books are from non-Amazon sources so their Cloud storage wouldn't be of much help.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:41:36 PM PDT
Why does one need 4GB rather than dropping back to 2GB? The Cloud only supports books you bought from Amazon. Well hello world! MOST of the books on my K3 (over 80%) are NOT from Amazon, so the Cloud argument doesn't work for people like me.

Guess I stick with my K3. At least if it had an SD slot I could accept the drop to 2GB.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:41:46 PM PDT
Why don't you back up your books to your PC and only load what you might read in the near future on your device. Keeping all of your "eggs" in one basket is risky, anyway. One little oops or a dead battery and you lose your library.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:42:43 PM PDT
I'm not being an Amazon apologist, but I expect its because Amazon wants you to buy books from them and use their cloud storage system.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:44:40 PM PDT
King Al says:
You can store your non-Amazon books in the Cloud.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:45:42 PM PDT
Indeed, and at a reasonable cost.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:46:35 PM PDT
G. DAVILA says:
You can use the cloud storage with other sources, just send an email to your@free.kindle.com

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:53:12 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Just a thought, but don't the newer kindles all seem to begin to experience performance problems as the number of books increase anyway? If so, the actual storage isn't as relevant as the functional storage ,if that makes sense........

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:52:21 PM PDT
Yuan Wang says:
Sigh. I almost notice no audio capability just now. Going backward. Why do they cancel it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:54:31 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Not going backwards, the audio features were experimental and Amazon decided it wasn't worth it to continue spending resources on this area so they dropped it.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 5:10:45 PM PDT
"You can use the cloud storage with other sources, just send an email to your@free.kindle.com"

That's not Cloud storage, just email. We've had that capability since the beginning of the Kindle. The only Cloud storage you have for the regular Kindle is for any notes you make for a book. You can't download books from other sites from the Cloud to your Kindle. I know--I've tried. I've also called Kindle customer service on this. I spent 20 minutes on the phone while a rep tried to find a way to do it. No dice.

Frankly, having to email each and every non-Amazon book I want to have access to after filling up my Kindle's memory would be a major PITA.

Dang. This could be a real deal-breaker for me. Yes, I have my non-Amazon books stored on my PC (and an external drive, too, for safety), but I like having books I like enough to re-read at my fingertips on my Kindle where they belong.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:20:46 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
I suspect Amazon has discovered that most people don't load their Kindles up with all the books they purchase. When I bought the baby ($79) Kindle, I have kept only a few books on it. When I buy books now, I have 80% of them go to the Cloud. I will put them on my Kindle when I've read what's on there. I also tend to delete/dump books from my Kindle when I've read them. There are very few books I want to re-read often enough to want to keep them on my device "forever."

I'm not knocking people who do download hundreds of books to their devices - no doubt they have their reasons - but I think Amazon has figured out that for most people the storage isn't crucial, since there are other places to keep books, i.e. the Cloud.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:31:48 PM PDT
Scarecrow says:
I agree Harvest. The actual number of people that would use more than 2GB of storage is probably a real small percentage of people.

Also, if the person doesn't want to store the books in their Cloud storage because they didn't get them from Amazon, then store them on your computer or a flash drive when you aren't using it. People will always find something to complain about.
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