The new feature I most want to try on Fire tablets
I’ve ordered the new
I think Amazon is going to have a big hit with the low price tablet…no, it’s not the best tablet out there, but I think it will fit many needs. I’ve talked before about how Amazon is building the best roads, not the best cars…and hey, you may not need a $130,000
no matter how cool it is. 😉
You might be just fine with a low end car, most of the time for most of your uses.
That’s what I think the new $50 tablet will be: enough car more of the time.
There is already a “waiting list” for this one. It’s expected to be in stock again on October 26th…the first ones should be shipping today as I write this.
Amazon has now put up a page with a video of one of the new features:
If you are reading this on an EBR (E-Book Reader) not capable of displaying video, there is plenty to read on that page as well.
Word Runner is Amazon’s new speed reading feature…somewhat similar to Spritz..I advised Amazon to add something like this back in 2014:
Basically, it shows you one word at a time in the same spot in the center of the screen…your eyes don’t have to keep shifting, so you can read more quickly.
Amazon has given it some nifty features: it slows down for harder words, and you can apparently easily back up if you miss something (just sneezing, you might miss a sentence).
Try it in the video, if you can…you’ll see you can do it.
Now, I’m not sure how much faster it will really be, although Spritz was supposed to be faster for people. I’m not sure that we don’t sometimes process a paragraph at a time, when we are skimming. We know that people don’t need to see all the letters in a word to read it. In fact, usually just the first letter and the last letter is enough, if you know how long the word is. For example, you can probably read this:
T_e q_ _ _k r_d f_x j_ _ _ _d o_ _ r t_e l_ _ y b_ _ _ n d_g.
The good news is that you won’t need to buy one of the new tablets to use it. I think it will come to other recent Fire tablets, but it will also be on Kindle for Android.
That last one may be especially important.
I don’t read much on my phone, although many people do. I find the screen to be too small.
If I’m only reading one word at a time, though? Shouldn’t make a difference that the screen is relatively small…it’s big enough for one word. 🙂
Might this be hard on your eyes? I’m guessing it could be…it might reduce your tendency to blink, so you may not be able to do it for long periods of time without using the “brake” feature.
I think speed reading is a killer feature, especially for non-fiction. Part of it will depend on your retention…it might not matter that you could read your homework assignment 20% faster if you retain less of it.
We tend to remember things by what is different, what isn’t the routine.
With Word Runner, I’m a bit concerned that everything will be the same…you won’t have the variation of the “shape” of sentences and paragraphs.
I remember reading before that retention might be worse with e-books than with p-books (paperbooks), because you didn’t have the imperfections on the pages.
I don’t really know for sure…so I really want to try it!
It might also be quite effective with personal documents!
It’s only going to work with English language books, at least initially. Why does the language matter? That algorithmic stuff that slows it down for hard words…it might not know what is a hard word in Yucatec or Walloon…
We all have so much content available!
I think the newly announced
will benefit from two big innovations.
One is commercial skipping…the entire block of commercials, seamlessly, if it’s the right type of content (which includes the big networks).
We pay a few dollars extra to have no commercial on Hulu…and it’s well worth it!
The other innovation is “speed watching”. It can speed up recorded video by 30%…and it will adjust the audio’s pitch so it doesn’t go chipmunky on you.
You bet I would have used that on the Presidential debates! Those are long…I want to see and hear every word, but it takes a long time.
There you go! If you try the Word Runner video and have an opinion, or if you have other comments, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post. Are there other features you are itching to try? I’m also looking forward to trying Alexa on our 2nd gen
I’d love to hear about it…
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