The first news came in last days was Waterstones to stop selling Kindle in most stores . Then this news came up
Later on , On Internet many people are show their opinion about kindle & physical books.
So Let’s talk about Kindle. Amazon made their product kindle for reading, reading without make eyestrain.
1. Worst PDF support “":-
Few months ago I contact my university and they send me bunch of PDF files. I seriously want to read them but kindle doesn’t help me anything. Kindle show “print” as prtr. Many character are missing from a single words. Sentence can’t be read without brainstorming. At that time I finally end up using Google play books which help me to read PDF.
2. No colors :-
I recently tried the comics in Amazon through Kindle Unlimited. The problem is actually the colors can’t be seen in grayscale based e-ink kindle. I read comics but kindle has no good software support for Comics. If I zoom and move to next page I need to set the same again for next page. I used a Android app which save my settings and make same position when I move to another page. The colors can be seen in android device but not in Kindle
3. Kindle Unlimited is Actually Kindle Limited :-
When I open Amazon India site and go to Kindle unlimited , All I see is nudity , pornography and matter that is totally useless or just related to adult. No matter what kind of books you are reading they willi just show you porn. So Who men want his family to use his kindle and see this crap every ime visit the site.
They don’t even have a single books from top 200 popular books selected by goodreads (Goodreads is also part of Amazon). Kindle unlimited is actually pay for thing that no body care.
In last day I read a book and trying to remove after reading but It’s can’t be done, I just check what happen to the books :- The book is now removed from Kindle unlimited and show for buy option at the price. So there is no author who really want to share his hard-work for kindle unlimited. Maybe amazon not pay them well so they don’t like it.
4. Bugs & missing features.
If you write a mail to Amazon , Jeff (CEO) or any other department they will respond you “Your idea are valuable to us, We can definitely understand what kind of problem you feel. ”.
See some psycho of Amazon (KU stands for kindle unlimited).
1. You can’t return KU books from Kindle By Context Menu (similar to right click) in Kindle device.
2. No option in read.amazon.com either to return books.
3. No option to show how much I have read in Mange Kindle content and device section.
4. You can’t buy books from kindle apps on android. You need to go to browser and search. I didn’t get it what is the reason behind this joke.
5. If you make a search and buy something in kindle store. Next time when you make search there is no option to exclude my purchased books and borrowed books.
6. Device’s screensaver can’t be set. Last time I jailbroke my Kindle 4 and it’s work better. Duokan is work better than kindle’s own firmware. They don’t update things, not make features, just ship crap software from last thing. Just release a font and all media write “Amazon Blah Blah”. These paid agent in Media write it like amazon release something Like a OS.
Ok, it’s just a E-reader but what exactly use of Goodreads. My kindle work faster then kindle paperwhite. All I can blame is goodreads which I never use in Kindle. Same as Browser which is another useless piece. They add browser to just show a feature like “See, Kindle has browser”. Who even can’t load a single HTML Page.
Writing a mail to Customer support is like talking with a tape recorder. When I told support that I want to read my PDF they told me to convert. Nor Send to kindle nor calibre works. I tried to read books and all diagram in books is just damaged and now it’s can’t be easily understand that what is this diagram about. So kindle support is not helpful when you got in a problem.They are just tape-recorder and got paid for behave like a tape-recorder.
Kindle don’t have flexibility in any kind ,
Storage is limited. You can’t extend it or change it.
Font is limited, You can’t just put your TTF file (Like duokan does in kindle).
When you pay for books, You don’t hold any right ( I write about this in clearly in point 8)
The device screensaver and other thing can’t be modified like a android phone. When I use my android phone, I just use Flipboard and every kind of article read very easily and interface is so good of flipboard. Same way Kindle doesn’t allow me to put any of android app nor they have their own eco-system. They don’t even support Epub and other format.
8. When you pay for books in Kindle you don’t have any right. In last day I read on news.ycombinator.com and one men talking about that kindle is closing their account because suspicious account by someone after his account hacked. He lost 4 digit amount in $ books. He told same thing that it’s totally lose. If you bought a books and suddenly delete it , you can’t recover it. Amazon support will tell you “We don’t have it”.
So Most of talk end up like.
1. “Does amazon have any option so I can remove the books that I already read in amazon when I search”, “We don’t have it.”
2. “Do you have something in Hindi,” “You can look at this page”. The page is itself a jokes that he doesn’t contain any good books or just few books. Ok, it’s not Amazon’s fault. I can’t blame it.
