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I'm selling my cover for my old Kindle Keyboard (it no longer works and I've replaced it with a Paperwhite). It's in good condition and has developed a lovely patina. I requested this version not have the felt inside the cover when I bought it from Oberon, which you can see in the below photos. I also attached the charm it came with to the closure elastic. If you're interested, I am accepting offers.

Archives / For Sale: Oberon Celtic Hounds cover for K3
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:34:52 PM »
I'm getting a new Kindle and selling my cover that I've used for years on my old K3. It's the wine colored version of the Oberon Design Celtic Hounds cover. It's in good condition and comes with the charm that it was originally shipped with. There is some light wear, but nothing out of the ordinary for a well-loved and well-used piece of leather. It has a lovely patina. :D

Also, it does not have the felt on the inside of the cover- it is solid leather there.

I would like $40 for it, but the price is negotiable.

And then there's the other reason why I like the internet access:

It's good for text-based websites. I actually enjoy reading blogs on it in article mode (which kind of optimizes the page for reading) more than I do on my iPad or computer.

Not Quite Kindle / North Carolinians visiting Concord Mills
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:38:49 AM »
Are any of you going to the Great Wolf Lodge this Christmas? My dad is the Santa Claus there. ^_^
Also, I work in Concord Mills too. :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Anyone asking for a new kindle for XMas
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:34:15 AM »
I'm asking for a Kindle Fire to go with my K3.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:29:19 AM »
The SD slot is one thing that makes this much more appealing to me than the Fire. How is the Wi-Fi Web browsing? Pretty fast? Can you load iTunes music onto it?

I don't know- we're talking about the e-ink devices.

And no, you can't put your iTunes music on the Nook Tablet because it only lets you use 1GB of its advertised 16GB for non-B&N content. Sure, you could always put it on a microSD card, but that's ridiculous, given that the device has 16GB of storage natively. Not even Apple is that bad- the vast majority of the media I have on my iPod did not come from Apple.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:25:11 AM »
I guess I don't see the lie.  B&N says the Nook has x amount of memory and it does. No matter what device you buy, all the memory listed won't be available for your use (because of the os) and I have yet to see any maker state that in the advert. This is one of those things that leads to useless class action law suits that only enrich lawyers like the "how many bytes in a gigabyte?" nonsense from a few years ago.

I bought the Nook before I heard about the memory allocation and for me it's not a big deal. I can put a 32 gig SD card in and have more books than I can read in a lifetime.

The difference is that Amazon up front tells you that you can use 3 of the 4GB and if you go to third party sellers, they say the same. The Nook is advertised as having 2GB, but you only learn that you can use 1GB of that in a tiny footnote on the B&N page and then that you can use only 250MB of that for non-B&N content in another tiny footnote. Third-party Nook sellers just say that the device has 2GB of memory and leaves it at that. Seriously, check the Best Buy pages for the devices.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 19, 2011, 10:14:35 PM »
I got the Nook Touch over the Kindle Touch because of the lack of page turn buttons on the Kindle. With a microSD card in the Nook, the content is integrated seamlessly in the library. So far I'm really liking the Nook Touch and to me it's an improvement over my K3 Keyboard.

I just can't bring myself to give a company my money that knowingly lies to consumers (they did the same thing with the Nook Tablet, allowing only 1GB of the 16GB storage for non-B&N content) and tries to dictate how I use the space on the device that I paid for. Amazon does that too, to a certain extent, but not nearly as heinously as B&N has and continues to do.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:30:31 PM »
I understood why they removed it, but in my eyes they've lost their edge over the competition. Though on the other hand, B&N's memory partitioning for non-B&N content has kept me from being a Nook customer. Ugh, I just wish they had kept side page turn buttons on the Kindle Touch and then I might have gotten a new Kindle. Hopefully they'll add them to the next iteration of the device, otherwise I may be switching over to the Nook, content restrictions or not. I'd just have to suck it up and get a microSD card.

Kindle Accessories / Re: What purse are you carrying your Kindle in?
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:18:38 PM »
I recently got this bag on sale for $12 at Payless:

My K3 in its Oberon fit into it perfectly, as well as my full-sized wallet and other chotskies. I like that it has two pockets inside that fit my phone and iPod.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:19:31 PM »
I understand and agree.  My issue was that they removed a feature that many people loved and lied about why.  In customer service responses they kept saying things like "we constantly work to improve the user experience and believe this choice was for the best".   Even with the touch interface it is not going to replace a real browser but as you said is an excellent "lifeline" at times for email or maps etc.  And the price remained the same so the money they saved on 3G bandwidth all goes right into their pockets.  If they had just been honest about it and I would have less ire toward them. 

