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I'm sure that part was unintentional.  :D

:P

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Covers – Premade... but unique!
« on: Yesterday at 03:22:24 AM »
Welcome to the KB Writers Cafe!

You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe!

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages Listing, found here:
http://www.kboards.com/yp/

The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service wil be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again to post to. And, you may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (such as this post), you may reply but otherwise must wait seven days, thanks!

Note that members may provide civil and honest feedback about your service to this thread, and you may respond in a civil manner. Disputes between you and clients should be handled off site.

Betsy
KBoards Moderator

Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service, for example, by asking KB members for feedback and doing an Internet search such as "service provider name" complaints.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For Cozy Writers
« on: Yesterday at 03:18:17 AM »
I call mine traditional (think Rex Stout, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ellery Queen, etc.), but use cozy as a sub-genre. Someone suggested the term 'cozy noir,' which I rather like. I have no cupcakes, quilts, cats or paranormal characters. Also, no complaints so far.

No quilts? Shocking! :P

Betsy

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Folks,

Let's leave out the attempts at humor, which broad swaths of our membership on either side are not finding amusing.

Thanks,

Betsy

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As Becca said, let's move on.  The discussion is derailing the thread.  For newer folk, when a moderator asks that a line of discussion be dropped, you may PM if you have questions, but please step away from that line of thought in thread. (Edited to amplify)

Betsy
KB Admin

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:57:57 AM »
I sign up for a good deal on CBS streaming once a year so I can watch "The Good Fight," the sequel to "The Good Wife."  Really love it.  The season finale is next week.  Then, I'll cancel till the new season, if there is one.  There should be, it's excellent.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: And now you can buy the T-shirt!
« on: May 24, 2018, 04:22:45 AM »
I don't think we are supposed to be advertising stuff like that here.

Posting items for sale that might be of interest to your fellow members is generally OK unless the poster has a vested interest of some sort (is the seller or a family member or personal friend.  Just knowing the seller isn't necessarily disqualifying). I don't think that's ever changed.  Self-promotion of any sort is not allowed.  I think this case is fine.

I think we should have a KBoard one  ;)

Back when the forum was known as Kindleboards.com, we had t-shirts.  Agree, perhaps it's time for some new ones!

Betsy

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Copyright after death?
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:16:45 AM »
Hi y'all. You may know from some other posts that I have stage 4 incurable cancer. I'm essentially a goner.

Here is my question. My will states that any intellectual property will transfer to my husband upon my death. The clause was added so my books don't end up in some legal limbo.

Occasionally, Amazon and Createspace ask for proof of copyright. My will doesn't specify any titles. Should I add some sort of notarized document stating specifically what books/titles/ pen name etc. will transfer to him upon my death. You know, some sort of specific notarized, easy to email one-page document? I want to make it as clear and easy as possible for him to prove copyright ownership should the issue come up again. My will seems to vague.

DM--so sorry you're dealing with this.

As someone who is currently managing a trust, anything you can do now that will provide information to your executor/trustee is a good thing.  To include passwords to online accounts recorded somewhere on paper--your email accounts--bank, utility, KDP, etc.  We've had some difficulty getting access to things like bill paying and some financial accounts because we didn't have access to my sister-in-law's email or to her computer.

From my perspective and experience as a trustee, there is some good advice here.  Hugs.

Betsy

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It was probably never a huge number compared to active members.  I'd say at one time there were a couple of dozen members who visited regularly at least once a week, and only 6-8 who were there most days.  Of course there were huge numbers during "special events". I get that it may not make financial sense to bring it back for those types of numbers, but it was great when we had it and it was working.

Seeing the user names at the top of every page when we were in chat increased visibility and drew people in to check it out.  I personally had a little nostalgia when so many members responding to the chat thread in the WC had no idea there had ever been a chat option.  They were likewise shocked to hear about the pool/bar/cabana boys --- well, duh, we accessed them through the chat lobby!  ;D ;)

Thanks!

I know that the folks who used it really liked it.  And it may be worth trying again if we can find a good alternative.  Maybe I can help the tech team with the research...

Betsy

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And, by the way, RealAnise--

Welcome to KBoards!

 ;D

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No. Kindles have no Bluetooth.

Actually not quite true, though true enough for the keyboard the OP is asking about.

As Ann said earlier, newer eInk Kindles have Bluetooth audio capability.  On my first-gen Oasis, you can go into Settings > Wi-Fi & Bluetooth and enable Bluetooth.  At which point you have the ability to "pair a Bluetooth audio device."  This capability seems to be available on all current models, not sure how far back it goes.

No. They don't have bluetooth and they are e-readers, not work processors. Buy a laptop or a tablet.

I know from the early days of Kindle, we have had members who have used their Kindles with their homework, taking notes and such. EInk Kindles are relatively inexpensive, light and have great battery life.  And screens that are easy on the eyes.  Nothing wrong with asking. :)


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: DWTS Season 26 - All Athletes
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:34:43 PM »
Yeah, I was surprised by Tanya advancing, too...

