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It may be that Windows7's search engine is horrible. I couldn't find a book on my desktop by searching through MyComputer. I had to search my desktop--basically identifying where the book was. Lots of help!

Ok, i have a book.MOBI that i've been adding notes to. But i can't find the MBP file anywhere.  I've looked in Kindle Content folder and I don't see i there either.

Any suggestions? I've loaded this book on my computer now i cant get my notes back on my Kindle. this is ridiculous!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Accidental Purchase
« on: February 13, 2011, 03:06:52 pm »
I bought the wrong book. There were several books by a similar title and Amazon didn't have the Kindle book connected to the right book.

I was told that i could return the book within minutes of purchasing the book.  But i never saw that option. I used my PC to buy the book.  Where is the option to return the book? I know that after a certain time I have to contact customer service. Its only been about 5 mintues at this point.


Kindle Accessories / Kindle Case and Sleeve!
« on: February 07, 2011, 06:31:02 am »
I had been looking around everywhere for a Kindle case and could not find one that i thought was adequate. i wanted soemthing to protect against DROPPING. Having a waterproof kindle would be good but not necessary for me.

The cheap cases different companies created for the Kindle were too expensive and offered little protection.

I wanted to provide a picture of what i got. Maybe I'll just take my own pictures and post them here when i get a chance.

I got a Griffin Jumper for eReaders at Walmart. It cost about $14.  It is a nice looking black comfortable looking sleeve. The top of the eReader, Kindle, is exposed so you can see the label. It looks very nice. Like your favor toy in its Christmas stocking. lol.  I bought this one because it would allow me to protect my kindle from short falls or scratches while in the house.

I also got the Philips portable DVD player bag. It was $20. Surprisingly the Kindle and it Griffin Jumper sleeve fits into the Philips bag perfectly. I'm able to also add my small portable Hard Drive int it as well with still more space.   What i like about it is that the kindle fits pretty snug.  and the bag is not too big. it is not bulky or make me feel i'm carrying a lot around. It also has numerous scraps along with a shoulder scrap and handle.

This seems to be the perfect combo for me.  If the case falls to the concret outside, no problem. With both sleeve and case protecting it, my K3 should not feel a thing!

Since i bought my kindle I've been uploading all kinds of docs and PDFs. But I'm wondering what happens to my docs when i remove them from my Kindle?   Will i lose all my highlights and notes?  How can i preserve them?

When i attach my Kindle to my computer i notice that there are tons of other files in my Kindle not just AZW files.


Kindle Accessories / Do Skins wear out easily?
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:42:56 am »
I just read on DecalGirl that skins are not reusable. that means i need to seriously consider which one i will buy.  $15 seems like a lot of money for something that is not reusable or that will wear out over several months or a few years. Are they hard to clean?


Hi guys, I have a ton of physical books on the following topics: Apologetics, Intelligent Design, Textual Criticism, and Philosophy of Religion.  Some of these books I'd like to have on Kindle, but some books cost as much as the physical book or more at times.

While I'm not interested in pirating books, I'd be interested in any of the following:
1) Sharing an eBook or PDF copy of a book we already own.
2) If we both have an interest in an ebook, we can take turns buying one physical (or used) book and one kindle book.

This would at least cut our ebook costs in half as we digitize our library (provided we can find a used book cheap enough if we don't already have a physical copy).

Cover / Case reviews / Case or Cover to Protect if Kindle Falls???
« on: January 24, 2011, 09:43:52 am »
For years I had a portable DVD drive that I'd carry around wiht me where ever i went. I'm amazed at how long it lasted considering how many time it fell on the concret getting in and out of the car!  lol

I've just bought a Kindle this weekend. I don't think I'll be taking it back. I love this thing despite my previous reservations.  From previous experience I know there is a chance I will drop it. I don't want to take the risk of treating it like my hard drive.  Do you guys know of any cases that provide some protection from falls?  I did eventually buy a case for my hard drive when i realized that one was available. While it is not fool proof, I think my HD case will provide quite a bit of protection.

Currently, i refuse to take my kindle out of the house out of fear something will happen to it.

I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Setting up Free Kindle Email account for Conversion
« on: January 11, 2011, 09:40:50 am »
I went to Amazon's account manager and it appears that I need to actually buy a kindle before i can set up an email account and convert PDFs to AMZ.  is this true?

Basically what i was wanting to do was try out of some of Kindle's features so i can see how it works. I was going to convert a few PDFs to Kindle and use them on my desktop.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle and PDF support
« on: January 10, 2011, 10:59:50 pm »
I know that K3 PDF support is better than previous years. Here are a few things I think i understand

1) If the PDF is all text, sending it to the free Kindle site with the word convert will probably produce a good Kindle ebook. (I'm not sure if Text to Speech works on this converted one or not.)

2) K3 PDFs will allow you to add notes and highlight, even without converting. Depending on the file size you still might have a hard time viewing it.

Am I correct wiht the above statements? Any clarification needed?

My biggest concerns are PDFs with pictures and PDFs with foreign language characters.  A lot of my PDF books have Greek and some have Hebrew characters.

Does the DX 3 version have more features than the smaller versions other than size?  DX2, for example, if i understand correctly, had features the regular K2s didn't have.

I'm not sure i want to spend DX 3 money even though it does seem that it may solve most of my problems. I'm still not sure how it  will handle Greek characters (converted or unconverted).

I played with the kindle a little more and i feel a lot more comfortable about it. I think the comments also challenged me to think about how much i really need the "features" I use in physical books. I tried the search feature on the whole library and liked it better.

