Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kindle for PC 1.8.0: working with collections improvements

As I noticed while've been testing 1.8.0 on two desktops, there has been done some bugfix. Many may remember, that when one created a collection on a device in a locale not the same as at the time the collections have been imported from the device, suffixes applied to collections names like
collection@sp for a collection created when the locale has been set to es-es,
collection@sv is a result of creating collections when the locale was set to sv-se and so on.
Today I changed the locale thrice, every time creating a collections, and after importing, these collections appeared without suffixes. Maybe the reason is that I haven't restarted the device, since the collections I created previously still have the suffix, even to delete and to re-import them.
I'll continue testing the app and describe if possible the logic of creating and import collections.

Kindle for PC 1.8.0 for serious language learners

Amazon delivers a new version of Kindle for PC on a two months' or quarter basis.
First and foremost, why one should use a desktop application if the goal to make reading comfortable for eyes? I use the desktop version as well as web and cloud versions (are there now two or one web-based version?) primarily to read technical books. That is, if I need search and read from several sources, I put on my Kindle on a cradle (a $1 cradle for paper books :)), open cloud and desktop version and it's better than navigate on a slow device.
Well, about the news: since several days ago, Kindle for PC support several language GUIs as well as several mono-language dictionaries. Gratis.
Okay, may you say, there is nothing useful if you use Kindle for PC only for technical reading. Yes, of course, no more languages for technical reading than English. However, there may open possibilities to take a time for foreign-language reading. Along with excellent Oxford and New American Oxford, and Duden, Amazon blessed us with Portuguese-to-Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish-to-Spanish, French-to-French and Italian-to-Italian dictionaries. Enjoy, learners, enjoy!