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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Which Kindle is your favorite?
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:51:22 PM »
Ah, the nostalgia. I remember my first Kindle. It was the Kindle Keyboard. One of the wonderful page buttons...broke. Something snapped inside. It wiggled but it didn't change pages. Mechanical buttons are great...on devices that are twenty years old. Me? I like the touch screen on my Kindle and my phone. I also like e-ink. When I read a book I don't need color.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Dedication...
« on: July 17, 2017, 04:25:02 PM »
I don't wear suspenders and a belt but I am that kind of guy. I not only have a backup Kindle--two PW3--but I carry a power pack in my little daypack that I can use to charge my Kindle or my phone. I've never needed to charge my phone but I've charged my Kindle a few times when I left home with an almost empty battery. Of course, I can read on my Kindle app on my phone but I much prefer my Kindle.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Trying to read a paperback book
« on: July 17, 2017, 04:21:25 PM »
A few months after I got my first Kindle I had a stack of books ready to donate to the library. The older I get the more reading I get done in the bathroom and as I hurried to the bathroom without my Kindle I grabbed a paperback. When I opened the paperback my first thought was, "I need to increase the font a bit." Too bad for me.

Nothing transports you to another time or another place like the sense of smell. So, for those who love old paperbacks there is a cover for a Kindle that's made of rough, mildewed paper and smells must like cat pee. You'd swear you were in a used bookstore as you read.

crebel: "Wow it seems it's overwhelmingly in favor of the kindle device itself. I guess I'm one of the few who loves reading on his phone. I like the idea of the kindle very much. Had a paperwhite, had a regular kindle, had a bunch of kindles. I just never ever found a convenient way to carry them with me. These days, however, I do take a backpack to work, so I could actually put one in there. But the Kindle is not with me as much as my phone is with me."

I'm chronically unemployed now but when I was working I always had an attache case or a dispatch bag with me and that carried whatever book I was currently reading. When I had an appointment with people who thought keeping you waiting was a power play I'd get my book out. The wait was always shorter if you were reading rather than looking at your watch and getting irritated. Then the word would come that Mr. Nitwit is ready, I would hold up my hand, read to the end of the page, look up, smile, mark my page, slowly put the book in my case and go. Ah, the joy of trumping an incompetent power play.

Now, I don't do any work. My life is mine, sort of. I walk a lot, taking photos, having coffee, whatever and I carry a little daypack. In my pack are my first aid kit, my lollipops and books for kids, my doggie treats for dogs, my extra reading glasses and sunglasses, just in case, my knork, an expandable shopping bag, my beanbag and my Kindle. Always my Kindle. Oh, and my beanbag.

Whenever I wish to read I can read on the Kindle. Of course, I could also read most places on my phone. That's, most places. Not in the park in the sunlight. No in an outdoor cafe if the sunlight is bright. But, I could read using my phone...most places.

Given the choice, I prefer my kindle Paperwhite in it's Kindle case over the phone. It's more like holding a book--with automatic page turning--and it fits my hand well.

The fact that I'm not really a phone person makes a difference, too. I see people who don't seem to need a phone case because it never leaves their hand. I'm mostly deaf so I don't take phone calls. My cards have the cell phone number followed by "Text Only". I have no games, no Facebook, no Twitter, not a single "social media" app. And, no games. My only diversion on the phone is the Kindle App and an app for reading a bit of news which rarely gets used.

For me, it doesn't matter a lot whether you read on the Kindle, a phone, or a paper book. If you bother to read at all your one of the precious few and part of the group.

However you read, enjoy.

And, my beanbag. I use it as a stand to read on my Kindle when I'm eating. If it wasn't for splashing salsa from my huevos rancheros I'd probably never clean the screen of my Kindle. Sometimes I toss the beanbags with children I've met. Life's a hoot.

