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Initial post: Dec 26, 2012 10:56:56 AM PST
M. Smith says:
How can I permanetly remove the foreign dictionaries from my Kindle Library content list???
I only need the English one and its frustrating to wade through 17 others that I don't need or want.
I tried deleting them but they were back again after a while.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 11:08:21 AM PST
Sanchez says:
I deleted mine from my cloud page on Amazon, simply deleting from the device does not work because they still exist on the cloud and come back. Go to Your Account, click on "Manage my Kindle" and it will list everything in your library, you can go through and delete them from there

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 11:47:34 AM PST
Where are you seeing so many dictionaries? I only have two, but would *like* the foreign ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 11:49:15 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 11:49:34 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
The Paperwhite comes with lots of dictionaries.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 12:08:03 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
and Amazon will keep on downloading them with every update

if you leave them there they'll gradually move down to page 2 then 3 then 4 and so on - mine are now on page 10 and going down (except for the more recent Japanese and Chinese ones)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 12:12:25 PM PST
can't they be moved into a collection, such as naming a collection "Reference" or something?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 12:17:09 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
They don't download to the Paperwhite automatically, I only see them in MYK.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 12:18:49 PM PST
ahhh! ok, thanks. I didn't read carefully enough as to WHERE they were showing up. Sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 12:19:47 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013 11:45:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2013 11:48:47 PM PDT
M. Kohary says:
The question: "How can I permanetly remove the foreign dictionaries from my Kindle Library content list?"

Your response, translated: "Since I don't respect your question, I'm going to add absolutely nothing to the discussion by disrespecting it. 3 times, no less."

So, back to the subject. Some of us want to delete the score of foreign dictionaries that comes with the Paperwhite. (Oh, and also the other score of foreign user manuals - what on earth would I ever want the Kindle user manual in Chinese for?) We will never use them and we don't want to ignore them, we want them off our lists and out of the way. Doesn't matter why, doesn't matter if you understand or not. Is there a way to do it? That's the only question here, and if you don't have a constructive answer to it, then you're welcome to keep your opinions about the question to yourself.

Now, does anyone have an actual answer to the question? I can't believe Amazon is going to force me to retain multiple books in my library that I absolutely don't need or want. When I set up my Kindle, I chose English as the language. So, I can see permanently retaining the English user manual and English dictionary on my list, and repopulating them if they're deleted. But I can't see making me keep those same items in many other languages that I will never use. If there's no way to do it, then that's a FLAW and it should be addressed. Thanks for any help or constructive advice in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013 11:58:39 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 12:02:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2013 12:03:08 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
There is not a permanent way to delete them. Period.

if you want to suggest to Amazon that they change their one size fits all methodology, then I suggest you email them at kindle-feedback@amazon.com and let them know your opinion. You'll likely receive a nice form letter in reply saying something about forwarding it on to their development team or if they completely misunderstand your request, telling you how to set a default dictionary. However, if enough people complain about it, maybe they'll change it.

And my suggestion of never updating your Kindle or connecting via wifi to avoid getting them was proved wrong when I received 2 more Chinese dictionaries on my account (no kindle updates occured during that time period) on July 8th.

BTW, they aren't forcing you to retain them, they're just adding them to your account - if they were forcing them to be retained, you would be unable to delete them (semantics, I know)

ETA to change i to I

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 12:26:14 AM PDT
M. Kohary says:
Thank you for the constructive reply CBRetriever. I have already resigned myself to this fact, and I will definitely leave feedback for Amazon (and will look forward to the form letter!). Of course I was only referring to retention on my MYK page, where you absolutely are forced to retain them. ;-)

It's an inane practice and I hope they reconsider.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 12:43:52 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
On the other hand, do you really want them snooping into all of your kindles to determine what language(s) you use and then supplying only the appropriate ones? That's really the only way they could really tell which dictionaries and user guides you do and don't want.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 1:01:05 AM PDT
M. Kohary says:
When I first set up my Kindle, I was asked to choose a language. Why not simply supply that dictionary and user manual? Or, supply them all, but let me then delete the ones I don't want.

It wasn't the supplying that got me irked. It was after I spent some time deleting them all on MYK, only to see them come back. THEN, I got irked. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 1:15:33 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
after the first time I did the deleting them exercise and accidentally deleted a book I wanted to keep, I decided not to do that process again

My opinion: I think it boils down to Amazon's efforts to keep things as simple as possible which is also why you can't customise and tweak your kindles like you might want to. A one size fits all update is easiest right now - that's not to say that they might not change it in the future as more and more languages are added

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 6:21:49 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Simple, a lot of people speak and read more than one language. Just because they have their Kindle set to one language does not mean they will not use the other language dictionaries and manuals.

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Just Peachy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 6:29:29 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The more a product can be customized, the more support problems it creates.
This is why companies have a standard computer set up for all their employees. If they didn't have a standard then they would need a lot more computer support staff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 6:38:46 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
yep, I know, I'm stuck with one of those myself - creates all sorts of problems when i can't access ftp sites to download data or install programs

I don't see the dictionaries/user guides thing changing until they get a lot more of them - right now the max is 10 or 11 dictionaries per kindle type and fortunately, if you already have the dictionary for another kindle, you don't get a second one, so the only duplicates i have are the English Dictionaries for my Kindle 2nd Gen and different one for the later kindle models

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