Kindle Book features: which devices?
We’ve seen a lot of features offered over the years inside Kindle books.
However, they haven’t all been available on all devices (Kindle hardware and reading apps).
One of the biggest jumps was from the Kindle 1 (the 2007 model) to the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX (which Amazon collectively calls the “5-Way Controller models”).
Those of us (including me) who had (or have) the 1st gen Kindle were rapidly left behind when the 2nd generation was released.
I never mind that. I figure if I thought something was a good value when I bought it, it’s still a good value…I don’t mind if others get more than I did. That doesn’t change my initial math, right? Oh, and you all do the math before you buy, right? 😉
It’s gotten a bit confusing as to which models have which features.
Fortunately, Amazon has a page which spells it out:
They describe the feature (these are currently available features, by the way…for example, NowNow, which was on the 1st gen isn’t listed…and what they do list isn’t comprehensive), then tell you which devices have it.
I wanted to make a grid out of that…so I did. 🙂
I let you look at either a device and see which features it has, or a feature and you can see which devices have it.
I want to explain my abbreviations before you look at it.
The devices are these:
- KDX (the large screen Kindle)
- K3 (also known as a Kindle Keyboard)
- Touch (Kindle Touch)
- PPW (Paperwhite…either generation)
- MTch (Mindle Touch…the current least expensive model)
- Vyg (Voyage)
- KF1 (Kindle Fire 1st generation)
- KF2 (Kindle Fire 2nd generation
- KFHD (Kindle Fire HD)
- KFHDX (Kindle Fire HDX)
- FHD (Fire HD
- FHDX (Fire HDX)
- CR (Cloud Reader)
- Droid (Kindle for Android)
- Sams (Kindle for Samsung)
- iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch…but check the asterisks)
- Win8 (Windows 8)
and the features are:
- TPU (Text Pop-Up)
- Pnl (Panel View: for comics)
- Rep (Print Replica)
- WSV (Whispersync for Voice…you can listen to an audiobook or sight-read, not necessarily on the same device, and maintain your place…I only listed the devices here on which you can sight read with this feature)
- Imm (Immersion Reading…you can read and listen at the same time on the same device,with words highlighted)
- XRy (X-Ray)
- TTS (text-to-speech)
- AV (Audio-Visual…movies and sound within the book)
* Tablets only (not phones)
** iPad or iPhone (not the iPod touch)
*** With an accessibility plug-in
That should give you current state on this, although it can change…both through the introduction of new devices, and by Amazon adding these features to more of the existing devices. I’d be quite surprised if they took any of the existing features away from existing devices…no real reason to do that, unless they abandon a feature altogether.
Hope that helps…
If you think something here isn’t correct (Amazon doesn’t always update the pages, and I could have made a mistake…I did make some interpretations of what Amazon was saying), or if you have any questions about these or other features, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post. Oh, I should also mention that I’m looking at Amazon.com: it’s possible that some of these features have not been approved for some countries…it may often be a negotiation with the publisher.
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