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I love my guardian case (floating waterproof nearly indestructible case made by M-Edge).  But the latch on it broke and it will not seal any more.  All I have been able to find are the ziplock style waterproof cases now.  Does anyone make something like the guardian case?

It was $80 when I originally bought it (and my current kindle is the K4 which I got refurbished for $49). 

So they just may not make sense for manufacturers.  But the fact that I can float in the ocean while reading will well worth the cost to me.

(Oh and if anyone has an old guardian case that they would sell, I would be interested).

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / How to Lend a kindle book
« on: August 16, 2011, 06:43:07 pm »
I had a friend ask if I would post a blog post on how to lend a kindle book.  It is pretty easy and most people here probably have already done it.  But if you are interested I have step by step directions with screen shots.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Nook Touch or Kindle for kids reading tutoring
« on: July 29, 2011, 07:57:38 am »
I work with an after school program.  We have a couple of reading tutors and we are thinking about getting either a couple Nooks or a couple Kindles for them to work with.  The large fonts and the e-readers we think might be be useful for the tutors.

The benefits of the nook is that it has a touch screen.  The benefit of the kindle is the text to speech. 

Anyone have any thoughts about which might be more important or other features we should think about before we buy them. 

Lend and Borrow exchange / My library (well over 200 lendable books)
« on: April 13, 2011, 06:42:36 pm »
I have made a couple pages on my blog for kindle lendable books.

This is the cover view

This is the alphabetical list

The Book Bazaar / New blog is live
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:10:21 am »
I have been doing a book review blog for a bit more than 18 months now.  I decided to change the name of the blog and to start seeking out other contributors.  I would like to round out the reviews a bit.  I am posting about 60 percent non-fiction, and most of that is Christian theology. 

I am not going to pay anything for the posts now, but if I can get some more readers I might be able to afford to pay for posts in the future. 

I still have some design work to make it pretty, but it is live and I am cross posting everything on it and my old blog until I am finish with the design work.

Check it out if you are interested.

Other (non-Kindle) eReaders / Root the Nook Color
« on: December 19, 2010, 02:52:15 pm »
I saw the Nook Color has been rooted.  Anyone use it.  My Dad wants a tablet and I was thinking the Nook color would be a decent option.  Any opinions about how it works?

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Ipod touch question
« on: December 13, 2010, 05:02:12 am »
My dad wants an ipod touch for Christmas.  Primarily he wants it to do calendar.  I see refurbished ones for $149 for the 8 GB 3rd generation.  Or $214 for the 4th gen 8GB.  Is there much reason to go with the 4th gen?

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Ipad/iphone Christmas band
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:00:13 am »
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They did this at my church on Sunday.  I wasn't there so didn't see it live.  But it made Gizmodo yesterday

I work with an after school program.  And we have an African American girl that is in the 8th grade but reading at a 2nd/3rd grade level.  We are looking for appropriate books for her that are on her reading level but not so childish.  Having African American and/or female characters are a bonus. 

I am looking for paper books.  Any suggestions?

Not Quite Kindle / Blog branding help
« on: December 02, 2010, 08:01:14 pm »
I have had a book review blog for just over a year.  I started it on because that is a blog I already had.  But I think I am ready to actually brand it with a real name.  (That and I am tired of people thinking it is  :)

If you have a minute.  I have about 15 names and I am looking for some thoughts.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Newsweek: Book Vs. EBook graphic
« on: August 03, 2010, 09:58:38 am »
Here is a graphic comparing Books vs Ebook.  Includes production costs, weight, sales numbers, revenue.  Fairly balanced and interesting.

The Book Corner / Review of Red Church
« on: June 21, 2010, 06:46:17 am »
I don't normally plug my blog but my book review today is Red Church by Scott Nicholson, one of our kindle board authors. 

Here is the whole review so you do not have to go to my blog.

This is the second of Scott Nicolson’s books I have read (my review of Skull Ring).  The Red Church is a similarly creepy book.

The story centers around a red church that has been abandoned.  The rural community says it is haunted by the ghost of a preacher that was hung by his congregation for heresy.  Because this is static rural community parts of the family of both the preacher and his community are still here about six generations later.

The heresy is unique (at least to me.)  The preacher said that Jesus was the older of two sons and failed to redeem the world, so God allowed his younger son to come to Earth to redeem what was messed up by Jesus.

Like many cults there is a distortion of Christian faith by the community that continued on the original preacher’s legacy.  The sacrifice of Jesus is seen as insufficient and the body and blood of the Eucharist are taken as a literal need for body and blood.  (Early Christians were often thought to be cannibals because those around the church, but not actually in the church heard the language of the Eucharist, but did not participate in it.)  There is also a central idea of sacrifice (like Abraham sacrificing Issac.)

Like I said with Skull Ring, I have not read a lot of horror genre.  But I enjoyed the writing and the voice of the book.  My internal discussion around the book really centered around the horror genre.  I have read Dracula and a variety of Vampire books.  Those do not seem “dangerous” for lack of a better word to the Christian faith.  But this book was directly discussing heresy.  And like many vampire books, the Christian faith discussed in this book was real and very present.  In many ways, it was more present than in some Christian fiction books.  There is power in the Christian faith and in Jesus that is not of the “self-help” variety. (That is also true of virtually all of the vampire books I have read.)

