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Taerak's Void
by M. R. Mathias

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Taerak's Void
(Book One of Fantastica)
A new series by multiple award winning author, M. R. Mathias

After finding a strange medallion and some maps with markings that no one in his village can understand, Braxton Bray decides to take it all to the Hall of Scholars in the kingdom's capital. But greed is everywhere. Braxton and a tough young female caravan guard named Nixy are forced to run for their lives, for someone else wants what Braxton found and is willing to go to great lengths to take it from him.

With a hefty, kingdom wide, bounty on their heads, not even the great wizards of the Sorcerious can help them. Left with nothing but each other, Braxton and Nixy have no choice but to get on a ship and go on an adventure that will take them places they would have otherwise never imagined. Elves, dwarves, giant gothicans, and trolls, treacherous forests on distant shores, love, death, terror, and magic all await...

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Kindle 3 problems
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:14:59 AM »
I recently bought a Kindle 3 (with a keyboard) from a thrift store for $10. It would be my third Kindle. I charged it, reset it to the factory settings and tried to update it with no luck. I called Amazon and the first person I talked to was a little helpful, but when she moved me up the ladder, the second person was less helpful and sounded suspicious that might have I stole it and suggested the Kindle was blacklisted. Can Amazon intentionally blacklist a Kindle and does that make it worthless? Can they reverse this? I suspect i'm really out of luck as far as this one goes. 

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Re: Kindle 3 problems
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 09:36:03 AM »
Amazon CAN blacklist a kindle if it has been reported stolen by the original purchaser. Basically, that makes it impossible for anyone else to register it. I believe they CAN reverse it . . . but I'm fairly certain they'd only do it if the original purchaser contacted them and said "never mind".

If they have it listed as having been stolen, I don't know that you'll be able to prove that you bought it in good faith from the charity shop.

We've had threads here before about people buying them from Craig's List/Ebay -- the best advice is to make sure it can be registered to your account before you turn over any money. Seems it shouldn't be a problem at a thrift shop, but, who knows?

FWIW, when I've donated old electronics I've always reset them to factory conditions and made completely sure that my information is thoroughly scrubbed.

As to if it's "worthless". Depends on your point of view, I guess. You can still side load .mobi files that don't have DRM even if you can't register it on Amazon and download books already on your account.

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Re: Kindle 3 problems
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 01:52:00 PM »
I can put books on it from my account? Not sure I'd want to or even need to with two other Kindles. But I may call them and see if they'll contact the owner. I did not keep track of the previous owner's email address when I scrubbed it. My mistake.

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Re: Kindle 3 problems
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 02:04:24 PM »
I can put books on it from my account? Not sure I'd want to or even need to with two other Kindles. But I may call them and see if they'll contact the owner. I did not keep track of the previous owner's email address when I scrubbed it. My mistake.


Well, no. If you can't register it to Amazon, you can't send books from your Amazon account to the device.

BUT . . . . if you have .mobi files from elsewhere that don't have DRM you can side load them by connecting it to a computer via USB.

Honestly, if it had the previous owners information on it when you bought it, that's a bit of a red flag for me. Why wouldn't that person have reset it to factory conditions when they donated it? Given that, it is possible that it was lost and the owner reported it lost and the finder just donated it because they didn't have a use for it. :(
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Hermoine (Fire HD8)
Hogwarts (KDX)
Ed's (Basic)
S7Edge (KApp for Android)
Galaxy (KApp for Android)
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