I’ve written previously about reports I’d seen that sometimes, after a book had been downloaded to a Kindle Fire, the reader had to connect to wi-fi again partway through the book to be able to finish it.
I polled my readers about it:
Have you been reading a downloaded book on a Kindle Fire and been unable to finish reading it without reconnecting?
I don’t know 24.39%
As you can see, about half of the people who thought they knew one way or the other reporting having had it happen.
Well, as of this morning, you can add me to that list.
I was reading a book I borrowed from the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)*
I was about twelve percent through it yesterday. I turned off the wi-fi before I went to bed…I typically do that. On my RSKs (Reflective Screen Kindles…anything but a Kindle Fire), I tend to leave the wi-fi off unless I am using it. With the Fire, I figure I charge it every day, so I’m not as concerned about the wi-fi. I do turn it off when I’m traveling between locations, so it doesn’t use up a lot of battery charge finding networks along the side of the road on the route.
When I went to open the book today, I saw this:
Notice that you can see the “Kid under the Kindle Tree” logo? I saw the reader launch when I opened the book. Ordinarily, you don’t see that when you open a book on the Fire. You can see the logo if you go into
Settings Gear – More – Applications
and switch to All Application.
I had to turn on the wi-fi, then click Resume in my bottom left. The download happened, and then I’ve been okay since.
The fact that this screen exists with specific instructions shows that Amazon knows that this might occur.
Now, I’ve hypothesized before that maybe people move out of a wi-fi area or turn off the connection before a book completes its download.
I can’t say for sure that didn’t happen. I don’t remember checking to see the notification to see if it had completed.
However, I’m sure the little progress bar showing that it is downloading had finished.
This gives me personal experience with what other people had reported.
I have to say, this would have been pretty annoying if I was on an airplane (I’m going on a trip soon). I might have really wanted to finish that book on the trip.
It may not matter, but this book is a huge file. Amazon figures a typical novel is 800 or 900KB, somewhere in there. This book? 14057KB…much more than ten times the typical.
Hmm…I wonder if the size of the file meant that something timed out before the download completed?
Well, just thought you’d want to know.
One other thing that may be interesting. We took a picture of the screen with my Samsung Captivate. I don’t know of an easy way to do a screengrab on a Kindle Fire, without adding something to the Fire to do it.
I thought I’d take the opportunity to demonstrate something about the appearance of the Kindle Fire. The picture you see above was taken with the brightness turned down all the way.
This one was taken with the brightness up all the way:
See how much more washed out it looks?
I was not using any extra lighting in the room. I’m just showing you how much difference the brightness setting can make. Outside, I have the brightness setting cranked up all the way…it makes it easier to read in bright light.
Settings Gear – Brightness, slider (tap or slide)
* The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) is a group of books from which eligible Prime members can borrow up to one a month at no additional cost
** I do plan to write a review of this one. I know it’s a fun idea that may appeal to some of you right away…there are some issues with it, so you may want to wait until you can read my review (within a week, I’d bet)…up to you, though.
Off topic: if you are a movie fan, you might be interested in my annual BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness) game. There is no charge for anybody to play. I mentioning here because of the limited time left (the Oscars are a week from today). For more information, see this post in The Measured Circle.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.