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Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle Oasis 2 single level back case?
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:21:49 pm »
Hi Everyone,
My Kindle Oasis 2 arrived last week, but it looks like Amazon has bowed out of the case business at least for this ereader.   My problem with the current design of the Kindle Oasis 2 and the cases that I have seen out there for it is that the back of them are not flat.  So when I put my two tablets and my two e-readers into the sleeve to store them or when traveling.  Iíve got one device that is not flat against the other devices.   I have my two tabletís displays facing each other and my two e-readerís displays facing each other to protect the screens.  So is there a case out there for the Kindle Oasis 2 which levels out the entire back of the ereader?   Any advice anyone has regarding this problem would be appreciated.
Thanks Gene

Let's Talk Kindle! / GOOD E READER 13" Ereader Indigogo campaign.
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:52:33 pm »
I know this is not strictly Kindle related, but you can run the Kindle app on this new 13" Ereader they are trying to raise money for.  Go to  link below to see more.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Not entirely about the Kindle
« on: November 06, 2015, 07:58:36 pm »
Ok, this isn't entirely about the Kindle, and I wasn't sure what category it should go under.  Anyway, I saw the new Nook Glowlight Plus and really like it.  I currently have the Kindle Voyage, WIFI only, which will probably be my last Kindle purchase until a color display shows up on the device or it dies.  What I'm wondering about is whether or not there are enough differences in the amazon and B&N Ereader book stores to justify having the Nook.  Or more specifically, are there enough things not in the Kindle book store but in the Nook book store to justify having the Nook?  I have to admit that at this point, it would be more of an impulse purchase.  Also there is a Youtube video claiming that the new Nook can not load or open Epubs that didn't originate in the B&N Nook book store.  Any advice would be welcome.  If I chose to get one, it would be more first nook.  Are they still Android based to allow for rooting?

Hi Everyone,
I have a barely used Kindle Paperwhite 2 with 3G, no ads, USB to micro USB cable, and amazon's black leather Paperwhite cover along with an eBay black cover, for sale for $140.00 shipped.  I'm set up to accept a payment via PayPal.  At this point, I don't think the price is at all unreasonable when you consider whats included here.  If interested, please contact me at [email protected]
Thanks, Gene

 Which leather book style cover do you all recommend for the Kindle Voyage?  I would like it to be slim and light, but still offer some protection.  Also, I would like the cover, when folded back, to stay put with magnets or something a long those lines.

Let's Talk Kindle! / New Kindle's in stores?
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:01:36 am »
Any word on when the new Kindles are going to show up in brick-and-mortar stores?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Basic Kindle - auto off.
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:17:29 pm »
Hi Everyone,
I've got the $89 Kindle without ads and the Amazon case without the light for it.  my question: Is it supposed to have the magnetic auto off when you close the cover?  From what I can see, it doesn't.  Is this normal or do I have a defective Kindle or cover?

P.S. I really like the changes to the site, it's a lot easier to see a lot of things on it.  Thank you.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Paperwhite and Basic Kindle.
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:40:53 pm »
I  upgraded to the PW2 recently, but found that I don't like reading with it in well lit settings with the light on or with the light off for some reason.  I can't explain it because I don't understand it myself and because this is the first Kindle I have had this problem with.  So what i did was get the $89 basic Kindle without special offers and a leather case for it.  This solved the problem, but it is still interesting because the PW2 is suppost to have a much better display than the basic Kindle does.  In the end, the only time, I use the PW2 is low light ssettings.  I don't regret having both ereaders with the exception of the extra cost, but the basic Kindle and case aren't that costly over all.

Let's Talk Kindle! / The seventh one is the charm.
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:03:16 am »
After going through six Paperwhites with Wi-Fi only, I finally broke down and just got the 3G model and I love it.  I was never happy with any of the Wi-Fi models that came out of the box because the display was so inconsistent at the bottom.  And each Kindle Paperwhite's display veried slightly or not so slightly from every other Kindle Paperwhite's display I looked at in terms of color temperature and light distribution across the bottom.  One Amazon customer service associate said that she had seen a 3G model and the display was so much better than that of the Wi-Fi only units.  She also said that she had been told that the display on the 3G models would be much better than the Wi-Fi models and would be the newest display technology.  I asked a couple other associates to see if this was true and they said that wasn't true because the display technology would be the same on all the second-generation Paperweights.  But I decided I wanted a 3G model anyway because I found with the touchscreen I was interacting with Kindle very differently than I did with previous models I have owned.  Because I can simply tap the screen to highlight a word or bring up the definition, I find myself wanting to be connected much more than I did prior to having the touchscreen.  So having 3G just seems like a very intuitive and natural way to go with the direction Amazon has taken the Paperwhite in.  I don't know whether Amazon made changes to the product as they went along in the second-generation or not, but based on what I see with this particular unit, I and very happy.

