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This will probably take some trial and error to get something that suits you, but if you have the latest update on your Kindle it is now possible to dowload your own fonts.

Google* free fonts and you'll come up any number of websites such as https://fontlot.com where you can download fonts to your PC. Transfer those files to your Kindles fonts folder and then when you open a book on the device and open the fonts selection, your custom fonts will be listed when you press 'custom' (only the last one used will be displayed inititially).



*Other search engines are available ...  ;D

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:52:06 AM »

And, just to be clear--are we talking about the signature bar or the reading page?  Or both?

Betsy

When you're on the update / set up page where you actually enter the book info, where it lists the titles and authors next to the Amazon code, the ones that are blank just say 'by' - the author and title are missing. The sample reading bars on that update page show a gap in these places, as do the chosen reading bars below the posts on these thread pages. The actual reading page has the same books missing, but no gaps where they should be.

As Ann says, each time you press 'save' the missing books change randomly. When we first had this reading page, this didn't happen - it always updated fully and correctly each time. I thought at first the problem was just with Amazon UK, but apparently this is not so.



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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 15, 2018, 06:21:39 AM »
Have you updated it since you posted yesterday, Linda? 'Cause all yours were there the last time I visited this thread, but now there's one cover missing. I did a refresh on mine yesterday morning and all the covers appeared. Haven't done anything since.

I didn't think I'd changed anything and that it had randomly disappeared, but I could be mistaken.

This morning I'm trying to get rid of that gap - I haven't made any changes, just pressed the save button - four times and there were different books missing each time and on the fifth go I got an error message:

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Secure Connection Failed

The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.
    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
    Please contact the web site owners to inform them of this problem.

Off to try a sixth save ..... OK so no error message this time but still books missing. Sigh.

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:33:06 AM »
Really? Maybe hit the refresh . . . 'cause I see all of mine.

BUT, I only see some of YOURS. :o

Interesting - I see all of Ann's but only some of Betsy's - but strangely there's a gap in mine too and I was sure the last time I updated the only gaps were further down the list. Curiouser and curiouser ....

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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Overseas lockout?
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:45:43 AM »
I'm not sure there is a way to solve this to be honest. You were probably able to download in Norway despite having a UK address for a while - Amazon know people travel abroad - but if you keep on doing that, they'll know you're not actually resident in the country you say you are.

Can you download your Kindle purchases to your PC? If so, you could transfer it manually to your Kindle - a bit cumbersome but it would be better than nothing.

You might try changing your official Amazon address back to Norway and seeing if you can download content you've previously purchased. If it works, you could possibly keep changing it back and forth.

As I said, since you're basically trying to 'cheat' the system, you may struggle to find a viable answer. Anyone else have any ideas?


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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:33:57 AM »

Not a fan. ::)

I refreshed it probably almost a dozen times this morning. . . finally got a signature that showed the 'reading' book and all but the longest-ago 'read' book. I decided that's as well as I could do. :( Just refreshed a couple more times, and random ones are going away again.

le sigh.

It would make more sense to me if specific books just stopped coming up -- then I'd say it was a broken link. But it looks to be more systemic and random at the same time. Maybe not enough resources. I dunno.

Yeah, this has been going on for some time now and doesn't seem to improve. Each time I update I always make sure I have time to refresh it a dozen or so times - I keep going till the reading bar that shows on here is populated and all the missing ones are lower down. It's the best you can do.

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:42:11 AM »
The Reading page is misbehaving for me this morning. Moved a book from reading to recently read and getting all kinds of blanks. Thing is, with each refresh, it's not consistent. It's never the same missing cover images on each refresh.

Welcome to my world .....  :'(

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The Book Corner / Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« on: June 09, 2018, 09:16:11 AM »
Well, all's not lost - you just need a different science fictional thread to read all the books - say, immortality. :)

Perhaps - but the longer you live, the more books will have been published. You need to be immortal, but be able to stop time while you catch up. Seems like a reasonable request to me ....  :o  ;D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:43:33 PM »
Perhaps you didn't properly eject the Kindle drive to make sure everything gets correctly written.

https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-safely-remove-hardware-windows-so-you-dont-lose-your-data

I did eject the Kindle properly (I got the 'safe to remove hardware' flag) but didn't physically detach it from the computer while I updated. I didn't have to do the update again, so I must have done it correctly. Even after I pulled out the USB cable and then reattached it to reload the Kindle as a drive, there was no fonts folder. Only the second time I did that did the fonts folder appear. It was the same for all three Kindles I updated. Go figure.**


**This is not an expression we use in the UK so I hope I used it correctly!

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 12:13:21 PM »
Well, success at last. I had left my Kindle connected to my PC after I transferred the update file and ran the update, and after it was done, there was definitely no fonts folder. So I disconnected the Kindles and then reconnected and volia! I have a fonts folder - and the 'read me' text file.

