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Special Deals and Discounts / 20% off Ammi's Art Felted Kindle Cozies
« on: December 14, 2010, 05:28:59 pm »
Use the code BUYHANDMADE 2010 for 20% off any purchase.

Kindle Accessories / Beautiful Felted Kindle Cozies
« on: December 14, 2010, 09:12:00 am »
My mom just got an Etsy shop up and running a few months ago and has it fully stocked with beautiful felted cozies for Kindles (with or without covers). She is offering 20% off using the code BUYHANDMADE 2010. Below are a few pictures. She would also love to do custom orders (although I'm not sure she could do custom in time for the holidays).

Happy Holidays!

Let's Talk Kindle! / NPR- Judge a Book by it's Pixels
« on: June 04, 2009, 09:12:02 am »
This was a really interesting show on the future of books. You can download it in MP3 format, or just listen online.

Like newspapers and music, books are becoming increasingly digitized. With websites like that allow you to download books directly on to you computer, and devices like Amazonís Kindle that let you to read and download books anywhere, the digital book revolution has begun.

The growing shift to digital makes people in the publishing and book selling industries wonder whatís in store for the future. Will books go the way of the newspaper or music? No one knows for sure, but most people at least agree that change is coming. As author Steven Johnson writes in The Wall Street Journal:

    I knew then that the book's migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways. It will make it easier for us to buy books, but at the same time make it easier to stop reading them. It will expand the universe of books at our fingertips Ö but it may well end up undermining some of the core attributes that we have associated with book reading for more than 500 years.

Certainly, there are both pitfalls and positives with this potential change. On the upside, novels and textbooks could become more accessible and easier to carry. On the downside, a minor paradigm shift could be a catalyst for piracy and copyright issues, potentially upending the stability of the entire industry. Google has already found itself in hot water for scanning books and putting them online. Whatís next?

Are you an author or publisher or book lover? Do you make a living working in the book industry? How do you like to read? In print? Online? On a Kindle? What do you hope for the future of books?


    * Marty Ringle: Chief Technology Officer at Reed College
    * Siva Vaidhyanathan: Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and fellow at The Institute for the Future of the Book
    * Michael Powell: Founder of Powell's Books
    * Neal Maillet: Publisher of Portland-based Timber Press

Book Klub: Dead Until Dark / Annoyed with book 6- Definitely Dead
« on: March 29, 2009, 10:12:00 am »
Anyone read this yet? I feel like I totally missed a whole book before this or something. Seriously, I kept looking at the title to make sure I hadn't missed a book.


If you haven't at least started it, don't read ahead!

There is all this talk about her cousin dying and being summoned by the queen, etc. Seriously... I don't remember that ever happening in any of the books. It feels like the author must have wrote about it, then needed to cut those scenes out or something. I mean, things are going to happen in between books, but this is a LOT to just gloss over.

Did I miss something? I even reloaded all the books on my Kindle and searched for the cousins name and it only came up once in book number 5. I find this really annoying and haven't enjoyed this book as much because I feel like it's some pretty big stuff that she's filling us in on...

Let's Talk Kindle! / A new reason to dislike Kindle 1
« on: March 12, 2009, 08:53:08 am »
I love showing people my Kindle. I could go on and on about how much I love it. BUT, ever since the K2 has come out now I have to use the caveat, "This is the original Kindle, they have a new one out now that's..." then I tell about the K2. I love love love my K1, and haven't considered upgrading until this one dies, but I have realized I hate showing off an older model! Every time I mention, "But there's a new one that's thinner," etc. I wish I had a new one to show them.

