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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 6:47:08 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
Third from the right is too small for me now, and it is also too spindly. It's slightly smaller than fourth from the right on the Kindle Touch. If this trend continues, we will need microscopes.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 6:50:27 AM PDT
LadyHawke says:
" the scary ride of galloping presbyopia."


I agree with your post. I don't see how Amazon can turn its back on accessibility issues with this of all devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 6:58:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2012 7:03:52 AM PDT
LadyHawke says:
Nobody, you and I use the same font. The Helvetica is the boldest and clearest. I'm embarrassed to admit, though, when my eyes are tired I use the second from the right. It's BIG - we need a 2.5 size (between 2 and 3)!

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 7:49:22 AM PDT
I went from a Kindle Keyboard to Kindle Paperwhite, so the touch screen is new to me. I listed the things that I've noticed are missing, or are far more inconvenient to access. Please let me know if there are shortcuts out there that I'm not aware of! :-)

* Give us access to turn off/on Airplane Mode from any menu like on the Kindle Keyboard. I like to keep my WiFi off (Airplane Mode On) to conserve battery. If I'm in the middle of a book and realize that I forgot to turn Airplane Mode on, I have to go all the way back to the Home page to access the Settings menu. Why this new inconvenience?

* Give us back the ability to skip forward or back chapters without having to go through the Table of Contents. With the 5-way controller, I just had to click to the right and I could move forward chapter by chapter. I used that a lot.

* There's no longer a way to remove a book from a collection with just a keystroke. It has to be removed through the "Add to Collection" menu choice. A added menu option of "Remove from Collection" would be nice.

* Please please give us the option to remove the bottom "recommended" bar on the Home page under Cover view. I'm on all the time and see plenty of recommendations there. I don't want them taking up precious space on my Home page. Speaking of, it would be nice if the cover view had the option of making the covers just a little smaller so that more than 6 could fit on one page.

* I miss the progress bar at the bottom of the page that showed up when I hit the Menu. It's very nice to be able to visually see at-a-glance where you are in a book. It's a nice compromise to looking at your progress in a physical book, if you know what I mean. :-)

Though I'm sure I'll eventually adjust to all of these things if they never get changed, because they are little adjustments in the grand scheme of things, why not make the Kindle Paperwhite the ultimate experience? A better lighting experience will not be enough to keep Kindle rated above the Nook in the long run, especially with the Nook still offering an expansion slot. Amazon might as well do what they can to enrich our experience, when these are little things that shouldn't be too difficult to implement. (Especially since most of them have already been available on previous versions.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 8:37:23 AM PDT
Nobody says:
Helvetica surprised me because I always thought sans serif would be annoying to read for any length of time, but I love it. Up to now, I've preferred more of a typewriter font. Helvetica is the font that's consistently bold throughout, with no mix of thick/thin lines in its design. So easy to read.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 9:46:13 AM PDT
I would like to the requests for the return of the wireless on/off option in the drop down menu. I would also like to add to that the ability to turn WiFi off while leaving 3G on. There is no need for the WiFi to be on and searching for signals (thus using battery time) when you know you don't have it available.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 10:40:18 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 10:41:45 AM PDT
"I would also like to add to that the ability to turn WiFi off while leaving 3G on."

Highly unlikely this will happen, because Amazon pays for 3G and not for wi-fi.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 11:48:06 AM PDT
That is true. It is also true that they will still be paying for 3G regardless of if WiFi is on or off in this case because WiFi isn't used unless you actually have a WiFi signal to connect to, and the user purposely connects to it. Otherwise it's still using 3G. When users do have a WiFi signal they want to use they will more than likely switch from cellular to WiFi due to the higher speed.

Amazon could think of it from the other direction. They have added ads and recommendations to the Kindles in order to try an increase sales (and ad) revenues. Those items are only updated if we have our wireless on. Customers may, and I do, keep wireless off because of the large drain on the battery caused by a WiFi chip searching for a connection. (It's long been known that WiFi searching for a connection uses a lot more power than WiFi with an active connection) So it may be in their best long term monetary interest to give users flexibility for active wireless connections and allow a way for users to keep 3G active when they have no WiFi available. It may entice them to either sync more often, or at least keep it on more often.. and therefore keep ads/recommendations active and updated.

I for one would sync more often if I could keep WiFi off while using 3G as I only have a WiFi connection at home but have a good 3G connection most everywhere else. That would, of course, mean that the ads and recommendations would get updated much more often than they do currently. Since I got an ad supported Kindle a year ago I have seen the "please update" screen-saver/ads far more often than I ever saw an ad due to how rarely I turned wireless on because of my lack of WiFi connections and the increased battery drain constantly signal searching caused.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 2:20:52 PM PDT
Lisa L says:
If this is true (my PW hasn't arrived yet), I agree. I want books to only be stored in the collections that I build, not duplicated on the home page. Also, real page numbers and an option to turn off that Time to read feature--how obnoxious.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 2:22:16 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 2:23:40 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Books are only stored in your collections if you "sort by collections."

Real page numbers are implemented if the book includes them.

Time to Read can be replaced by the Location number simply by touching it.

