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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle getting light?
« on: April 24, 2017, 05:07:30 AM »
No. When I'm finishing a book I have around thirty books on my Paperwhite waiting to be read. And, I have two Paperwhite Kindles and the other one has a whole different thirty books waiting to be read.

I like Dorothy Sayer. I have two other preferences in my genre. One is British authors and the other is books written before 1980.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New 2017 Model?
« on: April 18, 2017, 08:29:26 AM »
I'd like to see a USB C port with rapid charge on the Paperwhite 4. I'd also like to see the number of LEDs increased from 4 to 6 as in the Voyage.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Just a Thought
« on: April 15, 2017, 06:40:01 PM »
Before I got a Kindle I used a Petzl headlamp. Great for spelunking, hiking at night, and reading in dim to no light. I was having dinner in a fancy restaurant with friends and the table was lit with a single small candle. My friends, young than I, were having trouble reading. I slipped on my headlamp and my friend's wife went berserk, demanding I take it off.

When I'd finished reading the menu, I took out a 3x5 index card and started writing. "What are you writing" Sue snapped.
I held the card up and read, "Reason #186 I prefer living with my dog."

Petzl headlamps are great.

With my phones I have oleophobic screen protectors. My cleaning involves wiping gently every second or third day.

With my Kindles it's a different matter. First, dried spots of spaghetti sauce or brown gravy or soup, I flick off with a fingernail. I used compressed air to blow of debris. Then I spray a little home-made glass cleaner on a microfiber cloth and gently rub the screen and then the frame. My home-made glass cleaner is water with one drop of dish soap in a spray bottle of water.

I suspect Amazon makes a lot more money off books than off devices. It would not be in the company's best interest to encourage library books, permit unlimited trading and loaning of books, and so forth.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Went back to paperbacks from Kindle
« on: April 03, 2017, 04:50:29 PM »
I had a stack of books ready to donate to a local English library and as I headed to the bathroom I grabbed a paperback. When I opened it the first thought I had was, "I need to make the font a little bigger." Oops. I think I'll stick with Kindle.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Oasis leather case is made from?
« on: March 23, 2017, 05:16:49 AM »
Pigskin is usually heavier and grainy. I doubt the cover is pigskin. If you can find a real shoe repair shop where they work with leather they might be able to give you a more informed opinion.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Traded-in my 1st gen Paperwhite, now what?
« on: March 09, 2017, 04:47:34 AM »
William G. Jones: "Patrickt, what was it you disliked so much about the Voyage? I think I'm pretty settled on a new Paperwhite, but I'm curious what made the Voyage such a bad experience."

It is purely a matter of personal preference. Some of the things I didn't like, others do. I hated the cute Origami cover. I bought a half-dozen other covers and none worked properly. The Voyage is smaller and lighter. I didn't like that. It was hard for me to hold onto the device. I turned off the haptic buttons and did not find the Voyage setting the lighting level with adaptive lighting was working for me.

What I did like were six LED lights instead of four. That was about it. I recognize some people prefer the Voyage and think it's worth $80 more than the Paperwhite.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Traded-in my 1st gen Paperwhite, now what?
« on: March 08, 2017, 03:28:40 AM »
A. My preference is the Paperwhite. I had a Voyage, sold it cheap to a college student, and got a newer Paperwhite.

B. My sister liked my Paperwhite and replaced her Paperwhite 1. She was totally chuffed when she learned she couldn't put any of her games on the new Paperwhite.

C. Thanks to Kindles lenient return policy, you can get a new Paperwhite and a Voyage and see which you like and return the other one within the 30-day trial period.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Voyage Problem, Could Ember Bold be to Blame?
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:52:29 AM »
I had the same problem with a Paperwhite a year ago. Just one light. Near the bottom of the page. I didn't see it all the time but as I read at the bottom of the page it would usually appear suddenly. It was, admittedly, a minor flaw but it was damned irritating. My Paperwhite was replaced.

I now have two Paperwhite, use Ember Bold, and have had no problems. I don't think the update or the new font have anything to do with the problem.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Any news about a new bigger Kindle?
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:30:06 AM »
When I was first serious about an ereader the devices weren't my primary interest. The availability of books I might want to read was my standard. That led me to Amazon. Being in Mexico, I couldn't handle Kindles and being old, close to seventy, led me to get the Kindle DX. That was the big one. I like it and read but carrying it around was a pain.

Of course, two months after I bought the very expensive DX, I saw a tourists with a six-inch Kindle. She let me check it out and I could read on it without a problem. I got a six-inch and a nephew inherited my DX. Now, that I'm getting close to eighty I have the Paperwhite and at night, I move the font one step larger than the size I use in the daytime.

Kindle devices have, in my opinion, matured nicely with the Paperwhite being my preferred device.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Would You JailBreak Your Kindle?
« on: January 31, 2017, 04:25:56 PM »
Since I've had 9 or so Kindles over the years and have left them all stock, the answer is obviously no, I wouldn't. The reason I have a Kindle instead of another device is the availability of books I want to read. That said, I am absolutely delighted with the Paperwhite. I had a Voyage but got rid of it and bought a Paperwhite. I thoroughly enjoy reading on it.

Companies like Kindle have my sympathy. It gets incredibly difficult to decide, "what do we do now?" Going to a touch screen from buttons was an easy decision and adding a light was an easy decision. Since then, it's been little improvements that were not, for me, worth it. For me, Kindle peaked with the Paperwhite but I'm hoping for another peak in the future.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle questions.
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:45:18 AM »
There is a reason the Paperwhite is the best selling Kindle.

It's .4 inches longer and 2 ounces heavier.

The screen is 300 ppi vs. 167 ppi.