I tried transferring a couple of fonts from my Windows fonts folder to see if it works and it does. Not that there is anything I particularly want from there - I might see if there are any free fonts available online that I like. The irony is, after ten years of waiting, since they've recently given us the ability to weight the system fonts, the problem of other fonts isn't as important as it was. The only font that was bold enough for me was one I didn't like, but now I can weight my choice of font to my taste, so I'm not so desperate for new fonts.

 Still, more choice is always better than less.  :)


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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:35:47 AM »
I haven't updated yet. I think this is the first update they put out I have no clue how to use. I wish they had just put a bunch of fonts in there to "activate" or something. I wouldn't even have a clue how to find fonts, where to get them, how to know they are proper and what files to get and all that stuff. But I guess they put this out for the fiddlers. Or maybe I am the only one in the universe that has no clue about fonts and what is free and where they are and all that jazz.

Not that I have a issue now using bookerly with the bold option, but I wouldn't mind a few more fonts. But not if its something I have no clue how to do.

I think they expect the same response from everyone - hence the 'read me' file with instructions on how it works. Trouble is, so far I can't find the 'read me' file!

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:53:37 AM »
OK so I downloaded the update and used it on both my Voyages. Both say in Device Info that they've successfully updated to 5.9.6 but when connected to the computer, I don't have a 'font' folder that I can see and therefore no 'read me' file. I'm going to try updating my 6th gen Paperwhite and see what happens with that.

Anyone else done this yet?



EDIT: Same thing with my Paperwhite. :(

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:23:43 AM »
Wow indeed - I think we've been asking for this for maybe the last ten years - basically since they invented the Kindle!  :o

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The Book Corner / Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:19:00 AM »
A time machine wouldn't be of much help.   Whether you travel to the past or the future, you'll age at the same rate as if you just lived through time in the normal way, in the present going gradually into the future. :)

Your logic is sound - now that I think about it, going back in time wouldn't make me any younger or extend my lifespan.  :(

I guess I just have to face up to the fact that I'll never be able to read all the books I want to. Maybe the answer is to stop reading enabling threads like this one.  :o

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The Book Corner / Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:04:11 AM »
Can I make an official request for this thread to be banned until someone actually invents a time machine because I DON'T HAVE TIME to read all these recommendations.  :o

*Sighs and adds Map of Time to TBR list*

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I've had several Fires - the earlier models were better I think - but none of them have quite worked for me, so I've moved to a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 which I really love.

I've had Galaxy phones for a few years and have been really happy with them, which is why I chose that particular tablet and I haven't been disappointed. Although not the newest model in that range, it was more expensive than the current Fire models, but I've generally found it to be much smoother and zippier than the Fires and just all round more pleasant to use - and since I was familiar with the phones, it didn't take me long to get up to speed with where everything was and how it worked. As an android tablet you can use your Amazon apps on it, including the Kindle app.

Even so, I would second what others have said - if you primarily want to read on your device, an e-ink Kindle is a far superior experience, even if you chose to buy just the basic model. A mid-range choice such as the Paperwhite would give you everything you need as a reader. I personally have the slightly more expensive Voyage, which is smaller and lighter and I love it. I don't care for the Oasis, though others love it and if you have the budget for it, it might suit you too.


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The Book Corner / Re: First Reads -- June 2018
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:32:44 AM »
Just one book different this month in the UK's choices.

Nothing jumps out at me so I think I'll give it a miss this time - I wasn't exactly bowled over by the one I chose last month.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:14:48 AM »
I sign up for a good deal on CBS streaming once a year so I can watch "The Good Fight," the sequel to "The Good Wife."  Really love it.  The season finale is next week.  Then, I'll cancel till the new season, if there is one.  There should be, it's excellent.

I've just finished binge-watching The Good Wife on Amazon Prime and I really enjoyed it. To be honest I think I only started it 'cause I knew Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be in it at some point,  ;)  but I ended up loving the whole thing - Alan Cumming was brilliant as usual as Eli Gold, though the accent threw me for awhile. There were one or two English actors in it doing American accents (like the guy from Downton Abbey). Odd - I would have thought there were enough US actors to fill the spots! And wow, what an unexpectedly downbeat ending!

I saw there was a sequel but I wasn't going to bother with it - sequels so often don't live up to the original - but if you think it's worth it, I might just give it a go.

