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Let's Talk Kindle! / Paperwhite pages wont turn/swipe
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:36:48 am »
  I have had a paperwhite since August 2014 and it has been used almost every day since I purchased it. Went to read my book last nite and the pages stopped turning. Unable to swipe to the next page. Tried turning the unit completely off and back on, no help, same issue. I am at a loss.  Anyone have any ideas what may be going on or how to fix it. I can read my books on my tablet but really like the paperwhite

    Thanks Phil

Let's Talk Kindle! / Updating an older Kindle.
« on: March 18, 2016, 09:27:13 pm »
 We have 4 Kindles in our family the Oldest is a Gen2 from 2008 and it still works just fine although it is rarely used anymore. A few days ago I got a postcard in the mail from Amazon saying that my Kindles needed a critical software update done by 3/21 or they would not function correctly. I checked the Paperwhite, and the 2 Kindle Fires and they both had automatically downloaded the most current updates.  I had to charge up the older Gen2  Kindle. When that was done. I left in on the charger overnight but it did not update wirelessly.  So I had to go into the Amazon Kindle Page, download the update to my PC, transfer that to my Kindle Drive then download it to the kindle itself where I could update the latest version of software needed...Whew!  Just been 8 years but things have come quite a ways from that first b&w kindle.

 I have 3rd gen kindle Kindle HD, Kindle HDX, Kindle Paperwhite and an iPad.....and they all connected to the internet via my router and Comcast. That is until recently when the Kindle HDX has a WiFi connection issue. When I try to connect to the router now I get a message: "authentication problem"...... I am putting in the correct password.

Fire Talk / Sending book to another Kindle.
« on: June 30, 2014, 08:43:09 am »
 My sister just bought a Kindle Fire HDX, Her birthday is coming up and I would like to send her a book, what do I need to do that, how do I do it?

Fire Talk / The wife wants my new HDX
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:51:39 am »
  I bought a new Kindle HDX awhile ago and the wife has taken a liking to it. So I would like to give this one to her and set it all up so that it is in her name, her email, etc.
right now it has all of my stuff on it. So my question is, How would I go about doing this? Do I need to deregister it from my name? Would she need to set up a new account? or is there
a way that she could sort of just be added to the existing account and sign on with her name/id/password?

Fire Talk / Apps from original fire avail on HDX
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:20:08 pm »
  I went ahead and ordered an 32gb 7" HDX yesterday, with the Monday Cyber Deal and some Amazon points it was less than $200, pretty sweet. I'll have it tomorrow. Qusetion tho...Just wondering if the apps that I had set up on my orginal kindle fire will be available on the HDX?

The Book Corner / John D Macdonald books finally available
« on: January 13, 2013, 05:51:08 am »
  The books by John D MacDonald are now available as and ebook. If you have not read any of his
books you are in for a treat, if you have they are worth rereading. John D was probably the best of
the crop of Florida mystery writers. he passed away in the early 90's and all of the Florida writers since
have been compared to him.  While some of his books are dated now, you are still in for a whopping
good read. look him up. 

Let's Talk Kindle! / I'm heading back to the library and DTB's
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:35:38 pm »
   I have had 3 e-readers: an original kindle2, a color nook and a kindle fire. I have enjoyed them all. However, The prices just keep on creeping up and up for the same books that I can obtain for free from my local library. The prices used to be reasonable with the mainstream authors occasionally putting out a new book for 12.99 but most of them were below 10 bucks and many good books were to be found for less than $3.00. Now though, even the indie authors are charging 7.99 and up. All of the main street authors books are being sold in the upper teens. This is getting way out of my budget. While I love my kindle, and will continue to use the lending library each month (I am an Amazon Prime member) I have decided to cut way back on my e-book purchases. The public library is only a few miles away and while I cannot get the books I want immediately, I refuse to pay through the nose for a digital book. I thought for sure that after a few years that the price of e-books would come down, instead they have gone in the other direction.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle gets the kids Reading
« on: November 06, 2011, 05:25:02 pm »
My sister has two boys, neither of them have ever had much of an interest in reading, much to the dismay of my sister and her husband as the rest of the family are all big readers. Many dinners conversations have been spent talking about books we have read. Anyway, as most kids are these days, the boys love to play around on the computers in the house. So my sister, rather than drag 2 unwilling kids to the library again had an AHA! moment one day, a couple of months ago, while she was reading on her new kindle and the kids were playing on her PC. She pulled them away from Duke Nukem for a minute and showed them her kindle. It wasn't a book, looked sort of like a computer so it got their interest. They were not all that thrilled when they found out what it did....still it was a computer....Sis took another leap of faith, thinking "well if it doesn't work I can probably sell them on eBay" and ordered 2 touch kindles for them. She is an Amazon Prime member so the Kindles arrived a couple of days later. She gave them to the boys telling them that they did not have to buy another book but that they need to start reading on the Kindle. With some minor instruction, they learned how to use it  and were soon using their allowance money to buy books over and beyond what my sister would give them.  Two months later, they spend more time with the Kindles than they do the PC. They join in the book conversations at dinner. Now it may just be a temporary phase but it has been my experience that when someone develops a love for reading it stays with them.

