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You know what I miss? Kindle Keyboard progress bar!


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Initial post: Nov 3, 2013, 12:15:47 PM PST
I am now on my 2nd Paperwhite (gave the first to my wife) and I love it, except for one thing: I started with a Kindle Keyboard (then went to Touch, then Paperwhite) and I absolutely miss the progress bar that has the little markings showing how long each chapter is, and where you were in between. This was easily the most helpful feature of Kindle software. I find most of the other features (x-ray, annotations, notes, highlights, etc) useless. But that progress bar was the best thing about the Kindle.

I know that recent Kindles have the "time left in chapter/book" option, but it's very unhelpful. Its calculations are almost always incorrect. I will often set my book down to do something else (deal with the kids, answer a text message, etc), and when I come back to it, the "time left" feature has incorrectly interpreted such events as me taking longer to read a given page. So it will often tell me I have 10 minutes left in a chapter that in actuality I breeze through in 3 minutes. The visual progress bar, on the other hand, didn't try to predict such things. It just showed me where I was.

At the very least, give me the option of turning it on/off. Many users may not want it, but it is the one "can't live without" feature from the Keyboard and I am absolutely devastated and frustrated that it was taken away. Please, PLEASE bring it back Amazon!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013, 12:58:40 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Matthew, I also liked the old progress bar, but we seem to be a relatively tiny minority, and every additional option increases code complexity and probability of problems. New PW returns "chapter jump" with some additional cool "leafing" features, so I take it as a kind of compensation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013, 1:48:40 PM PST
I have never had need for chapter jump or the leafing feature (though I understand the latter is commonly requested). I also don't think we're as much in the minority as you think. I remember there being numerous threads dedicated to this topic. I think what's happened is that there have been several products in the interim that didn't have it, so many of the folks posting around here never experienced how awesome it was. I truly wish they would return to it. Many of the options they are including are far less useful, so the ROI on adding it back would be high, IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013, 1:59:02 PM PST
Well, I'm not devastated, but I do like my progress bar, too. I turn off that goofy "time to read" thing. It's annoying.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013, 9:38:01 PM PST
I completely, absolutely, entirely agree. Why oh why did they remove this essential feature? It was so much drastically better than the time left in chapter thing. Why can't they bring it back for those of us that prefer it? I'd take that progress bar back over any of the recent features any day.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013, 3:42:42 AM PST
JSquaredZ says:
Why can't they just have both and let you choose? I like the progress bar as well. I also would like the option to have "pages remaining in chapter" like nook.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013, 3:54:19 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I thought I would miss that feature on my paperwhite as well but I don't. After the first day I didn't even notice.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013, 4:04:50 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
and I love on the Paperwhite 1 being able to turn off any progress indicators

Posted on Dec 17, 2013, 4:51:26 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
"Percentage read" is the exact same data as the progress bar. So I don't miss the progress bar.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013, 5:37:59 AM PST
M. Bridge says:
I miss the progress bar especially on box sets. I also miss the fact if the book didn't have markings in the progress bar you could go to each chapter or book and bookmark them to show up in the bar.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013, 5:56:24 AM PST
TravelingGal says:
I miss the progress bar, too. The visual representation of where you are, the chapter divisions, and the overall indication of length provides a lot of information in a quick, easy to interpret format. I'm not crazy about any of the other alternatives.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013, 5:45:02 PM PST
Sarida says:
I just miss my KK :(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2014, 3:24:33 AM PST
Anniik says:
Totally agree! Give us back the progressbar!!

Posted on Dec 30, 2014, 4:04:32 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I don't miss it at all.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015, 7:47:29 AM PST
pleaaase give us back the progressbar !!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2015, 3:54:55 AM PDT
DisplacedMic says:
no it isnt. the progress bar's best feafure imo was the chapter tick marks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2015, 4:07:45 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It's gone for good...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2015, 7:30:19 AM PST
Wellsie says:
How do you know?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2015, 8:39:47 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
A friend of a friend's uncle heard it from his aunts twin sister's roommate's boyfriend's third cousin. Highly reliable....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2015, 9:31:09 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 24, 2015, 9:41:56 AM PST
I guess you could always get a pencil and paper and record a tally mark for each screen page read and create a new page counting technique. Not sure how Amazon would implement it, maybe provide pencil and paper with new orders. :)
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