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Fire Talk / Project Gutenberg Magic catalog
« on: June 15, 2012, 06:39:16 am »
Question: Has anybody put the Magic Catalog on a FIRE?
And if so, same steps basically as putting it on a normal K?

I've installed it and used it on a number of Kindles but have not on a FIRE and just got asked about it. 
I'm away from WiFi right now so can't try it.   


For you all who don't yet know about the PG Magic Catalog -- look through this thread:,21924.0.html

Fire Talk / New Magazine App for Android Announced ?? for Fire
« on: April 05, 2012, 07:17:59 am »
For all you magazine readers this might save some $$ if you like to read lots of them.

Apparently there is a new magazine App headed to Android (and hopefully to the Fire):

The Next Issue app for Android gives you unlimited access to all the magazines in their library, with new issues available each month.

Supposedly an iPad version coming soon as well

Not Quite Kindle / East Coast Skywatchers
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:59:55 am »
Sounds like some of you will have ring-side seats!!

NASA to light up East Coast with rocket barrage
NASA will launch five rockets in five minutes Wednesday, March 14, to study fast-moving winds at the edge of space -- and many skywatchers along the United States' mid-Atlantic coast will be able to watch the show.

The unmanned rocket barrage, which is slated to blast off late Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia…..

Fire Talk / Gadgeteer Review of the FIRE
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:01:14 am »
For those who may be interested...

Julie of the Gadgeteer does a pretty decent thorough review of the Fire.

Fire Talk / Page versus Location
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:29:37 pm »
On books that support page numbering is there a way to go to a page number on the Fire??
I've only found the Go To Location function so far. 


Let's Talk Kindle! / Mag/Newspaper Q re: Kindle and K for PC
« on: December 27, 2011, 09:06:38 pm »
Okay -- the set up:
I don't do magazines and/or newspapers on Kindle -- usually do them on Iphone -- no need for them on Kindle -- have trialed a couple of subs but prefer what I can do on the Phone over the Kindle.
Bro & SIL are somewhat interested in Kindle but more for the mags and newspapers than for the books (although they will do the books as well). Yeah FIRE is probably much better suited for them but I ain't buying them a Fire (might a K Basic though!)  ;)

The issue:
I've tried to describe doing mags/papers on Kindle but am having trouble getting across to them exactly what they'd be like.

The Question:
Does a mag or paper sub in Kindle for PC look the same as on a Kindle or do they come through in color, different layout, etc.  Would that be a viable way for them to get a taste of what it would be like?  Download K for PC and then do a couple of trial subs and check them out??


Let's Talk Kindle! / You may now read in the dark???
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:43:55 am »
Hmmm, interesting.

A front light LED film for e-ink readers....  Basically like a screen protector that lights up.

Let's Talk Kindle! / CoinStar, Amazon and Christmas???
« on: December 03, 2011, 06:59:20 am »

Has anybody heard yet, or discovered, if Coinstar is going to be doing their Amazon special around Christmas again?
As I recall in the past they did a $40 in change for a $50 Amazon Certificate for a limited time around Christmas -- that time was usually about now.

Anybody know anything????

And, since we probably have a fair amount of new folks with the KB, KT, Fire and such -- here's a link to one of the old posts discussing Coinstar -- if you don't find what you need there try searching for Coinstar.

A bit of misleading advertising wouldn't you say????

The Nook Tablet's biggest advantage over its rival Kindle Fire is that is has double the built-in storage capacity at 16GB. But read the fine print: only 1GB will be available for content that doesn't come from Barnes & Noble.

PCWorld's Nook Tablet reviewer, Melissa J. Perenson, confirmed the storage gotcha with Barnes & Noble. She notes that it was misleading of Barnes & Noble to promote and represent the Nook Tablet as having 16GB of storage when in fact the company shipped the tablet a rounding error shy of a full 1GB.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Question about Book Gifting
« on: December 14, 2010, 08:00:17 am »
My question is about gifting books.

As I understand it, if someone were to gift a book to me I'd receive an e-mail indicating so. 
I understand that the e-mail has some sort of link in it that I select to accept the gift. 
Question -- what exactly happens when one follows the link???
Does the book simply appear in my archive?
Do I have to select a K for the book to go to (and hence it gets into my archive)?
Does it just automatically go to the first K in the list?
All of the above?  None of the above??
How's it work?