Target says that i can keep the Kindle for 90 days and bring it back. But if i put anything on the kindle i can't bring it back. if i put a PDF on my kindle is it possible to return the kindle to its original condition before returning it? i mean the whole purpose of my bring it home is for me to try it out.

If i can do this, then i will buy the Kindle and give it a try.  I'm still considering the Sony in the meantime but the Kindle seems less complicated.

Well I went to Target to check out the Kindle on display.  The screen did not look too, too small although the books on the display did not have pictures or diagrams. The store was out of the eBook reader. So i played with it for about 30 minutes.

As before i was impressed with the quality of the text against the page. But there were problems and questions.

How do you People Navigate?  
Navigation was not fun and using "arrow control" to move around the page was slow and clumbersome. There appears to be no stylus or any way to jump around the page.  I assume the forward and back buttons will become more intuitive but since the book is more like a SCROLL format (not fixed pages) it seems more logical to have up and down buttons rather then left and right.  I biggest problem here was moving around the page.

The search feature was quite easy to use but i'm not sure it can handle complex searches.  On the menu, i saw the option for "Search this book," but is saw no option for searching all the books available on your K3 library.  I'm not sure that i can search only the highlighted sections or notes in the book either--while excluding the regular text.

Note Taking
I presume that a keyboard can be attached to the K3 somehow so that typing is easier. The note appears similar to a footnote after the word selected before creating the note.  The problem is that one has to navigate to the number in superscript just to see a brief synopsis of the note. This small note window doesn't appear to scroll. Even when using a search there seems to be no easy way to view the notes outright.   Perhaps i need to get and read a manual.  I was not impressed with the ability to take and view notes at all.  Perhaps it would be slightly better if there was a note button.


Highlighting wasn't bad except that it was more like underlining than highlighting and it took time ot nagivate to teh spot you wanted to lighlight.

Those were my observations. Perhaps there is more to the ebook than my 30 minute encounter made me realize.

I'm glad i found the forum before going out and buying a kindle.  Thanks for any help you can provide.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Best way to TRY OUT a Kindle?
« on: January 06, 2011, 12:46:12 pm »
What is the best way to try out a Kindle?

- I don't want to be pressured due to a 30 day return policy--60 or 90 days would be best.
- I assume ebooks can't be returned once they are purchased. So i don't want to buy books to try out on a Kindle to see if I like it unless it allows me to download one or two free books. I guess i could by a $7 book but that will be money wasted if i decide to return the kindle.

Any ideas?

I wanted a kindle years ago but after they removed books and notes belonging to some people some time ago, i decided i wanted more rights!  I'm reconsidering now. Here are some reasons.

- Numerous platforms kindle is being offered on. In my mind it keeps me from feeling trapped.  (I fear this can be an illusion. What is the guarantee that some new technology will come along and we end up stuck with books that don't work or too expensive to convert? Also what is the chance that Kindle, unless the format is open sourced, will not squeeze out it competition forcing us to buy solely from them.)

- It appears to me that since i read a lot of books anyway, I'd be able to reference those books.  However my concern is that i read an article stating that Kindle is not good for students or for referencing.

1. Itís bad for research. Iím working on a book right now and I wanted to use the Kindle for all of my research. Sadly, this is almost impossible. The book is a physical object Ė you can move through it, skimming for notes and important points Ė and there is something in our education that gives us a sense of space inside a book. I donít quite know how to explain it, but you know how you can pick up a book and show someone what youíre looking for in a few page turns? You know it was halfway through, maybe a third of the way down the page, and it was near another set of words. The Kindle is not conducive to that kind of mental map-makingÖ yet.

2. Itís horrible for reference. Donít buy a Kindle of you just read programming manuals. Programming manuals offer something different. While it seems counterintuitive that a document you can search programatically wouldnít be good as reference material, youíre better off looking up function calls on a website and using the physical book as a guide to building your programs. This is a corallary of point 1, above, so this could change.

3. The Kindle is flimsy. Youíll go through your day thinking you will break your Kindle. You donít fit that much screen on a thin device that is meant to be thrown into a bag without a care and not risk cracking it. There will come a day when you open your bag and see that your Kindle is dead, even in its case. Itís not your fault. Say it with me: itís not your fault.

4. Itís not ready for students. Add points 1, 2, and 3 together and you come to the conclusion that this is not ready for students. This may be a good device for English classes requiring lots of long novel reading, but as an education tool it isnít quite there.

The way I'd use the ebook is that I'd underline (if possible) and highlight sections of the book I like. I would also add comments and attach them to certain sentences or statements.  Once i finish the book, I'd like to do a search across my whole Kindle library to find similar quotes and to remember which book said what. If you are reading a lot of books you can't always remember who said what and where it is located.  that can be a lot of work.  I do apologetics.  It would be nice to have my whole library available and be able to reference those works on the fly (during a debate) when i need information on a particular subject.

I also need to be able to quote from the ebooks instead of having to type whole paragraphs by hand. I'd rather just copy and paste the sections I'd like to reference in a research paper or email.

To be honest, I'm in love with paper!  (From my schooling days I remember quite well the importance of knowing where a statement is found on a page. Many times when taking tests, i could read the page from my mind's eyes right off the page.) But once the book is finished i don't see it as much use for me because referencing is hard and difficult especially if i have several books with similar materials.

What are your thoughts? Thanks!

What are your  thoughts?  thanks!

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