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Old 10-17-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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highlighted text in kindle book

Just read my first book on my new kindle 3 wi fi and I love it. Just wondering why it occasionally has a number and some random highlighted text that is underlined with the option to remove the number but the text still remains underlined. No big deal but can't figure out WHY.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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That's the "popular highlights" feature. If a lot of readers highlight the same passage, it gets tagged as a "popular highlight" in the Amazon database and that's what you see. You can turn it off in the general settings (second page) if you are not interested.
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Most useless feature ever!
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:59 PM   #4
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That's the "popular highlights" feature. If a lot of readers highlight the same passage, it gets tagged as a "popular highlight" in the Amazon database and that's what you see. You can turn it off in the general settings (second page) if you are not interested.
Thank you very much. I would have never found that as I didn't know there was more than 1 settings page. It's not a big distraction but I'm anal about knowing why things do what they do.
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In most situations - yes. But I imagine it may come useful in books like textbooks. If you're preparing for an exam and see that many people highlight the same passage, then it is perhaps important and worth noting. If you're just reading fiction, it can be quite distracting.
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In most situations - yes. But I imagine it may come useful in books like textbooks. If you're preparing for an exam and see that many people highlight the same passage, then it is perhaps important and worth noting. If you're just reading fiction, it can be quite distracting.
Because textbooks are never distributed exclusively as PDF which this feature won't ever work with anyways? OH right.
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Because textbooks are never distributed exclusively as PDF which this feature won't ever work with anyways? OH right.
Amazon's own category:
Books › Reference › Education › Test Guides - College & University

Results:
Kindle Books: 139
PDF: 2
Printed books: 3183

Or another:
Books › Reference › Education
Kindle Books (4,276)
PDF (15)
Printed Books (40,576)

Mind we are not talking about what format a particular college uses (the ones you know might indeed use exclusively PDFs, the ones I know - typically MSWord ), but about a Kindle feature, and here the statistics is 139 Kindle Books to 2 PDFs or 4276 Kindle Books to 15 PDFs. Books not bought from Amazon won't ever have the "popular highlights".
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Well now, go for it then.

I on the other hand am one of the people when buying used books, will sit there and flip through every page to make sure that the previous owner wasn't a highlight/underline freak - preferably a person who failed the class and didn't use the book at all (as indicated by lack of wear @ the corners of the book)
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I like highlights.

I like the highlights of others to see what they liked. I also use my own highlights and notes a lot.
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I too learned about this feature through this forum. I posted the same question. Also, I do not care for the highlights to be visable while reading. It is distracting to me and makes the screen look clutered. Thanks for the wonderful info you people provide for us.
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