There. All fixed! :)

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 6:32:18 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
Personally I like the location numbers. That's a reference that makes sense with this technology and I hope Amazon doesn't abandon it before people learn to love it. Page numbers are something we're used to but they have little meaning in this context. Amazon listens to it's customers and that's the reason we have them.

I'm still waiting for my Paperwhite to arrive and that's possibly still a month away so I don't know how I feel about the time to read function yet. Thinking about it, my guess is I'll keep location numbers visible. Not that I'm against time to read but I'm going to be very surprised if I find that trustworthy. I'll give it some time to find out but I just don't think I read at a constant speed. At times I get interrupted a lot and I find myself re-reading paragraphs to be sure I've absorbed them. And even when I'm not interrupted I know I read fast at times and slow at other times. If time to read really works I'll probably begin to believe in magic. :)

Thomas Palmer got me thinking a bit more about Wifi and syncing. I try to sync at the end of each reading session but I'm finding it an irritation at times. It's useful because sometimes I read on my Kindle and sometimes, when I'm out and about, I read on the Samsung Galaxy Player that lives in my shirt pocket. On warm nights I like to sit on the porch with my Kindle Fire and read in the near dark, although the Paperwhite might let me do that without needing the Fire.

It occurs to me that the perfect solution to all this is to simply keep wireless off all the time and have a sync button ever present. When pressed it turns wireless on, syncs and turns wireless back off. Why do we even need wireless on any other time on a reading device? Not that I'm against being able to leave it on for those who want to, but we ought to have the option of sync handling wireless all by itself.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 6:40:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2012 6:40:36 PM PDT
Nobody says:
I like your sync button idea.

I'm using the 'time to read' feature because I read in bed and want to get some idea of how much farther I have to go in a chapter before deciding if I want to finish then or the next day. So far, it seems to be fairly accurate.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 6:50:23 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
I'd like to be able to access airplane mode from the menu within a book, not have to go back to the home page to turn WiFi on and off.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 7:32:46 PM PDT
BareThoughts says:
I have not received my PW yet but i will say that I agree with your post.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 8:13:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2012 8:16:08 AM PDT
Logan says:
Lots of this has been listed before but here's my input:

* Wireless should be way easier to turn on and off. When I'm reading a book, go to the menu, and realize I've got wireless on, I used to hit menu>turn wireless off. Now it is home>menu>settings>turn airplane mode on>home>category>book. This is even more used than the light settings, or search settings so this should be a top, top menu item everywhere or as a suggestion, make the wireless icon (small as it is) bring up a menu to turn it on or off.
* Swiping up or down to go forward and backward a chapter. Why was this taken away from the Kindle Touch? Don't make this even more difficult to navigate!
* Swiping to turn off screen saver should go away, or at least give me the option to disable it. It's a small thing but very annoying when one is used to just turning on a device frequently.
* Airplane mode "on" means wireless "off". I don't know why it was necessary to change this and it's not that big of a deal but seems silly since 99.9% of my life is not spent on an airplane. If it's an FCC thing then so be it.

I also dislike the lack of a physical home button since it's an extra step for a very common function but that would have to be a hardware update.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 11:19:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2012 11:22:02 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
I like the time to read feature. I was reading last night and i just finished a chapter and wanted to read 1 more, but it said 45 minutes to end of chapter so I decided to stop reading and go to sleep instead.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 11:44:57 AM PDT
I have a PW with Special Offers and like the cover view home page except that there are only 3 shown in a single row. I am tempted to pay to get rid of the special offers but that would still leave the "suggestions" that Amazon now allows to be toggled on/off for the Fire - hopefully, they follow the same path (giving the option to see suggestions or not) with the Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 11:57:41 AM PDT
Cyndie says:
You can get rid of those by either using the List View or turning on Parental Controls to turn off the Store. You would have to use your password to turn the store back on to shop from your Kindle, though.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 12:58:03 PM PDT
LinC says:
I would like to be able to pick from a list of books rather than select a book from it's cover. Is that possible? A lot of covers rely on color so a shrunk down B&W picture is often illegible.

Also, I purchased a Paperwhite "without ads" so why are there "suggestions" taking up the bottom 1/3 of the screen?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 1:02:08 PM PDT
Logan says:
On home page: Menu>List view.

This will also get rid of the suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 3:13:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2012 3:13:43 PM PDT
Thank you so much for that tip, Cindie BOO Who! And that will also help keep my impulse buys to a minimum! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 8:24:15 PM PDT
Cyndie, I've been using the list view for this exact reason. Good idea to turn the store off - have to give that a try and see how much I miss easy store access?

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 2:10:35 AM PDT
Here's something that drives me mad :

There should be an "automatically switch wireless to sync when turning kindle on or off" option in the settings.
When this option is enabled :

Each time your turn on or off your Kindle, if wireless if off then the system automatically turns it on, sync your page, download news documents if needed, and turn it off.
If the wireless had been turned on manually by the user then don't do anything about it.
That way you'd enjoy 99% of the benefits of having wireless on all the time, but the battery would last 2 weeks instead of 2 days.

It seems easy to do, and would really be useful.
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