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Writers' Cafe / Re: US Regulators Vote Down Net Neutrality Rules
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:42:02 PM »
Well, so far, the net neutrality issue has affected KBoarders by getting three threads locked.  ;)

Sorry, this discussion has twice devolved into politics.  We're not going to try again. 

How about discussing the best word processor for writers or something that everyone agrees on?  ;D. Or whether Dan Rinnert is an alien?

Lots of other threads, folks.  Move on, nothing to see here.

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Wish I still had grandkids that age... I love your concept!



The prior thread on Net Neutrality was locked due to overtly political discussions and inability to keep it civil.  I've edited some posts in this thread and removed others.  We'll leave this thread open for now, as long as the discussion is limited to the possible impact on authors and ebook users, and as long as it stays civil.  Don't make me get the cattle prod out.

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: December 13, 2017, 04:14:53 AM »

If you refresh your screen instead of hitting save again, do the books appear?

Also, I'd be curious if, instead of hitting save again until you see them, if you would post here in this thread, so we can see if the books are in your sig for us and just not showing for you.


Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:35:41 PM »
That's pretty cool!

Fire Talk / Re: Display time of day in book
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:22:01 PM »
Well, I'm glad you found us and we could help!


Writers' Cafe / Re: Removing ads
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:45:16 PM »
I'm seeing something wildly different than the screenshots. I'm four ads for the Klutz Paper Flying Dragons Craft Kit, Draw 50 Airplianes, SentoSphere Dragons, and How to Draw Faces. It says "Ads by Amazon >"

Yes, I think people are seeing Amazon ads, but they seem to vary a bit.  Thanks for the info, everyone!

I like the Heathrow teddy bear commercials.  Definitely sentimental.  This is the 2017 commercial, but they've been doing them for a few years now.

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Fire Talk / Re: Display time of day in book
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:00:25 AM »
  Silly question. I had my Kindle Fire 8 HD set to display the time of day in the upper left corner as I was reading books.
  That has disappeared, so I chatted with Amazon support which said that feature was not available. Funny, since I already had it.
  Does anyone know how t make that re-appear? It's no big deal, I just liked being able to glance at the upper left corner of the page and see the time.

Welcome to KBoards!

I can't get to my Fire right now...but on the Kindle app on the iPad, tapping in the upper left hand corner toggles the time-of-day on and off.  Have you tried that?


Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:42:19 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?

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Making yogurt in the Instant Pot. Tips?
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:34:27 AM »
I have not tried any kind of yogurt yet. However, I have discovered that Fairlife milk is available lots of places.

Good to know.  One of these days I'm going to try it.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Removing ads
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:07:19 PM »

Can you PM me the name of the author whose books you were seeing?  I'm not sure how it works with Amazon ads, but I think it would help us if we can tell them which ads we don't want served up here.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Removing ads
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:24:47 PM »
Sorry, wasn't aware the weird stuff was happening to that extent at the top. (If someone posted about it, sorry, missed it!)  On my ipad, it only took up the size of the normal google ad.  Glad it's straightened out now.  Be sure to let us now if it happens again.

I'd also like to add that most of the erotica writers have left this board since erotica covers, and I would assume ads, were BANNED over 3 years ago because of the Google Adword regulations. So, unless there is more details, I don't really think the ads you are seeing are really erotica since they haven't been allowed on the board for awhile. You most likely are seeing spicy romance or maybe romance books that you may not approve of. And I would imagine, you are not the target audience for the ads. Of course, I don't know if the ads are really targeted here like on FB or GR, but I would feel it was a waste of money to who ever was advertising if a whole thread was started on the board to complain about them instead of just mentioning it to a moderator.

But like I said, I don't think they are erotica covers or ads, but most likely romance books that are more than the sweet sort. There is a whole, huge range of romance book genres, and the trend right now is for them to be spicy. But I'd really hate to see all the romance or other romance genre ads get banned from the board because one person is complaining.
But I get REALLY annoying banner ads that crash my whole browser. So, if we're talking about crappy ads, lets add that to the list of horrible ads to endure. Again though, I could just set to block ads, but that doesn't seem to help in blocking the ads that crash my browser. It just tries to load, and then I can't get back to any messages I might be typing, and then I have to redo it all again. So, that would be my complaint about ads I've encountered here.

A member did send me a link to some books seen, don't know if they were the same ones herefortheride saw,  and they were definitely listed as erotica on Amazon.  So, we're going to work on that.

If you can right-click on the ad that is crashing your browser before it actually crashes and send us the link, or tell us what the ad is for, we can block that particular ad, I think.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Removing ads
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:40:11 PM »
Since the ads vary a lot, if you can right-click and get the URL to the ad, or a screenshot when one is distasteful, that will help us.