Kindle Accessories / disintegrating charging cable
« on: July 17, 2011, 06:46:56 pm »
 I have a K2 and have had it for over 2 years now. I just cannot bring myself to upgrading to the K3 as the K2 works so well. Anyway, as has been mentioned here before the casing for the charging cable has been literally disintegrating. I finally decided to do something about it so sent an email to AMAZON CS and they came across as expected, issuing a credit to my account and sending me a link to where I could purchase just the cable which normally is about $19. I did pay for shipping but I had a new cable in a few days. wonder how long this one will last?

 When AMAZON comes out with a tablet it will be their customer service that will make my decision to buy in the business!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Notepad help
« on: May 26, 2011, 11:07:20 am »
No instructions with this app I like it but cannot figure out a way to delete a notes that have already been created. any help?

Thanks, Phil

 I am one of the Kindle readers who has a hard time spending a lot of money on an e-book. But then 90+ of all of my reading is done on the Kindle these days so there are a a few books I keep looking at on Amazon that are "out of my Kindle price range". But I solved the problem! I cashed in some of the rewards points from my credit card for a $75 Amazon gift card. So now I am the owner of The Fall of Giants at $19.95 and a book that I have been wanting to reread for a long time: Atlas Shrugged, for $18.00. Now I know I had to spend the money on the credit card to get the points and all but it is still not the same as plunking down $20 for an e-book. I'll be back to looking for the $2.99 good books in the future and hoping that someday someone will see the light and reduce prices across the board!

  Cheers to all and happy reading!

Other (non-Kindle) eReaders / Kindle and Color Nook
« on: February 28, 2011, 10:18:41 pm »
   I have them both now and they are both great e-readers, The Color Nook has some decided advantages over the Kindle, one is obvious, the other is the back lighting which I did not think I would really care for all that much but the brightness is adjustable and it is nice to be able to read in low light situations without having to go look for the lamp. I have some magazines on the Color Nook that I would never get on the Kindle. Reference books with pictures/maps and the such are also much nicer, access to the web just ok. What is outstanding is the nook connection to Pandora. all the music you want. The one BIG disadvantage, IMHO, is the battery time.....8 hours on the nook compared to 10 days on the Kindle. So when I go on a trip the Kindle goes with me, the Nook stays at home. Still, I think that they complement each other well.

   Just a note about B&N CS: A few weeks after purchasing the Nook it began to have bootup problems...finally it started shutting down on its own. Then last week it just would not start at all. I gotta hand it to BN store customer service though. On Sunday, I took the Color Nook back to the store and after some testing and whatnot,  they agreed that it was a defective unit. They de-registered me from that unit an I walked out with a brand new one which works much better than the first one ever did.


Other (non-Kindle) eReaders / Went over to the Dark Side
« on: February 02, 2011, 04:25:05 pm »
 I bought the Nook Color E-Reader. It sure is different than the Kindle.  The Color is very nice, especially for magazines and journals that have pictures. Somehow reading National Geographic on the Kindle just doesn't quite get you there.....It is great on the Color Nook though. I also bought it because my library has a huge collection of e-books available and are adding more all the time. Alas, hardly any of them can be downloaded to the Kindle. I see where other folks posting about the Nook have a real problem with the way books are organized (shelves)...I think its just a different way and not all that bad, or difficult. Remember the way Kindle was before collections came on board? With the WiFi connection and color the Nook has pretty good internet browsing capability.  Also there are supposed to be apps that will be available to the Color Nook,  bringing it into the tablet arena as well.  Now, There are couple of things that do bother me...Of course the biggest is that there is only a max of 8 hours of battery time and it is suggested that you don't let the battery go below 20%. This is my first touch screen unit and it really is taking some time getting used to it. I will keep the Kindle for when I am on the road and traveling so that I don't have to worry about charging the battery. As far as the backlit screen goes.......I bet you dollars to donuts Amazon comes out with one for the Kindle soon enough. When they do, all of you folks that are going on how terrible it is will probably change your tune. 

