FOLLOW-UPS ON RECENT KINDLE SOFTWARE UPDATES: Touch - v184.108.40.206;
Fire - v10.3.0, v7.3.0, and v8.3.0
Kindle Touch, v5.3.2 and 220.127.116.11
Q: "After the software update, my Collections are no longer listed. The books are just listed in abc order. So, I tried to reenter a title such as Suspense, and it says the title is currently in use and to enter a different title. Does anyone know what I should do?"
A: Amazon made an odd decision there. Normally, when you tap 'Recent' or 'Title' or 'Author' sorting options while choosing "Books" to view on the Home Screen, you'd expect to be able to see another option, which would be 'Collections' -- but that option doesn't show up when you have selected only "Books" (where they SHOULD show up).
You have to lightly tap 'Books' (or 'Periodicals,' 'Audible,' 'Docs' etc.) below the top row and choose "My Items" instead before you can get the 'Collections' choice for sorting now. It may be due to Amazon's defining 'Books' as Kindle Books only, while "My Items" includes Docs, etc.
Recent Kindle Fire updates, x.3.0
Enhanced Kindle Editions with Audio/Video feature that came with the recent Kindle Fire updates.
There is an added step to see these, if you've downloaded the book previously.
Q: "How do you get the audio/vidio to work?"
A: People are finding out that they need to remove any current copy of an Enhanced Kindle Edition from their Kindle Fire (2nd gen, 7" HD and 8.9" HD) and then RE-download the title previously purchased with audio and video, before they can access the audio/video portions of the book with the Kindle Fire.
Hyperion offered, In Sept. 2011, the Audio/Video Edition of the Jacqueline Kennedy Historic Conversations, for $10 rather than the regular $16.49 price, but it was usable only on "iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices" (and it's still described that way despite the software updates).
Nevertheless, at the time, figuring Amazon would make this available for their own tablets someday, I bought the enhanced edition at that price (it was and still is available without the audio/video for $10 too, but why not get the one with more features, for later?)
So, this week I downloaded the never-read Kindle book from my Cloud, and sure enough the audio and video features work very well on the Kindle Fire HD 7" and 8.9" tablets I have.
Bear in mind that that the Enhanced Edition will take up a LOT of tablet storage space.
For instance, the Kennedy Conversations Edition WITHOUT audio/video (readable text and photos only) is s 5 Meg file, which already (because it has photos) is over 5 times larger than an average novel.
The Audio/Video Edition, however, is a 500 Megabyte file, 100 times larger, and essentially HALF a GIG. The basic Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet can store 16 Gigs but a few gigs are used for system files. I bought the 32G model and 5 gigs are set aside for system files.
If I'd bought only the 16G basic Kindle Fire, I'd have no storage space left by now, as I have only 16 gigs remaining on my 32G tablet.
Of course we can always remove files from a device, and any Kindle purchases (and personal documents we've sent to our "Personal Documents" storage space (via EMail) are re-downloadable at any time, when we actually want or need to read them.
I tend to keep a lot of favorite Youtube video files on mine, but there's no reason that I need to have as many books ON the device as I do.
BONUS Tip - Here are a few FREE Enhanced Audio/Video Kindle Books (from time to time) that you can try, via this special link.
Q: "Why does Time to Read (the remaining pages of a chapter or book) seem to work only sporadically if at all?
A: 1. You need to be on WiFi for this to work, when reading a book, as the servers keep track of time taken to read, and they calculate time remaining based on that. This information, they say, is not retrieved for the server but kept on the Kindle device. Some people like to know, when they need to sleep or leave, how much time it might take to finish the chapter (or the next one).
2. Also, when you're seeing location number (and page number for books that have this) and the timeline bar at the bottom of a screen, you can get the other options (Time to Read, Page No. only, Location No. only) by lightly tapping just above the bottom timeline bar.
Then tap whatever NON-timeline-bar option is showing at bottom left to get the other options.
If you want the timeline bar back, lightly tap just above the normal bottom-bar area, near the center.
Note: When the timeline bar is showing, don't touch the bar itself, as it changes where you are in the book if you move it at all (which is too easy to do).
Comments and advice from the Amazon Kindle Forum Kindle Fire software update x.3.0 topic. Emphases and bracketed comments are mine.
Kim Shown says
[in response to questions about glitches after the update]
I suggest contacting kindle customer service, Scott. My kindle hd 8.9 was fixed in less than 15 minutes. He had me go to another power outlet & plug it in, then wait a couple of minutes before depressing the on button & hold it down for 30 seconds. After that, He asked me to wait 20 seconds & repeat the process. I did this 3 times, at his request; then he told me to remove it from the charger & power it back up (holding the power button for less than 15 seconds) & voila, it magically came back to life with no problems. I did get the update & that is what caused the problem, but it works fine now! I hope this helps!
A. Rupert says
" ... I made it so my email wouldn't check for new mail. "[I turned that one off from the start. I don't want my tablet to be checking email all the time.Murtaza Aliakbar says:
I also make sure that my applications don't automatically update. (See Settings / Applications) I just don't want that activity going on all the time, especially when I don't use most of my apps that much, so I don't need the constant updating that would occur.]
Hi I develop for Kindle Fire, and I confirm that "Collect App Usage Data" surely has nothing to do with the Battery Drain issue.
[I posted, re this new Kindle Fire setting, found under 'Applications']
Are you actually saying that gathering info on app use and taking it back to the server does not use battery life - I don't mean extraordinary use but any WiFi activity does use battery and we don't know how often you're taking that info.
I had the battery drain issue (Kindle Fire HD 8.9" wifi), and now it is resolved. Not sure exactly what fixed it, but here's what I did:
1) I turned off "Collect App Usage Data" (I suspect it was this, not sure)
2) I [then] held down the power key for 20 seconds until my Kindle shut itself off. Then, turned it back on. Previously I had tried shutting it down multiple times the "normal" way without success.
Battery drain issues for my Fire 2nd gen., after receiving the update, seem largely resolved for me now after
1) turning off the Collect App Usage Data, and
2) doing a hard reset: press and hold the off button for a full 30 seconds, ignoring all screen prompts, etc., then waiting for a minute and turning it back on.
Dr. Bobby H. Wang MD says:
Good news is that 7.3.0 & 8.3.0 can finally handle a >50,000 Item Cloud Library.
[ Emphasis mine -- this is good news. ]
Alan Harrah says:
For those with battery drain problems, you might try turning off location services. Once turned on by an app that used it, it was THE main reason my battery was draining. It seems to not allow the kindle to sleep. This needs to be fixed obviously, but turning off location services for now is something you might try to see if it helps in your case as well.[That's another setting I do turn Off unless an app I am using REALLY needs it for something I want.]
[I also do not have Weather apps active. The constant use of battery for some weather apps may be worth it to some, but not to me.] '
That's the latest I've seen on the discussions following the recent software updates.
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