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Messages - patrickt

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And THIS is why I'd like a dedicated physical home button. Then you could set touch off and leave it off until you needed to do something else besides turn pages. :)

I had the Kindle Keyboard and one of the page buttons broke. I'm not a fan of mechanical buttons. New technology for Luddites makes no sense.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Which Kindle to buy?
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:22:13 AM »
I've had a number of Kindles and my favorite is the Paperwhite. I have two and alternate them. I had a Voyage and gave a college student a heck of a deal to get rid of it. I got the Oasis 2, played with it a few days and was notified I wouldn't get the cover two two months so I returned it. I have no regrets over returning the Oasis 2.

You get a 30-day return with Amazon and they're amazingly gracious about it. So, you can get a Paperwhite, try it, return it, get a Voyage, etc.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: My Paperwhite touch controls stopped working.
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:45:42 PM »
I do a restart twice a year or so even if I don't have problems. It just sort of keeps everything in order. I've got two Paperwhite readers now, I alternated them daily, and I've never had a system problem that a restart didn't solve.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Advice on a letdown
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:24:27 PM »
I am sorry but Kindle people are not remotely like Apple people. I sincerely believe the OP should stick with his beloved IPAD.

The product page clearly states:
"Included in the Box   Kindle Paperwhite, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide"


Oasis2 is the most recent Kindle, Oasis was before that. The Voyage was before that. The Paperwhite is four generations back. It's still my favorite Kindle.

I wonder where the OP bought his Paperwhite? If he bought it from Amazon he can ship it right back and not only gets a refund but they'll pay the shipping. Then he can live happily ever after with his IPAD.




edited; PM if you have questions -- Ann

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:27:29 AM »
I wouldn't use the Bookseat but I do have a couple of beanbags that I use to prop my Kindle up while i'm eating. I have one at the table where I eat at home and one in my little daypack in the same pocket I carry my Kindle. And, in a pinch, I can play catch with the kids in the park.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon's playing games with my new Kindle!
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:01:25 AM »
I ordered an Oasis and cover from Amazon.com.mx. Both were to be delivered between Nov. 3rd and Nov. 6th. The Oasis arrived on Nov. 2nd and I got an email the same day saying the case would come, maybe, in December. My Oasis went back to Amazon.com.mx on Nov. 2nd. On the bright side, the Amazon Kindle Oasis case doesn't sound like a winner, anyway. I would have thought Amazon would have learned from the Voyage Origami case.

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Kindle Accessories / New Oasis Cover
« on: November 03, 2017, 03:24:23 PM »
I have been using Kindles since 2009 and I have to have a case. My hands were never meant for fine detail. They strong but tying flies, repairing watches, and holding a naked Kindle is not in their future. The lightweight, thin, Kindles require, for me, a cover I can hold on to and that will protect the device. I like having a little added weight too.

My best covers are the Amazon Paperwhite. They're too expensive but they're good.

After market covers are usually hard plastic, slippery, and when i tried some with my Voyage the wake/sleep function frequently didn't work. The Voyage Amazon case was, for me, a disaster. The floppy flip front just didn't get it. I got rid of the Voyage.

I ordered an Oasis and an Amazon Kindle cloth case. I got the Oasis but no case. I was told I might get one by the 20th of December. So, the Oasis went back today.

I liked the Oasis enough I might get one but I'd really like to hear opinions o the Oasis Amazon cover, either leather or cloth. Please write about your experiences with the cover.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: For those who bought the New Oasis without a cover
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:09:44 AM »
My hands were not made for fine work with things that are lightweight and thin. I have to have a good cover. I ordered an Oasis and a cloth cover from Amazon in Mexico. The Oasis arrived and I was told the cover might come at the end of the year. I've dropped the Oasis twice, sitting in the bed both times, but I rarely read in bed.

So, the order for the cover has been cancelled and I'll be returning the Oasis this afternoon.  There was one feature of the Oasis that might lead me to order one some time in the future and that's the ability to increase the size of the system font. On the other hand, the inability to sip it into my pocket is a negative.

