Commenter Paxton posted the following question yesterday:
Q: "a general question: do you know of a way to reset the "furthest location read" on a book? E.g., if I finish reading a book and my wife wants to read it, she gets a message asking if she wants to go to my furthest page read (the end of the book). But she wants to read the book and sync it with her iPod or PC - how can we get rid of "end of the book" as the last location, and reset it to the beginning?
I know I can call CS, but would like to know of there's a way I can do it myself. And I'd rather not get involved with turning off suncronization on the web page, as that might get rid off the last page read for any number of books I'm currently reading (or she is)."
A: [Shortened] "My only experience with this, and it's happened a few times lately because I test ahead, is that when I answer No -- that I don't want to sync to my furthest page -- it doesn't seem to ask me again after that if I make sure my other copy of the book on another device lines up with the earlier page on the current book.
But I don't keep track of what happens when I go back and forth except that I don't remember being asked a 2nd time and right now I'm keeping 3 devices going with sync & chk on.
Paxton wisely questioned Amazon Kindle Customer Support next and posted the following thorough answer on the Amazon Kindle forums. You can go there to see the follow-up questions and feedback there.
' Paxton says:
I just finished a book my wife wants to read next. We have a few Kindle devices, so I have synchronization turned ON on the Manage Your Kindle web page. We don't tend to read the same books at the same time.
When my wife started reading the book, it asked if she wanted to go to the furthest location (the last page of the book, which is where I left off). Obviously, she would not want to do that. When I finished the book, I had gone back to the beginning and saved that position, but it still listed the end of the book as the furthest page read.
We could turn syncronization off so it wouldn't ask her that each time, but then she wouldn't be able to sync between her Kindle and the iPod Touch or PC as she's reading through the book.
So I sent an email to CS and they sent me the answer - when you sync a device, that page gets stored on Amazon's servers for that device.
The "furthest page read" is not the furthest page ever read on any of the devices, it is the highest page number currently active across all your devices. [Emphases mine]
I had forgotten that I had looked at a note at the end of the book from my PC using the KindleForPC app. So that device had the highest page number across devices. So the solution is - on each device where you've read some of the book in question, go to the cover page (or TOC [Table of Contents] or wherever), then out to the Home screen and click the menu option to "Sync and Check for Items". Once this is done across all those devices, the "Furthest page read" will be the cover page, and the next person to read the book on your account will be able to sync across devices to the current position that they are reading.
A Kindle device probably won't go to the cover page when the book is opened - it will usually go to what the publisher has defined as the "beginning". [Andrys here: I'm pretty sure that this is because covers tend to be image pages and would take longer to load, and loading of a cover page is then done mainly upon request] At any rate, it will be at the start of the book if you set everything back to the cover. Note that you can set this last page to any position in the book that you wish, not just the beginning. '
Good, clear answer from Kindle (UK: K3) Support. Thanks to Paxton for following up on this and providing this report.
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