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Old 12-30-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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Kindle Paperwhite apps or games?

Hi,

As always, the funny question to ask, is if there are any games or apps available on a reading device like the PW?

I remember that same question was asked for a Sony PRS-series reader a few years back, and it took most just about a couple of weeks to deliver a workable game like Sudoku on it.

So how about the paperwhite?

Games, apps?

Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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Yes, I've installed some games by searching for kindle active content: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...active+content.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:17 PM   #3
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I found, at the time of this writing,
grid detective,
Every word crossing, and a few other freebies on amazon!

Too bad minesweeper is only on the tablets, not the paperwhite.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:31 AM   #4
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:55 AM   #5
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If you're based in the US, you should be able to install most of the active content officially available online at Amazon. If you live anywhere else, you won't be allowed to install anything, not even the free apps or games.

BTW, many of the people in the dev corner had applied (even multiple times) to officially get access to the Kindle Development Kit, but as far as I know, in none of the cases did Amazon even bother to reply. So we're just doing our own "unofficial" stuff on jailbroken devices.

There must be some reason why Amazon does it this way, but the logic is beyond me.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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There must be some reason why Amazon does it this way, but the logic is beyond me.
There is a really good reason. They don't want to, because if they did, then the e-ink devices would compete with the shiny tablet versions. Look at Prime in the US: huge benefit when you have a Fire and you can stream many movies and tv-shows for free. Prime on eink? Useless in comparison. Whoo Hoo, you get 1 (ONE) book per account out of the owners lending library as often as once a month. A lot of the books in the lending library don't even even cost that much to purc hase outright (a lot of them under $4, many $0.99).
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:16 AM   #7
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There is a really good reason. They don't want to, because if they did, then the e-ink devices would compete with the shiny tablet versions.
Your logic slightly eludes me. How does this explain the fact that "active content" is available in the US, but not elsewhere?
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:30 AM   #8
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Your logic slightly eludes me. How does this explain the fact that "active content" is available in the US, but not elsewhere?
I was refering to the part where Amazon is reluctant to hand out developer packages to create active content.

The example with Prime shows how Amazon really does not want tablet and e-ink to compete. They don't want the eink to be too useful, and want to sell you both plus prime.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:21 PM   #9
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I don't think that access of the Kindle Development Kit would cause e-ink devices to compete with tablets like the KF. People don't only buy tablets for the apps. E-ink devices definitely can't run videos, at least for now.
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I don't think that access of the Kindle Development Kit would cause e-ink devices to compete with tablets like the KF. People don't only buy tablets for the apps. E-ink devices definitely can't run videos, at least for now.
Sure, videos are out of reach. And since audio is not available on PW, everything audio is out of the question. Something simple like notes would be really useful - either text with the keyboard or drawing notes with a stylus. I am sure that the ability to create a shopping list right on the device, and then just cross off as you go would be a feature many would love. Except having a device for you to kill time by reading and a few (board) games, carry your shopping list with you, plus the ability to use it in bright sunlight - now that would seriously cut into the domain of why some carry their tablet with them. If your eink device can do that, than why bother to spend all the extra money on a Fire?

By keeping it seperate: this is for reading only, and this is for everything else Amazon avoids competing with itself. It makes the Fire more desirable to have if you want it all. Even if you want eink to read, you would still need to buy a Fire on top of that if a writeable shopping list is on your wish list.
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Not so; there are "notepad" apps available for the Kindle.
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Not so; there are "notepad" apps available for the Kindle.
For the Kindle Paperwhite? If so, please show me, I am interested in having that
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For the Kindle Paperwhite? If so, please show me, I am interested in having that
Here's one : http://www.amazon.com/Notepad-Plus/d...d_sim_kstore_2

I really liked STICKY NOTES for my K2i (simplicity!) but it is not yet compatible with the PW.

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Notepad plus is actually a text writer.
It would be nice to have a paint-like program that works with lines and vectors; based on touchscreen input; to eg: make paintings, drawings, sketches.

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