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Initial post: Jul 16, 2013 6:18:56 AM PDT
MeBebo says:
I am considering switching from Nook to Kindle -- has anyone had any problems on the Kindle with the number of books it can contain? In both active and archived?

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 6:23:41 AM PDT
The Paperwhite can hold about 1100 books at a time. Some people say that if you have several hundred on your Kindle it will slow down, but I've never had that happen to me in all the years I've owned a Kindle. All the books you buy on Amazon are archived in your account and can be downloaded at anytime you like.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 6:23:48 AM PDT
Arieswoman says:
I have 3500 Kindle books but in the cloud (archives). I don't try to download all of them as it does slow your Kindle down. I keep what I am currently reading on it and when I am done I delete the books off my Kindle and they go back into the archives. I much prefer my Kindle Paperwhite over the Nook I used to have.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 6:25:26 AM PDT
MeBebo says:
OK thanks - that helps!

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 6:25:28 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Hmm.. I've got over 2,000+ books in my account archive (and know people who have more than that).. On my one Kindle Keyboard I've got about 500 books, the other KK I've got about 30. On my HP TouchPad (webOS), I've got all my Amazon books from my Kindle account (2,000+). On my two android devices I've got a dozen or so on one and maybe 200 on the other (one being a 24" device and the other a 7" tablet).

I did have some problem / issues when I had all 2,000 books on my one Kindle Keyboard - it got slow and the battery drained due to the constant indexing. Did a factory restet and wiped out all the books and now the KK works fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 6:26:21 AM PDT
MeBebo says:
Thanks for the details -- and an understanding of how the archived vs currently reading works!

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 6:47:37 AM PDT
MariaA37 says:
I have a little over 200 books on my Kindle Fire. (How did that happen? :D) and so far it hasn't slowed my Kindle down yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 6:52:43 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
maybe it's because not all books are created equal?

over 100 of those collected works of certain authors could probably fill a kindle up to the brim

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 2:41:31 PM PDT
mike palmer says:
I probably have a little over 1000 books on my Kindle, the remaining 500 or so in my archive.

The Kindle can absolutely slow down if it's jam packed though. It runs noticeably faster the fewer books are on it. But it still usually works fine even when full. It freezes more, especially when trying to add a book to a collection.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 9:26:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2013 9:32:08 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
People who have many thousands of books in their archives, more than the 2500 or so I have, have reported serious difficulties. There is a long thread about it, search on something like "too many books".

On my Kindle Keyboard, which is no longer being sold new, once I downloaded about 1200 books, I ran into performance issues. I now limit the number of books actually residing on that Kindle to fewer than 500, and it works just fine. My Kindle and my Kindle Fire HD, don't have anywhere near that many books downloaded, so I haven't stress tested them.

ETA: I'm pretty sure this is a link to the thread I'm thinking of http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx8HMJ97IEEV1P#Mx1NVMVY5AWLZGH

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 11:19:01 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
actually, it's more like more than 8-10,000 books on their account

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 11:29:59 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 16, 2013 11:38:54 PM PDT
My Kindle Keyboard (3G+WiFi) is supposed to be able to hold 3,000 e-books. However, it slows down the loading, and page turns, and drains the battery quicker, etc, if I get more than 800, or so e-books on it. Of course, some of my e-books are very long. My Kindle (Basic), with half the storage of the Keyboard, should be able to store 1,500 e-books on it, but it has the same storage as the PaperWhite, which most people say can store more like 1,100 e-books on it, but it now has 913 e-books on it, and is just beginning to slow down a bit. I will probably leave most of my-books in The Cloud, and remove all but a few from the Kindles; deleting one after reading it, and loading another....or I may buy another Kindle-perhaps a PaperWhite-and keep more like 500, or 600, on each Kindle. Rest assured that you can store enough e-books on a Kindle to keep you reading during a wait in the doctor's office, on a vacation journey, or just about anything else you may need it for. The Cloud is supposed to allow unlimited storage on it, and I have not found any limit on it so far. I have 2300 e-books in the cloud, so far, and have no problems there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 1:39:35 AM PDT
>>My Kindle (Basic), with half the storage of the Keyboard, should be able to store 1,500 e-books on it, but it has the same storage as the PaperWhite, which most people say can store more like 1,100 e-books on it,<<

I think you'll find the difference in book capacity between the Basic and the PW is due to a difference in the amount of space the OS takes up, Erin. But apart from anything else the PW has higher resolution, which means it needs slightly more storage space per book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 9:25:19 AM PDT
Charlie says:
"the PW has higher resolution, which means it needs slightly more storage space per book."

