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Initial post: Nov 21, 2011 9:07:49 AM PST
Ed says:
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

I just found out that it is no longer possible to change default dictionaries in the Kindle Fire. This is a deal breaker for me. I can change the default dictionary in my Kindle 1 when reading foreign books and do so all of the time. Why is Amazon deleting existing capability in the Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 9:09:54 AM PST
~nospin says:
Hopefully it will be addressed in an update.

This forum is composed primarily of users. If you want to be sure Amazon gets your concern, e-mail them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 9:17:24 AM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Agreed. Email them. They need to know that people who are using their Fires for reading books want the same or better functionality that they have when using their e-ink Kindles. (Or even the K for PC app -- I know that the K for Android app doesn't have all the features of the K for PC app, but I'd have thought they'd have improved it for the Fire. It's odd that they didn't.)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 10:58:33 AM PST
Simon Picard says:
I agree this option should definitely be included. Foreign languages dictionaries are totally useless if they cannot be integrated in the book you are reading...

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 11:04:31 AM PST
T. Pro says:
I was thinking the same thing. Just like them taking out the "read-to-me" feature. I was so disappointed when I found this out I actually began researching the Nook to make a switch.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 4:30:20 PM PST
Yeah..we need some updates.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 6:59:41 AM PST
Yes, I just received my Kindle Fire yesterday. I like all the other features on the new device. The default dictionary option needs to be upgraded. I cannot give up my Kindle 3 until this setting is available. :(

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 8:55:45 PM PST
Brent M. says:
yes, everybody send an email regarding your desire to change the default dictionary. contacting them with this feedback is easy to do on the menu options of the fire.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 3:58:34 PM PST
S. Ames says:
Agreed. Very frustrating. My first kindle. Admired dictionary and read tod me on Mg wife's e-inj kindles. Sad I don't get these features since j opted for fire :(

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 8:39:30 PM PST
Every body is frustrated with this lack... we hope that Amazon will solve the problem as soon as possible... I bought a Le Robert Dixel french dicitonary and as instruction they said it will be possible to use it as default.. but i got dissppointed when i didnt find any way to make it my default dictionary... coz i am reading only french books and newspapers....
we still waiting...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2012 9:41:12 AM PST
Thomas says:
Hi friends

I have the same problem - I'm from austria and german is my nativ tongue but I'm only reading english books.
I bought a Kindle Fire because a friend told me, that I will be able to adjust the dictionary, because this is not passible on the reader apps for mac or iPad - too bad.
I already bought a german to english to german dictionary but could not find a way to set it as a default dictionary on my all new kindle fire - I think i will sell it because I couldn't find a list of features that will be implemented soon. Does anyone know if such a list / page does exist?


Posted on Jan 29, 2012 11:46:29 PM PST
D. Garvey says:
Tom, someone in another discussion claimed to have received an e-mail from Amazon saying that they are going to try to add the ability to change the primary dictionary in their next software update (here is a link to the post: ). Of course, we won't know for sure until they actually do it, but I think there's a good chance they will as this functionality is pretty important.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2012 2:47:29 PM PDT
J Anon says:
Still a deal-breaker. I just went through Customer Service at Chat and telephone and NO ability to change default dictionary. I cannot believe this!!! It is on my Kindle Touch and I want a Fire so I can have web access too. I am a Latin student and want to use one of the digital Latin dictionaries I now use on Touch and a new Fire. Won't be buying one now. I also think they just updated software again and nothing was changed in this area. I am sending a feedback form to Amazon in a moment that the phone guy emailed to me. I hope they wake up!!!

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 2:24:12 PM PDT
Toby Nixon says:
I am a writer and I need more dictionary. Like an unabridged ... I mean it would be nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 2:31:34 PM PDT
J Anon says:
Still nothing from Amazon or any of the glitzy tablet sellers: iPad, Nook, etc all like Fire. It's not important to them. Stick with a Touch for reading and get yourself a little ACER Netbook with 10.7" screen and full Win 7 operating system and full sized keyboard for serious reading and writing. That's what I did. ACER cost me $350 at Costco and is a great little tool.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 8:01:06 PM PDT
But you can't read Kindle books with foreign-English lookup dictionary on the Acer, can you?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 5:08:25 AM PDT
J Anon says:
Of course I can. I have the best Latin dictionary there is as a stand-alone application or online and it is free. In fact I have two of them. Also if I'm on wireless connection I have dozens of options including using Google Translate.

From Kindle for PC I just copy the word/words with the copy feature and dump them into one of the dictionaries or let KFPC look it up in Google automatically. I also have a full Windows operating system and can do a far riche set of tasks easily than I can do on any tablet.

There are literally thousands of free books online in pdf format that you can download and they are a pain to try to read with any small screen Kindle device, although the Fire isn't bad. I just download a pdf book, open it in Kindle for PC and Voila! it is automatically saved there. Ditto for any pdf document I find or create and I create lots of them from web pages I am interested in saving for later.

I like my Kindle Touch and find it to be a super reading tool, but for serious translating work the options on the ACER, or any netbook laptop platform is hard to beat. Porable and powerful....
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