And the light is great. I need the light reading in my living room without a great lamp and reading in dim restaurants. I always have a Kindle with me and read wherever I find myself.

Amazon has a thirty-day return policy so if your friend tries the Basic and decides she wants the light you can swap the Basic for a Paperwhite.

If someone were going to give me a Kindle as a gift, I'd get the Paperwhite over the voyage or the Oasis but that's just me.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Games for Oasis
« on: January 07, 2017, 03:45:26 PM »
I'm pretty sure it was just the original Paperwhite. My sister had one and recently got a Voyage and was totally bummed that she couldn't do her games.

My Paperwhite doesn't do games but it's great for reading. If I wanted to do games I'd get a tablet or put games on my phone.

Now you've all got me wondering when I last cleaned a Kindle screen. Nope, can't remember. I don't clean them often. The screen isn't shiny reflective like a cell phone and it doesn't seem to get fingerprints so much.

When I do clean it, I spray a little homemade eyeglass cleaner on a soft cloth and wipe it down, using my fingernail to get the cloth into the crease around the bezel.

Kindle Accessories / Re: Aftermarket wall charger for Kindle Paperwhite
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:37:14 AM »
I use a variety of chargers and cables. Some came with my old Kindles, some are Kindle, some are miscellaneous cell phone chargers, and some are third-party. They all work.

Of course, now my cell phone has the USB c plug and I assume Kindle will switch from USB micro to USB c at some point. Faster charging would be nice.

I have spent far more on cases than I should have. I've had at least a half-dozen Paperwhite cases over the years and the one I keep returning to is the Kindle case. It works. It's a good size to handle. And my Kindles have taken some impressive tumbles over the years and remained unsathed.

It's was harder with the Voyage. I got the Origami case which I hated. Then I went through a dozen or so case. Some didn't work. For example, one would go to sleep if your folded the cover all the way back. One actually covered up the charging light so you couldn't see it turn from amber to green.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Best Kindle strictly for Reading?
« on: May 22, 2013, 09:28:31 AM »
I've seen rocks that are younger than I am. I resisted the touchscreen technology and had no experience with it. Still, I decided to try a Paperwhite with the idea that I'd give it to my sister if I hated it. I like it.

On the other hand, from Hamlet, "To thine own self be true...." I know people who bought a Kindle e-ink and they don't read and didn't really want to read. Then they whine that it's not good for email or watching Oprah or playing games. That's true. If you're not a reader, get a tablet and forget ereaders. You can probably get a cover that makes your IPad look like a book.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kool Kindles
« on: May 22, 2013, 09:23:51 AM »
I hate the concept of cool. A friend of mine, who doesn't read, asked me if people would think he was "cool" if he walked around with a Kindle. I assured him that Apple was the only company selling "cool" and you pay through the nose for the illusion.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Best Kindle strictly for Reading?
« on: May 21, 2013, 07:55:23 AM »
I can read books on my desktop computer but my desktop computer is not an ereader. Neither is a Fire, IPad, MiniPad, Smart Phone, laptop, or netbook.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Is technology taking over?
« on: May 21, 2013, 07:51:58 AM »
To say technology is taking over implies that it has some will of it's own. New technology is being adopted by intelligent people are a very rapid rate.

I haven't bought a paper book in over 3 years. I am a compulsive reader.

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Basic Kindle.
« on: May 17, 2013, 05:33:29 AM »
Less snark, please, Patrick.  Someone people actually prefer more light for reading.  For my husband, it's not as simple as "turn on a light."  Most overhead lights or even table lamps don't give enough light for him to read comfortably.  He actually uses both a table lamp and another floor lamp next to his chair when he is reading.

Or, people want to read in bed when their partner is reading.  Or in the car/bus/train in the evenings after dark.


"He actually uses both a table lamp and another floor lamp next to his chair when he is reading."
My god, Betsy, the man is a genius. He turns on the lights he needs. That's amazing. I don't know why anyone does that when they can just sit in the dark and whine.

I have taught Title I/Chapter I/remedial reading for 30 of the 33 years that I've taught, and think you might be selling some of us who teach a bit short. Just had to say that. ;) Most of my students start out disliking reading, but change their minds after a few weeks. I bought some of the most inexpensive Kindles for my classes, and the kids really love getting to use them.

As for the commercial, I love it. I can see kids saying those words. Some of my students have made similar comments. In fact, this ad makes me want to make a recording of my kids telling me why they like to read.

Cindy, it has been my experience that kids are eager to learn to read until it is squelched. For me it came the day I mispronounced the word "corps". The teacher led the class in laughing at me and I quit reading for a year. I was hit and threanted but she never heard me read another word.

I suspect the kids you're getting have already been discouraged by someone. I went to my kids' school when they were both put in remedial reading. The principal refused to talk to me until he got his reading specialist in the office. She lectured me about how both of my children couldn't read and had learning disabilities. I took my book, an adult book, out of my briefcase, handed it to my fifth-grade some and said, "Read out loud." He did and read perfectly well. then his sister, fourth grade, read out loud from my book perfectly well.

Of course, there were no questions about what happened and how it happened. The reading specialist accused my children of tricking her for some reason. I made it clear that my children could read, were done with the reading specialist, and were not to be forced to deal with her unless I was present.

After we left, my son said, "Dad, the stuff they want us to read is really stupid." "Read it anyway. You'll get out of school some day and have a whole life to read what you want."

Last week I decided to download and install the update for the Paperwhite. I downloaded but when I plugged my cable into the computer, it would light up indicating it was charging but my computer with Windows 7 would not see the Paperwhite. I screwed around for awhile and quit. A few hours later I went back but this time I picked up a cable that came with a Kindle and it worked without a problem. The cable that didn't work was bought in a cellphone store.

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