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Which models of Kindle let you pick your default dictionary?

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Initial post: Aug 28, 2014 11:13:54 AM PDT
Kindle for PC lets you add dictionaries and pick your default dictionary very easily. Apparently the Fire does not allow any change in default dictionary. And other discussions say the Touch will make its own choice of default, depending on what language it thinks you are reading (and people have ways to get around this using Calibre to change files).

I use Kindle for PC and am thinking about getting a Kindle to carry around, but I definitely need to be able to select my default dictionary -- and to change it easily. The product descriptions do not address this anywhere that I have yet found.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 11:51:31 AM PDT
I have a feeling it was only the !st editin Fire that didn't have the default dic option, but someone with a Fire will be better able to answer that.

My Kindle Keyboard has the option (though it does have to be to a dic that supports the feature, so read the product pages carefully before purchasing any dictionary), but that doesn't help you with the newer e-ink models. I'm fairly sure the PW does, but again, I'll leave it to a PW owner to say for sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 12:23:39 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I used to have a Kindle Touch and now I have a Paperwhite and both let me change my default dictionary. I often change it to a British dictionary if I'm reading a British novel. I've never had a problem doing that on a Kindle.

I have a Fire HD but I don't use it for reading so I'm not sure about that.


Posted on Aug 28, 2014 1:24:51 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
on the 2012 dictionaries, you can change between any of the Amazon provided dictionaries, but you cannot use any other dictionaries

on the Kindle Touch and Basic Kindle, you can set default dictionaries for 6-7 different languages and those key off the language of the book

on the Paperwhite you can switch dictionaries on the fly (language of the book doesn't matter) - it even saw a Russian phrase book as a potential dictionary choice

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 1:58:22 PM PDT
@CBRetriever Thanks. When you say the Paperwhite can switch dictionaries on the fly, do you mean it will decide what dictionary I should use? And as to the Touch and Basic, which languages do they support, and do they also pick the dictionary for you? With Kindle for PC in Chinese I have one Chinese-English dictionary and one simply Chinese dictionary and I get to decide which one to use for a given character.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 5:57:35 PM PDT
Nick Jones says:
I wish the first gen. Fire could use multiple dictionaries - there are times when I need a Latin, Spanish, French, et al., word or phrase translated. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 8:04:41 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the Paperwhite will initially come up with the definition in the language of the book, but there's a little arrow next to the name of the dictionary that will allow you to select any other dictionary on your Kindle to use

the Touch is only sold used or refurbished as it's a 2011 middle and the Paperwhite replaced it and it supports Italian, French, German, Spanish, UK and US English and possibly Portuguese. I don't think it supports Chinese dictionaries, but the Basic Kindle definitely does not.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:39:59 AM PDT
@CBRetriever Thanks. This led me to the information about selecting dictionaries on Paperwhite, by Sonja S. - Forum ModeratorAMAZON, 06-Nov-2013 11:29 PST at

Information on adding dictionaries is at by Jonny Greenwood.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2014 4:01:19 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and i just checked my Kindle Touch - you cannot set a default Chinese dictionary, but you could set the default English dictionary to be an English to Chinese one

and I almost forgot, the Kindle Touch, Kindle Fires (2013) and the Paperwhite can use an online translator, Bing!, which uses a wireless connection to translate into and out of even more languages including Chinese. It's why I bought my Kindle Touch with 3G, so i don't have to be tethered to a wifi hot spot
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