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Suggestions, Comments / Re: Why won't Link Maker work??
« on: Today at 02:37:03 pm »
Thank you for the help. Now if I could just find a new owner butt to kick to get them to fix it. :)

Yeah .... good luck with that. The screen name is vsAdmin, but they pretty much ignore all communication. At least, I know they've been advised of this issue and done nothing.

The Book Corner / Re: Goodreads Choice Awards
« on: Today at 02:27:08 pm »
I was able to do the first category -- general fiction -- and was (I think) able to add a book I'd read that wasn't listed. But then it kept hanging up on me and I couldn't get to the next category.

Tried again later -- to do mystery. The latest Louise Penny was NOT one of the ones listed so I tried to add it, but it wouldn't let me. And then, again, it kept hanging up and just taking me to the 2019 results.

edit to add: and just now I was able to get in and vote without getting kicked out. Still didn't vote in all categories -- did add in some of my own suggestions. it is nice that there is a link to take you to your book lists where it's sorted by date published so you can see what you read that was published this year.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Why won't Link Maker work??
« on: Today at 12:37:37 pm »
The short answer is that Amazon changed something -- probably well over a year ago now -- and the new owners haven't bothered to update the code that Harvey did years ago.

The longer answer is: if you go to the link maker page and click the hyperlink on "here" in the sentence about the old manual link maker, that one does work. Or, at least, it did last time I wanted to make a fresh link.

The Book Corner / Goodreads Choice Awards
« on: Today at 11:00:51 am »
Is anybody having any luck voting? I saw the banner when I checked in this morning and I was able to vote in one category but since then it's just been showing 2019 results.

Also have gotten a 'server is too busy' error a couple of times.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 time
« on: Yesterday at 09:34:27 am »
We change in the US next weekend ... I shall try to remember to perform a similar experiment with my Kindle(current basic version), PW10, Oasis2 and Voyage. :D

Not Quite Kindle / MOVED: Author's website
« on: October 25, 2020, 05:05:39 am »

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Which Kindle is just simple ereader?
« on: October 20, 2020, 11:50:25 am »
For me, the PW has PLENTY of storage. Keep in mind you don't need to keep ALL your books on it at the same time. As long as you can regularly connect to a WiFi network, you can have access to everything in your library pretty quickly.

As for storage, if you go to amazon and look at any kindle page, you can scroll down a bit and see a comparison of the various models. It looks like the current PW is available with either 8 GB or 32 GB of storage. If she has an older PW, it might only have 4.

The Oasis also is available with either 8 or 32 GB, but that's a lot more money for the device. For most, I'd say the PW is the best value, but if price is consideration, the basic Kindle is still a nice device and if her old PW only has 4 GB, that would still double the storage.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Confused about the timeline of quarterly taxes.
« on: October 19, 2020, 09:57:10 am »

I don't do this because I've been told if you don't pay quarterly you'll be charged hefty fees.

If your balance due is more than 10% of your bill OR more than $1000, yes, you will likely owe penalty and interest.

Keep in mind, if you have a wage job that has withholding, you can always adjust your withholding UP to account for the extra income from your side gig. There's nothing wrong with a balance due, but it should go without saying that you should do your best to legally avoid extra fees. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Confused about the timeline of quarterly taxes.
« on: October 17, 2020, 07:45:24 am »
Assuming you operate on a calendar year (which you do unless you formally elected some other fiscal year) and are a cash basis tax payer (which, again, you are unless you formally elected to be an accrual based taxpayer) you pay tax based on income actually received, vs income expected.

So, for example, Amazon pays 2 months in arrears. In November you get September's earnings; in December you get October's earnings. Both of those will be this year's income. November's and December's earnings won't be paid until January and February of next year, so they'll be next years' earnings. Conversely, if you've been doing this a while, earnings from LAST November and December (2019) would have been paid to you in January and February of 2020. So they should also be included on your 2020 tax return.

I suppose if you're paying quarterly based on what you earned that quarter (rather than based on a calculation adjusted from your 2019 numbers) you'd want to include in the 4th quarter the amounts that hit your account, or were at least available to you, in October, November, and December.

When deciding what to pay, don't forget to adjust for allowed expenses, and don't forget that you owe income tax and ALSO self-employment tax (social security/medicare) at a rate of around 15%.

If you need professional help, here are a couple of websites to find a qualified tax professional (who may or may not be an accountant) in your area.

(n.b. I'm an Enrolled Agent in good standing with the IRS, though currently retired.)

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Book not loading
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:32:13 am »
This is an intermittent but ongoing problem that some of us have had for a while now.

On your Kindle, depending on the model, you need to set the sort on the top left to 'All' or 'Cloud' rather than 'On Device' or 'Downloaded'. This will show all your books, whether downloaded or not. When you find the book you're after (it might help to change the sort option top right to 'recent') then just tap on it and it will download.

Unfortunately, while this problem persists, for e-ink devices, manual downloading like this is the only way to go.

And it's not at all consistent behavior, at least not for me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  But with 3 active kindles on my account (5 if you count my brother's and my husband's) I can't always recall specifically which one I send any given book to. Which means I'm never sure if it's a glitch or something I did. :) I think they all go to bedtime reading. But then some go to Tardis and some to Hermoine's Handbag -- usuallly one for fiction and one for non-fiction. BUT I know I don't always pay close attention and I'm sure some books have gone to both or the "wrong" one.

