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Not Quite Kindle / Bulldog puppy video (short)
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:57:32 pm »
Here's my 4 month old English Bulldog having an argument with a trash can.
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Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle died today
« on: April 02, 2011, 04:35:09 pm » Kindle 3 bit the dust today.  Wouldn't wake up, couldn't power off, and couldn't reset.  The image ended up half gone with lines both horizontal and vertical.  Customer support announced it dead and is sending out a replacement, but I won't see it until Wednesday.  Not quite as much fun reading from a cell phone, but it works.

This will be my 3rd unit since September.  The first one developed a hairline crack on the inside of the glass somehow and they replaced it.

No clue why it happened in either case.

Anyway....customer support is great.

Meanwhile, I'm sharpening my eyes reading on a 4" screen of my Motorola Atrix.  :D

My immediate thought regarding this book was to relate it to the Penthouse stories that always began with "I never believed these stories until this amazing thing happened (sans the sex).  This is a tale of a hapless duffer and unhappy postal worker whose life is suddenly changed in the most unbelievable manner as the result of an errant golf ball striking him.  

The author used an over abundance of similies throughout the book, but the writing was whimsical and light.  Colorful, quirky, and differing characters added to the humor and story.  I found the later parts of the book less enjoyable than the earlier parts of the book.  As an avid mystery and thriller genre reader, this book departs from my norm.  As a result, I kept waiting for the next errant golf ball to strike again.

If you enjoy golf and you're looking for a light summer-feel good read, this book fits the bill.  While the main story centers around golf, knowledge or a love of golf is not a prerequisite for enjoyment of this book.  For me, I found the characters in the story to be the most interesting aspect.

I enjoyed the first parts of the book as Ben went from the hapless duffer to a golf prodigy as the result of the errant golf ball, even though it seemed more like a dream he was having than a plausible turn of events.  At the point of his accident and subsequent struggle to recover his life and eventual position as a golf instructor, it still held my interest.  I kept waiting for him to wake up, but that never happened as his life continued onward.  When he moved to the commune, I thought the entire book took on a different path and I thought it became even more bizarre.  The ending return to his love wrapped it up nicely, however.

This book is available only from the publisher and is reasonably priced.  There were no glaring spelling or grammatical errors that jumped out at me as I see in some of the other e-books.  Kudos to author, editor(s), and publisher for that.

The other day, I noticed a black smudge in the middle of my screen that appeared on every page.  I couldn't feel anything on the screen to indicate a problem, but if I held it at just the right angle I thought I might have seen a slight surface scratch the width and length of an eyelash.  I called Kindle Support, described the problem to them.  The agent had me reboot but the issue remained.  Without skipping a beat, the agent said they'd be replacing my Kindle (K3 3G graphite) and that I'd get it overnight.  Is that service or what?

Kudos to Kindle support!  This is twice that they've gone beyond my expectations (previously had issues with the unlighted case that they resolved).  I shall remain a loyal customer of Kindle for years to come and recommend Kindle over all other e-readers for that reason alone (as well as the fact that I really enjoy my Kindle).

So, the moral of my story is simple:  If you are having an issue with your Kindle 3, don't hesitate to call Kindle Support.  They are very helpful and will take care of their customers!

The Book Corner / Wet Desert -- please no spoilers
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:57:24 pm »
25% into Wet Desert and wow....what a good read.  The author does a great job of building the suspense.  I believe this is his first novel and all I can say is that I hope his next book is as good as this one has been so far.  And at $.99 it is a steal!

The Book Corner / Kindle is crack cocaine
« on: December 31, 2010, 07:56:04 pm »
Well, not the Kindle itself, but the fiendish people at Amazon and the publishers.  I've never read anything by Faye Kellerman, despite having seen her books numerous times while browsing the local B&N.  Along comes a $.99 offer for The Ritual Bath and I figure "sure, why not?".   It's only a buck.

Well darn it.  I really enjoyed the book so I went to her website mainly because I was suspecting that the central characters would be returning, if not previously introduced.   Finding out that she has a whole series dedicated to Decker and Rini, I slid over to 

Of course!  Suck you in with the cheap offer and the rest are going to cost you!  LOL.  I'm telling you.....CRACK COCAINE!   ;D

Happy 2011 to everyone!

The Book Corner / Grammar in published works
« on: December 18, 2010, 10:25:11 am »
Is it just me or should published authors be expected to know the difference between then and than (and other similar mixups)?   A recent novel that I read had numerous such issues with then and than, as well as missing words in the sentences and misspelled words.  I wasn't bothered by the poor formatting for Kindle, but the poor grammar issues annoyed me.  Although I was aware of the obvious errors, the novel was a good story and held my interest with suspense and good character development.

I'm certainly not a writer and frequently make mistakes in my own wording, but shouldn't published authors have a better command of the language?

Maybe I'm just old school.   ???

Does anyone know how to delete Audible books from the archives?  I linked my Audible and Amazon accounts and all of my Audible purchases now show up in the archives, which is fine except that some of those include notices, excerpts, and other things that aren't books plus some books that I just don't want to listen to again.  I can't figure out how to remove them from the Kindle archives or from the Audible online library.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Introductions & Welcomes / Hello from Medford OR
« on: September 10, 2010, 05:56:17 pm »
Just received my first Kindle as a birthday present a few days ago and found this board.  Have already found some interesting information and tidbits while perusing the board.  Loving the Kindle so far!


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