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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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Liam Neeson on The Late Show
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:00:48 PM »
So fun watching Colbert trying to change the subject on him. Lol.

Watching interviews on the internet remind me of why I'm so happy I don't have a television. I've enjoyed many of Liam Neeson's films and I'm as enthusiastic about my Kindle as he is. I don't go on location but I live in Mexico much of the time and I'm a compulsive reader. For years I read what I could find. I carried one or two books with me everywhere. I carried index cards to write down words I wanted to look up when I got home to my dictionary. Along with my books I carried a bean bag to prop the book up to read while I ate lunch and dinner and a book weight to hold the pages down. Lastly, I had a head lamp to read in dim light. I also used it to read menus in restaurants with one candle on a table so you wouldn't have any chance of seeing the prices.

Now, I have my Kindle. It's wonderful. Actually, I have two Paperwhites right now. They're my favorites.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: No Amazon PW User's Guide on Kindle. Really?
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:03:33 AM »
Honestly I've never seen the need for a users guide. I got one with each Kindle I bought but never used them. The devices are really very user friendly. If you don't get one when you register your Kindle you can always redownload it. I think a copy is kept your Kindle library on the site and can be downloaded from the Kindle section. :)

Years ago I did something on a PC using a simple word processing program our department endorsed. Another employee watching said, "How did you do that?"

"I read page one of the User's Guide."
"Oh. I haven't gotten that far yet."

User friendly and intuitive only goes so far. User's Guides often have very helpful information.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: No Amazon PW User's Guide on Kindle. Really?
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:08:27 AM »
My Paperwhites came with a User's Guide which I read and removed from my Paperwhite. There are six editions of the Paperwhite User's Guide, the latest is very recent, but when I try to go to their page it's unavailable. I'm assuming right now it's because their servers are getting maintenance and only insomniacs notice.

I ignored the unavailable page and used "Manage Your Kindle" to download the User's Guide and the 6th Edition is now sitting happily on my default Paperwhite. I assume the 6th Edition, two months old, includes some of the new firmware update features.

If you really want to know you need to contact Harper Collins. I think it's safe to say that Amazon choose to not sell very little. They make money selling books and everything else. Perhaps they haven't finished the electronic edition or perhaps the legal negotiations for the electronic edition aren't complete.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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