Have you ever watched a movie and wondered where you saw that actor before? Have you ever lost track of who the characters were when you’re reading a book? Have you ever wished that you could have a personal guide to help you get more information about books and movies without interrupting your experience?
Kindle X-Ray is a guide for movies and books to give you more information without having to navigate away from what you’re watching or reading. This handy tool can help you satisfy your curiosity quickly so you can get back to enjoying your movie or book with minimal interruption.
X-Ray for Movies
If you’re a movie fan, you probably have IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, bookmarked on your computer and have the app on your mobile device. When you’re watching a movie, you may be curious about where you have seen the actors before. If you’re really curious, you may want to pause a movie and navigate to IMDb so you don’t spend the movie trying to remember why their faces seem familiar.
With X-Ray for Movies, you can find out this information without having to leave the movie screen. X-Ray for Movies is a feature that was introduced last fall for the latest generation Kindle Fires.
When you watch an Amazon Instant Video on your Kindle Fire you can tap on the screen and a window will appear with the names of the actors in the scene as well as a link to IMDb. For example, If you’re wondering where you’ve seen the actor who plays Jack O’Donnell in Argo, X-Ray for Movies will tell you that the actor, Bryan Cranston, stars as Walter White on Breaking Bad and played Hal on Malcolm in the Middle.
Using X-Ray for Movies
To use X-Ray for Movies, search for a video that has the X-Ray for Movies icon in the Videos section of your Kindle Fire:
As you’re watching the movie, tap the screen of your Kindle. The X-Ray window will appear on top of the movie, in the upper left corner of the screen. The X-Ray window will show a link to IMDb and the actors who are in the current scene.
If you tap on the actor’s name, the movie will pause and a window will open showing the actor’s biography and filmography. You can tap the Play button to return to watching the movie.
What You Need to Know about X-Ray for Movies
Only certain movies have X-Ray for Movies enabled. You can find a directory of movies with the X-Ray for Movies featured enabled at the IMDb website.
Only Amazon Instant Videos have the X-Ray for Movies feature. For example, if you watch a movie using Netflix on your Kindle Fire, you will not be able to use X-Ray for Movies.
It’s just for movies. Unlike IMDB, the Internet Movie Database that also covers TV shows, the word “movies” is not a misnomer. TV shows available on Amazon Instant Video do not have this feature.
X-Ray for Movies is only available on the latest generation Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablets.
X-Ray for Books
Have you ever read a few chapters into a book, encountered a character’s name, and just couldn’t remember who that character was? Or perhaps you need to analyze a character for a paper you’re writing in school. Or maybe you’re curious to discover more information about a place or a character mentioned in a book.
X-Ray for Books is like a turbo-charged appendix. This tool will show you chapters and locations in a Kindle book where ideas, characters, and important places are mentioned. X-Ray for Books will also show you background information, biographies, and other facts from websites such as Shelfari and Wikipedia.
How to Use X-Ray for Books
When you’re reading a book on your Kindle, tap the screen and a toolbar will appear. Tap on X-Ray and you will be shown additional information about the characters, places and ideas in the book, along with links to external websites.
What Else You Need to Know about X-Ray for Books
X-Ray for Books works on the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch, Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD 7″, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. In December, the Kindle iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch was updated to include the X-Ray feature. This feature is not available on other Kindles nor on other Kindle apps.
X-Ray is not available on all Kindle books. Look in the listing of the book to see if X-Ray is enabled.
X-Ray for Textbooks
If you’re a student and have a textbook on your Kindle you should check out X-Ray for textbooks. X-Ray can help you easily access information within the textbook as well as link you to additional information on the Internet from sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube.
X-Ray for Textbooks is similar to X-Ray for Books, but is only available on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and the Kindle App for iPad.
X-Ray for Kindle can help you find information quickly and efficiently with minimal disruption to your viewing or reading.
When you watch a movie, are you every curious where you have seen an actor before? Have you ever wondered about a character when you were reading a book but didn’t want to bother to go back and see where he was mentioned previously? Do you hate to be interrupted when you’re watching a movie or reading a book? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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Although I haven’t had a chance yet to finish reading it yet, I can recommend it based upon my prior experience reading Kathryn’s excellent writings during a creative writing group we joined together in England. Not surprisingly, Temptation has received 5 star reviews since it was launched earlier this week.
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