   Y'all have a great day....stay warm

The Book Corner / Great lines
« on: January 14, 2011, 01:53:43 pm »
 When reading a book, every so often you come across a line, a scentence, a paragraph that just takes your breath away. mayhbe it makes you laugh out loud or like a time machine takes you back to an earlier time or another place.  Maybe it is just so profound that it actually changes you, the way you think
about life. Whatever, these gems are far and few between but when they come along we savor them and often come back to them again and again. Here is one that I just read from Stephen Kins book the Long Walk, Two Boys talking about first loves: "if you are a sixteen year old boy , you cannot discuss the pains of adolescent love anymore. You just come across sounding like Ron Howard with a hard on."   Why did that affect me so much? Mainly I guess because I can remember being that 16 year old boy (I'm 64 now) and I remember Ron Howard in Happy days............................It was perfect!

Does anyone else have any?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Barnes and Noble up for sale?
« on: December 08, 2010, 06:44:49 pm »
 This sure would be an interesting development for the e-reader

Borders Buying Barnes and Noble?

The bookseller is conducting an auction to sell itself, after having fought off the billionaire investor Ronald W. Burkle earlier this year. There are reportedly eight to 10 potential buyers who have made initial offers.

In 2008, Borders was examining the same thing. The country's other big bookseller put itself up for sale, but ended up taking itself off the auction block.

But what if the country’s two biggest booksellers merged?

William A. Ackman, the Borders Group’s biggest shareholder, has offered to finance a $960 million takeover bid for its larger rival, Barnes & Noble, according to a regulatory filing, as reported in The New York Times Dealbook.

It could be an interesting merger, as long as the combined entity has a viable strategy to reinvent book retailing in this new day and age.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Placing a negative (1*) review on high priced books
« on: November 09, 2010, 08:30:32 pm »
  I was looking through some Amazon books and came across the new Stephen King Novel. checking out the reviews on it,  there were only a few 4/5 star reviews and a whole bunch of 1 star reviews.....Whoa! I thought. SK cant be this bad!.....Reading the reviews, it turns out that all of the 1 star reviews are from kindle owners upset that book e-book is priced at the same as the hard cover (14.95) and with good cause I might add. So I added my own 1 star review to the rest. Just think if everyone did that....Maybe these publishers would finally get the hint. A lot of folks don't read the reviews, if there are a bunch of 1-2 star reviews they just pass on buying the book.

The Book Corner / Hunger Games
« on: November 01, 2010, 09:28:13 pm »
   I am not a big fan of fantasy books. My nephew tho reads them all. He sort of reminds of
myself at his age as I devoured all of the Sci Fi books that I could get my hands on. Anyway
he was telling me about this book called Hunger Games and how it REALLY
wasn't fantasy just sort of future earth stuff and "Uncle Phil, you really should read it", so I down
loaded it to my Kindle and finally got around to it last week. Just finished the book. it was a
thoroughly enjoyable read, even for an old guy like me. I just might have to spend the bucks for the sequel. 

The Book Corner / So, whats the best book that you read this year?
« on: October 24, 2010, 05:04:39 pm »
 Well, the year is drawing to a close and if like me,  the rest of you have probably read a slew of
books so far this year There have been some good ones a few mediocre ones and only a couple
that went into my cannot finish categoryl....The best book that I read this year the one that moved
me the most was The Art of Racing in The Rain. I'd also have to say it is probably the best book
that I have read since I finished The Kite Runner a few years ago. Just wondered what the rest
of you folks considered to be the best book that you have read this year?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Is it possible?
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:57:02 pm »
  If not it should be and maybe something Amazon should look into.

Have you ever finished a really good book and wished you could give it to someone else to read. So that
they could enjoy just as much as you did. I'm sure you have, probably even went out and bought the
book and gave it to them as a gift but wouldn't it be great if you could just send it to their kindle! It does
not seem like it would be all that hard for Amazon to specify the address/kindle to where the book should be sent.
Christmas is coming and rather than a gift card you could send them your favorite book.

Just a thought


The Book Corner / The Art of Racing in the Rain
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:41:29 pm »
   This was the best book I read all year and I have probably read upwards of 50! It mad me laugh and
cry and I did not want it to end. It was so good. I have already bought copies for my friends christmas
   I'm not too good at writing reviews so I stole the following from Amzon....think they will mind?