Also, has this been happening a while, or just today?  Today I was clicking on a lot of books in some long dormant member signatures in response to a request from Google; it may have triggered something.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Designing a new website
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:51:51 AM »
PS: I'm by no means artistic (like you are ;) ), but if you click the "my blog" link in my sig here, as you make your browser window narrower and narrower, that right sidebar will eventually drop below the main content instead of being off to the side, and if you go small enough even the top header image disappears. That was me learning how to use CSS Grid along with "media queries" for a responsive design. I'm not an expert on it (more of a server-side/database guy), but it seems like a clean way to do it without a lot of code. :)

Thanks for this, NogDog.  Very nice feature.  I'm going to ask my developer about this.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Making yogurt in the Instant Pot. Tips?
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:38:44 PM »
Sorry, meant to answer this.  I haven't tried it.  I'm tempted to try the cold start sometime.  Have you done it yet, I know it's been a month.


Folks, I just want to reiterate that we believe it is neither appropriate nor wise for *any member* involved in a lawsuit, either directly or indirectly, to discuss their strategy or other specific details of that lawsuit on our very public forum.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: PSA: USA Healthcare
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:23:09 PM »
Thank you for leaving the thread open. This has meant a HUGE deal to me and my family, potentially saving my family tens of thousands if I get sick. It is REALLY important. This post wasn't meant to be political, it is to save people I know who are really suffering in the current situation more grief.

You're good, CG.  Your intent was clear, and I think it's very useful for our membership.  Thanks.  We'll ban people from the thread (or worse) if we need to.


Writers' Cafe / Re: PSA: USA Healthcare
« on: December 08, 2017, 11:58:07 AM »
Two comments:

Let's keep the comments/suggestions constructive.  Comments that aren't have been and will be removed.

Do not go political here.  Political comments will be removed so that this thread, which may be useful to members here, can stay open.

If I get too annoyed, I may have to get the cattle prod out.  I'm working on my website update and I may have little patience.  Y'all have been warned.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Designing a new website
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:39:58 AM »

I was looking at your blog, and comparing the German and English versions.  I browse on my iPad, and the German site looks great.  I like your sidebar, simple and clean.  But the mobile version of the English version is very different.

I had to manually request the desktop version to see that it looks like the German site except in the mobile version.

Thought you'd like to know.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: OMG its snowing
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:52:52 PM »
Snow, like actual real snow. My car is covered in SNOW.

I am in south texas, San Antonio to be exact, I only remember "snow" once a few years ago and it was more like ice pebbles. This is actual fluffy snow. And our power went out half an hour ago. Running the modem on UPS backup.

And its cold, almost down the 32 and now we have no heater. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

My neighbors were all standing in the yard with their kids and cats and dogs and what have you. You could make a snowball fight off whats on my car right now. But now the cold is creeping in and I hate the cold. I so hate it.

Snow and the city is on standstill, along with the power apparently.

At least I have a couple of charged kindles with light. There is that at least.

Dang, Atunah--I was in San Antonio for a day.  I wish I'd remembered you were there!

And SNOW???

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Question about pop-up ad on every page
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:30:38 PM »

Why are my apostrophes turning in to question marks?

iOS 11 automatically uses smart punctuation--curly quotes and apostrophes.  I had to turn that off so as to use plain text here on the forum.  Our forum software can't handle extended characters (like smart quotes).  I realize it's annoying, but we haven't been able to find a fix that doesn't create other issues.

If you want to change this, you can go to It's in Settings | General | Keyboard | Smart Punctuation and uncheck the box.  Or, if you're using the soft keyboard, I understand you can press and hold on the apostrophe key and the straight apostrophe will be one of the options.  If you like the smart punctuation everywhere else, you may want to do that just to fix the punctuation here.  Or create a keyboard shortcut.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Designing a new website
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:18:04 PM »
I hear you, a lot of sidebars are extremely cluttered ad spaces and they have become less useful over time for this reason.
I think anything that is text doesn't work in sidebars anymore because it's too easy to ignore. There's a reason ads have gone from text to image to animated, we just get better at ignoring them.
Contact info is a good use of footers, because people are used to look for it there (though the top right is also a popular place to put it). I put that down to individual style. The fact contact info is a legal requirement in Germany and has to include a street address played a significant role in not putting it directly on the front page, though.

I just realized, I accidentally removed the contact info from the English version of my site. It would usually be in the right hand corner of the brown header bar.

I got to thinking about how major commercial websites tend to not have's mostly something we got used to on blogs, I think.  So I did a search and found this interesting article:

It kind of confirms my initial thought to have it on my blog but not the rest of the site.  Still doing research, though.  I do like NogDog's sidebar, nice and clean and limited.

Do you have any information on clickthrough on your sidebar, Thomas?


Suggestions, Comments / Re: Question about pop-up ad on every page
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:17:29 AM »
Im trying to read the forum today, and there is an ad on the upper right, a little box with KB Featured...Opaque: Scion Saga...

Its on every page, and is making the forums not load at the correct size.

Im using Safari on an iPad running iOS 11

Hmmmm... I see that on my iPad, too.  That's our regular ad space; not sure why it's doing that.  I'll let the site owner know.

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