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Whispernet and Whispersynch -- translations, please, out of marketing-lingo


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Initial post: Mar 3, 2012, 2:06:22 PM PST
F. Linton says:
I think I get it that "whispernet" is Amazon's marketing lingo for the 3G cellular data means-of-communication between a 3G-capable Kindle device and the Amazon Kindle mother-ship.

(If I'm wrong on that score, please straighten me out.)

But what's "whispersynch" meant to signify? "Synch"-ronization, over the 3G cellular (aka "whisper"-net) connection, of files on one's 3G-capable Kindle device with one's Kindle Library as stored in the Amazon Kindle mother-ship data-base? Or something else? I'd be grateful for a translation of this marketingese "whispersynch" into everyday computerese that even non-marketers can understand :-) .

TIA. And cheers, --.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012, 2:13:35 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Whispernet is Amazon book delivery service that originally worked only over cellular network; now some devices use Wi-Fi in addition to or instead of cellular for Whispernet transport.

Whispersync is a subset of that service, which is responsible for syncing the current (more precisely, furthest) location within the book among several devices. It can be switched on or off at the account level (as it is useful only if one person is reading the same book on several devices).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012, 2:38:46 PM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Good answer, Dragi... (omg, that sounded like it came right out of that game show "Family Feud." Do you get that where you live?)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012, 2:42:04 PM PST
♥ Ann says:
Whispersync is explained pretty well here - http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200775230&qid=1330813945&sr=1-1.

Whispernet used to be synonymous with the 3G on the original Kindles. The term doesn't seem to be used in the documentation for the current Kindles, but most view it as the wireless delivery method (3G or wifi).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012, 7:44:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2012, 7:46:27 PM PST
F. Linton says:
Not only was Whispernet once "synonymous with the 3G on the original Kindles", it's still in use that way for current Kindles, as illustrated, for example, on Amazon's "Kindle Personal Documents Service" page at

<http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_pdoc_main_short_us?nodeId=200767340> .

Especially in the section there on "Service Fees", the distinction between "delivery of personal documents to Kindle devices over Wi-Fi" and "Kindle Personal Documents Service via Whispernet" (i.e., over 3G cellular data connections) is spelled out in excruciating detail, as the fees applicable to the latter don't apply to the former :-) .

Whispersync (or whispersynch), on the other hand, I still find ambiguous or ill-defined.

Cheers, --.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012, 6:56:45 PM PDT
So how do we find the book on kindle once purchased for free through whispernet?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012, 9:58:06 PM PDT
Books should download automatically. Is the wireless turned on? What kind of kindle do you have. How exactly did you purchase it?

Posted on Jun 14, 2012, 2:46:43 PM PDT
Thought I could use the fire to access email through the wispernet is that not possible? I could use it on my old kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012, 2:52:07 PM PDT
You need wi-fi to connect with the Fire.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012, 5:36:53 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
When the Kindle 3 was released in the Summer of 2010, the wifi-only version was shown on the product page as using "Whispernet." So it was unambiguously clear at the time that the term referred to Amazon's technology through which a Kindle could connect with Amazon in order to buy, transfer, and sync books, *regardless* of whether that connection was made through wifi or through 3G.

It has since then become almost as clear that Whispernet is a marketing term, used by Amazon's marketing people to mean whatever they want it to mean at the moment they use it.

What many people have been confused about is the impression they received that Amazon had its own 3G wireless network, called Whispernet. Amazon never really described it that way, but it's easy to see how such an impression could be formed ("net... "...net). It is from this misunderstanding that most of the additional wrong assumptions about Whispernet proceed.

It would be better if the term were retired and forgotten, because it's not useful. Kindles need to connect to Amazon. Everybody gets that. Amazon is part of the internet. Everybody gets that. You can connect to the internet with cell phone technology, or with wifi (like somebody with a laptop at Starbucks). When your Kindle is connected to Amazon it can download books, and synchronize the book you're reading between your multiple Kindles and apps. Simple. Call it Kindlesynch. and forget about "...net." The "net" thing is what causes the confusion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012, 6:48:32 PM PDT
F. Linton says:
Thanks, R.D.,

You're the first post to offer a clear, unambiguous, intelligible, and believable answer to the first of the two related questions in the OP.

Can you now do equally well for the second one, that is, demystify what "Whispersynch" is meant to convey?

For that, my many thanks in advance :-) ! Cheers, --.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012, 8:01:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2012, 8:01:40 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
F., "Whispersync" is related to Amazon's "buy once, read anywhere" concept. Say I have a Kindle 3 plus an iPod and iPad, a PC and a laptop, all with Kindle apps installed. I can download a copy of a Kindle book I own to each of these, and as long as the settings are correct and they are connected to the internet, I can pick up any of them, open that book, and the app will look up my reading progress from wherever I was reading it last, and offer to open this copy to that same page. Sync using Whispernet: Whispersync. (Shhhh!) This feature also syncs bookmarks and annotations.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012, 12:06:42 AM PDT
F. Linton says:
Thanks, R.D.,

You're two for two, now, with answers that truly answer. Many thanks. Information well worth the 4-month wait :-) . Cheers, --.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:32:43 AM PDT
AC Sue says:
I think Amazon likes to simplify things in case we're all morons. Unfortunately, they tend to oversimplify to the point that it makes things more complicated instead of less.

Just look at all the threads asking about archives. I guess originally they thought everone would have just one Kindle and no apps, and would be happy picturing a giant warehouse in the sky with ebooks flying back and forth between the Kindle and the warehouse. As soon as people started having multiple Kindles and apps, the vision didn't quite make sense anymore. They probably think they made it clearer in the latest update for the Touch by changing "remove from device" to "move to archived items" ;)
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