Amazon has been using the same webpage design for the Manage Your Kindle page ever since they launched the Kindle in 2007, and it looks like they are finally ready to give it a facelift.
A Kindle owner over at MobileRead has discovered that Amazon is testing a new version of the page which combines the device and content management into a single page which should prove easier to use. I haven’t seen the new page yet, but AnemicOak has posted a screenshot:
As you can see, there’s a menu bar for managing your Kindle apps and devices, and below that there is a section for managing your content. That is a radical change from the old design, which split the content and devices onto multiple pages and featured a text-based lists of items which had to be managed one at a time.
One lucky Kindle user reports that:
One can select as many books as one wants and then take one action for all the selections. That part is new.
I don’t know about you but I found the old design to be deeply frustrating because I could only interact with a single item at a time. This made it much more difficult to manage my Kindle account, so I generally avoided using that page unless it was strictly necessary.
So has anyone seen the new page yet?
I have not, but I can see a slightly different version. And I can also report that there is confirmation coming in from Twitter (here, here). Here’s what I see when I go to the manage my devices page:
I’m pretty sure that what you’re seeing is not the final page but a misplaced component for that page. That menu bar is probably going to have the a manage my content section below it (that’s what the first screenshot suggests, anyway).
It’s my guess that Amazon is rolling this new updated page out to a few users at a time. I’m still waiting to see it myself, but I have found a screenshot on Twitter which shows that the new page might also feature a list view:
So has anyone seen the new page? What do you think?