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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How Long Do Your Kindle Ereaders Last?
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:51:07 am »
My Paperwhite (2nd generation) is nearly 5 years old and as good as new. Having a good cover may be one reason why.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Overdrive and Kindle
« on: November 19, 2016, 09:23:42 am »
Not an answer to the question, but for what it's worth, my public library uses Overdrive as a search engine and middle-man for Kindle books as well as other formats. When found, a Kindle book has to be "signed out" from

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Does price matter?
« on: November 19, 2016, 09:17:13 am »
Any price is too much, when I can "borrow" what I want to read from my public library. When I pay money for a book, I want a book to put on the shelves.

By "all Kindle devices" do they mean regardless of when they were purchased? In effect, an infinite warranty? That would certainly be customer-positive.

I've borrowed a few audiobooks from Overdrive via my local library and as far as I can see, there's no way to "return" them before the due date.

Have you tried restarting your Kindle? Press the Kindle's power button for about 7 seconds until the restart options appear, then touch the Restart button on the screen. I don't know if this will help you - I just had to do it, but I don't use a Mac. But it couldn't hurt.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Automatic update to kindle pw
« on: February 29, 2016, 03:24:47 am »
Out of curiosity (because I've been weighing the benefits of going airplane mode full-time - battery being the greatest), how do you borrow books from the library while being in airplane mode? Is it a side-load thing or do you take it out of airplane mode for a minute and go right back in?
I download to my PC at  home and copy to the Kindle using a USB cable. As for Kindle's X-Ray feature, I've never used it and doubt I ever will.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Paper white 2015
« on: February 16, 2016, 12:44:31 am »
I just got this and can't decide if I like it or not.

What is the best part you like about it?
Everything. What's not to like?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Automatic update to kindle pw
« on: February 16, 2016, 12:40:11 am »
I've now been in airplane mode for several years on my Kindle.
Me too. It has the additional benefit, surely unintended, that Kindle books I "borrow" from the public library don't get deleted when the borrowing period expires.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: ebook vs paperbook
« on: January 07, 2016, 10:21:39 pm »
You're more confident in predicting the future than I'd ever be. It's much too early to be drawing any such conclusions about e-books. Many dire predictions of technological obsolescence have failed to come true. Movies and TV did not drive real theatres into extinction; recordings did not kill off live music. Even LPs are making a comeback. (More generally, science hasn't wiped out religion.) I wouldn't be surprised if digital versions eventually replace throwaways like newspapers and magazines and phone books - that's already begun. But for publications with a potentially indefinite shelf life - that is, books - their future is, well, indefinite.

Kids value physical objects that are their very own, which is another reason to give them real books. As convenient as many of us find our Kindles - me too - surely we don't want kids to value their Kindles more than the contents they temporarily contain.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: ebook vs paperbook
« on: January 05, 2016, 11:57:36 am »
Most books, magazines, and reading matter they will encounter in the rest of their lives will be ink on paper. Stick with real books to encourage them.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon & Overdrive severing ties?
« on: October 01, 2015, 01:11:30 am »
BTW, what are the "rules" for getting a library card? Do you have to live in the city it's in, or can you go to any library anywhere and get a card?
It depends on the library you want a card from. Ask them, or look at their web site. For example, here's information from the New York Public Library:

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon & Overdrive severing ties?
« on: August 27, 2015, 03:21:15 am »
The CEO of Kobo's American unit has said, “This change in ownership will not affect our commitment to connect your readers with books and libraries by supporting all popular devices and apps.” No devices are more popular than the Kindle, so I take that as an indirect way of saying they aren't gong to push Kindle e-books out of Overdrive. If they did, they would not only cut off a revenue stream but possibly get into antitrust trouble.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon & Overdrive severing ties?
« on: August 22, 2015, 10:47:23 pm »
I couldn't find the Overdrive link on my local Parish library's website, so I phoned them & found out that since August 1st they no longer offer overdrive ebooks. I was told that they canceled Overdrive since Amazon & Overdrive would be terminating their contract. Does anyone know if this is true?
I can't find a whisper about this online - no news is good news. Both public libraries I use still have Overdrive and depend on it. Why your library would be telling you such a thing, I can't imagine - unless they've got budget problems. It's a lame excuse anyway; why cancel a service while it's still available, based on what seems to be no more than a rumor? It's not believable.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Kindle Paperwhite
« on: June 17, 2015, 09:15:39 pm »
"All-new typesetting engine lays out words just as the author intended"

Um - the author has nothing to do with page and therefore word layout, which is governed by the publisher's choice of page trim size and type design. Also, the page layout in Kindle is determined by the user's choice of font size. So what can actually mean by that claim?

I also wonder if this new typesetting engine will correct the brute force scanning which the publisher hasn't bothered to proofread, typical of Kindle editions of older books, where I often find words hyphenated because they were broken by the lineation of the original print edition.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Trade in a Kindle for a Nook?
« on: May 17, 2015, 06:34:24 am »
That's what Barnes & Noble invites you to do.

For Kindle readers they'll give you a credit of $25, apparently regardless of what condition it's in. For a Kindle DX or a Kindle Fire HDX, the offer is $100.

For those who have kept older Kindles they no longer use and are curious about the competition, this would be a less expensive way to check it out.

The Book Corner / Clive James, "Poetry Notebook"
« on: April 16, 2015, 08:02:53 am »
Helen Vendler once wrote, “The time eventually comes in a good [writer's] career when readers actively long for his books: to know that someone out there is writing down your century, your life — under whatever terms of difference — makes you wish for news of yourself.” She was speaking of the poet James Merrill, but if I'd written those words, they would be about Clive James.

