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Fire Talk / Organizing books on the Fire HD
« on: January 07, 2013, 12:05:03 pm »
Has anyone found a way to organize your books on the Fire HD? I share an account with my mom and between us we have over 400 books on the cloud. We mostly share the account so I can buy and download books for her, and we share books only occasionally. I keep forgetting about books I've purchased and mean to read. Also samples I intend to purchase later. Is there any way to create folders like you can on the Kindle readers? Anything short of keeping a written list somewhere? Thanks as always for your help and the collected wisdom of this group!

Fire Talk / Adjusting/turning off the time-out
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:59:38 pm »
Does anyone know of a way to stop the screen on the Fire HD from timing out and turning off after a period of inactivity? It's a useful feature most of the time, but very annoying when trying to use a cookbook. I'd like to have the option of adjusting that feature as I wish. As always...thanks!

Fire Talk / Printer App for Fire HD
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:10:29 am »
Anybody know of a good printer app - free or cheap would be good - that works with the Fire HD? I have HP Eprint on my phone, but I can't download it to the Fire HD. The only one that Amazon shows got poor reviews. I'm going to email Amazon about this and hope the developers catch up. It has happened with a couple of apps already. But in the meantime, suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!

Fire Talk / Another music question
« on: October 16, 2012, 12:01:36 pm »
Apologies in advance if this question has already been answered. I looked briefly and didn't find it.
I have all my music on my desktop in iTunes. I've been converting cd's, downloading them to my iTouch, and loading them via copy/paste to my Android phone. I don't want to mess with the cloud thing at Amazon. Can I hook up my Fire HD to my desktop and do the same copy/paste thing as I did with the phone?

It works great with the phone. All the album info comes across. Just curious - I've got so music on so many devices now that I don't really need to put it on the Fire.

Fire Talk / Epub library books on Fire HD?
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:25:38 am »
For some reason, the library only has the epub version of a book I wanted to read. I went ahead and checked it out, and I'm currently reading it on my laptop. I'd prefer to put it on my Fire HD, but I couldn't get the Overdrive software file to open for installation. Has anyone tried epubs on the HD yet? Any suggestions for software, etc., that doesn't require voiding warranties or removing DRM? Someone posted earlier that Overdrive worked on the original Fire. Did I miss something in the download/installation process?

Fire Talk / Problem with Tunein Radio Pro
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:41:26 pm »
I bought Tunein Radio Pro today since it is only $.25. Amazon says I bought it, and it shows up in the list of available apps for my Android phone. Problem is that I can't get it to show up on the app list for my Fire HD. Amazon says it is compatible, but it sure isn't acting like it. Anybody else buy it? Can you get it to work? The non-Pro version seems to work fine. I'm only out $.25, so it isn't a big thing, but it always bugs me when something doesn't do what it's supposed to do. I've rebooted and done all the usual things. Suggestions?

Fire Talk / My case just came!
« on: September 22, 2012, 09:16:41 am »
My Kindle Fire HD case just arrived at my door. When ordered, the delivery date was up in October. Then I got a notice that it would be released on Sept. 24 or 25. Then a notice of shipment to arrive on Monday. Thanks, Amazon! This is the kind of surprise I like a whole lot. My only complaint is that if I had known it would get here so soon, I might not have ordered the lavendar one from Marware. But then again, it's nice to have a choice, and I do like the way the Marware case stands up for landscape viewing.

I got the ink blue, since it was the only color (besides black - I am so tired of black) that I could be sure what color it actually was. It's a nice blue - nothing to get all excited about - but a nice blue. I'm happy with it. It's thinner and smaller than the Marware case and looks like it will do what it is supposed to do. I have small hands, so thinner and smaller is a very good thing.

So check your mail if you have a case on order. You might get a nice surprise today!

Fire Talk / Glare issues with the Fire HD
« on: September 20, 2012, 08:39:28 am »
I'm super glare sensitive - probably more so that most folks. I lasted about a week with the original Fire before putting a matte screen protector on it. The Fire HD is indeed better, as they said, particularly in the book reading screen. I'm noticing a big difference between the book screen and the other screens. That said, daylight is a strain. I'm inside, but near windows, and Colorado has very bright sunlight. I hate to fuzz up the clarity of the beautiful HD, and it is indeed amazing, but I may have to go matte. I got a package of matte protectors from Amazon yesterday, but I haven't done anything about it yet.

Has anyone else had enough of a problem to need to cover the screen? If so, how does it look? Suggestions on brands? I'm going to try taking it off of automatic and turning the brightness down in daylight. I do have both a Kindle keyboard and a DX, but I like to take my Fire when I'm going to be out of the house. I spend a lot of time in waiting rooms, and they frequently have WiFi available. I can read a little, surf a little, check my mail and Face book...etc.

Fire Talk / App problem or Fire HD problem?
« on: September 17, 2012, 10:13:59 am »
I have the new 7" Fire HD, and I generally love it. It's in a Marware case (purple!) that folds to the left in portrait mode and that I hold in my left hand so I can use the Marware hand loop. When I turn it completely off and turn it back on, the first page with the KindleFire logo is upside down, but the home page opens in the correct orientation. I have two apps with orientation problems though. The opening screen of one remains stubbornly upside down, although the subsequent screens open in the correct orientation. In the other app, all the screens but one are correct. That one remains frozen in one position. I should also note that the frozen screens don't move, no matter how I hold the Fire. I wasn't ready to tackle Amazon Kindle Support on the weekend after the launch, but it might have quieted down enough on a weekday morning to call if I need to. BTW, both of these apps are ones that I had on my original Fire where they worked fine. They are also on my Android phone where they are working well too. All you experts out there? Any ideas?

