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I have to agree with the other commenters.

I read mostly novels with little or no illustration / diagrams etc and with the recently added font weight options I am now very happy with the way text looks in black and white on my Voyage.

However, since new Kindles will probably follow the style of the Oasis, which doesn't appeal to me, I'm unlikely to be buying a new Kindle anyway. For anything that needs colour I have my tablet (finally replaced my Fire with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and am very pleased with it.  :D )

I've only used the service once and that was here in the UK.

It's touted as being a 2 hour service to get things you suddenly realise you forgot or ran out of, but he's right that if you only buy a few things there's a delivery fee and a tip added on that can almost double the cost of your order.

I ordered things I didn't desperately need in order to meet the minimum requirements and avoid the delivery fee. But when the order arrived half the things weren't there and as (bad) luck would have it the missing things were the ones I was actually wanted and what arrived was just the the things I ordered as fillers. I also received at least two things I didn't order - and was charged for them.

He's also right that although it's a 2 hour service, the timer doesn't start when you order, you have to pick a slot and the next available one may not start for a couple of hours or so.

It would be cheaper and quicker for me to go to the nearest 24 hour supermarket.

Good idea, but needs some further thought and development I think.

The Book Corner / Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:39:07 AM »
Oh, I forgot to mention Paul Levinson's Sierra Waters series. Definitely worth a read and Mr. Levinson is a KB member, so all the more reason. :)

The Book Corner / Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:09:50 AM »
I've been trying to fiind good time travel books for years and many of them are disappointing.

Of the ones previously mentioned here I can recommend Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series which I love. Alison Uttley's A Traveller In Time is good but it's a children's / teenager's book and a very old fashioned one at that (written in 1939). Pretty much any of Connie Willis' books are worth a read. I want to read Ken Grimwood's Replay myself but it's not avaliable on Kindle. As it happens the book I just finished was a time travel story - Skynoise by Ernie Lindsey - but I'm afraid it was one of the disappointing ones. Ill thought out, a jumbled plot and a pretty dull ending.

Other than that I'd suggest you search for 'time travel' in the Amazon book or kindle store and you'll fiind a long list. The hard part is trying to sort out the decent ones.

Slightly different choices again on Amazon UK's February selection.

I went with Silent Victim.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: January 27, 2018, 07:14:36 AM »
Well, I finally got to it - I've spent the last two days binge-watching the entire season 3.  :o   I'm glad I waited to watch it like that, it makes it so much easier to get immersed in the story.

It's been some time since I read the earlier books, years really, but it's strange how you can remember some bits really clearly, enough to notice when they do it differently. Some random thoughts:-

Jenny is still my favourite piece of casting - she's exactly as I imagined her and I love the character. The adult Fergus is OK. The adult Lord John is nothing like his description in the book, but he grew on me and I think he fits the part well. Young Ian isn't as I imagined him. I think in my mind he was a younger version of Jamie, good looking, or at least with some charisma. The actor may grow into the part as Ian's life gets more serious. I had imagined Mr. Willoughby as a younger man.

Jamie and John's very complicated relationship seems to have been reduced to "you're my captor so you're my enemy" then "you made a pass at me so you're disgusting" then "you're taking care of my son so you're a great friend" without any intervening feelings. There's a lot more to it in the book and for those of us who have also read the Lord John books, in particular The Scottish Prisoner, it's a bit disappointing. I suppose it's just a side story though and there's simply no time for those.

I may be misremembering, but I don't recall Claire and Frank having such problems, but as I said, it's been a while since I read the book. I thought they handled the difficulties of Jamie and Claire trying to reconnect very well - loved the print shop meeting.

All in all I enjoyed it - and I read this morning that filming of season 4 has just begun.....

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon music storage bad changes....
« on: January 24, 2018, 07:43:18 AM »
As far as I can tell - if I'm reading it correctly - as long as you continue to renew your subscription and don't allow it to lapse, it will continue as normal. If you allow it to lapse, you can't renew it later and no new subscriptions are allowed. This is what it says on Amazon UK help pages. (bold sections emphasised by me).


