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Old 05-07-2011, 03:28 AM   #1
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Kindle Dictionary

I loaded the Kindle app to my iPhone several months ago and bought an ebook the same day. Either loading the app or buying the book (I can't tell which) triggered loading of the American dictionary. The dictionary appeared on the app home page and I've found it very useful indeed.

Yesterday, when I opend the app after not using it for a couple of weeks, I got a message saying that the dictionary was no longer visible on the home page but that it could still be used by highlighting a word in whatever ebook I was reading. That's true, it does work, but that would only be about 10% of my usage of the disctionary.

Two things have happened since the last time I used the dictionary on the iPhone :
1. I loaded a Kindle reader to my laptop and bought one book for it.
2. Amazon have released, and I've loaded, an update to the iPhone app.

Can anyone suggest why the dictionary might have vanished from the accessible area when it is still obviously present in the iPhone? It seems likely that the loss of direct access is related to either(1) or (2) above. I've lost access to a rather valuable resource.

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Old 05-07-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:12 PM   #3
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Yes, it was the latest update that did it. For some reason they decided to remove this feature of a separate dictionary.

Options to get around this would be that you could still browse or search the dictionary, but in an awkward fashion, by looking up a word in a book and then going to the dictionary from there; or you could buy another dictionary that is not tied to the lookup feature. I found this one for $5.00 that looks pretty good. It has 150,000 words.

Wordnet 3

http://www.amazon.com/WordNet-larges...4798902&sr=1-1

There are a few others in the dictionary section. Make sure the one you pick is compatible with the Kindle for iPOD, though, as some of them are not.

FYI - I read the reviews before installing updates to see if there are any bugs/problems or removal of features, such as this.
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Thanks Nightbird. I often read Release Notes first (if I can find them!) but was in a hurry when the Kindle update came through and just accepted it. Have you, or anyone else, seen an explanation from Amazon decided to remove the dictionary from easy access?
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Yw. No, I haven't seen anything mentioned by Amazon themselves about this. I only learned about it from the reviews by people who had downloaded. I find it very puzzling and disappointing that they would do this.
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