Also the way they initially didn't mention this change, then obfuscated it with "wording", then finally came out and admitted it.  For me I can't reward slimy behavior like that with my money.  And by removing the 3G browsing they removed any incentive I had to buy a Kindle over the competition since they no longer offered anything "better". 

Oh, I'm still keeping my K3 over the temptation of the Nook Simple Touch because of that dirty partitioning that B&N does. They advertise the device as having 2GB of memory, but in truth only 1GB is available to users and only 250MB of that is available for non-B&N content. As most of my content is from non-DRMed sources and entirely sideloaded, that's a dealbreaker for me. At least Amazon is honest about the space available to users and doesn't dictate how you use that space.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:35:22 PM »
ScaryMerry (awesome username BTW),

I agree with you on all points.  And I find it pretty annoying that you cannot express your views without someone jumping right in to tell you that you are WRONG and stupid.  ie "Why would you want that so and so feature?".

The removal of the 3G browsing and the physical page turn buttons were why I did not order a Kindle.  Both were cost cutting measures so that Amazon could increase it's profits.  Despite the "explanations" that they were for a "better user experience".  I am sure Amazon didn't receive mass complaints that one could to "too much" over 3G.

I voted with my wallet and my vote was "no".


And I wouldn't have an issue with the lack of 3G browsing if it hadn't been included in the first place. It annoys me when companies "upgrade" a product and then take away functionality. And as PhillyGuy mentioned, it's fantastic to have when traveling. My grandpa in Tennessee has no wifi, and usually I'm cut off from all communication with the outside world when I visit him for a week three or four times a year. With my Kindle, I can at least check my email, facebook, and news blogs. Even better was when I studied abroad in London and did not have reliable access to wifi. It was an excellent lifeline.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 17, 2011, 01:46:07 PM »
The 5th Generation is already out. It's called the Kindle Touch and the "Baby Kindle'.  The Kindle Keyboard is considered 4th Gen.

Also, I didn't mention this before, but I thought I should clarify:

The Kindle Keyboard is just the Kindle 3 renamed. The KK is 3rd gen, and the new K4 and Kindle Touch are 4th gen.

Kindle Accessories / Re: Non leather case for the new kindle
« on: November 17, 2011, 12:06:17 PM »
Look here:

There are plenty of fake leather cases, as well as fabric ones. The Marware Atlas is fabric, as well as the TimBuk2's offerings and the Belkin cases.

Also, M-Edge has plenty of non-leather cases.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:27:18 AM »
I would have to believe within the next of couple years someone is going to deliver an edge-to-edge screen.    I came to Kindle with the K4, so this is all new to me.  (Yes, I have been reading paper books up until 2 weeks ago and didn't realize what I was missing).    I was actually surprised by how big of a border is on the K4, Touch and my coworkers nook.   

These devices need bezels, though, especially with the move to touch screens. You have to have something to hold onto.

Fire Talk / Re: No blogs available on the Fire?
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:22:22 AM »
Why don't you just read them on the internet? *does not see the problem*

Yep, went to Best Buy today to kill some time and played with their demo unit of the Fire for twenty minutes while flirting with the cute sales guy and wowing him with my vast knowledge of tablets and ereaders. I could have bought one at the time if I wasn't broke- they had a whole bunch in stock.

Kindle Fire reviews / Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
« on: November 15, 2011, 01:52:41 PM »
Ok, I just spent like twenty minutes in Best Buy playing with the demo unit and I'm sold. I love the form factor and I think it will serve my purposes very, very well. Unless my mom can convince me to give her my iPad, it is sold. Now that I have a functioning computer again (I originally bought it when I was between computers) I don't use it very often and never for the "heavy stuff" (word processing, etc.). I mostly use it for media consumption, which the Fire will do for me very well and in a more portable format.

And I found my demo experience to be very pleasant. The device is easy to hold, though I don't think one-handed reading would work very well over an extended period of time- touch screens are just not very conducive to it, imo. I found reaching my thumb over to turn pages while holding it one-handed to be awkward. That is one of my two main complaints about it- some side buttons would be nice. I wouldn't expect side buttons on a non-ereader based tablet, but as the Fire is still a Kindle, I feel like more thought should be put into the reading experience. Also, an exterior volume switch. Other than that, I was very pleased with the device.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:21:38 AM »
There's definitely room for improvement with contrast. Hopefully the next e-ink screen to be released will be completely black and white, rather than black and light-grey. And there's always room for improvement regarding software, though as mentioned, my key hardware issue is the omission of side page turn buttons on the Kindle Touch. True, I haven't used the KT yet, but given my experience reading on my iPad, I greatly prefer having side buttons to swiping/tapping.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 5
« on: November 15, 2011, 12:41:45 AM »
The 5th Generation is already out. It's called the Kindle Touch and the "Baby Kindle'.  The Kindle Keyboard is considered 4th Gen.