Book Klub: Dead Until Dark / Anyone read Club Dead?
« on: March 11, 2009, 08:55:46 pm »
I have a question about the book that is driving me crazy. I'm about halfway through


Sookie tells Alsede (sorry about the spelling) that she knows what the secret is that Bill is keeping, that the people are torturing him to try and find. I can't for the life of me find where he tells her this secret. Does she really know? Am I not supposed to know what she knows yet? Did I miss something?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Interview with Jeff Bezos
« on: February 27, 2009, 01:32:53 pm »
Interesting Charlie Rose interview with Jeff Bezos about the Kindle-

Book Klub: Dead Until Dark / Dead until Dark Book vs. True Blood TV show
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:00:31 am »
I watched the first season of True Blood, and I'm interested in reading the Southern Vampire series. I downloaded the first book, Dead until Dark, yesterday... but as I was reading it True Blood was in my head and I was bored.

So I'm wondering where Dead until Dark ends? Is it all of the first season of True Blood, or is there more? Or, does True Blood first season cover multiple books?

I dislike knowing the ending already. Knowing (spoiler) who was the killer, that her grandma gets killed, etc. I rarely re-read books or re-watch movies because of this! So, I'm considering returning Dead until Dark and picking up the second book.

Anyone know where each leaves off?

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Sharing an Amazon account
« on: February 11, 2009, 07:45:01 pm »
My mom is looking to buy an original Kindle... hooray! We would love to share an Amazon account so we can share books. I assume this just means that she would register under my email.

My question is this: For those of you who share an account, how do you manage the money side of things? Do you just not use one click, and have different credit cards on file? Load up the account with $xx and just figure ot out later?

Just hoping to get some tips on the logistics and how it works for those of you who do this.


Kindle Accessories / Handmade Kindle Kozy
« on: February 04, 2009, 10:22:17 am »
Thought I'd share my first attempt at knitting and felting a Kindle Kozy. I have a 3 year old and I often have crumbs in my bag that I don't want to get in my Kindle. So, I made something to put the Kindle in (with it's cover on) when I take it with me. I wanted it to be lengthwise so that I could open it and recharge while it's in the Kozy, but the felting didn't work out that way. It was also a bit too big, so I had to trim down the flap a bit. All in all, I love the colors, and it's very functional. After I get my Tego skin I'm going to knit another one in matching colors and modify the pattern so it is lengthwise and a little tighter fitting.

Let's Talk Kindle! / wouldn't it be cool if...
« on: January 27, 2009, 08:21:15 pm »
...using the Kindle web browser you could mark a page you were on and have the kindle save that page to read offline at a later time? Like a bookmark, if you could access your bookmarks while not connected to whispernet.

A gal can dream. I come across a lot of articles that I would like to mark to come back and read later. I know I can transfer them via USB, but converting from HTML has been hit or miss. I'm talking instant gratification.

Suggestions, Comments / Things I'd love...
« on: January 25, 2009, 06:35:15 pm »
I have really enjoyed being a part of this board over the past month or so since I got my Kindle (has it really only been a month???) but there are a few things I would LOVE to see that would bake it easier when reading the boards.

I would love to be able to "Jump to first unread message" in a thread. If there are 2 new pages of posts it's hard to know where you left off.

Multi-quote- I'd love to check a "multi quote" button as I'm reading through a thread and then at the end hit "post" and reply to the previous posts all at once. Currently if I hit "quote" then continue reading to the next page, it gets rid of the quote from the prior page.

I'd love to have the option of setting it to a larger amount of posts per page. i do use the "all" button a lot, but I find threads like "Kindle Losers (weight loss) with 12+ pages daunting. I avoid having to click through 12 pages, but might if I could view all and just scroll through them.

That's all for now, just thought I'd throw it out there! This is a great board and I appreciate all your hard work. :-)

Maybe this is already a strategy many of you use, but just yesterday I figured out a great way of keeping track of all the books that people have recommended to me. I have a ton of samples that I've downloaded at the recommendation of friends, or bargain books that I just bought from the bargain thread here on Kindleboards. They are all just randomly on my Kindle.