James is probably best known in America for his appearances on Dick Cavett's PBS program and his TV series on fame which was also shown on PBS. He was born in Australia 75 years ago - he's my age, give or take. He has lived in England since he went there as a Cambridge University undergraduate, and now he is dying there: leukemia, emphysema, and kidney failure, the result of a lifetime of heavy smoking and drinking. Despite all this, he is not sorry for himself; in an interview last month he described himself as "near to death but thankful for life." And he has never stopped writing books I actively long for. The latest is "Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language."

The title doubly suggests an informal approach. James has written much formal literary criticism, including long and probing essays that have been collected in several books. This book is less ambitious, but I'm finding it just as rewarding. James is that extreme rarity among critics - he can be serious and funny at the same time. One of his pieces is titled "Product Placement in Modern Poetry," drawing attention to the point when poets began to incorporate brand names and what that development signifies. I'd never thought of that, though I've known some of those poems all my life

In others he tells of poets I'd never heard of, such as Stephen Edgar and Brian Donaghy, looking closely at poems that are sensationally good. For me, the most valuable work a critic does is to bring attention and praise to good work, not to slam the not so good. His preference, in his reading and in the poems he wrote, is for technical accomplishment and formal virtuosity, poems that aren't just prose cut into stove lengths, so he has affirmative and revealing things to say about (for example) James Merrill, while Ezra Pound's "Cantos" get the emperor's new clothes treatment, a rather daring anti-establishment position but one I'm inclined to agree with. I'll quote just one sentence, which refers to the imagery of ants in the Cantos and to Pound's obsessions, and gives a bit of James's flavor: "If the ants hadn't got into his pants, he would still have been done in by the bees in his bonnet."

For those who care about poetry, especially poetry since the War, this is enjoyable as well as informative and critically sharp. It's published in the U.S. by Liveright, a hallowed name in American literary publishing (acquired in the 1980s by W.W. Norton, my alma mater, but I'm not biased). The Kindle eBook is $9.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: The Good and Bad of the Kindle Voyage
« on: April 06, 2015, 10:51:58 am »
I don't own a Voyage and haven't even seen one, so I'm not answering your post according to the specifications. :) But I have read Amazon's blurbs and some of the comments here, and speaking for myself, the Voyage offers nothing to make me want to replace my Paperwhite for free, let alone shell out $200 for the privilege.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Moving books from Kindle for PC to Kindle
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:38:58 pm »
John's suggestion should work IF this is not a book purchased from Amazon AND the book does not have DRM.
For what it's worth, all my Kindle books are downloaded from to my PC, but they aren't purchases but public library loans. The process does not specify Kindle for PC, but when I open Kindle for PC, the new title is there, and when I double click on it, something more downloads and the book opens.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Moving books from Kindle for PC to Kindle
« on: April 01, 2015, 05:13:24 am »
I just downloaded some free art books to my Kindle for PC.  Can I move them to my Kindle ? And how do I go about doing this.  In the near future I will be purchasing a kid's Kindle Fire for my grand daughter,  will I also be able to download those same books to the Fire.

Thanks for any help provided.

I do it all the time with my Windows PC and Kindle Paperwhite. It's easy.

When you download a Kindle book to your PC, you get a file with the suffix .azw3. Plug your Kindle into a USB port, and it will appear as a memory device on your PC, and one of its folders will be named documents. Copy the .azw3 file to the documents folder - be careful not to drop it into a subfolder. That should do it.

If you don't know how to copy files between folders in Windows, using Windows Explorer or some other file management software, have a look here:

I don't know whether it's the same with a Kindle Fire.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: No diacritics?
« on: April 01, 2015, 04:58:45 am »

we're on version 2--if you look at the very bottom of any page, one of the last lines above the yellow "Promote Your Book" box has the forum software version.  We're actually on 2.0.9.

Ah, so that's what SMF means. :-[

Let's Talk Kindle! / First anniversary
« on: March 28, 2015, 03:51:58 am »
Exactly a year ago I bought my first and only Kindle, a Paperwhite 2. The best $100 I've spent in a long time. And though I read about a book a week, I haven't had to spend anything on Kindle books, which are available from my public library for free. If I'd known it would be like this, I'd have started sooner.

No reason anyone else should be at all interested in this. I just felt like patting Amazon (and myself) on the back. :)

Suggestions, Comments / Re: No diacritics?
« on: March 28, 2015, 03:47:35 am »
According to a review I've just read, Simple Machines 2 supports a long list of languages including some with non-Roman alphabets. Possibly Unicode, then?

I don't suppose KBoards could simply upgrade to version 2 and everything would be fine? Most likely not.

For what it's worth, I have Windows's Regional and Language Options set to United States - International as the default input option, which enables most western European characters without using the cumbersome Windows character map or keying in character codes. All of these work fine in all Windows programs I have, including web browsing and e-mail - only not in Simple Machines. Seems to me that SM is not truly compatible with Windows.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: No diacritics?
« on: March 27, 2015, 08:07:45 am »
Oh, I wouldn't wish a job like that on anyone - not unless she was very well paid. (Or he. :) ) Just pointing it out.

Suggestions, Comments / Re: No diacritics?
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:43:24 pm »
It's important to me too. I post on a few other boards which handle all the standard diacritical marks (French, German, Spanish, Portuguese) of the Windows character sets with no problem. That the Simple Machines forum software chokes on this is a basic design flaw. (I haven't seen Simple Machines used in any other forums I visit; the phpBB free software is most boards' choice.)

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