“One of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bach’s ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull,’ Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist,’ and Yann Martel’s ‘Life of Pi.’” (Portland Oregonian )

“The perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn’t only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls...meant for each other never really comes to an end.” (Jodi Picoult )

“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and--most especially--the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human.” (Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants )

“Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice.” (Entertainment Weekly )

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.” (Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is Tru

Other (non-Kindle) eReaders / Advertising, gotta hand it to NOOK
« on: October 13, 2010, 09:01:16 pm »
  This past weekend the wife and I had an occasion to visit the local Barnes and Noble store. Actually getting
some early Christmas shopping in for the non e-reader members of our family. Anyway. we walk into the BN and it
was quite busy with lots of people there. Right at the entrance there is a huge display of the NOOK e-reader with
several stations set up where folks could try them out. There were a few associates there answering questions
about the Nook and e-readers in general...and very well done too. I talked to one of them, not mentioning that I
already had a Kindle and asked about the differences between the various e-readers. I got a very knowledgeable
reply with no bashing of any of the other readers at all. just explained to me why the NOOK is the one to use
and the one that I should buy. After the visit to Barnes and Noble we went on over to Borders to look for a few more
things and I wanted to see how they were selling their line of e-readers. Walking into the store the display for e-readers
was nowhere to be seen. I had to go looking for it and finally found a small section over by the magazines with one each
of the three or four different readers they sell. none of which were connected or turned on. there was a brochure you
could take to read more about them and NO ONE to answer any questions. If I was in the market, I would have bought
the NOOK in a heartbeat.   

   I have two sisters. I love them both to death but sometimes they really get on my nerves, They both have advanced degrees and everyone is aware of it. When asked if they have read any good books lately, the reply either one of them would give with their silly attitudes is "I don't read fiction" as if they are above it or some such. Anyway several months ago I was visitng and had my Kindke out on the kitchen table when one of them asked what it was. I told her that it was a Kindle and how much I enjoyed it. Her response was quite predictable, "Well, I only read REAL books." I told he that I read real books too but let it go.  Anyway the whole point of this is my about my niece, Helen. She came home from college a couple of weeks ago. I happened to be there when she got back and while unpacking her stuff she pulls out a....Kindle. Well, Helen goes on and on telling her mom how great it is and how she can carry all her books on it and that she hopes soon she will soon be able to get her college textbooks on it....I thought her mom, my sister, was going to have a stroke......I could hardly keep from busting out laughing....."But, Honey, its not like having a REAL book!" she said. "oh sure it is Mom, same words and all, I just don't have to lug all those books around campus anymore. The future has arrived.....Helen has never listened to a vinyl record on a record player.... I wonder if someday her kids will never have read a DTB?     

Let's Talk Kindle! / A Kindle, A Blonde and my Motorcycle
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:54:40 pm »
  I was recently on a three day motorcycle trip through Florida, Alabama and Georgia. My kindle is the ideal entertainment item to have along on the motorcycle, It doesn't take up any space at all. yet holds my entire library. So after a long days ride I had stopped at a small restaurant near Apalachicola on the Florida panhandle and before ordering a good meal I stopped off in the bar which was very cool and inviting with a great view overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. I found a small table by the window, ordered a Guinness and after admiring the view, pulled the Kindle out of my pack to get back into the book I had been reading. I was just getting to the part where Doc Ford was saving the day when a voice next to me says "Hi there, I don't mean to interrupt you."  I looked up at one of the most stunning looking blondes that I have seen in quite some time, petite, short blonde hair, a genuine smile and bright blue eyes. "No bother at all, I said."  "Well. I noticed you are reading on a Kindle and I have one too but have never met anyone else who has one."  I smiled at her and said, "well now you have, care to have a seat". I ordered another Guinness and she had a glass of Chablis and we talked about Kindles for awhile and just how neat they are, what kind of books we read and and how many we had on our Kindles. She asked me about my Motorcycle trip and I asked to have dinner with me. We had a great time, some of the best seafood I have ever had and some great conversation. It could have gone on further, after all I was already checked into the motel down the street and the chemistry was there. Thinking tho, about what the wife had jokingly said before I left on the trip, "Hon you have a great trip, just don't be picking up any cute blondes on the way!"  I told this cute one that I had to be on my way and with a smile and a chuckle I walked back to the motel to finish reading about the adventures of Marion Ford...alone.

The Book Corner / Has anyone read the new Ken Follet book?
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:07:22 pm »
  Fall of Giants. It is another of his huge historical novels. This one taking place
in the 20th century. At 1000 pages it must be quite a read. I very much enjoyed
his books Pillars of the Earth and World with out end. I have not yet read this one
and have a bit of a problem with the $19 price but will probably go ahead and get
it anyway, breaking my rule of no books over $9.99

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