Yesterday I realized that I could make a note on the front page of each book or sample. In the note I wrote, "Recommended by Aunt Jenny" or "Oprah top 10" or something like that. Not only will this help me when I am browsing through the books/samples, but I can also SEARCH this way! So if I can't remember what book it was that Aunt Jenny was going on and on about, I can quickly find it through the note.

Anyhow, Just thought this was a cool way of organizing, since we don't have folders.

Not Quite Kindle / Kindle Yarnies (Knit and Crochet)
« on: January 12, 2009, 08:22:19 am »
There was another thread about knitting books for the kindle, and it was fun chatting about general knitting stuff so I thought I'd start another thread here.

I finished felting my first Kindle Kozy, it was too big to fit my Kindle in vertically, which is what I wanted, but pretty right on for horizontally. I had to trim it down a bit, too. I'll try to post pictures soon. It's OK. I'm already working on another one to try and perfect the pattern!

I also taught myself to Magic Loop knit this weekend. It is an easy alternative to all those double pointed needles, I think I like it. I'm making Elefante ( using a self striping yarn so I thought it would be fun to try with the feet. Now I'm onto the head with Magic Loop and it's working out well. The ears are crochet, so it looks like I'll be teaching myself to crochet this week. I'm considering getting "The Idiots Guide to Knitting and Crocheting" for my Kindle just to see what it's like. I wonder if they take returns if it isn't good? I downloaded a sample but it only goes through the introduction and doesn't show andyy diagrams or photos, which could make or break it, you know?

Anyhow, hope this spurs some more fiber chat!

Kindle Accessories / For those of you with Decal Girl skins...
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:30:55 pm »
How crisp are the graphics? I just received mine (Superstar)and am disappointed with how grainy it looks. The words are blurry and the color spotted (like pixilated) and it just looks cheesy instead of cool. It's hard to tell on the website photo because you can't zoom in. So what I'm wondering is if this is typical of all the skins, or maybe just this pattern. Or, maybe their printer was running low on ink or something and it still made it's way in the mail to me.

I'm going to return it, but If other designs are more crisp and clean, then I'd like to try a different one,  know what I mean? How is the printing on yours?

The Book Corner / Knitting Books on the Kindle?
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:14:20 pm »
Amazon hasn't got many knitting books for the Kindle. Anyone got any of them? I downloaded the sample of Knitting for Dummies, but it didn't show me enough to know whether or not it is any good. I'd really like something like the Knitting Answer Book where I could use it as a reference when I screw up or need a refresher on abbreviations, etc.

Any Kindle Knitters on here?

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Powering off vs. sleep
« on: December 26, 2008, 10:42:09 pm »
When do you power off? When do you just sleep? I have only had my Kindle for about a week and I find that most of the time I'm inclined to just sleep, but then I end up leaving it on for long periods of time, like overnight. Just wondering what the benefits of either are...

I was at Borders the other day and there was a guy demonstrating the Sony Reader. I checked it out (and showed off my Kindle!) and he gave me a coupon code for 10 free Sony Reader downloads. I'm wondering if there is a way I can convert them? Would be cool!

Introductions & Welcomes / Newby
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:25:40 am »
Good Morning! I'm Ellie, from the Portland, Oregon area. I just recieved my Kindle yesterday. I love it! It seems like I waited forever- My parents, in-laws, husband, even grandma all chipped in to get it for my birthday. Then of course there was a long wait for it to ship. I'm grateful that it arrived in time for me to show them all over the holidays. I'd never seen one in real life- it's so much cooler than I imagined.

I have a lot of down time at work that I can read... however it has to be fairly unobtrusive. The ease of the Kindle will be great in my cubicle. It will also allow me to knit while I read. Hooray! I've already formatted some PDF knitting patterns onto it. Now I just need to find a way to keep the Kindle propped up on the desk while I read. I know there are probably lots of stands, I need something portable. Off to research that next.

Anyhow, it seems like these boards are a wealth of knowledge. I'm looking forward to browsing!


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