A thing I've seen lately on my Bedtime kindle -- which is an Oasis, not the newest but the one before -- is that the books download but then show twice: once as normal and you can interact with ti, and once as a sort of ghots. It just shows a generic cover with the title, but when you touch it nothing happens. And you can't make it go away. It doesn't seem to affect reading anything else. If I do a restart, the ghost goes away.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:26:18 am »
Huh. That's interesting that you could get it on an eInk kindle without purchasing from Amazon. But does it go through Amazon, somehow? Like library books. I mean: if you look in content and devices, do you see your magazine issues there as books purchased? Or maybe they show as documents sent? I wonder if it's some how using the send to kindle/email to kindle function.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 covers.
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:21:26 am »
I have just a slip case .... The Oasis is the kindle that lives by my bedside and I only read right before bed. I prefer to hold it without a case but I put it in the slip case otherwise just to protect it from accidents.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 16, 2020, 05:24:29 am »
gdae23, I got the same email from Amazon about my New Yorker subscription. It looks to me as if they are saying I'll still get it on my kindle, but then why did they send this?

I cannot get my new Atlantic and Vanity Fair subscriptions on my kindle or kindle fire. I tried. I can access it online and will some day get the first Atlantic in print. I got a few issues of Vanity Fair in the mail.

I gather, in the case of the NYT at least, that the kindle subscription used to include access to NYT on line which for the rest of us is behind a paywall. But from gdae's post, they're discontinuing that. Have you been able to access the New Yorker on line without a separate subscription up to now? Maybe that's about to change.

It sounds like they're doing a major overhaul of how magazines work for Kindle. Possibly the publications are changing how things work. It's weird. When I got the notice about WaPo I thought, "Finally!" Because it made sense to me: you can access WaPo with a print subscription, or via a digital subscription, so why NOT a kindle subscription? AND, in my case, I'm now only paying $6 a month vs $12. So clearly a win for me.

I guess we'll just have to see how this plays out going forward.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 Build quality.
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:22:04 pm »
As an addendum to my previous comment .... if it doesn't seem firmly attached, even if it LOOKS o.k. that WOULD be a problem. So as long as it feels solid, I wouldn't worry about it. But I do get your concern. :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 Build quality.
« on: October 14, 2020, 11:00:40 am »
I have nothing to compare to, but, from the picture, I don't see anything that would alarm me.

Sorry .... probably not much help. :(

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:07:19 am »
Looks like all 3 current kindle models are on sale. AND you get a $5 ebook credit, too. I already have 4 kindles in the house, though, so I really don't need another. :o

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 12, 2020, 06:03:58 pm »
Looks like there are also changes with The NY Times subscription, and not for the better. I've always been able to access the online paper and app with my Kindle subscription, but I received this email from Amazon today:

Although this says the changes have already gone into effect as of 10-9-20, I've still got access right now. I don't know what will happen if I get logged out, which sometimes happens when I clear cookies. I really like to do my main NYT reading on the Kindle, and then supplement this with the additional online content, which I look at daily. If access stops, I'll probably look for the cheapest digital subscription that will provide continued access to both. But I'll be really annoyed!

Weird. That's just the opposite of what WaPo did .... which I still think is probably connected to Bezos owning both.

Hope they forget to actually switch you, like they did me. O'Course my solution was to cancel the existing subscription and re-subscribe. In your case, if they forget to (or can't) switch you, you'll win! ;)

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 09, 2020, 11:22:25 am »
Yeah, I find that happens a lot. Way back in the mists of time, when I first got a Kindle and the unread books started to stack up, I promised myself I would read them in loosely the order I bought them. That lasted .... oh, about five minutes I think.  :-[


Me, too.

I find I jump around but am probably MORE likely to choose a more recent acquisition than an older one. Oh well! I read what I like and like what I read (or I don't read it.) :D

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2020, 09:43:58 am »
Anyone here read the Inspector Sam Blackstone mysteries?  They're set in the late Victorian era, mostly in London, but in other parts of the world too and pretty good.

Apparently I purchased the first one almost 5 years ago .... still in the TBR queue. ::)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: October 07, 2020, 11:00:07 am »
Just saw an advert on Facebook ... there are at least SOME kindle deals. So far, bundles on kindle and PW -- includes a cover. Nothing on Oasis yet.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: October 06, 2020, 09:53:15 am »
Does anyone remember if the Oasis was on sale during prime day last year? I decided to trade in my Voyage to get an Oasis and I just shipped my Voyage out today, so the trade should be finalized before prime day and I am hoping to be able to catch it while it is on sale with the gift card and extra 20% off I will get from the trade in.

Only thing I can suggest is to watch for it. It seems likely, but not certain, by any means.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Carpal Tunnel from Kindle?
« on: October 04, 2020, 11:02:05 am »
Any repetitive motion/action/position can cause stress. Probably not "carpal tunnel" per se, but an ache wouldn't be that unusual. I used to get aches in my hand from holding open paper books.

The solution is to vary how you hold the thing and/or take periodic breaks. Or don't hold it at all ... I try to prop mine on a pillow or something when I can. :)

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- October 2020
« on: October 02, 2020, 04:56:01 am »
I'm looking at Spellbreaker too. I enjoyed her Paper Magician series (both Kindle & Audible), thought it's been a while.
I remember them as good fun & diversion.

Ah, yes! I hadn't completely realized it was the same author. I enjoyed that series fairly well also.

(And, of course, now, I see it's written right on the cover! Doh!)

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- October 2020
« on: October 01, 2020, 02:17:18 pm »
Spellbreaker called to me, too. Also Brynn Wilder until I read the blurb and then it didn't appeal so much. I'll definitely see what reviewers say. Brackenhill is also a possibility.

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