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2.0 out of 5 stars (v3.0.1.70) Great tablet app for Android (Motorola Xoom), BUT, with a some problems and shortcomings..., May 26, 2011
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(12 of 12 people found this review helpful before I rewrote it with intent to improve. Please let me know if you still find this helpful.)

Generally speaking, this Kindle reader compares well to the competition and appears to work better than the Nook. It's features are probably just about everything a fiction reader could want, including easily accessible options to adjust the display to your liking (font size, colors, etc.), as well as to navigate, search, bookmark, and create notes.

For non-fiction study and learning (e.g. studying a book on stock trading), it lacks important features (detailed under Cons, further below).

For all readers, the Android version of this app has two problems (one with Whispersync, and the other with Archiving books; see details under cons).

Cons for users who switch between devices:

1. Whispersync problem. If you switch between devices like I do (for me, it's between the Motorola Xoom and my iPhone), the Whispersync feature is very important. It tells Amazon the furthest point to which you've read. If you later want to pick up your reading on another device, the Kindle app will prompt whether you want to go to the "furthest read" point within the book. This is an invaluable feature, but it fails way too often, and without any way to fix it. (Examples: i. you accidentally click a Table of Contents link that takes you far into the book or to its end, as I have done by accident, ii. you click a superscript that takes you to the index, and the app fails to give a back button, then proceeds to mark the index as your "furthest read" point.) This feature has failed on my a number of times, and there is no way to reset the "furthest read" point. From then on, it becomes very tedious to page through a book and find where I left off each time I switch devices.
SUGGESTION to Amazon: A simple "Set current location as 'furthest read'" option would resolve this issue.

Cons for all users:

2. Unlike my iPhone's Kindle app, the Motorola Xoom app does not show which page you're on. Instead, it only reports how far you are into a book as a percentage.

Cons for non-fiction readers who study to learn:

3. Cannot name bookmarks.
4. Cannot categorize/group bookmarks and notes. A folder system (just like that used for web browser bookmarks) would be great --but one collection per book; not a global (multi-book) collection. Of course, ability to re-organize --versus being stuck with the initial organization-- would be important as well.
5. Unable to archive free books. The iPhone has an Archive option, whereas the Android app does not; instead, it provides a Delete option. Archiving on the iPhone puts any book (whether it was free or not) into the Archive. In the Android version, choosing to Delete a book (whether it was free or not) results in a "Archiving book" message being shown briefly. Afterwards, if the book was a paid book, it will show up in the Archive; if it was a free book, it will disappear altogether. I spent hours downloading lots of classics last night (books by Plato, Aristotle, the founding fathers, Thoreau, etc.), only to discover that if I want to free up my Library (current reading) space, I have to delete them altogether from the app; they are now archived on the iPhone, but if I want to read them on my Xoom, I will either have to leave them in my current reading space (Library) forever, or return to Amazon's store to search for them each time I want to read or reference them and hope that they're still available.
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Initial post: Jul 29, 2011, 1:27:23 PM PDT
V Sav says:
Thanks for the info!! Very informative. I am a non-fiction reader so this information was VITAL to my deciding to go with this app for my Android. Thanks again!

Posted on Feb 19, 2012, 5:22:04 AM PST
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Posted on May 2, 2012, 1:24:55 PM PDT
harper says:
There is no con for the book mark, you either say yes or no at least it gives you an option. And I like it.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012, 5:30:05 AM PDT
S. Tin says:
same feeling still many bugs

Posted on Dec 7, 2012, 9:13:51 AM PST
Eileen says:
Most of the cons are true of Kindle as well and not app-specific. If you like Kindle, these shouldn't bother you.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 1:52:40 PM PST
RTPV says:
#1 Go to amazon.com "Manage Your Kindle" to reset the furthest point read. If you do this while at your "real" furthest point read, then you have achieved what you desire. Not as convenient as a simple "set furthest point read" in the app, but does what you want.
# 5 Not true. I have a real Kindle, and the Kindle app installed on my Android phone and a couple of PCs. All archive the free books just like the paid books. If this is other than operator error, then it must be unique to the Xoom app.
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