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Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts outside the Book Bazaar constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KBoards Tips & FAQ.

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Thanks for being part of KBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

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I still don't understand why people think it's better in 'page flip' -- even on a larger screened tablet.

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Why would any one read a book in page flip mode? I tried and find it very annoying (as it's clearly not designed to for reading)...

I feel the same way. But apparently some do so. I really would be very surprised to find that it's more than a very small minority of the total number of kindle users/readers.

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Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts outside the Book Bazaar constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KBoards Tips & FAQ.

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Thanks for being part of KBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Please save me...
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:44:58 AM »
Gotta say: I've been reading for 50+ years, and it's not a 'rule' I ever knew about.

I do want a new chapter to start on a new page, but it doesn't matter whether it's the right or left side. And, of course, on kindle, there's only one page open at a time anyway.

Sounds like you've got a smart, observant kid there. :D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Voyage sale
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:15:54 PM »
Do you think selling off the existing Paperwhites and Voyage is a suggestion the Paperwhite 4 is nearing release?

Dunno. But I'd really like there to be a new option before Aug 31 when my $25 coupon expires. :D

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Flat Squirrel
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:46:27 AM »
Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts outside the Book Bazaar constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KBoards Tips & FAQ.

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Thanks for being part of KBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:35:41 AM »
I updated just before 4.00pm my time - 11.00am your time - and I was showing no blanks. I'm still showing a complete bar now, both on the set up page and here on the thread.


Your bar is now full. :)



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Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts outside the Book Bazaar constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KBoards Tips & FAQ.

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Thanks for being part of KBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:03:40 AM »
After reading our emails, it seems like we had to limit things due to author signature size restrictions...especially for those people who wanted both an author sig  and a reading bar... so sorry. :(

Except . . . . .

The reading page Linda's talking about is not the SIGNATURE image. Previously, when you clicked the 'make your reading bar' link on a person's signature, or the 'reading page' link in the menu above, you got to a page that had sections for 'reading now', 'read', and 'to be read'.

'Reading now' and 'to be read' had room for 5 covers . . . or, if there was room for more, I never had more than that in those cats.

But the 'Read' page had room for probably 20, maybe more, books. The Signature bar only showed the most recent 8 to 10, depending on which option you choose, but the page had the 10 or so previous to that.

So. It may be that having all those in the reading page was causing problems in the database, or something, but those books were NOT showing in signatures for either readers or authors. I'm not seeing it as a signature size issue, unless you're not referring to the size of the signature as it displays but maybe rather to the number of characters -- I know there is a limit as to how many characters can be in a signature. But I guess I don't understand how fewer books on the reading page changes that. :(



PS, Linda . . . . your reading bar is showing two blank spots for me as of 1 p.m. my time on Thursday. ???

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I stand corrected: apparently some of you ARE 10. ::)


Still . . . . try to behave like young ladies and gentlemen, eh?

:)

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I'm telling!  :P

There's a 'report' button right . . . . . . . . . . . . . down . . . . . . . . . . . . . there . . . . . . . . . . . . . vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

:D

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Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts outside the Book Bazaar constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KBoards Tips & FAQ.

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Thanks for being part of KBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Unable to update my KB Reading Page
« on: June 21, 2018, 03:05:14 AM »
I did update my page yesterday -- it looks like he's slightly re-designed the input page -- mostly looks like he made the font bigger and there's only one 'save' button now at the bottom. Not sure it's better but it works. I added a book and saved it and everything populated properly.

You STILL have to click the refresh button when you get back to a page of KBoards before YOU will see your own changes, but that's how it's always been and a function of the process, I believe.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Time Left Mis-estimated?
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:39:20 PM »
I have had it happen with all my Kindle’s at some point. To help it be more accurate I do a reading time reset when I notice it happening. Just open book you are reading tounch the hour glass shaped search at top, type in     ; ReadingTimeReset    It will give you result that that doesn’t exist or no term in book(something like that) at this point hot the back Arrow icon on top of screen. What you should see then is your book and on the bottom of page it should say “learning reading speed....”.  If you have a page number on bottom on page and switch to time left in chapter or book it will show the learn reading speed message and as you read it will begin to display more accurate readings.

Note that there is no space after the ; and the query is case sensitive.

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moving this to the 'anything else amazon' board as it's not really an author issue. . .  hang on everyone. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why are Boxed Sets/Bundles/Etc Allowed In Select?
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:42:38 AM »
So are you saying that box sets are also being used to get around a limit Amazon has set on the number of books readers can borrow?

If Amazon are OK with that, they can simply allow you to borrow an entire series and count it as a single borrow, as you say. If they're not, it's another reason to stop allowing box sets in KU, because they're breaking the rules that apply to everyone else.

No. Not saying that at all.

A publisher who includes several volumes in one file, properly listed as such, and following the rule about duplicate content, is legitimately providing more reading for the borrower. And for certain borrowers, it's HUGE value. There's no breaking of rules. UNLESS, of course, there was a rule that said only one book per file. Which there currently isn't and is exactly what is under discussion here: should multiple books per file be allowed?

I get the argument that they should NOT -- because that prevents people from putting extra 'books' at the back of the advertised title, and greatly simplifies the (currently flawed) system for discovering and blocking such titles.

I get the argument that legitimate anthologies or author boxed sets SHOULD be allowed as there are a whole subset of KU subscribers/customers/readers who really value them, and Amazon is all about the customer being happy.

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Welcome to KBoards, Or Welcome Back ;) OR Hi, glad you're still here. :D Congratulations on the book!  :)

Much of what follows you should already be aware of, as it was included in the information you agreed to when you signed up. So please consider this to be just a friendly reminder. :) (The posting of this 'welcome letter' doesn't mean you've done anything wrong; we just want you to have a ready reference, so we post this note in every thread in the Bazaar. :) )

KBoards is a fan forum for Readers, Writers and Kindle Lovers. Authors are always welcome to post anywhere but, as you browse the 'boards, please keep in mind that self-promotion, of any sort, is ONLY allowed here in the Book Bazaar.

