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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.

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?

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. >:(

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.

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

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?

I just read a quote and immediately thought of this thread:

'Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read. - Mark Twain

I think we've had this dicsussion on KB before about how many famous books people say (and even actually think) they've read, when in fact they haven't. We hear these books discussed, we maybe see movie versions and think we've read them but haven't.

As I said before, I did read a whole load of classics when in my 20s but rarely read them now. Is that because, as the OP asks, they're less appealing now? I think for me it's just that there are so many books out there I want to read it doesn't often occur to me.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- May 2018
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:07:02 AM »
It IS available in the US Kindle store*:  

Let us know what you think, Linda; I might have to try it even at $4.99 :D

And THIS is why the TBR list never gets shorter! :o ;) 8)

*looks like it comes out on June 1 -- which . . . duh . . . kindle FIRST. So WHY didn't they include it as one of the US options. ???

I refuse to apologise for my enabling.  8)  ;D  :o

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- May 2018
« on: May 02, 2018, 08:09:06 AM »
I read far more since I got a Kindle and with much more variety, since free books and sampling makes it easier to take a chance but I've still been pretty good over the years about not getting books just because they're free and when I see a book I want, I only buy it if I think it's on an offer that won't stay or be repeated. Anything else goes onto a wish list and I monitor the prices.

So I only have about 120 unread books I actually already own plus a wish list of books to buy of about another 40. BUT I also bought a KU subscription cheaply last year and that has another year to run - I think I have about 75 books on that wish list. Then there's the library, not sure how many books on that wish list.  :( I wish I had Atunah's faith that I would be able to read them all before I shuffle off this mortal coil :o but the wish lists never get any smaller, I add books at least as fast as I read them.

That said the UK Kindle First list this month has a couple of different books to the US, one in particular has caught my eye and that is The King's Justice, an historical mystery set in 12th century England. I think I'm going to get that one.  ;D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 27, 2018, 06:03:54 AM »
This is all interesting. I had the first PW and wasn't much impressed, although I liked the light too much to go back to my KK. For me the problem was that it was all touch. My actual preference would be a whole lot more buttons even than the Oasis. Home, Settings, and Aa, for instance.

Anyway, the Voyage was the only model I ever really disliked and part of that was the blinding white screen. I really appreciate the softer, mellower Oasis screens (have both O1 and O2). The fake buttons were a constant aggravation too, of course. If you're going to have buttons, have them. If not, don't pretend, and let buyers choose to buy or not. I'd have sent the Voyage back when I got it, but I'd already donated the PW and felt stuck.

It just shows how difficult it must be for Amazon to please everyone and how important it is for them to have a wide range of different Kindles. All the things you've listed as wanting - all the buttons, the mellower screen etc, are all the things I really dislike. I'd choose the Voyage over the current Oasis or Paperwhite every time. This is why, like Ann, I'm hoping that the better features of the Voyage are incorporated into the new Paperwhite.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:31:37 AM »
Linda . . . I agree with your thoughts. That the Voyage is going away entirely is part of the reason why I'm hopeful that this new PW model will have some of the best Voyage features -- like the size and weight, and flush screen, if not the buttons. So more like a Voyage 2 than a PW4. :D

Fingers crossed!  :o

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:25:30 AM »
The main point of interest for me there is that the Voyage will be phased out. As someone who dislikes intensly the aysmetrical design of the Oasis, not to mention the return of the page buttons, I was happy to stay with my Voyage, though concerned it might be left behind with the advent of new features. It didn't occur to me that it would be discontinued in favour of the Paperwhite.

The current Paperwhites (I have issues 1 and 2) are larger and heavier than the Voyage. If this doesn't change with future Paperwhites, and with support for the Voyage being withdrawn, I may eventually find myself having to take a step backwards to a more unwieldly model. I used to be very happy to keep updating my Kindles to the latest model but I've felt excluded from the excitement of new models since the advent of the O1 and O2 - and it looks like that might be set to continue. The Oasis models seem to have been successful so it's unlikely that Amazon will change the design of their flagship model any time soon and any Voyage fans like me who don't want an Oasis will have to revert to a Paperwhite if they need a new Kindle or want the latest features. (Though I'm really not in the least bit interested in the proposed new lighting features).

I'm too heavily invested in the Amazon / Kindle eco system to change now but I feel like in future I may just have to 'settle' for a Kindle I'm not very excited about.  :(

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Pound-A-Week Club
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:30:45 AM »
Linjeakel - thanks for hanging out and hanging in there!

Finally down another couple pounds. Not once a week, but the scale's headed the right direction. Life is good :-)

Well done!

I haven't been very good lately. *sigh* I'm just about managing to stay around the same rather than put on a lot, but still, not good. I could say it's because I've had some health issues I've been dealing with, but really there's no excuse.

On the plus side, despite slipping not so gracefully off the wagon, my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are good, better than this time last year, so yay!  :)

My library uses Libro and not Overdrive, but I would love to know how you get on using Overdrive on the Kobo (I understand it's bult into one of the models). My mother's library uses OD so I could borrow via her card. I hate reading on a device. My iPhone is too small and my iPad too heavy so I bought a Lenovo tablet just for library books and I hate it!

I read somewhere that not al a library's ebooks are available through OD.

I understand that in the US, OD and Libby have a "Send to Kindle" option. Why oh why can't we have this in the UK?

But please, I'd love to know if it's worth buying a Kobo.

Thank you  :)

As I think I said previously in this thread, I'm in the UK and I have a Kobo Aura One for reading library books as it has Overdrive bulit into it.

I think it's slightly easier to use Overdrive on a tablet, but if you read a lot of library books and want an e-ink reader then the Kobo is the best way to go. The screen on that model is the same size as the Oasis 2 and is as nice to read on as a Kindle. It has a good screen and plenty of font choices and you can change the font size and weight as you can on Kindles nowadays. It also has a front light.

I only use mine for library books as I am otherwise already heavily invested in Kindle books, but if this isn't the case for you, obviously you can also use it to buy and store Kobo books - I think it has 8Gb of storage.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reades -- April 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:08:51 AM »
A slightly different list again in the UK this month.

I'm leaning towards the suspense option Every Single secret (not on the US list) and The Air Raid Killer which Ann mentions.

I might wait till some reviews come in. Another thing to consider is that I can see from the 'Look Inside' feature that the the first part of Every Single Secret is in the present tense. *Shudders*  :o  It does change into the past tense, but if a significant portion of the book is going to be in the present tense I won't be able to read it.  :(

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon music storage bad changes....
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:15:45 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.

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.

Well I renewed my subscription at the beginning of March and now they're saying something slightly different:

Your music storage subscription which enables you to import up 250,000 songs will expire on 02 March 2019

After this date, you will not be able to renew your subscription or upload more songs. To continue to play or download your uploaded songs at no additional cost after your subscription expires, select “Keep my songs.” Otherwise, these songs will be removed from your library. Amazon Music digital purchases will remain securely stored for playback and download.

So I pressed the "Keep My Songs" button and that is now greyed out but it says next to it "Your songs will be available for playback and download from your library".

I'm now interpreting that to mean I won't ever be able to upload any more songs (after March next year), I won't have to pay any further subscription, but I will still be able to access all the songs above the free 250 that I uploaded previously.

Since I also have access to Prime Music I think that will do for me - I won't be paying £7.99 a month for AMU, that's for sure.

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?

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