I'm looking at the possibility of using gifting as a way for folks on shared accounts to buy/pay for their own books.

I'm getting ready to give my sister my old K2 -- she'll be joining a shared account with me, my DW, and my FIL.  Now FIL never buys books -- he just lets DW know if he wants something or just reads whatever we buy (he's not picky at all).  DW has access to my account (if she remembers) but usually just tells me to go get something or she buys via Kindle.  I personally buy via computer all the time -- I find it much easier than buying via Kindle.  Knowing my sister I'm suspecting she will also wanna buy via computer.   I think gifting can be used to a great advantage for those who share accounts depending upon how it actually works. 

I'm hoping it'll be something like my sister can shop via computer, gift me the books she wants to buy, I simply accept the books via the e-mail link and they go into our archive and she can pick them up at her leisure.

Anybody been "gifted" yet -- exactly how's it work?


The Book Corner / O'Reilly Reference Books
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:38:26 am »
Okay -- for the geeky and nerdy amongst us -- just stumbled across this over on Gadgeteer:

Today only, O’Reilly is running a special on all their Pocket Reference and Pocket Guides. If you use the discount code: DD399 all Pocket References and Pocket Guides are $3.99 each. O’Reilly e-books are all DRM-free and you get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, free updates.

Use the MOBI versions for your Kindle.

The Book Corner / TheNovelNetwork
« on: December 11, 2010, 08:01:21 pm »
Anybody ever heard of this?

A friend just pointed me at it.

Have not had a chance to look into it yet -- figured somebody out here has bound to have seen it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / K3 WIFI
« on: August 26, 2010, 01:29:11 pm »
Okay -- hopefully after I get home and play with mine I'll know more but thought I'd ask and see if anybody had an answer to start with.

I use MAC address filtering on my home network -- meaning I'm going to have to find out what the MAC address of the K3 is.

Can somebody try the 611 or 411 screens and let me know if it lists the MAC addy?

If not has anybody looked far enough through the manual to know if it tells you how to find it?

I know I can always temporarily open up my net and allow it to connect and grab the addy and then lock it back down but I'm hoping that I won't need to do that.



My Amazon account has 3 Kindles on it (all 3 K2US versions), for clarity sake they are ME, DW, SFIL.

I am buying a K3 (ME2).

I want to keep ME and ME2 in sync since one will be my carry around and the other my read at home but I don't want it screwing up DW or SFIL if we happen to be reading the same book.

Can I do this?  It looks like the only control I have is to turn SYNC either on or off for the account, which I'm assuming means all Kindles on the account.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Accordian for iPad
« on: July 16, 2010, 01:34:28 pm »
Just what all you iPadians need!!!  You could start your own band!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Solar charging cover
« on: June 02, 2010, 06:23:13 am »

Okay not big enough for an IPAD yet but it might be promising....

Take a gander at the review over on the gadgeteer:

Let's Talk Kindle! / Interesting article -- Mark Coker's thoughts
« on: December 21, 2009, 05:37:56 am »
An interesting article:

More and more e-books being stored on the 'cloud'

From his home office on a Los Gatos cul-de-sac, Mark Coker is part of a digital movement ruffling the pages of the publishing industry, helping to speed readers' transition from words in print to words on a screen.

The founder of Smashwords, an electronic book publishing platform for self-published authors and small publishers, Coker thinks the transition from print to electronic books, for many readers, is inevitable.

Less clear, he says, is where readers will store the e-books they buy. Will those virtual libraries live on a personal device, such as Amazon's Kindle? Or will people choose to store their e-books on the Internet "cloud," on networks accessible through any computer or smart-phone? And how portable will readers' digital libraries be? Will readers be able to share their e-books the way you pass a treasured paper book on to a good friend?


Let's Talk Kindle! / eReader Comparison Chart
« on: December 01, 2009, 11:26:28 am »
Okay Cobinrox posted a link to a great eReader Comparison Chart from Mobileread over on The Gadgeteer.

Its by far the most comprehensive chart I've yet seen on eReaders -- I was AMAZED at how many there actually are out there --- some 30+ devices!!