A brief recap of our rules follows:

--Please bookmark this thread (using your browser's bookmark/favorite function or the Kboards bookmark tool available on each thread) so you can update it as we ask that authors have only one thread per book and add to it when there is more information.  You may start a separate thread for each book (or you may have one thread per series of books, or one thread for all of your books, it's your choice).

--We invite you to use your book cover as your avatar and have links to your book and website in your signature. Instructions are posted here

--While you may respond to member posts to your thread at any time, you may only bump your thread (back-to-back posts by you) once every seven days.  Once you've responded to a member, that resets the clock to zero and you must wait seven days to post, unless another member posts before then.

--We ask that Amazon reviews not be repeated here as they are easy to find at your book link.  Also, full reviews from other sites should not be posted here, but you may post a short blurb and a link to the full review instead.

--Although self-promotion is limited to the Book Bazaar, our most successful authors have found the best way to promote their books is to be as active throughout KBoards as time allows.  This is your target audience--book lovers with Kindles!  Please note that putting link information in the body of your posts outside the Book Bazaar constitutes self promotion; please leave your links for your profile signature that will automatically appear on each post.  For information on more ways to promote here on KBoards, be sure to check out this thread:
Authors: KBoards Tips & FAQ.

All this, and more, is included in our Forum Decorum.  Be sure to check it from time to time for the current guidelines and rules.

Thanks for being part of KBoards!  Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Betsy & Ann
Book Bazaar Moderators

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why are Boxed Sets/Bundles/Etc Allowed In Select?
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:28:09 AM »
And without the box sets, you could have downloaded the individual books before you left. What's the problem with having to click a 'borrow all books in this series' button? Would it really be that hard?

The only benefit of combining all those books into a single file is that scammers can more easily scam page reads. That's it.

I am not a boxed set reader -- I don't tend to binge because I find I get burned out after a couple books in a row. So I read series -- but I read them in separate stretches not all at once. I don't want to buy books as a set and if that's the only way the story is available, I'll probably not buy (or borrow it if in KOLL) at all. Also multiple books in one file messes with my way of tracking how far into a book I am. A purely personal problem, I know. :)

That said . . . I can see where RPatton is coming from. If you're going away for a while and want to fill up your kindle, you can only have 10 KU books borrowed at a time. If you're one who reads a lot, 10 individual books might not be enough for you. But 10 sets, or even some of those 10 being sets, gives you that much more to read. So even with a 'borrow all books' button, unless that was configured to only count for 1 borrow even though it's several titles, you're limited. Sure it's easy -- but it doesn't solve RPatton's problem.

Note: the above assumes that your primary source of reading material is Amazon/KU, you haven't the budget/desire to buy books that you know you will only read once, and you will be going somewhere with limited wifi access.

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Locking this thread temporarily: Betsy and Becca are both OOC until tomorrow at the earliest, and I have some Real Life things to do this morning. To avoid an explosion while the bomb squad is busy elsewhere, I'll leave this locked until later today when I have time to keep an eye on things.



apologies for not re-opening sooner; real life took a bit longer than expected. PLEASE NOTE: we will monitor this thread and if there's trouble people *will* be banned from the thread -- at the least. Let's keep it civil, eh. This is not a schoolyard and y'all aren't 10 any more.

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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Best boards for Readers.
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:59:48 AM »
thanks, crebel -- you've summed it up perfectly!


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Not thrilled with the 'mean girl' tone of comments, notwithstanding the valid suspicions as to the legality/efficacy of the site. Locking for now . . . hope to have a chance to discuss among ourselves and make a decision by the weekend.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Time Left Mis-estimated?
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:47:27 AM »
I find it to be pretty accurate. It does seem to change, though, depending on the book I'm reading. Which only makes sense: it takes me longer to read a section of War and Peace than the same length section of a light cozy mystery. Initial estimates are generally off at first when I switch between the two. I do like to use it before bed -- to decide whether or not to go ahead and start the next chapter, for example. :)

It also changes as I'm reading. Frequently, I'll start reading a section and it'll have a number and then after I've turned a page or two I see that the number hasn't changed at all, or that it's gone way down or way up. So it adjusts as you go.

Also, it really does depend on how fast you 'turn pages*'. So if you're in the habit of reading and putting the kindle down without closing the book, and just letting it fall asleep on its own, it'll think it took you 10 minutes on one page. The next time you start reading, that'll be figured into the calculation.

In your case, maybe you just finished a book that you were able to read pretty fast, or were almost skimming. So you're turning pages at a pretty quick rate. The kindle thinks that's how fast you always read. Then you open a new book that you have to pay more attention to. You're turning pages much slower. So it said '10 minutes' to start with, but it's really going to take longer. It should adjust, though, as you read; it does for me.

ALSO . . . . it counts 'to next chapter' according to how the book is formatted. For books with chapters and sub chapters I find it less useful as it usually counts to the next full chapter. So it might say I have 2 hours to the next chapter but I know there are subs and they generally are about 10 minutes of reading for me. I suppose it could happen in reverse as well: it says it's 10 minutes to the next chapter, but that's just a section of the chapter and the real end of the whole thing is actually 30 minutes of reading.




*using 'page' in the sense of one screen on the kindle.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:25:21 AM »
Yay. My library is pretty good with getting recs I make. More so if they are historical mysteries. They don't get me everything when it comes to HR.

Mine's been hit or miss. I guess they've gotten most that I've requested, but certainly not all. I don't do it all that often and I haven't kept close track.

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