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Initial post: Oct 3, 2012 11:17:20 AM PDT
Mary A. B. says:
Have a bunch of books I haven't downloaded yet. Paper White arriving today. Looked at the books I need to download and discovered 11 dictionaries added 10/1; German, French, Spanish, Chinese Portugese, 2 English dictionaries, etc. and 3 that are indecipherable. Amazon says they "come with" the Paper White. I'm not thrilled since I'm the one who has to delete them. Would have been nice to have been given the option on this. Consider this a rant.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2012 11:25:54 AM PDT
 Ann says:
Your Kindle comes with dictionaries and User's Guides in all of the languages that the device supports. If you're not interested in using them, you can just ignore them. Aside from the ones in your chosen language, they're not downloaded to your Kindle, they're not taking up space, and there's no need to delete them.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2012 11:27:47 AM PDT
You were given those free of charge as part of the foreign language features of the Paperwhite. They would cost a pretty penny if you wanted to buy them. It takes 2 seconds to delete them.

Personally, I am tickled that I don't have to buy the French or Spanish dictionary.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 11:06:01 AM PST
Evelyn says:
I had to pay for foreign language dictionaries for my Kindle 3 Keyboard and you're getting them free (yes, they are free!). I'm green with envy. Even if you install them all, you'll find you still have masses of room for your other books, otherwise, just keep them archived - you can download them again any time you want. Even if you aren't a language fan, won't it be nice to look up the dishes on that classy French menu before you find yourself eating something you really don't like?

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 10:47:36 PM PST
Betsy says:
Are the dictionary entries in foreign languages also in that foreign language, or are they in English?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 2:13:36 PM PST
Harshad Gado says:
Unfortunately they are only in that language. I was hoping to be able to translate words... It does help learn the genders/articles etc of the words though if you are into language learning...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 2:31:33 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 20, 2013 10:25:13 AM PST
David says:
Does the Kindle switch the dictionary automatically when you change language? In other words, if I'm reading a book in English and then switch to Spanish, how do I make sure when I touch a word I have a definition of the Spanish word in Spanish?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013 11:44:46 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
it reads the meta data of the book - if the book is coded as being in spanish, then it will use a spanish dictionary, and enlish book will use an english dictionary

and so forth

however, I have run across books that have not been properly encoded - the worst was the french-english dictionary that was coded as being in english which rendered it useless on french books

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013 11:46:52 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
actually, the Paperwhite has this handy-dandy instant translation function that can translate words and phrases into and out of 16 different languages

requires a wireless connection, though

and you can set a properly encoded xxx-english dictionary to be your default dictionary in some cases

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013 12:19:35 PM PST
MikeJW says:
Why come here to whine? Rant at Amazon, not us.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013 12:47:53 PM PST
David says:
Thanks CBRetriever for your help

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 2:19:55 PM PST
Natalie Gray says:
I just received my paperwhite. For my previous kindle I used the Merriam-Webster's French-English Translation Dictionary as a default dictionary. I am unable to select this dictionary as one to use for French in the settings. Does anyone know if this is possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013 2:25:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2013 2:26:42 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
did you buy that one a year or two ago?

if so there's a problem as it's coded as being in English and not French which means it will work as a default English dictionary, but not a default French dictionary. You have two options:

1. use the orange Contact Us button and work your way through the menus until you can either Chat or use the Call Me/Us button and then convince them that that's the problem
2. delete the other one from your account and buy the latest one which is correctly coded as being in French

or

3. use your Instant translation which will translate words and phrases into and out of 16 different languages (requires wireless connection vie 3G or wifi)

I chose 2 and also use 3

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013 2:37:07 PM PST
Natalie Gray says:
Yes, I did buy it a few years ago and loved it. This is the one I have: http://www.amazon.ca/Merriam-Websters-French-English-Translation-Dictionary-ebook/dp/B002ROKQU6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359153291&sr=1-1

Is there a newer version?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013 11:55:39 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
that's the exact one I had, but no matter how many times I removed it and redownloaded it, it still wouldn't work, so I repurchased it

it looks like they replaced it but never offered it as an update to previous purchasers

here's a link to the thread in which someone had the same problem with the Spanish-English one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/kindleqna/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1GLDPZMNR1X53&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx15T9NUGTWKDB8#Mx1S4DPH4V7V7R8

and customer service fixed it for him

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 9:39:42 AM PDT
R. Martin says:
I've just set up my new paperwhite and I want to add the Chinese dictionary (the default English dictionary is already there) that is supposed to be available. I'm using the instructions found here under "Use Dictionary" : (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=kp_off_wel_em_cust?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200954140 ) It says, "To download a dictionary, go to your Cloud tab and select the Dictionaries collection. In the collection you can download free dictionaries in the language(s) you want to look up words in while reading. " I tapped the Cloud tab and in the drop down menu there is a choice of "Import collections," but that just takes me to material on my old Kindle. I can't find anything that takes me to the selection of dictionaries that is indicated in the instructions. Ideas anyone? Thanks!

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 2:35:43 PM PDT
Evan says:
Why won't they just let us sort them out of the list view? Whenever I go to see just my books in MYK, there are literally pages of foreign language guides. Yes, I get why they exist, but why not just put them in a different category in the pull down so they don't pollute the list I want to see?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 2:43:38 PM PDT
JES says:
Probably because it doesn't matter to 99.9 % of people who look at the MYK page.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 3:30:26 PM PDT
M. Patterson says:
R.Martin: Keep scrolling (swipe from the bottom to the top) while in the Cloud. All the dictionaries are grouped together in the last item (Dictionaries) on the list.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 4:09:45 PM PDT
Penny says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 4:11:56 PM PDT
Penny says:
Per my posted reply to "Ann", they cannot be deleted. After spending the time to do so, which is excessive, they return "free of charge". My time is worth more than they.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 4:14:42 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Leave them alone and they quickly drop off the first few pages of your library. They are not taking up space.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 4:27:15 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 4:33:07 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
You haven't bought any books since April?
If you quit deleting them the WILL fall to further pages as you buy new books.
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