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading in 2018?
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:36:40 AM »
Panic Room by Robert Goddard. I've read pretty much all of Robert Goddard's books over the years and although he still writes pretty good mystery / thrillers, they're not as good now as the early ones were when their originality often had me saying 'wow' at regular intervals. This one irritated because it constantly swapped between a third person POV and a first person present POV (my least favourite). Also in the Kindle version the latter was in a fixed font that I didn't like and unlike the rest of the book couldn't be changed.

An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St Mary's Series Book 9)
The Battersea Barricades: A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story both by Jodi Taylor. I know some of the US fans of this series have stopped following it after the problems with formatting of a previous book which is a shame as the saga of St Mary's continues apace. The first of these is a full length novel, a large part of which sees Max cut off from the others, but still managing to get in trouble as usual. Although the story it covers is completed for the most part, it still finishes on a bit of a cliffhanger after a bang on the head (don't ask) gives Max a moment of insight - so now I'm (not so) patiently waiting for the next book. The second is a short which covers the back story of some of the older ladies at St. Mary's and fills in some of the details only previously hinted at. There's also another short coming out in July I believe.

The King's Justice (A Stanton and Barling Mystery Book 1) by E.M. Powell. A Kindle First choice for May (in the UK at least). Enjoyable enough historical mystery, though a bit slow going to begin with and a lot of exposition at the end - telling rather than showing. An interesting insight into 12th century justice, some of which seems totally ridiculous and unacceptable from our modern viewpoint, but nevertheless forms the basis for today's judicial systems. Not top notch but a pleasant enough read.

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You can't choose the order, it's strictly alphabetical. The only way to change it to suit yourself is to put a number or symbol - or spaces I think - in front of the title as numbers and symbols are counted as coming first, alphabetically speaking.

If you use symbols, you'll have to experiment to see which order they come in. Some years ago when this problem first came up, I think someone on here did make a list of symbol order, but I have no idea which thread that was in, you'd have to try searching - unless anyone else can remember?


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The last few minutes I compared some more collections on my kindles and I have quite a few of them that have different numbers of titles listed. Again, set to all, so it should show the same numbers. So yeah, don't think you are alone. I just didn't notice so much as I usually just read the one book, and assume that my collections are the same on each device. But they are not. Now will this drive me mad knowing? Probably.  :-X I think some of the issues could be duplicates in docs, I only have a few of those. So that can't be all the reason. I guess now I have to figure that out. Sigh.  8)

Sorry! Now that I've noticed it, it's driving me nuts too. >:(

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This is the problem I have - collections being several books different in their totals on different devices, despite them being connected to wi-fi all the time.

Also, the new collection I set up on my Voyage a few days ago still only shows in my phone and tablet apps, but not on my other kindles. But when I go through the motions of putting a book into the collection, the new collection is listed as an option and is already ticked to show the book is in there, but when I click on 'done' and it goes back to the homepage, the new collection isn't there.

I have no idea what's going on or how to sync it all properly. It should be straight forward and automatic, but apparently not - though I guess people who only have one Kindle wouldn't even notice a problem.

EDIT: I figured out how to add the collection to the homescreen on the other kindles - apparently it's NOT automatic and the option doesn't show even when you have the right hand menu set to collections - you have change the left hand menu from 'all items' to collections as well and then click on the collection you want to add.

If only I could work out how to sync the books in the different collections as well.

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So, does no-one else have this problem, or is it that you do, but don't have any ideas how to fix it?

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Day to day I use a Kindle Voyage as my main reader. That's the one I usually make or delete collections on and put individual books into collections. I have my account set to sync everything and although my last page read etc does sync, my collections do not, but each device / app is different.

Let me explain. I recently set up a new collection on my main Kindle. It now shows in my Kindle apps on my phone and tablet. It doesn't show on my second Voyage or PW2 (both are updated to the latest software). On those two, all the books in that collection show as uncollected at the end of my collection list.

Also, the number of books in each collection doesn't match exactly on all the devices / apps, even when listing 'All' as opposed to 'downloaded' so I'm just looking at what's in 'the cloud' not at what's been downloaded to each device. Also the same info in my account under 'manage your content and devices' differs.

Take my 'currently reading' collection. I have 2 books in that and amazingly at the moment all my Kindles and apps show the same info, but when I look on MYC&D online, it says there are 14 books in that collection. When I click on the collection to see which books it thinks are in there it says 'showing 14 items' but actually only shows 6 - the 2 correct ones and 4 others, some of which haven't been in that collection for years.

There are several collections in MYC&D where the number of items it says are in the list is different to the number of books it actually lists when you open the collection.

So, for me anyway, the whole system is completely FUBAR.  :o   :'(  I just don't know where to start to get it sorted out. Any ideas?


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