Bring Active Content (Games) Back to Amazon E-Ink Kindles

Greg Lovern
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Active Content (non-animated games, such as chess, checkers, and puzzle games) have been available for E-Ink Amazon Kindles since 2009. But the latest Kindles, the new state of the art Voyage model and the basic Kindle 6, are not compatible with them.

Yes, most people who are interested in games would rather play them on their tablet or smartphone. But there are good reasons for having a few simple games on an E-Ink Kindle:

First, E-Ink is easy to read in bright sunlight. That's an important reason for having an E-Ink Kindle in the first place. With Active Content on an E-Ink Kindle, you can play chess or checkers with a friend at a park on a bright, sunny day, passing the Kindle back and forth. Or play against the Kindle if you prefer. On a day like that, seeing the screen would be difficult with an LCD screen device such as a tablet or smartphone.

Another good reason is that sometimes you might like to take a break from reading and spend a few minutes on an interesting puzzle game, or a game of checkers, or a few moves of a challenging chess match. With Active Content on E-Ink Kindle, you don't have to carry around another device and keep it charged. And you don't have to try to make out tiny chess pieces or other game elements on a tiny smartphone screen.

Active Content games take up little space on the Kindle compared to many books. Most are only about a megabyte or less. Checkers is only about a third of a megabyte.

If you're not familiar with Active Content games, go to Amazon and search on Active Content Kindle. These are different games than those that play on a Kindle Fire.

Please sign this petition to ask Amazon to bring Active Content to the latest E-Ink Kindles!

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