Does Anyone Miss Having Word Games and Apps on Kindles?


Kindle Word Games

A few years ago there used to be a variety of word games like Scrabble and apps like notepads available for E Ink Kindles that Amazon called Kindle Active Content.

Unfortunately they decided to discontinue offering active content titles on Kindles back in late 2014 when the Kindle Voyage was first released. All new Kindles since then have not supported Kindle Active Content.

Older Kindles still support active content, from the 2nd gen Kindle through the Kindle Paperwhite 2.

Some people complained about the lack of active content on newer Kindles but there wasn’t a big uproar about it like some other things.

Once the Kindle Voyage came along with the upgraded 300 ppi E Ink screen, it seemed that Amazon decided it was simply easier to stop offering active content instead of having developers update all their apps to support the higher resolution displays.

Amazon first started offering active content on Kindles back in 2010. That was before everyone owned tablets and smartphones to use with apps.

Today it seems kind of strange to play games and use apps on an E Ink Kindle but it was a common thing like 5 years ago.

Do you miss having access to word games and various apps on your Kindle?

25 Responses to “Does Anyone Miss Having Word Games and Apps on Kindles?”

  1. Do miss the active content on the newest paperwhite. It was a welcome diversion from reading at times.

  2. I used to play games on my original nook and on my Kobo Aura HD when it had them. But by the time I got my Paperwhite 2, I didn’t even think about looking for games.

  3. I don’t miss them, because I prefer as few distractions as possible on my e-ink readers. . . but I would prefer that they be available to those who want them, rather than unavailable. Surely the apps could be updated so that they may not look beautiful and top-of-the-line, but they are functional for people who rely on the Kindle as a more phone-like multi-purpose entertainment device.

  4. Every Word was my game. I sure do miss it, but it was a sacrifice I knew I was making when I “traded up” from a Kindle Touch to a Kindle Paperwhite. All the games I downloaded still show up under Manage Your Content and Devices.

  5. I knew about them, downloaded one, but never opened it.. well maybe once I did. I just use ereaders for ereaders 🙂

  6. The Active Content games were a sanity saver when I had extremely long wait times at airports or sitting on the runway. There are times when you need a break from reading or you have finished a book and not quite ready to start the next one yet. Also, nice to have when bad weather threatens to cut electricity. Since the ereaders have longer battery life it is nice to have the games.

    P.S. I still have a working K3.

  7. FWIW, you can still have a notepad without Active Content, by creating a new ebook (using Atlantis, WordPerfect, Scrivner etc) with one label per line (Note1, Note2, etc.). Convert the file to a Kindle-friendly format using Calibre

    Then create a note for each line using Kindle and … voila … notepad.

    I use this to keep track of authors and titles I want to add to my library; changing the generic “Note*” to those labels.

    It actually works pretty well.

  8. I don’t miss games at all. I only use my ereader for reading books

  9. Games? No, but I would want a calculator and something like “Measures”, an app i use on the iPhone to convert lengths, weight, temperature, currencies etc. used in different countries to our german ones. Need not be online every time, but simply updated once a day or week. Even just the standard measurements which stay the same forever (yard – meter) would be nice.
    Though about making a little book with some standard tables, but never bothered. Some measurements I can convert myself, and a lot of times I use my iPhone.
    Also I liked my Kindle to be jailbroken, to use a different screensaver with pictures I selected. So a Screensaver would be nice.

  10. I wish someone would explain to me why people buy Kindles when they could buy a Kindle Fire. The Fires are not that expensive, hold tons of ebooks, one can run other ereader apps on them and offer internet and lots of games as well as the option to watch movies, YouTube, etc. It still is mainly an ereader for me. I’m completely addicted. Explanation, anyone?

    • A couple of reasons are Kindle ereaders have much longer battery life and E Ink screens are easily readable outside unlike tablets. Plus the frontlight can be set a lot dimmer so it’s easier on the eyes, and the higher resolution screen makes text look better than the current lower resolution Fire tablets.