9. If you broke your kindle you can’t get it fixed once your kindle goes out of warranty. There is no service center either which fix the device for you at any price.
So if you broke a Chinese phone or any other device, 99.99% chances are you can get it fixed in any shop of a popular market. but when kindle is broken, Amazon make you feel bad. a broken device eat mind of person and feel bad when he see his money is lost in broken device.
10. Forget the backlight for a seconds, If you really into the book, You can read it in even in light. or another way if you read on kindle at 3 AM in morning your eyes still get pressure on eyes.
In last days, My kindle broke & I feel this is a good thing happen to me. If something bad happen to you early then it’s good because you got time to learn from it. So I finally put my kindle in dust-bin and move on to physical book.
Backlight :- Who need the backlight ? Are you lazy enough to read even a glass of water, There is a proper light you can manage in your room when you read. You still have many option to read without disturbing other.
Pixels :- Pixels in paperwhite is just a useless kind of feature. You can’t read a comic as colored. Even I tried to use read.amazon.com to see color content, it’s totally crap. I tried some magazine from USA and they have some kind of quality but that’s not our domestic hero.
Sharing :- Kindle have either not have a feature and if have a feature it’s not work in every country. If it’s work in Every country it’s useless. You need to depend on amazon everytime for the thing pay for.
Now I can share my books with everyone without any trouble.
Kindle unlimited cost me 199INR and give me totally shit for reading. There is many library in this country which give you lifetime validity membership. If you have pay them 1000 you can borrow any books under 1000. This membership only expire when you die. So It’s not limit myself to a holy crap that amazon do in Kindle unlimited.
Same way, in last 12 months I never bought a paperback in amazon.in I simply go to store and read thing to check and buy books there. You can say to me You can better buy same books from amazon. But wait, When I see dozen of person work in the shop I thing I pay for good. At-least it’s feed some people who sit for a day in book shop and just help other to let them choose their book. I am not sure How much amazon pay to seller and other people in their retail chain.
So My kindle is broken just not means I am ready to go to a new war, I just simply better use physical books and read them without any digital mumbo-jumbo. My books will not damage like kindle does And buying a books from store still give me good feeling. When I go to store I charged fully but I see people how they choose books and there are thing to see , learn , listen. Amazon eat them all by giving a piece of crap device in the hand of customer.
So Thanks for reading my post, When you pay to amazon for a eBook then a person who use pirated book have more right then you, You have DRM and you can’t put it another place without amazon login. The men who use pirated copy have more right then you. He can share their books without anyone.
When you pay for a software, The person who use pirated material have same thing as you but in E-books You are locked in DRM and men who use pirated are free to share everything with anyone at anytime.
I can write 100 other thing in my post but I need to stop now. I am happy to have my paperback books, I can feel the text, see the colors and it’s feel better then senseless eBooks.
Thanks you again for reading my post about horrible kindle. Happy reading
2 Year ago I write a post here to give my view on Mysql and it’s nuget packages http://geekswithblogs.net/anirugu/archive/2013/11/04/donrsquot-use-mysql-.net-connector-here-is-why.aspx
Nuget package is much better way to fix the dll. Just type the command in console and reference has been added to your C# project very easily. You don’t need to do anything to update it every time.
Visual studio make this process easier.
From last few days I got a trouble. When I share with my code with other it’s not work on another machine which have Mysql Connector installed on the system.
Everytime I take there code and compiled on my machine and give them back it’s not working there. Nuget installed the nuget packages again and it’s use nuget packages reference there and it’s installed on there machine which make trouble on c# to run them.
The code will be compiled, Warning will be shown in Error in visual studio. But because Connector have a DLL installed in GAC it will make issues that “not matched“.
Now to fix this issues try this trick.
Open the csproj file of your project. Search for mysql
replace it with this code, Previously it’s referenced from packages folder, Now if you are making reference from bin folder it will work.
<Reference Include="MySql.Data, Version=22.214.171.124, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=c5687fc88969c44d, processorArchitecture=MSIL">
projname is your own projectname. Now it’s called the dll from your bin. Change the path according to your project location.
Now open the packages.config and where it’s stored the packages settings. Now remove the mysql reference from there but cut the line that have mysql.
If you have attached many project to your project do same on that too if they have mysql too.
Now it fixed. Now VS will not download the dll from Nuget again and again. Now they are calling it from Bin folder.
Yahooooooo. Now Nuget can’t burn my minutes to just fix them again and again.