So, for now, I'm reading, quite happily, on my Paperwhite. FWIW, the last great case/cover was, in my opinion, the Amazon Paperwhite cover. It protects the device and gives me something to hold onto. I sincerely appreciate Amazon Kindle including Paperwhite 3 in the recent firmware updates.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis - worth getting? UK
« on: October 28, 2017, 01:27:35 PM »
Hi, old timer returning to the boards after being away for a good couple of years (:O)

Anyway - the oasis is it worth upgrading to it if you already have a paper white.. having had a quick browse the screen does look a lot better

For me, the Paperwhite was the peak for Amazon but I've ordered the new Oasis to give it a try. For me, the Voyage was a disaster and the first Oasis with it's battery-pack case didn't interest me. I might like the 7" screen and as I get older the brighter screen might be nice.

The new update is the best I've seen for Kindle. You can make all of your fonts "bold" and you have 14 options for font size. Sweet.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle App
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:49:39 PM »
Ok sorry.

If that's the worst thing you ever have to be sorry for, you're golden. There is a new app for a phone or a tablet and an update for your Kindles both of which just came out. The app is available in the Google Store and the update is avaiable from Kindle and it's update 5.8.11. I really like the app and the update is best I've ever gotten. Increased number of font sizes and can make all fonts bold.

Here's a link to the update that I got from another thread:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_v4_sib?ie=UTF8&nodeId=202037720

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Watch! -- New Oasis
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:50:17 PM »
When I was a kid (a really long time ago), I used to get excited about Christmas. Not the religious part (that would be too mature), but the presents part. Really hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve sometimes, in anticipation of what would be there in the morning. Thanks, Amazon, for rekindling those memories. Now hurry up and start shipping !!!

I never cared much for Christmas but when I sent in a quarter and two box tops to get a Sky King ring, the next morning would see me sitting on the step waiting for the mailman. He'd come down the street saying, "I've told you and told you, it won't be here for six weeks." He was right and I still sat on the porch most days waiting for him.

Nothing has changed except now I sit on the computer checking the tracking for UPS.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle App
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:49:16 AM »
I have an actual Kindle Oasis and Voyage and I havenít received the update on either one.  Disappointed.  I know I can download it manually but, my laptop needs to be charged and new anti virus program installed and I just donít want to take the time to do that now.  Guess Iíll just wait.

Nikki, the app is for Android phones and tablets.  They won't come to your Voyage or Oasis. There is an update that should have come to your Voyage and Oasis for 5.8.11. Totally different from the Kindle App update.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle App
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:11:51 AM »
I want this new update, but apparently I am at the end of the line on my phone and tablet, both android.  :P

I don't care for the carousel one way or another, but I have found that the recommendations and such have gotten a lot better than they used to be. I see this on my kindles, which have some sort of similar type setup already, with goodreads integrated. One can always use the collection view on apps, just like one can remove the home view from kindles.

But anything to make it faster would be an improvement. Everytime I start the old version, which I still have, it takes forever to get anywhere and sync and have the time I get the app has stopped noticed. So if they finally fixed that mess, its all good. Once I get the update that is.

I didn't even think of that. I just went to the Google Store and downloaded it.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle App
« on: October 25, 2017, 01:08:00 PM »
So, I'm assuming you'll be removing it from your tablet.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Watch! -- New Oasis
« on: October 25, 2017, 07:16:56 AM »
I was just looking at my order and it says it was 2 day shipping... "expected to ship on the 27th and arrive on the 31st"...

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk

It's two business days. Saturday and Sunday don't count.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle App
« on: October 25, 2017, 05:26:53 AM »
I got a new Kindle app for my Google Pixel running Android 8.0 and it's nice. Much faster than the old Kindle, adds Ember Bold font. Very different user interface. Of course, I read on my phone only in emergencies but when I do this app will be nice.

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I always get protective cases. For my Paperwhites, the best case available was from Amazon Kindle and, yes, it was expensive. I never found a good case for my Voyage.

The only Kindle I've actually broken was at home. My Kindle isn't any safer from me at home than it is downtown.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help Out A Noobie
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:20:13 AM »
Noobie, you left out some information. What does your mom like to read? My preferred genre is detective/mystery and I find a lot of books I enjoy on Amazon for $.99. If I were one of those who follows the New York Times best seller list I wouldn't get anything for $.99.

