Checking in on MYCD (formerly MYK) April 2017: resend gifts to a different address!
What should hypothetically be one of the most important parts of our Kindle experiences is
That is the centralized place to manage what is happening on your account. Since that’s where our Amazon Kindle purchases live, you would think people would be in there every week. After all, do you spend more time in your house or in your car?
Actually, that may be an apt parallel: I would say most people care more about, and have a more intimate relationship with, their cars than their homes. Not true for everybody, of course, but cars are what we use, and that’s true of our devices versus MYCD, too. It’s also possible that the relatively short lifespan of a car/device versus the home/account makes us care about them more.
That said, I would think that someone like me, who loves to alphabetize** and play with databases, would be constantly checking in on MYCD to see what’s new.
That’s just not the case. For so long, we had relatively little we could do there that, well, I think I just got out of the habit. I have to have some conscious prompt to go look, typically, and this time, in came in the form of a private e-mail.
The suggestion was that there were new features. The first thing I did was check the
and it’s actually only been since October that I last wrote about it.
By the way, another part of that discussion was you would think that Amazon would alert us in some way if there were improvements, and tell us what they were and how to use them.
That’s definitely something I would change about how most cutting edge technology companies do things. They’ll work really hard on creating a new feature…and then not spend any time creating real instructions for it. 🙂
I see that all the time in VAMM (Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Merged) Reality space. Hulu, Netflix, Oculus…they’ve all had interesting experiences for me there, but they were really trial and error for me to figure out how to use them.
I know writing user-friendly instructions takes a bit of work…maybe they could crowd source that?
On the content page, these are the choices in the first “Show” dropdown:
- Books (books you buy from the Kindle store)
- Music (with a jump link)
- Instant Video
- Docs (personal documents you’ve uploaded, which could include books from non-Amazon sites, like Project Gutenberg)
- Active Content (apps and games for non-Fire Kindles)
- Dictionaries & User Guides
- — (dividing line)
- Kindle Unlimited (you might not have that if you aren’t a member)
- Prime Reading
- Pending Deliveries
The last time I listed that was about two years ago, and the sub-dividing part is pretty different.
The second dropdown, which starts as “All”, has
It was a big deal when we got “Samples” management, but that’s not new. It used to be that when you downloaded a sample, there was no record for you of that, which made things confusing at times…especially if you were only part way through a sample. If you sample a giant omnibus edition, it’s possible the sample contains an entire book (or more), so not being able to move it from one device to another was an issue. Another thing is that some people use samples as a “to buy” list…and if your device died, you lost that record before it was added to MYCD.
Clicking the ellipsis (…) to the left of a book title gave me information about the book and my purchase of it, and then these choices:
- Deliver to Default Device (or) Others (the latter did let me select multiple devices to which to download it at once)
- Download & transfer via USB (that’s how you get books when you don’t have a wireless connection)
- Clear furthest page read
- Read Now
- Manage Family Library
- Add to Collections
At the end of the book’s record, it had a column for Collections…it showed me a linked number and a dropdown (down caret). If the book was in zero Collections, it offered a link for me to add it to one. If the book was in one or more Collections, there was a link where I could go right to the Collection to manage it.
I was hoping something would tell me to which devices the book had been downloaded…people really want that. I understand that it would be difficult for it to tell you if a book is actually on a device, since someone could delete a book from a device without having the wireless on, and your MYCD would have no way of knowing that.
There was a banner at the top of the page:
“Have you sent digital gifts to your friends and loved ones? Now you can view and manage them from Manage your content and devices page. ”
That’s a different banner from last time (which talked about Cloud management of Collections).
Switching to Gifts, that did look new!
The second dropdown now gave me a choice between pending gifts and redeemed gifts. The pending gifts showed a delivery date.At first, I thought I had many more that were pending than have been redeemed, but it just took a while for the redeemed ones to all populate. I download every Kindle gift book I’m given, and generally love reading those! I really appreciate them from my family.
show, but not
which is good. I don’t get any information about people who enter to win through my Giveaways, except the name they chose to enter, and that’s only if they win. I debated about sharing that, and went with first names only…I do think it makes it seem more real to people to show a winner, but I want to protect your privacy. In one case, the name was two people, which I thought was too revealing, so I just used initials.
The ellipsis on a pending book gift has a great new choice: you can send it to a different e-mail address! You can also resend it to the same one, but this is a significant improvement. I gifted a couple of my books to Jeff Bezos more than five years ago…it’s possible the Amazon CEO (Chief Executive Officer) just hasn’t gotten around to them yet 😉 but I could give up and gift them to someone different.
There are also ones I sent to myself, and then printed out and gave to people to redeem. Knowing that they haven’t been redeemed is useful…I could resend them to their own e-mail addresses, in case they lost them, or assume they aren’t really wanting to redeem them…which might make me rethink my gifting. 🙂
For redeemed books, you obviously don’t get those resend choices.
It’s exciting to find this new capability! This post is long enough for now, but double-check the Collections management and look at the other tabs in the next week or so, and let you know if there is anything new and interesting there.
Thanks to my reader, Edward Boyhan, for the discussion (I’ll look more at your specifics)…I’m just waiting to hear from the other person and will update this with the name if it’s okay.
Questions? Thoughts? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
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** Me and alphabetizing and databases…I had once been in a videostore (remember those?) for anout an hour when an employee tentatively approached me and asked me what I was doing. “I’m alphabetizing the movies.” Employee: “They are already alphabetized.” Me: “Well, the ‘As’ are in the As and the ‘Bs’ are in the Bs, but they aren’t alphabetical within the letter.” The employee walked away slowly. 🙂 Another time, I was teaching a database class and said something like, “Remember those little plastic file boxes you played with as a kid? You’d have 3×5 cards, and write things on them and sort them into categories?” Needless to say, crickets. 😉 I guess I was the only person in the room who had fun doing that as a child…
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