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Is there a way to get rid of the time display and the completion-meter on Amazon's Kindle?

Asked by Kraigmo (7785points) February 7th, 2011

I have not bought a Kindle yet but was interested in one. Then today, I noticed this picture in the Wall Street Journal.

I notice that as you read the “pages”, there is a bar across the top displaying the time, and a completion-meter at the bottom.

When I read a book, I do not want to be constantly reminded of the time. What a way to ruin a book.

Then there’s that completion-meter at the bottom. I don’t want to keep thinking “Oh i’m 72% through the book”, etc., while reading.

Is there a way to git rid of that horrible clock? And the completion meter?

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8 Answers

jerv's avatar

Generally, there isn’t much in the way of customization options on e-readers, so I am inclined to say that there is not a way to change the display.

The Kindle app for Android does have the option for a full-screen view though, so maybe an Android-powered tablet would suit your needs? Sure, they are a little pricier, but there are more options and much more customizability. If nothing else, they tend to have larger screens despite often not being larger than a Kindle overall.

downtide's avatar

I have a kindle and this bar does not show when I’m reading books, so it appears to be something that is off by default. The bar only shows when looking at menus and settings. The completion meter at the bottom can’t be hidden but it is very small, I don’t even notice it.

MacBean's avatar

@downtide‘s got it. You have to hit Menu to see the time. And the completion meter isn’t distracting at all.

hug_of_war's avatar

Yep, the clock is only when you hit the meter and pretty much everyone gets used to the completion meter, even those who initially disliked it.

Austinlad's avatar

I don’t even see it anymore.

Kayak8's avatar

The completion meter eventually gets absorbed by your sub-conscious in a way that is similar to looking at the thickness of pages you still haven’t read. You can assess how much more of a great book is left and savor it! Took me a book or two to convert percentage to the same sense I get when reading a “brick and mortar” book!

Bluefreedom's avatar

Amazon will be releasing an update soon for newer Kindle models that is going to replace the completion meter at the bottom with actual page numbers like you’d find in regular books. They say it won’t take effect in all books at the present time but I’m looking forward to having page numbers and not completion percentages. Amazon Kindle Update

Kraigmo's avatar

alrite cool. thanks you all.
thanks @downtide

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