The Amazon Music Storage subscription plans (free and paid) are being retired. Beginning January 15, 2018, no new subscriptions will be accepted.

If you upgraded your Amazon Music storage subscription prior to January 15, 2018, you can store up to 250,000 imported songs in supported file types.
Tip: For information about supported file types, go to About File Formats .

After upgrading, your Amazon Music storage subscription automatically renews on the last day of your annual billing cycle, if auto-renew is set to “On.”

Important - Upcoming Changes to Music Storage Plans

Note: These changes only impact music you’ve imported. Music purchased from Amazon (MP3s or AutoRip from CDs) remains securely stored for playback and download.

Paid 250,000 Song Storage Plan

    While you remain a paid member, you're able to upload music and renew your subscription.
    You can view and manage your Amazon Music storage subscription from Your Amazon Music Settings.

    If your current storage plan expires, you won’t have the option to re-start your subscription.
    After your subscription expires, your Amazon music purchases remain securely stored for free, but you will not be able to upload music.
    If you have more than 250 imported songs when your subscription period ends, you won't be able to access the additional songs.
    All songs that exceed the 250 song limit will be removed. See Downloading Your Music for more information on how to download your music. This needs to be done prior to the subscription expiration.
    You can download and play the remaining 250 songs for one (1) year after your subscription expires, when the remaining 250 songs will be removed.

Free 250 Song Storage Plan

    On December 18, 2017, the ability to upload music was removed from the Amazon Music for PC/Mac app for Free 250 Song Storage plan members.
    As a Free 250 Song Storage plan member, you can continue to play and download music that you uploaded until January 2019. See Downloading Your Music for more information on how to download your music.

About Cancelling Your Subscription

Once cancelled, you are not able to upload additional music, or reactivate your subscription. If you have more than 250 imported songs when your subscription period is over, you won't be able to access the additional songs.

See Downloading Your Music for more information on how to download your music. This needs to be done prior to the subscription expiration.

One of the reasons I think it will continue, is that there is no mention of any refund if your already paid for subscription goes past the cut off date of Jan 19 - I feel certain they would have addressed that if it was going to stop before the end of the year you'd paid for. Mine is renewable in March so I'm going to let it auto renew for another year and see what happens in January next year. My interpretation is that it will continue as normal so long as I continue to renew, but I guess we'll see.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The red lined lock in Firefox.
« on: January 24, 2018, 07:19:07 AM »
My Firefox also shows this - but as well as that, my security software (Kapersky) also occasionally flashes up a warning panel that the site isn't secure or doesn't have the correct certificate or something and I have to specifically ask it to allow me to continue and not to warn me for the next thirty minutes.

To be fair, I've noticed that Kapersky has been doing this a lot lately for sites I visit regularly and never had a problem with before, even Amazon. Hard to know what's going on to be honest.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:23:53 AM »

LOL, now I'm really intrigued - that good, huh?

I must admit, the part I'm looking forward to seeing most is Jamie's face when Claire walks into the print shop - I hope they did that scene as I imagined it when reading the book (so long ago!).

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: January 18, 2018, 03:22:14 PM »
Thursday morning at dawn (UK time) the grave of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, aka 'The Fox' is being opened to discover if he's actually there!

He was the last man to be publicly beheaded in Britain and the authorities at the time said he was buried in London where he was executed. The Fraser family have always maintained he was returned to them and buried in the family vault.

Presumably they'll be able to tell if the deceased, assuming there IS a body, was beheaded or not.

If you want to know the outcome you can follow the historian Dan Snow on Twitter @thehistoryguy
Update: The exhumation has been completed. The body they found was lacking a head, which supports the theory that it is Simon Fraser.

Some of the remains are being taken away for DNA testing etc, the rest have been placed in a new coffin and will be reinterred in the family mauseleum.

Jamie Fraser as we all know (though it's easy to forget!) is a fictional character, not so his grandfather Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat. If anyone is interested, they've completed the testing on the headless body from the family crypt that the the Fraser family have always believed was the recovered remains of Simon - and it's NOT him. In fact, it's a young woman! Just which Fraser she is and why her head is missing are mysteries for another day. So the legend of The Fox continues and his last resting place remains a secret.

