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Why No Copy & Paste in Kindle App for Windows 8

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Initial post: Mar 18, 2014 2:44:05 PM PDT
As a graduate level university student, I am often in need of including quotes in the papers I write. Copying and pasting from the Kindle app has saved me lots of time since it not only moves the text into my paper quickly, but it even provides info for the text source making footnoting easier. For some reason Amazon has not included this feature in the Win 8 version of the app.

Now I realize that I can still dl the Win 7 version which I fully intend to do. My question, though, is the reasoning behind not allowing copy/paste. It will not prevent plagiarism from those who engage in that; it will also not prevent pirating (or even make it easier). So what is the point of not including it?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2014 2:58:59 PM PDT
The amount of "clipping" (another word for copy) that you can do in books is often limited by the publisher/author. Amazon can't change this amount as (from what I understand, it's for reviewing, etc). Sometimes it's 10% of the book, other times more or less. Once you reach this amount, you cannot "reset" it.

Why should Amazon develop technology for such a limited amount? This has been asked many times before. I suggest you use the search box on the right if you want to read through all the pros and cons. Be sure to uncheck "Search only this discussion".

Remember, Win 8 is a totally different interface and as such requires new programming. Clipping may come in a future version or again may not. My best suggestion is to let Amazon know - or

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 7:30:09 PM PDT
You, madam, have been very helpful. For what it's worth, I find it absurd that Amazon would base its decision on the fact that only 10% of many books may be clipped. Most students, professionals, reviewers, etc., who use this feature will only clip a few sentences of any one book at most. BUT they really need to get hold of those few sentences for their projects and clipping is so much more convenient/efficient that clipping. Adding that feature should not be a quantitative matter, but a qualitative one: it would surely be appreciated by many customers. I really hope that it will be added in a future update. Till then I must use an old version of the app (so long as I can find it....) Anyhow, thanks so much for your thoughts!!!

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 4:29:50 PM PDT
I wouldn't use it academically but I really wish I could just copy and paste things from My books that I have paid for. Well I guess I've just paid for the "rights" to read the book. Well joke's on you(me?), pen and paper still work! Unfortunately good information is hard to disseminate outside of the digital realm these days...

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 9:50:52 AM PDT
wetware says:
The stupidest thing is that I can't copy the name of an author or title of a book and paste it in the library search window so I can buy more books. This has resulted in amazon losing a decent amount of sales.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2014 9:54:00 AM PDT
quilt lover says:
Can't you just type it in??

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2014 9:55:07 AM PDT
Clearly your keyboard works. What's the disconnect, here? You're online somehow. Order the books, then send them to your device.
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