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Old 04-13-2009, 12:38 PM   #16
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It's easy enough to open a book and check how big it is/how much of it I've read.
On the K2, yes. But on the K1 when you open the book the line of dots is the same length regardless of the length of the book, and it doesn't list the total number of locations.

So you can tell roughly what % of the book you've read, but no way to gauge how long it is and how many pages/locations you have left.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:13 PM   #17
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Once you are used to the K1, you easily get a feeling for how quickly the dots are becoming black, so that you can gauge your progress. Also, the location numbers become familiar after a while. Of course, the relative length of the dots on the Home Page give a relative size, also.

It's all in what you are used to.
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:00 PM   #18
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Yeah, it's no big deal. I just wish the K1 had the total locations listed too.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:54 PM   #19
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So you can tell roughly what % of the book you've read, but no way to gauge how long it is and how many pages/locations you have left.
I don't see it as much different than looking at where the bookmark is in a printed volume to see how far it is from the end.

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Old 04-13-2009, 08:15 PM   #20
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I don't see it as much different than looking at where the bookmark is in a printed volume to see how far it is from the end.

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In a print book you can simply flip to the end and see how many pages you have, or gauge by the thickness of the book and where you are.

On the K1 the dots span the bottom of the screen when a book is open regardless of how long the book is and it doesn't list total number of locations so you can't tell easily. You could jump to the end of the book or last chapter or something I suppose. But that's annoying and the K1 is so slow to jump to places in a book and back to bookmarks etc.

Again, it's just a minor annoyance. For instance, I no I'm roughly 75% through Crime and Punishment but have no idea how many "pages" I have left as I haven't bothered to jump to the end to see how many locations there are.

Sounds like the K2 has fixed the issue reasonably, by listing % read and total locations though.
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Yeah, I know how the Kindle 1 does it. I've had one for a year. I just don't see the difference between gauging how far you've read by the thickness of a book versus the progress meter. Both work just fine for me.

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Yeah, I know how the Kindle 1 does it. I've had one for a year. I just don't see the difference between gauging how far you've read by the thickness of a book versus the progress meter. Both work just fine for me.

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You can tell % through the book the same, but you don't have a sense of how many pages you have left on the K1 since the progress bar is the same length on the book page regardless of length of the book.

i.e., you know you're half way through, but can't tell if you have 100 pages or 500 pages left just by glancing at the progress bar. You have to know how many locations there are, and unfortunately it doesn't list that like the K2.
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i.e., you know you're half way through, but can't tell if you have 100 pages or 500 pages left just by glancing at the progress bar. You have to know how many locations there are, and unfortunately it doesn't list that like the K2.
On the K1, selecting "Go to Location" from the menu will show you the size of the book (i.e., what the final location number is). It takes a second or two, and it is not always on-screen, but it is pretty easily available.
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Good to know.

And yeah, slowness with stuff like that would probably be my biggest gripe with the Kindle. For the price I really didn't think things like that, or opening a book, or getting to a bookmark, or looking up a word would take so long. The processor is damn slow.

Oh well, one of the costs of being an early adopter I guess.
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