A new web app for the Kindle, Kindlefish, allows readers to translate text using Google Translate. Why not call it Kindle Translate, powered by Google? Because when I saw the news the morning, I immediately thought that Yahoo’s Babel Fish was the brains behind the app. That would make the most sense, right? Anyway, I’m over it. Oh well!
The details: Google Translate doesn’t work on the Kindle, which is a real pain considering its increasing global popularity. As well, Kindlefish is known to work out the kinks commonly found in the mobile app for Google Translate. Three default output languages makes it easy for the lazy, most popular, languages who dread the painstaking task of searching through lengthy drop-down menus. Please! Can we just call this what it is? Kindlefish is an online web app that translates your Kindle eBooks using Google Translate, which isn’t really all that good a translator in the first place- not for reading books! If the new bells and whistles are drop-down menus and easy-to-read text, the bubble is going to burst sooner than later. Easy-to-read text?! COME ON. Get creative people! And, for the record, the Kindlefish site couldn’t be more lackluster if they streamed the broadway cast recording of Xanadu. BORING.