    • You seriously don’t understand the difference between lcd screens and e-ink screens? I could never read 2 hours a day on a Kindle Fire.

    • I spend a *lot* of time reading, and I prefer a dedicated reader with an e-ink screen, smaller and much lighter in weight, and with fewer distractions.
      I have a tablet to use when I want the internet, games, and movies, but when I am just reading, I prefer to be on a smaller device devoted only to reading, much as I would be if I was reading a paper book.

      If I had to choose only one device to own, I’m sure I would go with a smartphone and not have any of these, but I think most people who buy Amazon devices are fortunate enough that they don’t have to rely on only one device for every function. So, it’s not an either/or proposition, though I’m glad you like the versatility of the one you chose.

    • The Kindle fire is not much of an ereader due to the screen glare when reading outdoors.

  11. I’d kill for the Kakuro HD app on my PW3. I use it every day on my HDX7 while exercising but it’s murder on my color-blind eyes and useless outdoors…

  12. I have a Settlers of Catan game that was “Kindle Active Content” on my Kindle keypad. It was hard to tell what was happening on the screen and a little klunky to operate, but I still managed to play it as a nice diversion from time to time.

    I still have it on one of the keypad Kindles I own and still play it periodically.

  13. I miss having chess on my kindle. And it sucks that I bought the app and can no longer use it.

  14. That’s quite the conundrum surfacing here – people who want no distractions on their reading device, and people wanting just more than one use for their device. Someone will always lose.

  15. Those people who do not want distractions on their reading device don’t have to install them! Those who would like to have these diversions, like me, would install them. How can there be any objections to them other than those Amazon apparently has. I wonder what they are.

  16. I didn’t even know that games and other apps were a thing for the “older” e-reader devices. So I can’t really say I miss those features, as I never got to experience them to begin with. Nevertheless I do think you don’t need them on an e-reader, you can use your tablet or smartphone for stuff like that. Though I ultimately would agree with the comment above, an optional feature you can install if you want it wouldn’t hurt anyone.

  17. I had no idea Active Content existed for the Kindle until the announcement that it was discontinued, and I bought the original Paperwhite back in 2012. I can’t say I miss it, and I doubt it would have put me off of reading, but I say bring it back for those who want it.

  18. In the beginning I used some of the active content games/books in the kindle.
    My favorites were scrabble, and some “choose your adventures”… but now I have them on my k3 and never use them… I read a lot, at least a couple of hours a day and find I don’t have time for the distractions.

    I can imagine, that a kid getting a reader with no choice at some active content might very well be disappointed with the inability to play a game somehow.

    Of more concern to me was the stripping of the audio from the device with k5 (paperwhite) I actually had one and rolled back to k3 because of that feature.

    The k3 is still going strong… not sure why going to the higher resolution was done… since on mostly looks at text why do you need a higher resolution eink screen?

  19. Honestly, I didn’t buy a kindle to play games. I think I download one just to see what it was about but if I want games I grab my phone or i-Pad.

    Don’t miss it at all.

  20. Annoyed amazon customer Reply June 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I am irritated that the active content apps no longer work on the newest kindle paperwhite. I did research on a simple tablet can bring to use at work during breaks that lacked camera or mic and made no sound (per company requirement) and in my initial search was excited to see the paperwhite seemed to be compatible with some simple games like mahjong or solitare and made a whole wishlist of em. I got a vast library of books but depending on mood sometimes I’d prefer a little diversion.

    Now imagine my frustration when I finally purchased it with that notion of having a few games along with the books being a deciding factors only to discover that I couldnt get the apps since I had the current model which is now incompatible. Seems like a big step back to me to remove that option. Now gotta return it and hunt down an older used model in good condition that is still compatible. Thankfully seems the dimensions didnt change so can use the case I bought with any paperwhite models.

  21. Yes which is why I haven’t traded in my paperwhite.

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