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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Does amazon pay my 3G web browsing bill?
« on: April 12, 2011, 07:11:26 pm »
It seems that Amazons pricing model is to charge by content and not general access. This why you pay per-month for each blog you what to read on your Kindle. If you go to their Kindle Development sitehttps://kindlepublishing.amazon.com/gp/vendor/sign-in/192-2564932-2051149?ie=UTF8&originatingURI=%2Fgp%2Fvendor%2Fmembers%2Fkindlepubs%2Fkdk%2Fhome, you will see that Amazon will charge the developer 15 cents / mega-byte and the developer will charge you a monthly subscription fee.
This make sense to me. The Kindle is not a good general purpose web browser. For Kindle Web App to be useful, I think it would have to be specialized. To make the Kindle a good web browser would detract from its primary purpose as an e-reader.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Nook e-book to kindle ??
« on: August 23, 2010, 06:58:05 pm »
Amazon has a similar restriction on the use of the Kindle that B&N has for the Nook. But now that removing DRM is legal in the US (see http://www.copyright.gov/1201/2010/Librarian-of-Congress-1201-Statement.html) does this make those parts of the contract null and void?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: e-books frustration...
« on: August 23, 2010, 05:45:20 pm »
Actually it is now legal to remove DRM
see http://www.copyright.gov/1201/2010/Librarian-of-Congress-1201-Statement.html
The pertinent parts to ebooks are:
"Today[July 26, 2010] I have designated six classes of works. Persons who circumvent access controls in order to engage in noninfringing uses of works in these six classes will not be subject to the statutory prohibition against circumvention."

The 6th class says:
"Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling either of the book’s read-aloud function or of screen readers that render the text into a specialized format."


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The K4 should be the same size as the k3 so that my investment in covers is not lost.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Are sample books saved to archive?
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:17:30 pm »
You can highlight on a k1 but not a k2 ( and I assume not a k3). When you move cursor in a sample, the definition appears followed by "Annotating is disabled for sample content"

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If this is what color ereaders are going to look like, count me out. The faces on the display looked green!

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: 2.5 fixed the full justification issue?
« on: June 19, 2010, 01:15:04 pm »
You suggest having an option. But what should the choices be? I tried out left-justify option on my Kindle I and decided it made most reading unpleasant. What I do find distracting is excessive spacing between words. I'm willing to accept slightly raggedy right margins to avoid this. So, should the choices be between 2.3 and 2.5 justification rather than between left and full?
It would be interesting to know why Amazon can't make up its mind how to do justification.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Textbooks on Kindle 2?
« on: June 09, 2009, 12:05:32 pm »
I have bought several text books for my Kindle2. The charts included in them are indeed small but readable. I normally wear reading glasses and set by Kindle font size to 4. But when I read text books I take my classes off, put the Kindle up to my nose, and set the font size to 1 or 2. This way I don’t have to switch reading modes when going from  the text to the charts. I make use of Kindle’s search feature and make lots of bookmarks and notes so that I can find the topic again. (Paging thru the table of contents for a topic is too slow). All in all, I like having my text books on the Kindle2 rather than lug around large books.
 I not sure what the DX will buy you except less page turning. Will they make the pictures bigger? More readable?
As to PDF format, I hope text books don’t stick to this format. To be a true eBook, the text and pictures need to be free flowing so that they can adjust to varying sizes.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle 2 Font Testers - Please read
« on: June 09, 2009, 11:16:56 am »
Thank you for providing a choice of fonts for my Kindle. All of your fonts that I have tried are better than the Kindle font because that are darker which makes better contrast and easier reading. My favorite is ComicSans. I was going to vote in the poll but found my choice not listed! I guess with a name like “Comic” you get no respect! This font happens to be my favorite on my computer. It is a pleasure to have it on my Kindle. I hope if Amazon every does provide font choices, ComicSans is not left out because it is assumed to be a joke.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Highlights And Notes‏
« on: May 29, 2009, 10:59:42 am »
Just be careful what you put in notes, folks.

If you don’t want Amazon to have your notes, you can “Disable Annotations Backup” at Home+menu+Settings+menu.

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