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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Can't get a book to delete off my Oasis
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:44:19 AM »
I'm just curious but where did you get the book?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Voyage sale
« on: June 22, 2018, 02:39:58 PM »
Do you think selling off the existing Paperwhites and Voyage is a suggestion the Paperwhite 4 is nearing release?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Time Left Mis-estimated?
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:16:09 AM »
I just measured and found that when my Oasis told me I had ten minutes to the end of the book, it actually took thirty minutes to finish.

Does your device make a similar error in this estimate?

I never felt the need to have the Kindle tell me how much time was left to read. I use the percentage to keep me on track.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Hey Amazon, let's talk sorting.
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:11:57 AM »
The sorting as requested in the original post is available on Manage Your Kindle. I can't imagine why I would want it on my Paperwhite. I also cannot imagine me ever wanting to sort books by size.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:59:53 PM »
Oh, I can remember paper books I had trouble reading but then I have 70 years of reading to remember. I started young.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 09, 2018, 08:07:52 AM »
I downloaded a couple of fonts and now I wonder why I bothered. I suppose it was just to see if it worked. I was very excited when we got more size options and the ability to bold all of the fonts but the native fonts were certainly enough for me. Who in their right mind would want to read a book with a comic font or a cursive font.

Still, it's always nice to have options especially if you aren't forced to take them.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Dictionaries
« on: June 06, 2018, 07:02:33 AM »
I'm older than most trees and a compulsive reader. I find the dictionaries exciting. My preferred genre is mystery/detective novels and I enjoy books set in foreign countries and written by people from that culture. I have a good vocabulary but run across a lot of slang terms unusual, to me, usage of familiar words.

I have three dictionaries on tap. They are the Oxford American, Oxford English, and Oxford Spanish/English. For England, Scotland, and Ireland the Oxford English finds 80% of the slang terms. I recently found that some terms not in the dictionaries are in Wikipedia. I looked up "craic" and it wasn't in the dictionary but it was in Wikipedia.

Thanks, Kindle.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help choosing Kindle
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:00:15 AM »
Book pillows are a brilliant idea. I'm leaning towards absolutely needing a case. I drop things too regularly to get away without one. I'm still firmly of the opinion that I'd like an inbuilt light. I've seen the lights on the cases, they're great if you have two working eyes like my husband and my daughter. I still can't read anything other than the large letters of an eye test with my left eye with glasses on. My right eye gets tired very easily having to do everything.

So then we're down to the controls... I will contemplate more. Trouble is, I love a gadget and usually go for the one that does everything and has the higher cost-which is the sticking point.

I got rid of my Voyage because the Kindle Origami Case was ridiculous and the after market cases, six of them, were not acceptable. I got an Oasis 2 and returned it as soon as Kindle said the case wasn't intended to protect but rather to personalize.

I have Paperwhite 3 Kindles and the Amazon Kindle case is expensive and excellent.

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There are those who consider the newest and most expensive to be the best. I don't.

You can get a Kindle and try it and return it within 30 days, in most places, if it isn't what you want.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Which Kindle to buy?
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:00:17 AM »
The newest Paperwhite and the Voyage don't play games.

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No. Kindles have no Bluetooth.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Kindle Firmware Update 5.9.4
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:01:58 PM »
I just manually updated my Voyage to 5.9.5.1 and it caused the voyage to loose all downloaded books as well as not showing those not downloaded.  I did go to content and devices and was able to deliver some.  I have left it most of the day, since this morning and it has only shown a relative few in all and the same in downloaded.  I hope it repopulates overnight, as I like having the entire kindle library at my fingertips when traveling.

I don't know about manually updating a Kindle but I do a factory reset at least once a year on my two Kindle. The reset removes my library and I have to download books again. I don't have all 2,847 books on my Kindle. I usually have two or three pages and remove the books as I read them. I am rarely where I don't have access to WiFi so my books are "at my fingertips". If I didn't have WiFi I'd spend the extra  and get cell data.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Two kindles
« on: May 03, 2018, 07:32:07 AM »
A. If you mean will it download the book to your other Kindle without you doing anything, no.
B. If you have the book on both Kindle's, sorted by most recent, the one you're reading on your Kindle is not considered being read on your other Kindle. So, it doesn't go to the top of the list as "most recent".

I have two Kindle Paperwhites. When I'm reading on one and it needs a charge I go to my other Kindle. The other Kindle usually does not have the book I'm currently reading downloaded so I click "search" and then type what I hope is a unique word for the title or author of the current book. I don't have to type the entire title or author's name.

But, my two Kindles will not sync my download list and if I have the book on both Kindles it does not adjust "most recent" on Kindle B when I start reading a book on Kindle A. I hope this is clear. It gets a little confusing.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 30, 2018, 06:52:52 PM »
It's settled. No matter what Kindle does, somebody isn't going to be happy.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:13:36 PM »
The reason that I need buttons is simple: I hold the Kindle in my left hand.  Having to reach across the screen to swipe or tap to turn the page is not efficient or comfortable.  If they gave me a way to change the tap areas on the screen so I could just tap the left edge of the page to go forward, that would eliminate my need for page-turn buttons (now that I'm over the fingerprints on the screen worry).