Let's Talk Kindle! / 100 Useful Links for eBook Lovers
« on: November 13, 2009, 05:18:12 am »

Over at they have just poseted an article that might be of interest to many here -- it contains a list of  100 Useful Links for eBook Lovers. Link -->

The list is broken down into different areas such as Free, Kids, Tech Books, eBook Readers, etc.
It's probably a repeat of many of the links posted various places throughout KB but puts in a place that just begs to be bookmarked.

By the way I learned about this over at the Gadgeteer -- Julie's reviews and whatnot are a good source of information.  Check it out if you get a chance:

Let's Talk Kindle! / Stolen Kindle Returned
« on: October 15, 2009, 07:40:56 pm »
Someone who did the right thing BECAUSE it was the right thing.  And its nice to see him get rewarded for it.

When Juan Bermudez turned a stolen Kindle for which he had paid $125 over to the police, he wasn’t expecting anything in return.

It turned out that the electronic reading tablet had been stolen from state Auditor Susan Montee, who has asked to be part of a ceremony rewarding the 29-year-old math major at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for doing the right thing. .....

Let's Talk Kindle! / About to become 2 K2 family
« on: October 15, 2009, 09:00:02 am »
Just ordered DW a K2 (domestic version -- wanna stay on Sprint) for her birthday.  :-*

Kindle is making this year easy on me -- K2 for Birthday, cover (of her choice) and accessories for Christmas!!

Now, if I can only con her into putting HER CC on the one-click.........    ;D ;D

Kindle Accessories / Kindle on Gadgeteer -- new cover
« on: October 05, 2009, 06:07:37 am »
Anybody else follow Julie's reviews and such on The Gadgeteer?

She's got a couple of Kindle items that popped up recently:

Renaissance Art Custom Leather Lined Book Pouches :

Kindle Keeper -small, cheap, does the job:

This second one isn't yet mass produced but I'm sure many of the crafty folk around here could easily duplicate it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Another e-book reader
« on: September 22, 2009, 12:43:26 pm »

I know a couple of months ago there was a thread about calendars on the Kindle but they were basically look only calendars to which you could add notes and whatnot to kind of support scheduling, etc. 

I live in an Outlook world and rely on calendaring within Outlook to keep me sane.

What I was looking for was some method of linking or syncing a calendar with my Outlook calendar and getting it to my Kindle.  I already carry a smartphone that syncs so it wasn't imperative that my schedule be on my Kindle -- I was more just curious if I could come up with a way of doing it.

There are various options that will link/sync an Outlook calendar to a Google calendar and then I suppose one could use the web to view the Google calendar.  I've never used Google Calendaring so don't know how that all would work and so far have not been overly impressed with the internet capabilities of the K2 (not what I bought it for).

In my searching for a solution I came across a program called WinCalendar that will create calendars in Word that will link in and import Outlook entries in any number of formats -- agenda, weekly, monthly, etc.

E-mailing the resulting word doc file to the kindle works and ends up with the calendar viewable on the Kindle.  Now you cannot make notations directly on the calendar but you can add notes to the doc itself.   So basically I now have a way of publishing my daily/weekly/monthly schedule to my Kindle.

Its a bit awkward at present and relies upon the e-mail to Kindle that Amazon is going to charge for but it is functional.

Right now I'm still working with the free trial of WinCalendar (and still looking for others).  I'll shortly start looking for .doc to .pdf converters (would result in no more e-mails but also on a K2 no more notes on pdf - right?).  After that I'll start looking at either writing some bat files/macros/scheduled tasks to try and automate the creation/conversion process somewhat so that perhaps all I'd need do it plug the USB in -- fire off the process and then grab the Kindle and go and have at least a current calendar/schedule as of that morning.

WinCalendar runs $25/$50 depending upon basic/pro version, I know there are any number of .doc to .pdf converters out there -- some free that rely on e-mail -- others stand alone that vary in cost.

I guess my reason for posting this is to see if anybody else has looked into this -- have any ideas regarding it -- see any real need for it?


Introductions & Welcomes / Greetings from the Gateway
« on: April 17, 2009, 01:13:03 pm »
Greetings to all!!

Looks like a right nice neighborhood here.   
Mind if I stick around a bit and peruse your words of wisdom?
From time to time I may even offer up a few of my own -- words that is -- not too sure of the wisdom part! (although I DID finally buy a Kindle2!

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