Amazon warns users not to install current version of the Kindle app for iOS
Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:35 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:37 AM
The update places you in a state of "registering a new Kindle". For someone just installing the app, this new version is no different than previous versions.
Even for current users, this update is more of an inconvenience than a huge disaster. You'll have to re-download the current books you are reading (which is 1, maybe 2 books?). Your place in all books is saved via Whispernet.
Of course, if it's important to have all the books you've bought via Kindle downloaded at all times, this update might be more of a pain to you, but really, who cares about having a local copy of the book you finished a year ago?
Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:49 AM
Sounds more like it exposes a flaw in Amazon's app testing process. I'm sure the Kindle app is a very complex piece of software, but I'm equally sure the App store is at least as complex, if not more so. What if Apple's solution was to implement a way for devs to pull their apps immediately? I'm sure Amazon would go for something like that, right? That is essentially what they're doing with their warning, but you have to dig for it.
I have no idea how many app upgrades are bug fixes vs. security fixes vs. feature additions, but I'd rather put the onus on developers to pull their apps than put it on users to remember which app releases are buggy.
FWIW, they just posted v3.6.2, which supposedly fixes the registration issue.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:55 AM
People read books in different ways, and different books serve different purposes. I read "Steve Jobs" all the way through without reading any other ebook, but I also have other ebooks I read in snippets, and there could be people who have textbooks or other non-fiction ebooks they read or refer back to on a regular basis.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:34 PM
When I sent a complaint to Amazon, they said they would report the issue to their technical people. they were apparently not even aware of the problem and suggested I just wait a few hours and see if my content would come back. Their support has gone downhill a lot lately.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:37 PM
I didn't see this article in MacWorld until late in the afternoon here. I was busy with other things (life, job).
I was hoping all day that you were right!
As it turns out, how you guessed is how it turned out for me. I opened Kindle Reader after getting the update that fixed problems.
Somehow, it feels a little like Boris & Natasha, "Make big trouble for Moose and Squirrel".
I hung on to your positive attitude concerning this app all day, Thanks.
This post has been edited by obewaun: 27 February 2013 - 05:43 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:19 AM