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Initial post: Aug 20, 2011 8:07:52 PM PDT
R. Ram says:
I am using the Kindle beta app for the HP Touchpad. With HP abandoning the Touchpad (and the future of webOS uncertain, although it could be licensed to other devices) -- will Amazon roll out any updates or improved compatability for its webOS app? More people than ever own the Touchpad now thanks go HP's firesale.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 9:07:27 PM PDT
M. McKnight says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 4:24:08 PM PDT
Are you completely ignorant of the fact that Touchpads sold out EVERYWHERE?

There is a whole hell of a lot more owners now then there was before.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 4:34:14 PM PDT
M. McKnight says:
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Posted on Aug 24, 2011 4:39:11 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 4:47:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2011 4:48:08 PM PDT
R. Ram, it's not likely that Amazon will continue to support a discontinued operating system. There's no real incentive for Amazon to do so unfortunately. However, the current Kindle app for webOS should continue to work just fine, and indefinitely on yours and everyone else's HP tablet devices that were purchased recently, it just won't likely ever see any updated features.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 4:49:52 PM PDT
Stan says:
...and the Cloud reader should still work it the HP's browser...just a thought!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 4:52:18 PM PDT
Forgot about the Cloud, Stan. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 9:28:45 PM PDT
R. Daneel says:
Does anyone know where to find instructions for using the app? I just downloaded and opened a book, but now can't get back to the main kindle app window to switch to another book. I'm trapped within the book I started with no way out!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2011 9:40:45 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Tap the screen, the home button should appear. Or, if there is a menu button on the device, press it and see if it gives you options.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 9:54:43 AM PDT
R. Daneel says:
No home button. No menu button. Nothing on the screen except for the pages of the book which I can swipe side-to-side (forward/back) and a small "tab" at the top right corner of the screen to act as a bookmark. The hardware buttons just shrink the window or put the tablet into sleep mode. Rather than just tell me what to do to get out of the book I'm in, I really hoping to find out if there's a set of instructions for using the app so that I can access all of its features.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 10:47:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2011 10:59:30 AM PDT
Richard B. says:
You just have to tap it the right way in the right spot. It was really confusing when I first used it as well. The other eReader in the market pReader is even worse. I'm hoping at least one of these things gets an update soon, and starting to think more seriously about porting Android into it if that ever becomes available and viable. I find that it works best to tap in the middle of the screen.

Edit: Oh, also I'm not sure if the cloud reader would work on the Touchpad since it doesn't seem like its browser would support that application. It seems like it's limited to Chrome and Safari...

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 4:51:18 PM PDT
lots of people missing the point here, the hardware is discontinued NOT the OS!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 6:18:07 AM PDT
R. Daneel

I hope you've found your way out by now! Just in case, though:

To open the "toolbars", tap the center of the screen along the top or bottom.

In the top toolbar, you will have in the upper left corner a small "books" symbol. This will take you back home to the main window. Also in that corner is the title of the book you are reading.

In the upper right corner, there are three symbols:

Aa: choice of font (Georgia and Verdana); appearance (black on bright white, black on ecru, white on black) and a slider for size.

Brightness: a sliding scale opens.

Magnifying glass: search window opens and keyboard pops up

Also in the upper right corner, always present (even when toolbar is not open) is the bookmark corner.

Bottom toolbar:

Locations on a slider bar.

Percent read.

Sync to further location read

Open book symbol for "go to" menu. For the "Cover" and "Notes and Marks", these slide over in a separate half-window, leaving the main page below. To close this window, press the three-line symbol in its bottom left corner.


Tree, a Swithin reader in Texas

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 6:25:24 AM PDT
R. Ram

While I can't speak to the future, we have had two updates to the Kindle app on the TouchPads in the reading groups.

To check on updates for all and any apps, open Launcher, go to Settings, tap Software Manager. It will take a minute or so (depending on how many apps you have) before the notice appears at the bottom of your screen telling you how many updates are available. Tapping an app here will open the view giving you Details (version and size) as well as options to Review App, Report a Problem, or Delete.

Amazon Kindle Beta is in v0.11.499820 on the TouchPad I just checked.


Tree, a Swithin reader in Texas

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 6:42:21 AM PDT
M. McKnight says: "Are you completely ignorant of the fact that Touchpads are DISCONTINUED?"

Turns out that the "firesale" created such a massive level of demand and interest in the Touchpad that HP is rethinking their decision on the software side of things. The device itself may be discontinued, but the OS and app store may not be.

"In an e-mail Monday, an HP spokeswoman seemed to keep the door open to supporting the machine in response to the massive interest.

'We expect that HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog,' the spokeswoman said. 'We plan to continue to investigate the best ways to leverage webOS software and grow the applications.'"

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 6:51:47 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Would the "level of interest" have hit where it did if the price hadn't been dropped to $99? I'll bet many people bought one, not because they needed or even had been interested in the device, but only because that price point enabled many to pick up a new toy. I'm not sure that really translates into serious "demand and interest."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 6:56:50 AM PDT
R. Daneel says:

Thanks for the useful tips. I had already figured out some of it, but your very specific input helps reduce the (unnecessarily obscure) learning curve for many of it's features. I find it odd that the Kindle Reading Device is so intuitive AND comes with a set of instructions built-in, but the webOS version lacks both. I guess Amazon does that on purpose because they'd rather have people buy their device instead of reading their books on the TP!


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 5:23:47 PM PDT
D. Marmalich says:
you need to switch back to landscape mode. Sometimes kindle gets stuck in either portrait or landscspe

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 12:42:03 PM PDT
I have a question about adding pdf books to the hp touchpad app version. I have thousands of ebooks but they are all in pdf, how do I get them transfered to the kindle app?

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 4:05:14 PM PDT
Using the Kindle app for the first time is very confusing. The tips here (to tap in the center of the book) is very helpful. wow can't believe I had to do an internet search in order to move forward using the kindle app...oh well...still good device

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2011 4:15:43 PM PDT
I think you could open them in Adobe Reader - I have some knitting books that are pdf format that look fantastic on the TP (I also have a cupcake book that looks way yummier in color than in e-ink!). It'd be nice though if there was better navigation for this app. I don't know if you can send them using email ( - these get sent to my Kindle not my TP. Looking at the Manage Your Kindle page the only devices with an email are the actual Kindles...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2011 6:03:08 PM PDT
Richard B. says:
I find that the easiest way to move files is to use the account that comes with the Touchpad. If you haven't activated it yet, you should. It's 50GB of free cloud storage that makes accessing your files on your various devices very easy. You can also read PDF files, I believe, in the pReader app in the market but it's not very polished at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2011 8:58:22 AM PDT
Yeah - I'm a little old fashioned in that I don't want to have to be attached to the internet to access files - so while I activated the app I still don't know what I'm going to use it for! :) I haven't downloaded the pReader app - I did on my Pre- but there really was no way I was going to use it (tiny screen) when I always had my K3 handy.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2011 12:08:27 PM PDT
Richard B. says:
Right. But just upload them to and then download them onto your device right away so they're there when you want them. I mean, that's what I do.
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