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It’s a Kindle but did you have to clutter up the homescreen by pushing unwanted recommendations?
Reviewed in Australia on 2 November 2021
Well, it’s a Kindle, it works fine and it’s a lot faster than the older Paperwhite that I own. Because of the measurements of this new kindle it’s a tad bit harder to hold in one hand but I’ll get used to that.
What really annoys me is the fact that the homescreen is now cluttered with recommendations and ‘Your Reading Lists’. The earlier Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t have that, or you could at least turn that off. A call to Amazon didn’t help. I got told that I could cancel my Amazon Prime membership because that would take care of the ‘recommended for you in prime reading’ and yes, I would then of course also loose all the other benefits of the membership. Other than that, no solutions, it is what it is. And the ‘Your Reading Lists’ would still be there anyway.
My sister lives in Canada, ordered two of the exact same Kindle. It was a fair bit cheaper than in Australia (about A$50) but that’s another story, and one of the kindles had the firmware 22.214.171.124 and the other the newer update 126.96.36.199. Guess what, the newest update results in the recommendations that can not be disabled.
Not happy. I don’t need nor want Amazon to push any recommendations or suggestions for reading lists and I would prefer to have the option to have on my homescreen what I see fit, not what Amazon thinks I need. So could we please do something about this, Amazon? How about an update to make sure we all have the option to have an homescreen we want? Also, the update option on my Kindle is also greyed out, as mentioned by other reviewers but that could very well be because there is no update available (makes sense).
I purchased this because of the warm light option, not realising Amazon would use it to push unwanted recommendations. Not sure if I’m going to keep it. Probably wouldn’t have bought it if I had known.