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I think many of the former regular users of chat have moved on from KB.  You might consider adding another poll option about whether current members think they would use a working chat application if available.

I thought about that, but the fact is that a lot of people will say, sure, they'll use it.  But then don't.  So, it's not necessarily a good metric.

When the chat was working and members were active, how many people of the active KB members used chat?  Do you have a feel for it?  We might be able to go back through the transcripts to see.

If we can find a viable add-on, it might be worth trying for a year and see how many actually use it.

Betsy

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I think Gene Roddenderry was a bit of a chauvinist with little vision.

And yet, as I recall, both of the pilots for the original series featured a woman as second in command, and it was the network that had a problem with that...

*off to research....*

OK, here's what Wikipedia says, which is what I recalled (and Roddenberry wrote the first pilot but not the second). Spock was promoted from Science Officer to First Officer at the insistence of the network.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_No_Man_Has_Gone_Before

"The character of Number One, the female second-in-command, was dropped on the insistence of the NBC network..."

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: KBoards Chat
« on: May 21, 2018, 04:15:51 AM »
Hi, I've added a poll to this.  Please let us know if you used chat and how often.

Please make sure your fellow chat users answer the poll, in case they don't see that a poll has been added.

Harvey used to research and test KB add-ons; now we have a hired tech team to do the research and testing; it would be helpful to know how many people would actually be using chat when deciding how much forum resources to dedicate to this.

I know that at least one other version of Chat has been tested recently, but proved unsatisfactory when we tested it.  As I recall, we had recurring issues with the old version being unstable and members losing their access.

I didn't use chat, though I visited it now and then.  I know we had a core set of members, authors and non-authors, who used it.  But I don't have a feel for how many members that might have been. 

Betsy

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Best Indie Book Award
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:38:29 PM »
Topic locked while mod team discusses.  PM me if you have any questions.

Betsy
KB Mod

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Some pages not appearing
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:27:59 AM »
eleven47--

Welcome to KBoards!

I've moved your post to our Writers' Cafe, where our community of authors will be able to respond to your question!

Betsy
KB Mod


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: DWTS Season 26 - All Athletes
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:59:20 PM »
I've been watching and enjoying...

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I just tested this and I'm really hoping it worked.

Edited: It did.

I'm on my iPad 99% of the time.  After the update, I HAD to find a solution.  :D

Betsy

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Edit: What. The. Hell. Apple. This is what I get for allowing my phone to update.

Edit 2: wine. Lots of wine.

Apple folks....

you can turn off the smart punctuation thingies...

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard, and then turn off the "Smart Punctuation" toggle.   

https://www.howtogeek.com/344310/how-to-turn-off-smart-punctuation-on-your-iphone-and-ipad/

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The ISO-8859-1 (Juliet) is a common character set from when recordable CDs were all the rage. If your forum is English-language, then turning off smart punctuation will remedy English threads and responses. The UTF-8 supports accented and other punctuation, and is more common for non-English forums, threads, etc. The issue, is that in databases (where all the forum topic, threads, and individual posts) are stored, switching from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8 will lead to container issues, corrupting the database. Many English-language forums that switched from ISO to UTF archived all the existing posts, and started afresh, but since kBoards is such a massive collection of information and users, this may not be a viable solution. (Often archived posts are not searchable.)

Since the preview window is plain text, the browser will recognize the UTF encoding, and translate appropriately (that's why there is a sudden refresh when the preview window appears - the browser is reloading the page with the different encoding.)

So, for English posts and threads, turning off smart punctuation will take care of it, and non-English posts and threads, you'll have to do the quote/preview trick to read accented characters. There are a lot of browsers and apps, so use your favorite marketing engine and search for "disable smart characters" and your operating system and/or browser.

Non-English characters for fun:
Er erschauerte, als er auf dem Geschützdeck der Fateh stand und zusah, wie die dreibeinigen Metallmonster durch die Wüste stapften. Sie waren über dreißig Meter groß. Er drückte seine Hand gegen die rechteckige hölzerne Brücke, um das Zittern zu unterdrücken. Dabei dachte er an die Berichte aus London, die schreckliche Hitzestrahlen erwähnten. Übelkeit stieg in ihm auf, als er sich den Schmerz seines brennenden Körpers vorstellte.

Thanks for the explanation, Mark, that fits with what I know and fills in the gaps.

I think we are going to link to this in the FAQs.

Interestingly, my quote of the post shows no errors in my iPhone - or did not but does now

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The other thing is that many other forums, where people don't know an emdash from a dangling misplaced modifier, handle these characters fine.

Perhaps the other forums used a different forum software from the beginning  or used the other character set from the beginning or when they upgraded their forum software (as we did, and which is when the problem started), they had a smaller database and  it didn't create issues or they just started over and abandoned post history prior to that time or....

Again, please don't assume that we don't care or haven't tried to fix the issue.  >:(

Betsy

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Thank you! I had no idea I could turn this off! *tests words to see if they work properly now* can't won't isn't

Yay, looks like it worked!

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