I read hours every day on my Kindle Paperwhite. I probably read 15 minutes a month on my phone. It's usually when I'm stuck waiting in a line. Of course, my phone isn't from Apple so perhaps it doesn't count.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: OMG! Forgot my Voyage at my in-laws!!!!
« on: July 09, 2017, 10:18:45 AM »
I am 76-years old and I sometimes forget where I put my glasses and i might forget my wallet but I never forget my Kindle. That would be a sure sign of a problem.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Which Kindle is your favorite?
« on: July 09, 2017, 01:57:25 AM »
Paperwhite for me. I got a Voyage and after hating it for a year I gave it to a friend who needed an e-reader. Now, I have two Paperwhites and am happy. Voyage? The Kindle case was, for me, a disaster. I didn't care for it opening like a tablet with an impotent front cover that folds into an unstable stand. I tried third-party cases and that was a disaster. The first had a plastic rim that covered the yellow/green light. A few of the others had the sleep/wake feature that didn't work. One had the sleep/wake that worked so well that when I folded the cover back the Voyage went to sleep. I had a couple that were pretty but the case was a hard plastic that slid like it was greased. As for the Voyage, a bit too small and lightweight and I like buttons on an e-reader about as much as I want buttons on the fly of my pants.

Oasis, I've never tried. I'd have to have someone bring me one in Mexico and there is nothing that attracts me to the Oasis, certainly not the price. All I do with my Kindle is read books. It's what I enjoy and my dog doesn't mind if I read all day.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: OMG! Forgot my Voyage at my in-laws!!!!
« on: July 08, 2017, 12:59:41 PM »
I have two Kindles and alternate them reading.  If something happened to one, I'd replace it. So far, Paperwhites are my favorite Kindle and I worry about what I'll do if they go away. I hope Kindle updates the Paperwhite and keeps the line alive.

I had a Voyage. Didn't like it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Getting the Voyage
« on: June 15, 2017, 04:33:01 AM »
Don't enjoy the gizmo so much you forget to read. Pick a great book and enjoy.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Funny
« on: June 10, 2017, 02:40:09 PM »
I had one. It was called the DX. Of course, there is a little comic license.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New 2017 Model?
« on: May 28, 2017, 02:24:35 AM »
"For example Paperwhite for some reason keeps getting updated, but almost none of the others do - which also means Paperwhite is starting to get bulky and huge compared to the rest... Bringing back the old Touch as the basic Kindle in a new disguise etc., instead of designing something new. Kindle 3 and Kindle DX were very old in the tooth by the time they got retired. Just to name some examples."

For me, the Paperwhite is the ultimate Kindle. I have two now that I alternate reading. I would like to see the Paperwhite updated further with better lighting and some other modest changes like changing the micro-USB port to a USB-c port. But, strange origami covers and built in batteries are, in my opinion, silly.

If the Oasis, Voyage, and Paperwhite were all the same price and I needed a Kindle tomorrow it would be the Paperwhite. I gave my Voyage to a student who wanted it, and could use it, and I never bought the Oasis.

Side note. Whenever I leave home a Kindle goes with me. My other Paperwhite is on my desk, fully charged, waiting. When the current Paperwhite tells me it's time to charge I swap to my second Paperwhite. But, what if I'm stuck in a government office waiting for a gap in the coffee breaks so I can take care of business and the battery warning comes on? Well, that's my my little daypack has a Power Pack. It is small, lightweight, and will recharge my Kindle fully fairly quickly. So, I just plug it in. One advantage of this system, instead of an Oasis, is that I can also recharge my Nexus 5x with the Power Bank. I assume the Oasis has a cable for recharging your cell phone off the Oasis power pack.

And, yes, I still use my Nexus 5x. I didn't not buy a Google Pixel XL for $1000. Call me crazy.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Voyage
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:43:40 AM »
A. If I bought something without doing basic research I would keep very, very quiet.

B. I've bought perhaps nine Kindles over the years and I've always gotten exactly what I wanted, exactly what I expected, and exactly what I paid for. Personally, my favorite is the Paperwhite. I think Kindle peaked there.

C. FWIW, a Kindle PW and a excellent tablet to use to play games would cost less than my first Kindle. But, I buy Kindles to read books.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Voyage question
« on: May 01, 2017, 11:15:28 AM »
You have an option of seeing "All" your books or "Downloaded" books on your home screen. If you choose "All" then downloaded books are marked.

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.

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