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Other reviews / Re: My first impressions on the M-Edge e-luminator2
« on: December 29, 2010, 11:02:40 am »
I bought an M-Edge e-Luminator 2 along with a Platform jacket when I bought my Kindle DX.  The jacket is designed to take the e-Luminator so it fits perfectly and is unobtrusive when not in use.  I don't use the light that much, but on a recent nighttime flight, the e-Luminator did a much better job of lighting up the Kindle than using the overhead light.

Kindle DX reviews / Re: My detailed DX review with several screenshots
« on: December 29, 2010, 10:28:35 am »
Nice review.  I agree with most of your comments and criticisms.  Just a couple of things though.

1) If you get Calibre, it will let you download lots of blogs to your Kindle for free, and in lots of different languages (I don't recall if Sanscrit is one of them).

2) One of my dislikes is the use of a progress bar instead of page numbers. I understand why they do it.  The pagination will change depending upon the font you use.  But pdf files on the Kindle don't offer the ability to change font (at least not yet), so the page numbers will always stay the same.  Even with native format files, if the table of contents shows that a chapter begins on page 125, it would be nice to be able to navigate to where the original page 125 would be.

Why don't you e-mail the company directly to ask if they have any plans to make the cover in other sizes?  Sometimes just a few e-mails or letters is enough to convince a manufacturer that there is a demand for the product.  Their website is and their e-mail address is [email protected]  By the way, that is a nice looking cover.  I might be interested if they made it in a DX size.

Kindle Accessories / Re: Book style or flip over considerations.
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:05:34 am »
I have the larger Kindle DX, and for that I think the flip style is almost a necessity. I like standing it up easel style so I can read while doing something else.  The cover I use is an M-Edge Platform Jacket, and I got the matching e-Luminator 2 booklight to go with it.  It does add somewhat to the overall bulk, but with a DX minimizing the size is not the biggest concern.

I download content from several free sources available through Calibre, including news sources such as Associated Press.  Occasionally, when I try to read an article, the Kindle will lock up, and all keys become unresponsive.  After several seconds, I can get back to the home screen.  The item I was viewing is still listed, but if I try to select it, I get the following pop-up message: 

"The selected item could not be opened.  If you purchased this item from Amazon, delete the item and redownload it from Archived Items available in Home."

Since this has only happened with free downloads, it hasn't bothered me too much, but it is annoying.  It happens about once every couple of weeks.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Is it a problem with the Kindle, with Calibre, or just a bad download?

Kindle Accessories / Re: M-Edge - Official KindleBoards Thread
« on: December 02, 2010, 12:34:36 pm »
I have an M-Edge platform jacket and e-Luminator2 that I purchased for my DX at the same time that I bought the DX.  It's an almost perfect solution to being able to stand the Kindle up on the table so I can read while keeping my hands free, but there are two minor annoyances.  

1) When closed, the strap is in the way of the USB port.  I don't need to have the jacket open if I'm just recharging or copying some files over from my computer.  How about putting a small hole in the strap at the right size and location to allow the USB cable to be plugged in while leaving the strap in place?

2)  If I stand the Kindle up while the USB cable is plugged in, the Kindle rests directly on the USB connector and cable, which puts stress on the cable and will probably cause it to eventually fail.  Would it be possible to somehow put a couple of retractable legs on the jacket to raise the bottom up slightly so there is no weight put on the USB connector?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How many Kindles have you seen in the "wild'?
« on: November 06, 2010, 10:14:21 am »
I have a Kindle DX and have not seen anyone else with that model.  I've seen two people while traveling with older Kindles and two people with Nooks, one of which had a broken case.  The DX is better suited for home or business use than for travel, however.  I use a stand to stand it on a table hands free so I can be doing other things while reading (such as eating lunch).

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Who here reads newspapers on kindle?
« on: November 06, 2010, 10:02:10 am »
I subscribe to the St. Petersburg Times on my DX, but I'm disappointed that they leave out some of the smaller articles that are in the paper edition, including recurring items like the weather forecast section, and they leave out the ads (yes, I like to browse the ads).  I just found out that the paper offers an "electronic edition" that runs on Flash on computers (but not on Kindles), and provides everything that's in the paper edition at half the price of the Kindle edition.  I'll probably cancel my Kindle subscription.  I don't like the idea of paying more to get less.

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Playing music on a Kindle
« on: October 22, 2010, 03:01:16 pm »
Kindle lets you copy mp3 files into the Music folder and then play them as background music while reading (from the home page, open the menu, select Experimental, then Play music).  However, you cannot view the music list or select which songs to play.  I found that you can also copy mp3 files into the Audible folder.  They will then appear on your home page (I organize them into an Audio collection) and you can select which files to play.  However, you cannot read and play music at the same time.  If you want to have both options, i.e., play background music while reading or pick and choose which songs to play (but not read at the same time), you need to put a copy of the mp3 files in both folders.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Does amazon pay my 3G web browsing bill?
« on: October 05, 2010, 08:06:53 am »
If they ever do start charging for 3G, I hope they will grandfather in those of us who bought the Kindle while it was free.  That feature is one of the reasons why I chose the Kindle over some other e-reader.  I would consider it a bait-and-switch tactic if they were to eliminate it after they got my money.

Converting Word documents to pdf seems to be the best solution for most documents.  On the DX the pdf files look great.  However, there are still a few files I'll need in a format that lets me attach notes.  I'll also try the resizing suggestion and see how that works.  I also downloaded Calibre and will probably be using that as I get more familiar with it and with the Kindle.  I've had my Kindle for less than a week and this board is already turning out to be a great source of help.

According to the Calibre documentation, a Word document has to be first saved as an htm, unfiltered file.  I don't have Calibre on my computer yet, but I tried saving the outline file in htm, unfiltered format and sending it to my account for conversion.  It still came back improperly formatted.  The screen on the DX is large enough for business use.  It just needs to do a better job of converting Word documents, or better yet, be able to display them natively.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How old are you Kindle owners?
« on: September 28, 2010, 11:50:23 am »
Just turned 55 and got a Kindle DX as a birthday present to myself.  It's my first e-reader.

One of the reasons I bought a Kindle DX was to use it in meetings where I often have to review large numbers of Word and pdf files. I got my Kindle a couple of days ago and just tried e-mailing my first Word documents to it.  I have to say I'm disappointed with the conversion results.  The first document was written in an outline format.  Virtually none of the outline formatting was retained in the conversion, making the document unusable on the Kindle.  The other Word document was a file containing several tables.  In most cases, the tables came out too wide in the converted document and were cut off on the right side.  Apparently the conversion software can't properly adjust the size of the table to fit the screen.  I also tried copying over a pdf file to my Kindle.  That file looks fine on the Kindle, including tables and graphics.  I might need to convert my Word documents to pdf as a workaround in order to use it in meetings.  Unfortunately, you can't make notes or highlights on pdf documents.  I hope that Amazon can improve the conversion capability in the future, but right now, based on my initial trials, I have to grade it as not ready for business use.

I'm getting ready to order a Kindle DX, and was wondering what might be considered essential accessories to get with it, as sort of a starter kit.  I plan on using the Kindle primarily at business meetings where I have numerous pdf and Word files to review, and at home for general reading.  I figure some sort of protective cover is a must have, and I want a stand that will let me set the Kindle on a table and use it hands free.  The M-Edge Platform Jacket ( looks like it will let me do both of these.  Are there any other alternatives worth considering?  Are screen protectors worth getting?  I've seen mixed reviews about them causing increased glare.  Are there any other accessories I should be thinking of?

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