Let's Talk Kindle! / SanDisk Connect and Kindle?
« on: October 07, 2013, 11:03:51 pm »
Do any of you out there have the SanDisk Connect wireless USB micro SDHC flash card reader?  I picked one up recently and I haven't tried hooking it up to a Kindle yet, but I'm going to try it tonight and see if I can connect it to my Kindle Paperwhite, I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Proud New Paperwhite 2 Owner!
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:45:38 pm »
Hi All,
I purched a brand new Paperwhite 2 this evening, and after getting everything set up, I have to say I am really impressed.  And since I also own and use an iPhone 5 and iPad mini on a daily basis, it seemed only appropiate to move to a touch screen Kindle with pinch and zoom as well.  While some people may see the improvements of the KPW2 as incromential when compared against the KPW1, for me moving from the K3/Keyboard to the KPW2 represented a huge leap forward.  No more struggling to see charactors and symbos on the Kindle's keyboard, which on that point alone, makes this purchase worth it.  And with my iPad mini also available to me at any time, I don't feel the need for a color EINK Kindle from Amazon.  To all the people involved in the KPW2's development, I'd like to offer a sincere thank you, it is a wonderful product.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Zaggkeys Folio?
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:08:33 pm »
I have the iPad mini and I am considering the Zaggkeys Folio Cover/Keyboard for it.  Is there anyone on this list who owns one and can offer an opinion on what it is like to type on?

I have for sale 4 covers and 1 sleeve case, 2 covers for the iPad mini and 2 covers and 1 sleeve case for the Kindle 3/Kindle Keyboard.  I'm asking $45.00 shipped with a tracking number.  I will accept PayPal.
Thanks, Gene

The covers are:
Amazon Red Leather Kindle 3/Keyboard Lighted Cover.

Cyber Accoustic Red Leather Kindle 3/Keyboard Cover.

I don't remember who makes this sleeve case, but I did buy it at Office Max.  I bought it to carry Gen 1 Kindle Fire in.

Cyber Accoustic Red Leather iPad mini Cover.


iHome Black iPad mini Slim Smart Cover/Case

What is the most current update for the Kindle 3?  Can I do custom screensavers with it?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle Paperwhite with pinch and zoom?
« on: July 07, 2013, 07:43:54 pm »
This may be a moot point because I'm not sure the Paperwhite would have the processor power to support pinch and zoom.  But if it did, would you use it?

Would you buy a Kindle Paperwhite if it had the screen size and the aspect ratio of the iPad mini?  I think it would be very nice for PDFs and newspapers.  But the biggest advantage would be for people with low vision because it would allow the user set the font size to the highest setting available, if needed, and still have more content on the display at any given time.  It would be a nice balance between the size of the Kindle DX and the size of the Kindle Paperwhite.  For me at least, the iPad mini seems to be just about the perfect size device for accessing content of any kind.

Kindle Accessories / Ultra-slim and light case for Kindle keyboard?
« on: June 22, 2013, 07:43:49 pm »
I have a Kindle keyboard and an iPad mini.  I want to put the Product RED Smart Cover on the iPad mini and then a smart cover compatible shell on the back to keep the iPad mini extremely thin and light.  But what I'm wondering is how can I greatly reduce the thickness and the weight of the Kindle keyboard with a case to accomplish the same thing that I can do on the iPad mini?  And I would like to have the look and feel of leather, even if it's not.  Any suggestions would be welcome. - Thanks, Gene

Let's Talk Kindle! / Amazon and the Blind
« on: February 28, 2013, 11:57:45 pm »
Here are some statistics showing how the legally blind population in the US compares in size to the entire population of the United States.  Jeff gives 2.5 million to gay marriage, still can't quite get my head around that one, other than the probability of it being a cheap and shallow publicity stunt to bring more attention for him and Amazon.  Personally, I have always supported gay marriage, the same goes for my friends, but at the same time, there were a lot of us in the blind community, who were just shaking our heads when the story made the news.  I think the class action suit filed against Amazon by the blind consumer, which was eventually settled, and the statistics below sum up the passively hostile attitude Amazon has towards legally blind consumers in the US and probably around the world.  Jeff probably thinks it isn't worth it to dedicate resources and money into a population that he thinks isn't going to make the kind of money he wants in return.  And he probably doesn't see any PR value in helping the blind either.

