What is X-Ray on Kindle Paperwhite?

Reading has never been easier with Kindle Paperwhite X-ray feature with information you need at your finger tips without the need to leave the page you read. I feel this is an important feature which will soon become a basic requirement for every e-book reader.

What is X-Ray on Kindle and How Useful is the Feature

X-Ray_on_kindleFor instance, whenever I read a new novel I tend to get chaotic with characters, places or events. And my guess is I’m not alone. So, if I get confused or forgot who is ‘Lord Voldemort’ from the novel ‘Harry Potter’ I might have to go back flipping pages to track information about this character or where it was mention. This is not the case with Kindle X-Ray feature, all you do is tap of the character, place or topic of interest which pop up a mini window that have option for dictionary, X-Ray and Wikipedia.

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When you tap on X-Ray it pulls up information about the character and also passages where this specific character appears in the book. Yahoo! You don’t even need to leave the page you read. X-Ray feature will explore in-depth the content of a book to “get to its bones”, as described by Amazon. It’s not limited to finding information about a character but you can pretty much lookup information for historical figures, places or any topics of interest. This is true for any book you read that has pre-loaded information.

This X-Ray feature will only work on those books that have preloaded information. It will not work for every book, though you don’t have to worry if the title is popular. Amazon is working to add preloaded information on all popular books and more.

Moreover, if they don’t have preloaded information for a particular book you can always refer Wikipedia for more information without leaving the page you read.

Using the X-Ray feature on Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t connect to the internet. It only access preloaded information and retrieve pages or passages where it was mention.

This Kindle Paperwhite X-Ray feature is nicely done to enhance our reading experience and I’m very dependent on it when I read novels. I don’t go back pages when I need to understand a character. I just go X-Ray, read description and continue reading from where I left off. Checkout Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite Review for more details.

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Neil
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My paper white was working fine but the X-ray part seems to not work anymore
The names in the book appear when checking out a name but a blank screen appears when I select/ push a request for explains the person…is there a way to get this feature to work again?

noah
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X-ray seems to be a joke at the moment (meaning the last two years). Some people can use it, some can use it only for some period of time, and others can’t even though their device have the necessary requirements.

So don’t change your Kindle just for that feature, I did it and yet have to see a book that works with X-ray, even if the book product page mentions the feature is available.

Laura
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Ever since the kindle update (about first week of December) X-Ray DOES NOT WORK. How do I fix this???? I use it all the time, and it makes reading books not as fun without X-Ray.

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

Yvonne
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New kindle PW BOTH BOOKS JUST PURCHASED DONT HAVE THE X-RAY FACILITY. RANG CUSTOMER S ONLY CERTAIN BOOKS HAVE IT AND BEFORE YOU BUY IT WILL SAY IT IS ENABLED HOWEVER IT DOESNT SAY ITS NOT ENABLED!

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