Kindles are by far the most popular brand of dedicated reading devices, but there are a lot of people that really dislike certain things about Kindles and Amazon’s way of doing things.
Back in 2020, I posted an article, Four things I hate about Kindles, and a couple of those points have changed since then but the number one thing, a lack of innovation, still applies.
Amazon hasn’t released a Kindle with page buttons since 2019, and at this point you have to wonder if they ever will. The Kindle Oasis has been outdated since they released the new Paperwhite in 2021, and yet Amazon is still selling it for full price hoping nobody will notice.
Other ereader companies have embraced color E Ink, and there are now several different models available with color E Ink screens. How long will it take Amazon to get release a Kindle with a color screen? Another 5 years? It took them about that long to release a 10-inch notetaking Kindle after other companies blazed that trail first.
The fact that Amazon finally released a Kindle with a large screen is a big win in my book. I really like the Kindle Scribe, despite its limitations as a notetaking device, and I like how they did away with the annoying screensaver ads altogether on the Scribe, but they’re still pushing them on other Kindle models. You have pay an extra $20 to get rid of the ads or pester customer support to remove them free and hope you get lucky.
None of the other ereader companies make you pay to remove ads—it’s just silly, as if Amazon doesn’t make enough money without forcing people to pay extra to remove ugly screensaver ads for vampire romance novels.
Currently, one of the things that bugs me the most about Kindles is just how slow and wonky they are to navigate. Everything requires a series of multiple taps and menu diving to get anything done, and if you use landscape mode for reading it’s a mess because other parts of the interface only support portrait mode so you’re always having to rotate back and forth. And something as simple as trying to go from reading a book to writing in a notebook on the Scribe is such a clunky process.
I also really dislike how few usable font sizes there are, and the fact that Kindles have had the same three (mostly useless) margin and line spacing settings pretty much since the very beginning.
At some point you’d think they could make some improvements in these areas but they’d rather just keep rearranging the user interface instead and make things more confusing.
So, what do you dislike about Kindles?