I really like--need--my Kindle but perhaps your mother doesn't. Before I got a Kindle I lugged books around with me so when I was stuck waiting for an appointment with those who don't understand the concept of appointment I could read. Hardback books were a pain.

If you mom only reads at home, enjoys curling up in the same chair under the same lamp and reading then perhaps the library is the best option. The library might also be something of a social outlet for your mom.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Watch! -- New Oasis
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:42:22 PM »
I ordered on October 14th from Amazon.com.mx. I had only two options for shipping: free shipping and standard shipping. I'm getting standard shipping for about six dollars. I also ordered the blue cloth cover and it's coming with the Oasis.

Obviously, since I'm in Mexico, I'm not a Prime Member.

I skipped the original Oasis. I didn't like the idea of the battery pack in the case. I loathed the cutesy Origami case on the Voyage.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Actor John Mahoney
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:34:49 PM »
Two Paperwhites Ė did you fill one up? If so, how many books can you fit on one?

No. I never have more than 20-30 books on the device. That's what the cloud's for. I have two because I had one and then got one as a gift so I alternate the two. Since they aren't fast charging it makes it really easy.

The Voyage sounded good and I ordered one with the Origami cover. I hated the Origami cover and found the Voyage awkward. For me it was too small and lightweight and I never found a case that worked for me. The only thing I really liked were the six LED lights instead of four. Since I'm old I always have the brightness on high so the adaptive light business didn't interest me. And the page buttons made about as much sense to me as a hand crank starter on my little pickup truck. My Voyage went to a student.

On the original Oasis I didn't like the marriage of case and Kindle so I passed. I'm going to give the new 7" Oasis a try.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Kindle Oasis!
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:35:43 PM »
My preferred Kindle is the Paperwhite in an Amazon Paperwhite case. I have two Paperwhites and a red case and a brown case. They fit in my pants pocket, the lower pocket on my Guayabera shirt. It usually travels in the most convenient pocket with a zipper in my daypack. i also carry a power bank in my daypack...just in case. I can top off both my Paperwhites and my phone if I need to.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Actor John Mahoney
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:00:43 AM »
When I was still working I always had a book with me. It was usually a non-fiction book related to my work. I carried it wherever I went so I could read while waiting on people who had no concept of what an appointment was.

When I quit working I moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. I live living here but for thirteen years I had to read what I could find and not necessarily what I wanted to read. Since I was retired--chronically unemployed--I reversed my reading preference and read almost all fiction now.

Then came Kindle. I didn't get the Kindle for the device but at the time, July 2010, Amazon was hands down the best source for my books. It's been amazing. Instead of carrying a book around I carry my Kindle and can access a little over 2,000 already purchased books.

It's great and my Kindle of choice is the Paperwhite. I tried a Voyage and didn't like it. I went back to my Paperwhite and now I have two Paperwhites.

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That will be great for a lot of people!

Me! My eye doctor said my eyes were getting old and I pointed out they were the same age as my big toe...76 years. More sizes is great. I've always felt like the optimum size was between 3 and 4--from the right. During the day, four was fine but if I woke up at night I would go to three. Part of the reason for the change had to do with contrast--old eyes don't handle low contrast well--and the contrast control for all fonts is fantastic.

This almost make me want to reward Kindle and by the new Oasis. Almost but not quite. Buttons? Really? That's almost as useful as a hand crank for a starter on my pickup. My old Kndle Keyboard made it two weeks before one of the page buttons broke. I've never had a problem with the Paperwhite touch screen.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Has Kindle Been Abandoned?
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:41:58 AM »
I can't even imagine any realistic feature they could add that would attract me. I doubt they've abandoned Kindle, but I agree with Ann that updates will be slow unless they come up with some breakthrough feature.

I can. Waterproofing. USB C port for fast charging. Paperwhite, my favorite, with six LED lights instead of four. That didn't even take much imagination. Imagination brings me to a Kindle that will read audio books with a voice as human as the Android Assistant. Or, how about a Kindle that would navigate by voice commands. "Find......" Or, "Page" or, "settings" or, "Notation...." I don't imagine color or email or web browsing. For that I have my phone. My Kindle is simply for reading.

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