I need to read some more horror genre books to really explore the ideas that this brings up for me.

This was a good book, with good writing, good characters and a creepy feel (different type of creepy from Skull Ring).


Disclosure: An electronic copy of this book was provided free for the purposes of review.

Kindle Accessories / My review of the m-edge Guardian waterproof case
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:24:09 pm »
I posted a review of the guardian case on my blog.  In general I like the case and it does want it claims.  It keeps the kindle dry and it floats.

The negatives are what you expected.  Turning the kindle on is a pain because you have to open the case to do it.  The 5 way controller is very stiff and hard to move. And it is heavy!

If you want to read more go here

I participate in

It is a blogger project for Thomas Nelson publishers.  Pretty much any blogger can sign up to get a free copy of their books if they agree to review it.  Only one or two books have had ebook versions.  My latest book is a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  It is pretty good and I am interested but the stinking book is almost 700 page hardback with all the notes and extras.  If it had been available for kindle when I started reading I would have bought.  I am now half way through and I am still thinking of buying it but it is $14. 

I think my kindle has spoiled me.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Looking for ipad message board
« on: April 19, 2010, 12:34:42 pm »
I know it is probably bad form to ask for reference to another message board.  But I am a message board person, I always gain a lot from them.  But has anyone found a good ipad message board?  I love you guys, but I am looking for a bit more traffic in ipad discussions.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Ipad as extra screen
« on: April 11, 2010, 04:17:13 pm »
I do a lot of work with data entry for my job.  When at my home office I have a two or three screen set up that really works well.  But I have to travel a couple days a month and usually just bring my netbook.  I really would like a second screen for when I travel and wonder what people think of the ipad as a second screen.  Mostly to look at either PDF files or spreadsheets.

Also has anyone used the spreadsheet program on iwork?  The version of keynote was really panned by Chris Anderson of Wired.

Book Klub: One Year Bible / Prayer book/Brevery/Liturgy of the Hours
« on: March 14, 2010, 04:39:08 am »
I am looking for a prayer book for fixed hour prayers I can use on my kindle.  I am working through Phillis Tickles' Prayers for Summertime and it is ok, but there are some formatting issues (songs and poetry are formated weird and the Canticle - night prayers are in a totally different place than the prayers for the rest of the day.)  I looked at the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer but it is not kindle friendly.

Does anyone else have a suggestion?

This study was mentioned on boingboing.  It is a doctoral student that studied how much effect releasing a free ebook had on print sales.  The study was fairly limited (both in scope and data) but it did seem that there was some increase in print sales when there was a free ebook release.  He noted that a Lawrence Lessig title was the only non-fiction title that did not have an increase in sales.  But his data is wrong because he picked a date when the publisher made a promotion for the free ebook, but Lessig had had the book free on his own website before that point.  Other than that error, it is a mildly interesting short article.  This is the original study:;view=text;rgn=main;idno=3336451.0013.101

Let's Talk Kindle! / 1/4 of ebook consumers only buy ebooks
« on: February 24, 2010, 12:41:01 pm »
Michael Hyatt, the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, has been attending the O'Riley "Tools of Change for Publishing Conference".  Hyatt is a proponent of ebooks and is a big fan of his kindle.  I think of him as one of the good guys in publishing.  (His blog is really good too.)

He twittered a comment from the main session where O'Riley was speaking.  O'Riley said that according to their research, 1/4 of all ebook consumers buy only ebooks, when the book is available in an ebook format.  I am not sure if I am surprised because that is low or high.  I just don't think I have heard anyone quantify it before.

O'Riley also said one of the big advantages for ebook for publishers was the data they would be able to collect about users.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle for Blackberry App Released
« on: February 17, 2010, 11:52:02 pm »
Amazon released their kindle for Blackberry App.  I was very excited (since I bought a blackberry last night) until I realized that my model was not supported. 

But I hope yours is. or

Supported blackberries Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Curve 8520, Curve 8900, Storm 9530, Storm 9550, Tour 9630

Archives / Amazon K2 Case
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:56:20 pm »
I have an Amazon Black K2 case.  For sale for $20 including shipping. 

The Book Corner / Sex, Lies and Religion by Randy Elrod
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:23:16 am »
I just posted a review of Sex, Lies and Religion by Randy Elrod.

It is a fairly short (166 DTB pages) about the Christian understanding of sexuality.  Three section, Sex that is about what Christians think about sex.  Lies that Christians believe about sex.  And Religion, the theology behind why God created sex.

It doesn't officially come out until Feb 14th, but the kindle version is out now.

Forgot to put the link for my longer review on my blog

Archives / WTB Oberon K2 Black in Cross or Celtic Rings
« on: January 25, 2010, 11:19:18 am »
I am looking for a K2 Oberon in Black with the Cross or Celtic Rings.  I don't care much about velcro or straps. If at all possible I need it by Feb 10.


I have tried several covers and ended up giving them all away because they were too thick for my tastes.  I made my own out of a fake leather looking calendar that I ripped the pages out of and used velcro and elastic to secure the kindle and close the cover.  But it is starting to rip along the spine.

I have a wedding I am officiating in a couple weeks and have used my kindle for my notes in the past.  So I am looking for a cover that is either black or brown, would look fairly professional, is very thin and fairly cheap.  I don't use a book light so I don't need an m-edge.

Any suggestions?

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