Also, I have yet to watch season 3.  :o I intended to do it over Christmas but ended up going to Spain to visit my brother for three weeks and never had the chance. I fully intend to watch it in one long binge viewing, at some point in the near future. I'm presuming it's worth waiting for?

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: January 15, 2018, 07:29:31 AM »
I think I've been having the same problem as Linjeakel has/had with a random selection of books not showing up everytime I save My Reading Page. It just lists , by next to the ASIN and if I save again different books show up that way. I'm in the US. Generally, as long as My Reading Bar shows up correctly, I give up and let it go but it's still happening everytime.

That's interesting - we had thought the problem might just be with Amazon UK lists, but obviously not so. It must be really difficult for the tecchies to track down the problem when it doesn't seem to happen to everyone though. I just keep saving till my reading bar is complete and don't worry about any missing further down.

One strange occurence I noted last time I was doing this: on the right of the set up page are the various styles of reading bar available, which after you save, show what will be displayed if you use each particular one. On this occasion, my 'currently reading' book failed to show up on the list after a save and consequently that slot was empty on the reading bars. Except for the one at the very bottom, which shows only the first book in the 'currently reading' section. The book cover was displayed correctly there and only there. Curiouser and curiouser.  :o

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Pound-A-Week Club
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:02:56 AM »
The bad news is that I'm back from my holiday to Spain. Yesterday, I had breakfast outside at a beach cafe overlooking the Med. Today I woke up in the UK to freezing temperatures, frost and fog.   :o :(

The good news is that despite a lot of excessive eating over the Christmas and New Year period, I actually haven't gained any weight!   :o  8) I put this down to all the walking I've been doing - with the weather being so much nicer than home and lots of lovely places to visit, getting out and about wasn't a chore.

I think it's also the first time for many, many years that I've finished a year considerably lighter than I started it. Now all I have to do is repeat that again this year. And the next year. And the year after that .....

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Pound-A-Week Club
« on: December 28, 2017, 06:26:26 AM »
I've escaped the snow in the UK and am currently sitting in the sunshine on a Spanish beach. I won't have to face the scales of doom till I get back home in about 10 days.

At that point the damage caused by the Christmas (and New Year) excesses will be revealed. I don't think all the walking I've done is going to make much difference. :o  :o :(

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 2, Turn off Cellular
« on: December 28, 2017, 02:39:13 AM »
If it works like all the other Kindles, then the answer is no.

If you're connected and there's wi-fi available to you, it will always use that for preference, or otherwise it will use the 3g. If you're outside of wi-fi range but don't want to connect with 3g either for some reason, you'd have to put the device into airplane mode.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon music storage bad changes....
« on: December 27, 2017, 07:50:49 AM »
I have the paid subscription and I've never had any notification from Amazon about this - when were they going to tell us?

I can't remember offhand when my subscription is due for renewal, nor can I find anywhere that tells me. Hopefully, if Jan 2019 comes in the middle of a subscrption year, there'll be a partial refund. In the meantime it looks like I need to find a substitute service.

I'm assuming this is supposed to get us all to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited? I think I'll pass.

You can check your KU history online at Amazon under 'manage your content and devices'.

As far as the sluggishness of the device is concerned, keeping a lot of books on there will slow it down. If these are all books you've bought from Amazon, just delete them from your Kindle when you've read them and leave them in the cloud - you can always download them again if you need to.

If necessary, you could always reset the Kindle to factory defaults, BUT BE AWARE this will remove all yourbooks AND all personal settings such as wi-fi etc. It's a bit drastic but could be worthwhile if simply removing books doesn't help. It's also worth just restarting your Kindle on a regular basis once you get it back to how you want it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Voyage, Paperwhite & Audible
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:23:27 AM »
I do have Audible Download Manager but that only auto opens when I download from Audible, not when I connect my Kindle, though I suppose it could be working in the background.