Being older than most trees means I grew up in a time when you were forced to be right handed. My left hand was tied to my leg, to my desk, to a large briefcase and I was hit. It always bothered my father that out of three left-handed kids only one refused to change.
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I was also raised in the South and reconstruction wasn't totally done. There were no baseball gloves for your right hand. When I did my mandatory time in the military the rifles ejected the hot empties into you face and down your shirt if you shot left handed. Then, when I hired on as a police officer they had no holsters for the left side.

So, I became fairly ambidextrous. But, when I hold my Kindle in my left hand, I swipe to the right to go back a page and to the left to advance a page. You can do that on any part of the screen you want.

I can see the need for a home button, though. I have to go "home" when I finish a book. I have to tap the screen twice to go "home" and select a new book and remove the book I finished from my screen. I suppose speed readers have to do that two or three times a day but I go "home" a lot less often.

I am honestly excited about a PW4 and am most anxious about a decent case with no origama or battery gimmicks.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:44:55 AM »
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.

I want buttons almost as much as I want a hand crank to start my car. I thought the Amazon case for the Voyage should have embarrassed them, but it took the Oasis 2 case to do that. For me, the Voyage was too thin and too lightweight. My Paperwhite is big enough for me to hold onto and it's still lighter than a large paperback. Flush screen would be okay and I like the power button on the back of the device instead of hidden on the bottom.

I gave my Voyage to a college student. I bought six after-market cases and they either didn't work or were slick plastic.

I am eagerly looking forward to the PW4.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Paperwhite 4 rumor!!
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:35:05 AM »
As described, I'll order two ASAP. My dream is that it will have USBc with rapid charging. My only USB micro devices are Kindles and I could pass a load of USB micro cables and charges onto others.

If the new Paperwhite doesn't fit  in the existing Paperwhite case, I hope Amazon Kindle abandons the idea that cases need to be cutesy or for personalization of the device. They're to protect the device and make handling easier.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help choosing Kindle
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:25:35 AM »
I'm older than most trees.

I read with my left eye closed. I probably need new glasses.

I am clumsy and the last Amazon Kindle case that was, in my opinions, worth beans for usability and protection is the Paperwhite case.

I have arthritis in my hands and want manual page turn buttons almost as much as I want a hand crank to start my car. Tapping the page is better.

Amazon has a 30-day no-questions asked return policy. I bought an Oasis 2, spent two days with it, saw the Amazon cover was to personalize your Kindle and not protect it, and returned it. No muss, no fuss. Amazon's customer service is outstanding.

I would try the Paperwhite first, the Voyage second. I should warn you that there is evidence of Apple sending out assassins from Cupertino when Apple users abandon any Apple device.


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I bought one and sent it back. I liked the larger screen but being a guy, I don't carry a large purse. I like being able to slip my Paperwhite, in it's excellent protective  Amazon Kindle case, in my pants pocket or a lower pocket on my Guayabera shirt. The Oasis won't fit.

I got rid of my Voyage because the Amazon Kindle case was ludicrous and I couldn't find a case I like. At the time I got my Oasis I couldn't get a Amazon Kindle case and when it came available it had a warning that it was intended to just personalize the device and not protect it. Ridiculous.

And, I need page turning buttons on my Kindle as much as I need page turning buttons on my cell phone. That would be about as much as I need a hand crank to start my car or a analog dial to change channels on a television.

When you factor in the cost, I'd get a Paperwhite and a Amazon Kindle case.


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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Champagne Gold Kindle Oasis
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:34:52 AM »
This does not bode well for my future with Kindle. I don't need a $1,000 Kindle that's really pretty to read my books. On the other hand, a man I know asked me if people would think he was cool if he had a Kindle. I told him that if he wanted to buy cool he should go with Apple. It looks like Kindle wants in on Apple's base.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:25:51 AM »
I always upgrade. I never kept a kindle for more than 2 years

Me, too. Right now I have two Paperwhites. I tried a Voyage and gave it to a college student. Tried an Oasis 2 but when I was notified the protective cover wouldn't be available for two months I sent the Oasis 2 back. But, I've always moved to a new Kindle before the old one died.

One other comment. I'm a born klutz. If I wanted to replace a battery in my Paperwhite, I would probably take it to a cell phone repair shop. I know some people who have gone to a training program for repairing cell phones and they'd do great with Kindles, too. Me? I'm a klutz.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Kindle Firmware Update 5.9.4
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:02:27 PM »
I have two Paperwhites. Both are running just fine with the update. I bet if, instead of reading books, I looked really hard I could find something, though.

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Maybe that means I need to stock up on Paperwhites before they're discontinued. Since I use my Kindle to read books, having fonts in colors is not an attraction. Black letters on a light grey background is fine. As for clear ink, I don't have a clue what that would be.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Screen Problem
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:33:32 AM »
Go to "Setting" and then "Reading Options". The top item is now "Page Refresh". Turn it off.

Now, it should do the "fade to black" once every six or seven pages.

If that didn't work, I'd recommend a hard reset. I do a hard reset once or twice a year. It's like a tune-up. Warning, you will have to reload your books and reset your parameters.

To do a hard reset on a Paperwhite 3, go go "settings". Then a second "settings". Select the option "reset".

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