Amazon redesigns the Manage Your Kindle page
Amazon says you don’t need a computer to use your Kindle, and while that’s technically true, it’s like saying you don’t need ketchup when you eat french fries. ;)
Or…um…mayonnaise if you are from Holland…or…drat, well, you know what I mean.
I tend to shop from my computer: I don’t think I have bought something directly from my Kindle in a year, certainly.
fairly frequently. That’s where I’ll copy and paste notes I’ve made and highlighting I’ve done.
However, the big Amazon computer destination for your Kindle is
which is also
You can do all kinds of important things there: register your Kindle; change your country; manage synchronization; and so on.
I think in the future you may be able to do a lot more there, but more on that later in this post.
It’s always been kind of a pedestrian page, in terms of its design. No navigation, for example…you had to scroll through it.
Blaiz, one of the frequent (and most helpful) posters in the Amazon Kindle community noted a change in the way the MYK page looked last night in this:
Amazon Kindle community thread
I didn’t have the change last night, but I did this morning…and you may have it by now.
I’ll start out with a negative, even though it seems generally positive to me. It took much longer to load…and even failed to load in one of the three browsers I use regularly. However, that’s the price you often pay for increased functionality: decreased performance. The browser that failed is an old one, by the way…you probably won’t run into that problem.
The first thing you’ll probably notice in the navigation bar on your left, letting you jump to different parts of your library. For example, with one click, you can see all of your Active Content. The sections are
- All items
- Audible Audiobooks
- Active Content
- Pending deliveries (with a count)
The last one is particularly improved. We used to have to use a dropdown to switch between devices to see pending deliveries…now you can see them all at once.
Pending also now shows you pending orders…but also pre-orders (allowing you to cancel them) and Gift Orders which have not yet been redeemed.
Magazines now have a choice to “Deliver past issue to…”. For a long time, we could only have a magazine go to one device. Since December, we were able to get them from an eligible device through the archives. Now, we can get them from MYK…that’s a nice improvement!
Hey, looks like blogs are the same way now…you can send past issues to a different eligible device. Not surprisingly, they only have one date available…the way blogs work is that every time it is downloaded, it is a package of issues (I think it’s ten for this one). You don’t download each post/day separately.
Following the Your Kindle Library section, there is one for Your Kindle Account.
Those sections are:
- Register a Kindle
- Manage Your Devices
- Subscription Settings
- Kindle Payment Settings
- Personal Document Settings
- Country Settings
The Manage Your Devices has a really big plus: you can see the serial numbers right there. That’s helpful for insurance purposes, and if you have to report one lost or stolen.
If you have Kindle with Special Offers, you can indicate your “screensaver” preferences here. I’m still not quite sure how that is going to affect things, though.
Whispersync is much more obvious…we used to have to go to a different page, which never made much sense to me.
Blaiz noted that it now says that Whispersync is on or off for a specific person’s name (mine says “OFF for Bufo Calvin”, for example).
Does that suggest that we’ll have multiple people’s names on there, and allow us to have different settings?
I don’t think so, although it is possible.
One of the biggest improvements in Amazon’s future, in my (purely speculative) opinion, is device specific archives. I’d be surprised if it was “person specific”. Amazon doesn’t know at this point anybody else’s name who is using our account. I’m happy with that, by the way, although it might make things easier in a divorce situation if you owned different books.
What I would like to see, though, is device specific settings. I’d love to be able to say, “This book appears in the archives of this device”. That would solve the parental controls problem. It would let people share accounts…and still keep those embarrassing books hidden. If we could say, “This iPhone syncs to that Kindle, but not to that other Kindle,” that would be great. You could also do, “This device can buy books” or “This device can go on the Whispernet”, and so on.
That would encourage multiple Kindle households, which I think is something Amazon really wants. Of course, it would enhance other aggregations (such as coworkers) as well, but I don’t know how much of a negative that would be…it could also be a positive.
The last section is Kindle Support
- Kindle Help Home
- Getting Started Guide
Those actually took you to a different window…I would have liked to have known that first, but it’s still helpful.
The Getting Started Guide has a few videos…a lot of people like those. :)
Overall, this is a nice upgrade…and might be hinting at things to come. As I’ve said before, Amazon never stands still, just like the river…and that’s one of the reasons I like them. :)
Have you checked out the new MYK page? What do you think? Do you not have it? Feel free to comment and let me know.