I didn't know about VoiceView - perhaps it's related to that. It's a mystery, but not a major problem - I was curious is all, but I'm not going to worry about it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Voyage, Paperwhite & Audible
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:57:48 AM »
It would mention Audible content if it was Audible software (running on the PC). Likewise the language to ‘activate’. Again, a basic MP3 player looks like flash storage to the PC, and would to Audible software. You did not confirm what software was actually displaying the message but Windows has nothing to do with Audible so it is likely software you installed from Audible at some point.

The newer Kindles that support Audible cannot read MP3 files, and you don’t need any special software to put Audible files on them. Just download .AAX file from your Audible library and copy the file to the /audible folder on the Kindle.

It appears to be a windows box that pops up, rather any software opening. Incidentally I have an 'Audible' folder on my Voyage - it came like that, I didn't put it on, though why it's there is a puzzle. That's why I think they just put the same firmware on all the newer Kindles even though some of it would appear to be redundant on some models.

The Book Corner / Re: Book Series and why I hate them
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:01:49 AM »
Since I've had a Kindle I've broadened my go to author list considerably. Being able to download samples or use Kindle Unlimited etc means I'm willing to take a chance on new authors all the time.

But I love a good long yarn and generally avoid short stories unless they're part of a series. So if I find characters I really like, I'm happy to continue reading about them as part of a series so long as the author keeps up the standard of the earlier stories.

I don't think these two things are mutually exclusive.

Not Quite Kindle / Words With Friends 2
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:52:53 AM »
I use Words Classic and periodically it keeps telling me there's an upgrade available.

Is this just an update to WWF, or is it going to change me to WWF2 - and if so, do I want it?

Anyone tried WWF2? Pros? Cons?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Voyage, Paperwhite & Audible
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:21:45 AM »
A box pops up on the PC - not the Kindle - asking the question and the choice is either 'activate' or 'cancel'.

I always supposed you could use the Kindle's hard drive for storage if you wanted, though I've never had any reason to do that - but if that's all it means, why specifically mention Audible content?

One possibility is that it's the same software version as on the Oasis, which CAN play Audible content and the option is redundant on the other models.

I was just curious is all.  ???

Let's Talk Kindle! / Voyage, Paperwhite & Audible
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:09:33 AM »
Every time I connect either my Voyage or PW2 to my PC, it keeps asking me if I want to activate my Kindle's internal storage and transfer my Audible content there.

Since neither of those models has speakers, why would I want to transfer my Audible content? Does it just mean - do you want to use the Kindle as a hard drive for storage? If so, why only Audible content?

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What's the best order to watch the Star Wars movies?
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:30:25 AM »
I didn't realise when I first posted this question how passionate some people are about Star Wars!

I have to say that after watching all 8 movies in the end, I liked The Force Awakens best of all. I'm not a Star Wars purist, so I viewed it without concern as to how well it fitted into the overall story arc or whether it was loyal to the canon of the books etc. I just enjoyed it for what it was, especially the humorous parts with the new little 'droid.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:13:01 AM »
I tried refreshing the screen a few times but it just stays the same - whatever books are there the last time I pressed 'save changes' are there when I refresh the screen.

So, without making any changes I pressed 'save changes' again and two of the books previously there in the footer bar disappeared, with one more further down the list missing. The ones previously missing are there now - this is how it goes all the time.

I've left it with the missing books so you can see if they're missing for you too under this post. Also, if you go to my reading page, you will see there are no gaps but the same books are missing.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:48:41 AM »
Hmmm....  Not sure, Linda.  I wonder if any other UK members are having the same problem?  I wonder if I can link to books in the UK store and test it?

Are you able to link to books in the US store?  If so, do they act the same?

If I change to the US store and press save, I get red error messages for about half the books saying something like "this ASIN not found in the Amazon database" but when I search for those books on using the same ASINs, the books are there. So far as I can tell it's the same books every time.

Normally when using the UK database option I don't get an error message, just a blank on the list (actually it just says the word "by") and a blank where the cover should be on the strip that appears in the post footer, and on the 'reading page' the gaps just close up so you can't actually tell any are missing. There's no error message and the missing books are different every time.

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