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Medge has replaced my case (or it is being shipped now) and I have bought an extra to give to my sister in law.  And I used the 30% off to buy an alternative case if none of that works.  (Overkill.  Yes I know.)

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).

The Book Corner / Re: What's your favorite YA series?
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:00:39 am »
Funny thing is, when I was the target age for these books, I was looking to read "adult" works like Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky.  Now that I'm a parent I find myself reading things I bought for my kids like the Percy Jackson and Lemony Snicket books.

Me too.  I wanted to read books intended for an older audience.  Now that I am nearly 40, most of my fiction is young adult lately.  Not that I am opposed to more adult oriented fiction.  But I spend so much of my time in heavier non-fiction that the YA seems like a good mental balance.  And frankly I like the fact that many YA books the characters are trying to become better people.

I have enjoyed Artemis Fowl lately.  Lloyd Alexander Chronicles of Pyrdain (younger end of YA), really enjoyed Divergent (although the rest of the trilogy isn't out yet)

Too much overlap in the categories.  In my case, my blog isn't huge, I have 100-200 daily views, and I have personally met a lot of the people that regularly read my reviews.  So is that personal reviews?  Is that blogging.  I advertise said blog over facebook and twitter.  So is that social networking, personal recommendations or blogging?

Another part of the question is how active is the reader.  Are people that buy 1 to 3 books a year more influenced by bookstores or social networking?  What about the people that buy 50-100 books a year.  My guess is that they are influenced differently than those that buy 1 to 3 books a year.  If you had to choose you would want the people that buy 50-100 books a year if you have a lot of books to sell to them.

People that I know that read a lot of books spend more time reading reviews and paying attention to a variety of sources.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Free Lending. Was I Charged Anyway?
« on: January 26, 2012, 06:08:24 pm »
I agree there has got to be a better way.  Combined with the quickly changing prices for free books I know have a regular go through my books for the week and make sure that I didn't accidentally get charged for stuff I thought I got for free.  Around $20-25 of charges I thought should have been free so far this month.  Caught most of then, not not a couple

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Kindle Lighted Cover leather quality?
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:13:34 am »
I agree

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Ipad and Amazon videos?
« on: January 19, 2012, 11:13:17 am »
The summary is no.  At least not without some alternatives that are not all that stable or require some significant tweaking.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help for my K2.
« on: January 11, 2012, 06:20:44 pm »
They have to confirm it is broken. When they replaced my iPad I sent it it on a Thursday (dropped it at ups at 7 and had an email the next morning at 9:30 saying I was issued the money to replace.

The Book Corner / Re: Madeleine L'Engle?
« on: January 11, 2012, 06:17:22 pm »
I re- read the series this past year. The third was always my favorite (and still is). I had not read books 4 and 5 before this year. They feel very different, but I enjoyed them. Wrinkle I time was my least favorite of the series.

Most I have paid is around $30.  I don't really blink at $9.99 if I want the book.  I spend about $500-750 a year if you include audiobooks.  I get a lot of free books. 

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help for my K2.
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:34:34 am »
remove the skin, keep the charging cord.

Cracked my screen last night too.  Don't have a warranty.

Archives / Re: FS - Guardian for K2
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:31:39 am »
Yep. I cut two thin pieces of foam for the top and the bottom to keep it in place and it works just fine.  The main reason I am not getting the new touch is that I like my guardian.

Archives / Re: FS - Guardian for K2
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:06:38 pm »
You can use this on the K3 if you want.  I cut a couple of pieces of foam and it works fine.

YES! You can get the discount if you already have a Audible account, as long as you haven't used an offer like this in the past 2 years. My account has been dormant since 2007, and I renewed my Gold membership on my same account and I got my promotional code for the $100 off in an email about 30 minutes later. I just placed my order for the Kindle Fire! I can't wait to get it!!!

Good to know.  I have been an Audible member since 2004 so I aways assumed I couldn't use this.  Don't really need it now, but good to know it is an option

My understanding was just not on Fires because Amazon was selling Squaretrade warranties directly.  But I could be wrong.

Fire Talk / Re: Amazon Cloud
« on: December 16, 2011, 06:29:28 am »
Well, see, this is where I'm confused.  I know if you buy them you have them.  But I had the impression that as a Prime member, I got like 2GB of 'other' cloud storage where I could back up documents or whatever.  A 'cloud drive' separate from 'cloud' where stuff you buy goes.  And one can apparently pay to get more 'could storage' if they want it.  Something more like Microsoft's "Sky Drive" that you can use if you have a "Windows Live" log in. . . . .

Yes, you do.  I don't have a fire so I am not sure there, but if you go to the Manage My Kindle area on the web page you can control the 5GB of space that you get free and you can buy more.

I just bought a book on audio because it was cheaper that way.  Of the three format available, paper, kindle and audio, kindle was the highest.  That does not economically make sense, and I think that whether convenience factor is real or not, people know it.  I occasionally pay a little more for a kindle book, but I resent it because I know it doesn't have any rational reason for costing more.  In general I just skip those books and go on to the next one.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: 1,000,000 Kindles a week
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:36:02 am »
My assumption is that it is all streams. 

I have gone from the only one I know that has a kindle to most people that I know that regularly read now have kindles.  My mom and four other aunts now have ereaders.  (one has a nook, rest are kindles).  It seems like it is going to be a very popular christmas present.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: For those who have a K3 and a K4
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:33:40 am »
4 is smaller.  Not sure there is a speed difference. The big deal is the keyboard.  I have used the 4, but I won't buy one because I take a lot of notes.  For people that primarily read novels or never takes notes, I think it is a solid choice. 

The Book Corner / Re: Good places to find free kindle books?
« on: December 14, 2011, 06:58:39 pm »'s daily email has started including both genre groupings and you can choose to have the book descriptions as well as covers.  That has been my best source to sort the the barrage.

The Book Corner / Re: else have this happen?
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:02:02 pm »
My books don't move much either. I mostly read non-fiction, particularly theology and it doesn't move much.  I think more popular fiction moves more.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Can't decide between WiFi only or get the 3G
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:49:19 am »
If you do any airport traveling, get the 3g.  I can think of two airports I've been in that don't have free wifi and it bugs me every time I'm in those airports.  With the 3g I can at least LOOK at my email and download books.  Of course...I don't think you can do email with the touch, so scratch that last comment.  If you want to download a book in an airport you may very well need 3g.

If you are getting the Touch don't get the 3G with the hope that you can look at your email.  You can't.  If you think you might ever, get the Kindle with Keyboard.  Also the Kindle with Keyboard is $124 for the refurbished 3G right now.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: more reading
« on: December 06, 2011, 04:46:09 am »
I first started using my Palm IIIe as an ereader.  Read several russian novels on it.  Eink is so much better.  But proximity is the biggest issue for the amount of reading I think.

The Book Corner / Re: What People Actually Read
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:49:27 am »
Different lists are different lists.  I noticed this month looking at the traffic on my blog vs the traffic in my RSS feed.  The top six most read reviews on RSS were entirely different from the top six read reviews of people that actually came to my site. 

My guess on the difference in this case is 1) price.  But 2) the amount of reading.  People that have kindle are most likely reading more books than people that do not have e-readers.  (After all they have a dedicated device just for reading)

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