Does a Kindle Fire only partially download a book?
This is an odd thing, but I’ve encountered several reports of it in the Amazon Kindle community, so I thought I’d check in with you.
With an RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle…anything except a Kindle Fire), when you download a book, it’s there. You do not need to connect to the wireless again to read the book before you finish it.
That can be important when you are traveling. If I was going to be on a cruise ship, or in the woods for two weeks, I could download enough books before I went and be fine.
However, what I’m seeing reported with the Kindle Fire is that people are away from wireless, are partway through a downloaded book…and can’t finish reading it.
The Fire wants to connect to the server again to be able to finish the book.
One person who posted even specifically mentioned the red exclamation icon you see on a book on the Fire when you tried to do a download and it failed.
This is a bit disconcerting, if true. I have not encountered it myself, but I haven’t been reading away from wi-fi for more than a day in a row, yet.
I’m curious as to whether or not this is a widespread issue, so I’m going to ask you:
I can see the logic of this…if it was a choice the user could make. Hmm…Amazon says you can download about 6,000 books on a Kindle Fire.
“8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.”
That’s in 5.37 GB available for non-app user storage.
Amazon figures about 800KB or about a megabyte (MB…”meg”) for a typical book. A gigabyte (GB) is very approximately a thousand megs.
That suggest that Amazon expects the 6,000 books to be downloaded in a manner similar to the RSKs…fully downloaded. There are also a number of “associated files” that may be downloaded (page numbers, popular highlights, annotations, and so on) with a book, but those tend to be pretty small.
Given that, I wonder why a book would either only partially download or want to check in with Amazon’s server if it was fully downloaded?
I’m still not sure how often this is happening…answering the poll can help find out if this is a significant problem.
If you’ve experienced it (or not), feel free to tell me what you think about it. Would this be a problem for you? I can see how it would be for me…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.