120,000 totally blind
1 out of 2 thousand persons
600,000 legally blind
1 out of 417 persons
2.4 million visually disabled
1 out of 100 persons, the non profit I have mentioned before on the boards, approached Amazon, if I remember what I was told correctly, hoping to work out an arrangement to make Kindle books available to members, and not surprisingly, Amazon refused to work with them.  This is interesting because Audible, who is now owned by Amazon, has been allowing their audio books to be moved over to Daisy formatted digital talking book flash cartridges and for Daisy formatted digital talking books to download from the national library for the blind web site.  My guess is that this arrangement was in place before Audible was bought by Amazon.  I wouldn't be at all surprised that when this contractual agreement expires, Amazon will stop allowing Audible to share their content with the national library for the blind.  All the publishers and the author's guild are on board with, and we all remember the stink they raised when the Kindle 2 came out with TTS enabled for all Kindle book titles.  So Amazon won't let make it's Kindle books available to members.  Also, Amazon won't make any of their apps, Kindle for MAC, Kindle for IOS, and Kindle for Android, accessible the beyond Kindle for PC app with the Accessibility Plugin.  Which requires at a size minimum a netbook to run, which isn't what I would call pocketable.  All Daisy books are only playable or readable on players that support the Daisy DRM format,  The library requires new applicants to prove they have a reading disability before they will be eligible for services from them.  Existing library members simply have to request a player and go through the process of getting the books they want delivered or getting set up to download books from their web site, or both.  Even with all this done, in order to read the books on one of these players, a key must be installed before a book will play.  So there are several safe guards in place to keep these books from ending up in the hands of people who are not eligible to physical receive or download them.  I hope Amazon doesn't discontinue the Kindle 3/Keyboard, but I would not be surprised to see it dropped from their line this next fall.  And if Amazon addressed the zero accessibility issue with all the "Kindle for" mobile device and Mac apps, they wouldn't have to technically continue to build support into their EInk or tablet line of products, which is actually great for everyone involved.  Amazon isn't going to keep the look and feel of the hardware devices the same from year to year, which means reworking the accessibility parts of the firmware with every new hardware product release.  Whereas with the apps, the look and feel tends to stay with each update or upgrade.  Also, there's no shipping and handling to deal with when using an app.  Blind book lovers can choose the devise that best fits their needs or their taste.  Best of all, with the exception of the laptops, larger tablets, and netbooks, all other mobile devices such as the iPhone, touch, and smaller tablet and phone android devices, will be able to fit in a regular shirt, pant, coat, or jacket, pocket.  When a blind person walks out the door, they will have only two small devices for all the media content needs.  Amazon has needlessly made this whole miserable situation far more difficult than it had to be, and it is because of the Jeff Bezo inspired Amazon culture, which is not something to be very proud of.

By the way, the Nook app for IOS devices seems to be fully accessible, but I don't know about the Android version of the app.  Does anyone know how many Nook formatted DRM titles there are in the store?


Hi Everyone,

I have a Kindle DX Graphite and Amazon Kindle DX red leather cover, both in excellent condition, for $150 shipped.  This is the second generation Kindle DX leather cover with the elastic strap and leather "Kindle" pull tab to open and close the cover. 

I would like the $150 payment to be in the form of an Apple gift card.  I'm trying to get the money together to buy an iPad mini and selling the DX Graphite will get me a lot closer to being able to make that purchase.

Also, I'm including the LED reading light module from a Kindle 3 lighted cover I ripped apart to modify my Kindle DX leather cover to have a book light included in it.  Well, in the end, it was beyond my homebrewing skills, but if someone else can incorporate it into the Kindle DX leather cover, who has the skills to hack these two items together, then they won't need an external book light in the future.  I removed the clips because they would have been in the way when using the DX in the case, but the wires are exposed to allow for a connection to an external power source.

Check out the detailed photos below, and if anyone has any questions, I can be reached by email at: [email protected]

Thanks, Gene

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Calibre and ebook formats?
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:34:26 am »
Hi Everyone,
I just downloaded Calibre, and I am wondering if I could buy books from all the different stores, Nook, Kobo, and so on, and convert them all to read on the Kindle Keyboard or Kindle apps?

I know this isn't about a specific Apple device, but the story is just amazing and it's definitely worth a read.

Supposedly, Amazon is coming out with Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features for the Kindle Fires for the blind and vision-impaired.  And I'd say this is great news for totally blind and extreme low vision wannabe Kindle Fire customers, but this doesn't look like something Amazon would write, so how do the rest of you see whats been written below?  The other thing that's strange is the statement saying that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" already has these features, but the Kindle Fire 7" and Fire HD 7" won't get them until sometime next year  How does that even make sense to have it already in the firmware of one table in the series but not in the others?  Check out the message below, it is presented here exactly as it showed up in my email. - Gene

Amazon bringing Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features to Kindle Fires for vision-impaired users (update) By Michael Gorman posted Dec 6th, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Amazon bringing Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features to Kindle Fires for visionimpaired users Amazon's been attuned to the needs of its vision-impaired customers for years, first rolling out text-to-speech technology on its original Kindle e-reader years ago. Today the company revealed plans to add to that feature set in its Kindle Fire and Fire HD (7-inch) tablets with Voice Guide and Explore by Touch technology.
Voice Guide's an improvement upon regular text-to-speech tech that reads aloud any action performed by users -- things like announcing app names and book titles when they're selected. Explore by Touch lets folks swipe their fingers across their Fire's display and identifies each onscreen item as their phalanges pass over them.
aware of what app or piece of content's being touched, a simple tap opens the item.
Ready for the new assisted navigation experience right now ? Well, all you anxious Fire owners will have to wait, the update doesn't land until early next year.
The good folks at Amazon reached out to let us know that the Kindle Fire HD
already has both Explore by Touch and Voice Guide.

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