Not that it particularly matters ..... I don't think this statement is true. There may have to be more space for fonts (but I don't think so), but there is no reason that books would take up more room even on a display with 10 times as many pixels. The pixels are generated using the book text as input to a rendering machine.

/geeky comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 9:44:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2013 9:46:06 AM PDT
Charlie says:
MariaA37 says "I have a little over 200 books on my Kindle Fire. (How did that happen? :D)"

If you are addicted to downloading lots of free books, then choose Cloud Reader as the device for them to be delivered to. Then they just sit there in the cloud waiting for you, and won't clog up your Kindle Fire.

I do get the daily emails from kebooks.com with lists of freebies, and download one every other day or so. Sending them to Cloud Reader keeps them off my Ipad and Paperwhite, making it easier to find the public library e-books that I actually read, unlike the freebies that I tend to just download and hoard.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 10:07:05 AM PDT
nancy grove says:
Thank you!!! I have been having trouble with my kindle and didn'tknow why but you gave me a very good idea as to what the problem is -its too full.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 10:12:24 AM PDT
Some people have taken the big step of resetting their Kindles to factory defaults, wiping it clean, then re-downloading a more manageable number of titles. It's easier than click-click-clicking through, trying to delete books one by one.

I did it to my KK quite a while back, and it worked great!

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 7:12:08 PM PDT
Sue says:
Why would you need a lot of books on your Kindle? have been reading this thread and have not understood that. I have about 4300 books some read some not. I have no intentions to have them all at hand at one time.

I take my Kindle with me almost everywhere I have a chance to read and have a few books downloaded in-case I finish one and want to start another one. All others are in my library waiting their turn to be read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 7:26:00 PM PDT
One reason for me, Sue, is that many of my books are not Amazon/archived books, so I can't just download one if I want it while I'm out and about (and I'm away from home a fair bit).

Ideally I could now get around to sending them all via Send to Kindle, but it's a job that keeps getting shoved down the to-do list in favour of other, more pressing, needs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 7:38:25 PM PDT
Oops, yes. That's what comes of typing on your phone late at night - you miss words without realising! :-)

What I *intended* to say was "which means it needs slightly more storage space for the OS, and therefore less is available for books".

Thanks for picking that up, Charlie.

Further note: Both the Basic and PW product pages say the OS leaves "about 1.25GB" available for books. But if one is, say, 1.23GB and the other is 1.27GB, that could easily equate to a capacity difference of 150-odd books (or only one Snoopy book LOL).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2013 3:10:53 AM PDT
Sue says:
Thank you for the clarification. I only have Kindle books on mine and I am near a wifi hot spot most of the time so downloading is not a big issue. I guess i live a sheltered life.

I understand about the phone, I have a laptop and the touch pad has a mind of it own. I am trying to find a way to disable it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2013 6:59:49 AM PDT
MariaA37 says:
Thanks Charlie A, that's a good idea to send them to the Cloud Reader.

I signed up with BookGorilla and BookLending so I've been downloading a few free books a week plus the books that I buy. It adds up quickly!

Now I'm going to check out kebooks :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2013 3:42:59 PM PDT
You can disable it, Sue. Assuming it's a PC, and allowing for these instructions not being quite right for whichever version of Windows you have, in My Computer/System/Hardware there should be a list of input devices, one of which will be the driver for the tracking pad. There should be an option to disable it there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2013 1:04:32 AM PDT
Sue says:
CBP,

Thanks, I will look into that. It is driving me nuts. I have Windows 8 on my PC.
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