Major changes to MYK: bulk actions
This is just breaking now, and I can’t really see it myself yet, but I wanted to give you a heads-up…it may be working for you.
There have been major changes to the
I say “have been”, but it appears that they are in process. They may not appear in all browsers, and it sometimes takes a while for a change to be available to everyone (even if you are using identical browsers). That may be due to different users “hitting” different servers at Amazon.
Right now, I am seeing at least some of it in Silk on my Fire HDX…but not in Maxthon on the same device, or in Maxthon, Chrome, or Internet Explorer on my desktop.
What are the changes?
There is a lot of shifting about where things are, but let me hit some functional things that I can see (or about which I’ve heard).
This appears to me to be what people have wanted for some time: the ability to take the same action on several different items at once.
I can select several items, and then I’ll have a choice to
- Deliver to my…
- Delete from library
That means that when you got a new Kindle, you could select a bunch of books, and have them delivered all at once.
Now, there are negatives to that, and that’s why we used to think it wasn’t available.
When a book arrives on a Kindle, the Kindle indexes it. Basically, it “reads it”, and builds up an index to make searching easier. That takes up some battery charge. Throw a thousand books on there at once, and you’d better be plugged in for a while.
It’s possible that they’ve figured out a different way to do indexing, and the index travels with the book…that would resolve that issue.
Telling which books are on which device
The devices and the content now appear in basically the same place. If you click or tap a device, you’ll see a checkmark if a book is downloaded to that device. I don’t see a way to send a message to the device to delete something, and I’m not initially seeing a way to sort by what is and isn’t on the device.
I do see this information for the device:
- Edit the name
- Edit the e-mail
- Type (that’s nice!)
- Serial Number
“Your Cloud Library” is your archives
If you don’t want to be on a specific device, the first tab is for “Your Cloud Library”. You can filter by using a button that says “Books”. That has a new filter for “Dictionary & User Guides”. That’s actually been around for a short time for some people.
There is another button for sorting…it’s labeled “Date” by default.
There is another choice for “Your FreeTime Profiles”.
There is a magnifying glass for searching.
There is an icon on your far right that lets you switch between seeing the covers (which does look nice on my Fire, although I wouldn’t use it most of the time) or seeing a list).
There is also a Show choice to your right of the device list…you can choose there whether you want to see Devices, Apps, or both (All).
Generally, this looks like a big improvement…although, of course, people will want more. 🙂
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