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What is Whispersync?

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Initial post: Feb 17, 2009 7:08:45 PM PST
Hey guys. Just saw that the new Kindle will have Whispersync. What is this? Is it different than Whispernet? And will it be available to the old Kindle?

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 7:17:29 PM PST
It's in the User's Guide:
"If you read the same Kindle Store book across multiple Kindles, you'll find Whispersync makes
it easy for you to switch back and forth. Whispersync synchronizes the bookmarks and furthest
page read among devices registered to the same account.
Whispersync is on by default to ensure a seamless reading experience for a book read across
multiple Kindle devices. If you would like to turn Whispersync off, follow these steps:
1. Go to
2. At the bottom of the page, look for "Manage synchronization between devices. Learn
more." Select "Learn more."
3. Select "Turn Synchronization off."
Once you turn synchronization off, your books will still open to the last page read on that device,
but Whispersync will no longer sync bookmarks or the furthest page read with other devices. If
you would like to sync the book manually, press the Menu button and select "Sync to Furthest
Page Read.""

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 4:56:00 AM PST
K. Ritter says:
I hadn't thought much of it before, but what exactly is the point of Whispersync? How many people have multiple Kindles? And it seems like this would be quite annoying when more than one person (each with their own Kindle) shares an account, so you'd have to turn it off.

If in the future, there is a Kindle app for other devices (iphone, etc) I could see it being useful. There are times that I carry my phone but not my Kindle, and it might be nice to read a few pages here and there.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 8:26:19 AM PST
Will it be available for the Kindle 1?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2009 9:43:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2009 9:44:00 AM PST
QuietWinds says:
Whispersync can be turned off. I think under manage your kindle.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 11:33:59 AM PST
I'm not talking about Whispersync, I'm talking about Whispernet

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2009 12:04:11 PM PST
It's on Kindle 1 when you update to version 1.2

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2009 2:57:25 PM PST

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 4:45:18 PM PST
Joshua K says:
I actually used it the other day when somehow I had gotten put back at the start of my book. I went to use the menu to jump ahead a bit and there was an option to go to the last page read. It asked for whispernet to be turned on, so i did that and then it took me to where I was reading before I somehow changed the page.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 10:07:10 PM PDT
Hi, I just bought an iPhone and added the app, "kindle whispersync". I bought several ebooks through their store by hitting the button "get books" on their homepage. I, then, clicked on (one click purchase) to buy the books. Now what I am trying to figure out is... How do I transfer the ebooks on my pc hard drive? or onto a disc? I am so clueless. Tried syncing through iTunes but I do not think I am doing it right.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 11:43:03 PM PDT
Jwb52z says:
Shelby, why do you want them on your computer or a disk? They are meant to be read on the Kindle or the iPhone and are not formatted to read on a computer.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 11:52:40 PM PDT
Baddog 70 says:
Try Sneakernet! It's a thried and true technology a lot of young whispersnappers haven't ever heard of....'''

Here's how sneakernet have a book or cd or computer disk in your hands. Your friend would also like to try/have what you walk on down the road in yer Sneakers (Nike, Fila, whatever you are wearing) and NETwork with your friend..that way they can read your book, listen to your cd, or look at your software.......sneaky, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2009 12:59:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2009 1:09:55 AM PDT
(to Clayton B. Johnson): Cuz I keep getting paranoid about my iPhone freezing and crashing. Then having to reset. Some apps crashes and causes the iPhone to lock up. When I had to reset once, lost all apps that was not permanent part of the iPhone. The only thing that saved me was that I saved the apps in library (synced) in iTunes. Tried doing that but can't get in amazon kindle whispersync to see if downloaded. Sorry that this is a mouthful. Saw incomplete instruction how to download under akws help so I'm deadended.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2009 1:06:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2009 1:07:55 AM PDT
(to baddog): Are you talking about my issue? How does that help me figure out how to download ebook kindle to doc HTML or txt whatever u call it in pc. I'll investigate that website, always up for new things. Ignorance is NOT bliss, not in my case since I love the iPhone (at least the parts I know how to utilize and understand!) it's so FRUSTRATING!

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 1:16:07 AM PDT
Guys if I am not using the right way to "speak" in a forum, forgive me. (tech stunted) in 7th grade intro to comp, I was grounded to a desk after crashing the "new apple mac" system. All 10-15 comps blinked and went black and I was the only one using comp (pop quiz!) Humiliating, scarred me for years and I avoided everything techy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2009 1:22:40 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 3, 2009 2:26:13 AM PDT
Shelby, books that you purchased from Amazon can be downloaded to your computer from the Manage My Kindle page. I would assume that even if you don't own a Kindle and just use the app on your phone that you would still have a page like that set up for you on the Amazon site. If you go to the Kindle store area one of the links along the top will be for Manage My Kindle.

When you load the Manage My Kindle page it will have a listing of all the ebooks you have purchased. There should be a drop down menu where you can choose to send the book to your computer, rather than your phone or Kindle.

But you don't actually need to do that unless you want to have redundant backups. (Some of us do, but most don't.) Amazon will store your purchased books for you indefinitely, so you can always go back and download them again later on if you want to reread them, or your phone malfunctions, or you get a new phone or Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2009 7:20:39 AM PDT
Wish someone knew that back then who could have told me that. Great, unnecessary phobia for years, just lovely. Well, at least I am holding an iPhone, smile.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2009 7:22:57 AM PDT
Awesome, I did not know that they stored them indefinitely. Solves my problem then. Thanks guys.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 6:05:08 PM PDT
Lola says:
Well...I have the kindle reader on my droid and sometimes I switch back and forth.

Posted on May 28, 2012 6:28:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 6:29:20 PM PDT
Arual says:
Lola! This discussion thread is three years old! Technology changes by the MINUTE.
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