For a company that readily admits to knowing everything about their customers, including both authors and readers, Amazon has shown itself to be remarkably tone deaf of late.
A reader has told me that Amazon has been nagging him about his reading habits. You can see a screenshot of Amazon's nag screen at right.
He says he sees it every time he opens the Kindle app:
Over the past several days, I have experienced something noteworthy on my Kindle Android app: every time I start it up, I get a splash screen asking me if I want to sign up for “weekly reading reminder” notifications from Amazon. No matter how many times I select “not at this time,” it keeps coming back every time I open the app. EVERY TIME. I even tried tweeting @AmazonKindle. No response. Even companies like HP respond to tweets, albeit by PR droids who can’t actually do anything for you.
I haven't been able to replicate this myself, and to be honest I have not found any other complaints about the nagging., but I do see that my Kindle Android app has an option under the settings menu for "Reading Coach". I've never noticed that option before but it sounds a lot like the one that Amazon is nagging my reader to use.
Furthermore, I would bet that others have seen the reminder/nag screen at least once. Have you seen it? What kind of notifications is Amazon sending you?
While I did have fun slapping Amazon for their nagging, that is a problem which will be fixed about 15 minutes after someone on the Kindle team sees this post (or my tweet). And so I've already moved on to curiosity about the notifications.
Has anyone gotten one?