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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Kicked off all my amazon devices
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:17:20 AM »
Have you tried logging in to your account online - if the account has been closed for some reason, that could explain it. Either way, I'd give Amazon a call.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Pound-A-Week Club
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:23:30 AM »
Because life is pain, highness! Anyone who tells you differently is selling something!

LOL - I think you're right. *sigh*

If you've downloaded the correct update you need to copy the file to your Kindle, not open it on your PC/tablet. Put it in the Kindle's root directory, don't put it in any of the folders. I don't think you can do it by connecting to a tablet though. Perhaps you could ask a friend to do it on their PC?

Once copied disconnect the Kindle from the PC and go to settings -  the option should no longer be greyed out and you can run the update.

Just let the update program run - it will probably shut down the Kindle and restart it when it's finished. Once it's finished if you check in settings again you should see the new version number.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Pound-A-Week Club
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:41:15 AM »
I've struggled to get back on the straight and narrow since Christmas, so much so that I actually put on 7 pounds. I'm just now getting back into a healthy eating routine and those 7 pounds have gone again. Now I just need to keep up the momentum and lose even more.

Why is it so bloody hard?  >:(

My favourite Dickens remains Nicholas Nickleby, but I'm fairly sure that's mostly because it was the first I read, and through associations with the RSC stage adaptation that was broadcast by Channel 4 in the 1980s - formative experience stuff!

I remember that production - I think it was the first time Dickens really appealed to me since I'd been put off by having to study him and other classic authors in school. It set me off reading a whole load of classics, some I loved, some not so much.

I don't read many classics nowadays - since getting a Kindle back in 2009 I've been able to take a chance on so many new authors (through sampling, freebies etc) that I have a seemingly endless list of books lined up to read and it's only very occasionally that I'll go back to old favourites.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading in 2018?
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:07:27 AM »
I recently read:
  The Braque Connection (Book 3) (Genevieve Lenard) by Estelle Ryan. The third in the series - recommended to me by several members here - and I think I'm enjoying it more as I get into it and get to know the characters. An unusual main character and intelligent, well thought out plots that get your brain working. There are about 12 books to date but I'm price watching before I buy and so far have managed to get all the first three for free. Having said that they are good enough I'd be willing to pay for them if no freebies were forthcoming.

On the other hand:
Artemis by Andy Weir is proving to be a bit tedious. I loved Andy Weir's first book The Martian - the book was way better than the movie - but I'm struggling with this one to the point where I'm not even sure I want to finish it. I'm particularly missing the humour of the previous book - Jazz Bashara isn't as entertaining as Mark Watney. As a side note, I'll be interested to see what Hollywood makes of this if they decide to make a movie - a non US centric moonbase and a female Saudi muslim as the main protaganist isn't really standard blockbuster material, refreshing though it is.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Default Device(Kindle Touch) Not Maintained
« on: March 03, 2018, 07:43:51 AM »
This is a common problem - a lot of people have reported it happening, including myself - although it hasn't happened to me so often lately. It's more of an irritation than anything else, but as far as I know, no-one has pinpointed the cause.


Only one book different in the UK's Kindle First list this month.

I think I'll probably go with the thriller True Fiction although The Forgotten Ones - not on the US list - sounds interesting too.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:20:39 AM »
Any progress on this? It just took me 6 saves to populate my reading bar and there are still some missing further down the list.

If we are definitely saying the problem is with Amazon, I will stop nagging, but has anyone actually figured it out one way or the other yet?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Kindle Firmware Update 5.9.4
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:07:23 AM »
I've got the update on my Voyage and I haven't noticed any problems with flickering or with the page refresh - I have mine set to refresh every page anyway.

I have noticed that sometimes if you close the Kindle whilst in a book, when you re-open it, the time is still what it was before - it doesn't update till you press something that requires the top of the page to refresh. This only seems to happen if you leave it a long time - if it's just a couple of minutes the time seems to update. Not a problem really, just an observation.

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.

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