Wednesday, January 19, 2011
NetGalley Disables Kindle Button
Hello fellow bloggers. This post is to inform you all of some very bad news for fellow Kindle owners. Especially for those of you who were using NetGalley to download E-Arc's for the DAC Challenge.
Are you sitting down?
NetGalley has "temporarily" disabled the Kindle button.
What does this mean? Well, it means the site does not support the Kindle at this time. The email I received said:
“You may notice a slight change in NetGalley when you next log in: where’s my Kindle button? Due to changes in the way Amazon’s personal document delivery service works, we’ve had to temporarily disable the Kindle button. All of our other reading options will still be available, in accordance with what the publisher enables for each particular title.”
NetGalley did not say when this issue would be resolved, but did say that they are “working on a way to reintroduce this reading option just as soon as we can!” Apparently, they are having an issue with the email function and Amazon being able to convert the document.
Ok, so my question is, why can't they just have a button for readers to download a PDF file? Then we could have Amazon do the converting on our own if we want to OR just read it as a PDF on our devices. At least this way, Kindle users could still read the E-ARCs. Without the PDF option, the kindle is truly NOT a supported device on this site any more.
So, fellow bloggers, I'd love to hear your thoughts. How will this affect those of you who have kindle e-readers? Is this the first time you are hearing this? If you knew about it previously, do you have any updated information to add? I for one am deeply distraught! I was on a roll with reading these to satisfy some of the DAC requirement. Now I am forced to wait until the books are released. Sad, sad day.....