BTW also, I bought the ad opt-out hoping to get rid of the suggestions line on the home page. Didn't work, and I'm kinda sorry I spent the $15. It's done though, and I always did like the Fire screen savers. I've ordered a matte screen protector, but I don't know if I'm going to use it after all. The new screen is so clear and pretty that I hate to muddy it up. I'll have the matte finish in case eyestrain gets the better of me.

Thanks for any help out there. I don't post much, but I read regularly.

KathleenH in Colorado

Fire Talk / Looking for a calendar app
« on: January 27, 2012, 11:24:39 am »
I just got my Fire on Tuesday from my husband as an early Valentine. So far, I'm loving it. However, I have a calendar app on my Android phone that links back to the Gmail calendar on my laptop. The app downloaded onto my Fire, but it won't synch with Google. Further research said that this is a known problem, and people are unhappy about it. Since the comments were on Amazon, I'm hoping someone will make it work, but in the interim, I'd love to have a calendar I could link to all my devices. I guess I could just link to Gmail, but it won't help if I'm not online.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Yet another question about sharing books
« on: July 12, 2010, 07:19:46 pm »
I apologize in advance for redundancy, but I have a question about sharing books.  If it's been answered before, and I think it has, maybe someone can give me the link.  If a person registers his Kindle to an account, downloads some books from the archive, and then unregisters and registers to his own account, is there some point where Amazon will realize this has happened and delete the books from his Kindle?  I understand that they can't be downloaded again without going through the whole unreg/rereg process, but will the books stay if he starts buying books on his own account?

Thanks for your help!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Synching between K2 and ITouch
« on: January 21, 2010, 09:55:17 pm »
I just got an Itouch last week, and today was the first day I tried to read on it.  It's never going to replace my K2 full time, but it's adequate for short periods of reading, and it has lots of other uses.  However, here's my question.  I'm reading the same book on both readers.  I was able to synch the Itouch with no problem to the page on the K2.  When I tried to synch my K2 to the further page on the Itouch, nothing happened.  I got to the right place by using the location numbers, but I thought you could synch both directions.  I did remember to turn on the Whispernet on my K2.  Am I missing something here?

Thanks in advance for the collective wisdom of this group.


Kindle Accessories / More on the Trendy Digital Maxguard Case
« on: June 16, 2009, 08:03:17 pm »
I was the lucky person who won the drawing for the Trendy Digital accessory package, and I'm terribly tardy in posting a review.  I received the package just before my husband's heart surgery, and my mind hasn't been in good working order.  However, all the time spent in the hospital and in various doctors' offices has given the Maxguard case a good test, and I really like it a lot.  I had the Amazon case, and I don't think TD's is any heavier.  I finally feel that my K2 is safe in my purse.  It's not real leather, but the material is very good quality, both the cover and the inner lining.  It's black with a sporty tan stripe and contrasting stitching - also done well.  The cover folds back easily also and has a nice pocket for notes, etc.  On the whole, I really recommend taking a look at this case - it's a quality product.

One of the things I like the most is that the case frames the screen with a nice matte black frame.  It really does make a difference in the perceived contrast.  I'm one of the folks nagging Decal Girl about matte skins.  I can stop doing that now.

I haven't had a chance to test the waterproof pouch, but it looks like it will do its job very efficiently.  I wouldn't hesitate to use it if my Kindle were threatened with water.

Thanks again to Kevin at Trendy Digital.  This cover is great!


PS:  I saw my first Kindle (other than mine) out in public in the surgical waiting room.  Unfortunately, the circumstances didn't lend themselves to conversation, so I didn't get to compare notes with a fellow enthusiast.

TrendyDigital MaxGuard Leather Cover for Amazon Kindle 2, Black 

TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case for Kindle 2

One of the writers over on the tech boards suggests that putting a dark skin on the K2 will help with the contrast issues.  He has the Kindle 9000 on his, and it appears in the pictures to increase the perception of contrast.  I was thinking about the solid black skin, and I was wondering if anyone else had had the same experience.  I know...I'm no fun at all. :)  I have an Amazon case, and I'm looking at plain black, but it actually looks pretty sharp since there are white edges around the pieces.  I have a feeling the busier designs would bother my eyes.  If I'm on the wrong board, I apologize.  Thanks!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Amazon's Extended Warranty - worth the $65?
« on: March 21, 2009, 08:51:20 am »
I've been debating Amazon's extended warranty, and it's just about final decision time.  My credit card doubles Amazon's original warranty, and I'm wondering if anyone has experience or opinions on the extended warranty.  I read the fine print, and the only advantage I can see is the one-time replacement for dropping.  They pay postage both ways, but for $65 you can buy a lot of postage.  The folks over at the Amazon forum are pretty much against it.  Any thoughts?


I'm new, so I hope this hasn't already been addressed.  I'm reading my third book on my Kindle 2.  The first two (by the same author and, I presume, same publisher) were reasonably clear.  In the current book, one of the characters speaks in Arial bold and the rest of the story is in another font - Times Roman, maybe?  Anyway, the Arial is fine, but the TR is missing parts of the letters.  Is this something to be expected?  Some books will format better than others?  Anybody else seen this?  I'd add my vote to those who would like to see more contrast.  However, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

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