Kindle changed their iPad UI

Arrrgh.

I just bought a Kindle book for the trip home, but the Home button in the iPad/Kindle software is gone. There’s nothing on the screen that looks like it leads to the home page of the Kindle, the page where you navigate between books.

Here’s a screen shot of the Kindle app on the iPad.

I’m constantly amazed how software designers pull the rugs out from under their users. Learning how to use this software took a lot of time because it was so frustratingly designed. It’s not something I want to repeat over and over. Why!

So fucked up. When I figure it out I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, by fumbling around looking for it, I managed to lose my place in the book I’m reading now.

Seriously if you’re in a meeting where someone proposes completely redesigning your app such that an existing user will have no idea how to use it, fire that person. This is someone whose salary you can pass on to your shareholders as a dividend. Or whatever. Have a big sushi party with their salary. People should have serious fear about undermining the users, especially for a real product that they pay real money to use, like Kindle.

Thanks for listening.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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