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Old 03-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #1
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Accidentally deleted dictionaries k4nt

SOLVED the problem. I wanted a backup Kindle anyway so I bought another one...opened the files to look around and both dictionaries were there in "documents" as azw files. I saved them to computer then hooked up the first Kindle with the missing tomes and copied them in and all works fine. If anyone else has deleted theirs accidentally as well I would be happy to send you a copy so you can reinstall. I don't see that this is violating any ethical concerns as it's simply restoring what was there not pirating something.

Again I have to take the blame for not paying attention to the warning message that said it would delete them. I was fiddling with Calibre at the same time I just assumed a factory reset would put it in the same condition it came out of the box in. Don't know why it deletes the dictionaries but not the Guide etc. Live and learn.

Plus side is the screens are BEAUTIFUL on the ones I kept. It took me 2 returns each time to find each good one so I had to buy 6 bleeding Kindles to get two with great screens, but they are nearly as white as my computer screen and very bold. The first two in each go were murky, greenish and bad contrast. Horrid quality control Amazon...shame on you...or shame on e-ink. I don't know if it is a QC issue e-ink has across the board of if Amazon bought a cheaper "binning" of screens but in any case it's a mess. I would have given up if I was doing this via post...being able to go right back in and change them made the difference.

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Old 03-30-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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I did the same thing on a 4NT. Amazon support tried their best but in the end they said it wasn't possible to restore them. Seems to me a simple download would do it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:17 AM   #3
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Last time I lost access to archived items on the kindle, I had to do a complete reset of the kindle and relink it to my amazon account. Then I could re-download the dictionary from the archive.

Have you checked your amazon account via the web to see if the dictionaries are listed in the archive there?
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #4
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In my case the dictionaries are listed in my list of digital books at manage your Kindle. If I cursor on a purchased item "actions" one of the choices is "deliver to my". This choice is not offered on the dictionaries. Just delete, or clear furthest page read. So it's up there, but not accessible.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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The dictionaries should be in the "Archive". Just redownload them.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:37 PM   #6
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Another variant which definitely works is using the K4PC app to get dictionaries, then treat them in a way so you can put them on the Kindle. This is on the edge of what is allowed to discuss here, so you have to put the loose ends together by yourself. Anyway, here is a reference to the thread where it was initially discussed: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=168044

The method works for all dictionaries supported in the K4PC application. (Clarification: IIRC, that's Oxford/Oxford American/german/french/italian/spanish ones; I may have missed some).

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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I just got the device from Target and have not registered so there is nothing in the archives. Thanks ixtab I will have a look. It's not like I am asking for something that was not already there so you would think someone would have it in a file I could just drag and drop. Should have backed them up immediately. I figured a factory reset would put it back to how it was out of the box...my mistake.

I also only have a linux laptop and no windows so cant use kindle for PC....haven't been able to make it work with WINE. I also have no intention of registering or having an Amazon account. I just liked the hardware and get my books at Baen and other places.

Everything is a hassle. Just want to plug and move and drag and drop stuff. Surely someone out there has the dictionaries saved.

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:36 PM   #8
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The dictionaries are accessible from the Manage Your Kindle Page. I have deleted it by accident and was able to resend it from my MYK page like any other Amazon book. You will have to register your Kindle to get it back.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #9
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The dictionaries are accessible from the Manage Your Kindle Page. I have deleted it by accident and was able to resend it from my MYK page like any other Amazon book. You will have to register your Kindle to get it back.
Yes, I can confirm that's true. My dictionary mysteriously disappeared after a firmware update, and that's how I got it back.
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Plus side is the screens are BEAUTIFUL on the ones I kept. It took me 2 returns each time to find each good one so I had to buy 6 bleeding Kindles to get two with great screens, but they are nearly as white as my computer screen and very bold. The first two in each go were murky, greenish and bad contrast. Horrid quality control Amazon...shame on you...or shame on e-ink. I don't know if it is a QC issue e-ink has across the board of if Amazon bought a cheaper "binning" of screens but in any case it's a mess. I would have given up if I was doing this via post...being able to go right back in and change them made the difference.
I actually own one of those murky, greenish and bad contrast K4s. Changing the font has helped me tolerate it. I do want to let you know the back of the K4s are stainable. I'm not sure if it's just my unit or my case but I bought my K4 in October and it now had black stains on the back of it. I seldom take mine out of the case so I have no idea how it happens. I don't own a cheap case either. I see me upgrading to a KT soon.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:51 PM   #13
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I actually own one of those murky, greenish and bad contrast K4s. Changing the font has helped me tolerate it. I do want to let you know the back of the K4s are stainable. I'm not sure if it's just my unit or my case but I bought my K4 in October and it now had black stains on the back of it. I seldom take mine out of the case so I have no idea how it happens. I don't own a cheap case either. I see me upgrading to a KT soon.
Thanks for the info. I got the Amazon leather non light case for it. Is that what you use? I did notice that after putting it in the case it felt twice as heavy...which shows how light the Kindle itself really is. Not sure if I will use it naked or clothed. I wanted protection but it is so light naked. Considering a silicone skin instead. Options options options.

And regarding the screen if you have the option I wouldn't settle for a bad screen...can you return it? It is night and day between those I returned and those I kept. If the bad ones were all I knew existed I would have decided to stick with paper books as reading on them hurt my eyes. But the good ones are superb...better than I imagined possible when checking out demos...certainly better than any demo in the stores.

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Thanks for the info. I got the Amazon leather non light case for it. Is that what you use? I did notice that after putting it in the case it felt twice as heavy...which shows how light the Kindle itself really is. Not sure if I will use it naked or clothed. I wanted protection but it is so light naked. Considering a silicone skin instead. Options options options.
No I have a Marware Eco-Flip Case. I love my case if not for the fact my K4's back looks faded with black splotches. I do have a Decalgirl skin extra back piece I can put on it for protection.
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I have the Marware case, too - the "normal" one, not the flip one - on my Touch. Excellent case and very reasonably priced.
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