Tue, 29 Jan 2013
Kindle Content Management Pain

My Kindle broke last weekend and it was out of warranty (a few months). I toyed with the idea of stepping out of the Amazon walled garden (looked at the Kobo, for ePub) but in the end biked up to John Lewis on Sunday morning and bought a Paperwhite.

It's a really nice, solid and well built little device, made even better with the Amazon leather cover. The backlight is good, and great to have available, even if I have it turned down a long way mostly.

So, overall, I am very happy with it.

Now I am all synced up again, and poking around its "management". The Paperwhite has more of the concept of "device" vs "cloud" storage. It lets you switch between the two storage modes, and the fact that a lot of your stuff is stored online somewhere else is much more explicit.

However, I am experiencing one painful issue. Amazon's web interface for managing Kindle content is diabolically bad. The only way to really get rid of an item is by deleting it from the "cloud" storage and, as far as I can see, this means having to use the web interface. And to say it's bad is an understatement. It's hard to believe I'm not missing something, this being from a company that can build pretty good web sites ...

  • Have to delete items one at a time - no multiple select
  • If you delete something, the page refreshes (after a delay) and knocks you back to the start of the list of items (i.e. back to "Showing 1 - 15 of 289 items")
  • Bad delays before, during and after deleting anything
  • No idea of any collections you have defined

Surely Amazon can do better than this? Have I missed something?