And seriously, we haven't even gotten the Kindle Touch in our hot little hands yet. Is there really any need to start criticizing it already and making demands for the next gen?

As for you wanting free unlimited/restricted 3G, are you willing to pay more for it? If you want to do email and surf the web, get a tablet and a data plan. I don't think it's reasonable to expect Amazon to foot the bill. I'm sure it's not cheap for them as it is.  Besides, almost everyone has WiFi access now. And why would they put page turn buttons on the Touch version? That makes no sense. It's got a touchscreen for a reason,

I already have a tablet, and as I mentioned before, I can't afford 3G internet on my phone, much less on a tablet. I just liked having the 3G internet access as a back-up, and reading blogs on the Kindle in article mode is actually very pleasant.

Also, as I mentioned in my original post, I have an iPad that I occasionally read on. After reading on a Kindle with page turn buttons, I find the swiping/tapping on my iPad to be obnoxious and conducive to accidental page turns. I was very disappointed to see that the new Kindle dropped the buttons, and in a few reviews I have read, the reviewers also found the lack of page turn buttons to be a downgrade to the reading experience. The Nook kept the page turn buttons and made a slightly larger side bezel, which makes the device much easier to hold and read (especially one-handed). I wish Amazon would do something similar to the Kindle. If I didn't read using a cover, I'm not sure how I would hold onto the device (that goes for my K3) as Amazon keeps making the side bezels skinnier and skinnier.

And one of my friends got the K4, and really, the new placement of the page turn buttons is incredibly obnoxious.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle 5
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:13:59 PM »
So now that we've seen Amazon's latest offerings, I'm looking ahead to the 5th generation. To be honest, I wasn't thrilled with the newest Kindles. I despise the placement of the page turn buttons on the non-touch version, and I can't stand that they left off page turn buttons on the touch version. I have an iPad and I dislike swiping for page turns and I accidentally turn pages all the time when I read on it. I'd much rather have buttons on the side like the K3 for turning. Also, I feel like the aesthetic design of the new Kindles looks... cheap. The Nook Simple Touch is much prettier to look at, to be honest. And then perhaps the most egregious sin, in my book, is limiting the free 3G to only wikipedia and the Amazon store. I enjoy having 3G on my Kindle to check email, blogs, and to have in case of emergencies (as I can't afford internet on my phone). With all these things in mind, here's what I would like to see in the K5:

- Touchscreen
- Page turn buttons on the sides of the device
- 3G internet without limits, or at least granting access to email- an email Kindle active content perhaps? Sort of like an app?
- Better industrial design- black and/or white instead of the plasticky cheap-looking silver. Maybe rubberizing it a little bit?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Is kindle worth it?
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:46:06 PM »
I have a Nook simple touch and I could have sworn I have more than that side loaded.  I will check when I get home but I know I put over 100 books on from Calibre.

There's more about the memory partitioning here: (search for "sideload" to locate the discussion).

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Is kindle worth it?
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:54:39 AM »
One other thing that I recently learned when I was considering getting a Nook Simple Touch:

As I mentioned, I get most of my books from sources where I can acquire them with no DRM, so I very rarely buy books from Amazon and sideload my content onto my Kindle. It turns out that Nooks can only hold up to 512mb of sideloaded content and will not save any notes and highlights you make in sideloaded content, all in an effort to boost purchase from the B&N store. They don't publicize this, which I think is dirty, and has effectively prevented me from ever being a Nook customer.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Is kindle worth it?
« on: November 13, 2011, 06:15:10 PM »
Cheers :) how does it compare to other e-readers, like the kobo

For me, I actually rarely buy books through Amazon's store and acquire my ebooks from other sources. While other ereaders do not support Amazon's ebook format and nor does the Kindle support epubs, the Kindle actually supports far more formats than any other ereader. For instance, most of my ebooks are in the .mobi format, which is unsupported on other ereaders. True, I could convert them via Calibre should I ever decide to switch devices, but for now, I'll stick with my Kindle.

Also, I have a 3G K3, and as I can't afford internet on my phone, it's nice to have my Kindle around as a form of back-up communication in case of an emergency. Not the fastest internet, but it gets the job done. I like having the free internet and page turn buttons on the side of the device, so it will probably be a while before I ever update my Kindle to a new e-ink device.

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