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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Updating old Voyage
« on: January 10, 2021, 04:16:03 am »
They dont include the Voyage in the comparison charts on Amazon anymore...I guess since they dont make them anymore.

Can anyone tell me how the latest Paperwhites compare to the last version of Voyage? Big differences? In what areas?

The biggest difference is the page turning ... the newest PaperWhites don't have the 'haptic' buttons. Otherwise, the size and weight is almost identical, especially once you get a cover on. Newest PWs have the flush screen as the Voyage did. Placement of the power button is now at the bottom vs on the back. Case doesn't have the same slight contour. The lighting system doesn't have an auto-adjust setting. But the pixel count is the same so the page clarity is just as good and the firmware seems to be virtually identical. I switch between my voyage and PW and don't notice any difference. The PW has more book storage available.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: No more commenting on Amazon reviews?
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:21:58 am »
Interesting!

I agree reviews won't go away.

I still am not sure I completely understand wanting to comment -- but that's o.k.

I just checked two items I recently ordered -- one a physical item and one an ebook. Neither has the option to comment on reviews, even if I click and read a particular review.

So: amazon weirdness continues. :D


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Other Support / Re: How can I reach Kbboards admins?
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:16:39 am »
A personal message* to username vsAdmin might work. But probably not. Sadly, they're not very responsive.


*menu bar above: My Kboards, my messages, send message

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Not sure but, you mention seeing the books "under the author's name". It's my understanding that book fines must be in the root directory on the kindle. If it's in any sub-directory -- whether one the kindle has by default or ones you've made -- the kindle won't see the file.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: display my books
« on: January 05, 2021, 03:37:57 am »
The link maker was built by the original owner of the site who died some years ago. The site was subsequently sold and the new owners have not kept up the code. Amazon changed some protocols probably 2 years ago and the automatic link maker hasn't worked properly since.

There is a manual one -- on the link maker page, there's a line that says:

(Note: the older, manual version of Link-Maker is available here.)

On that page, the final word -- "here" -- is a link to that version.


edited to add: the whole discussion may soon become moot because they forum owners have announced they'll be changing/upgrading the forum software, probably sometime late this month. Who knows what features will be available then, or how (whether) they'll work?

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: No more commenting on Amazon reviews?
« on: January 04, 2021, 12:17:53 pm »
No idea how long it's been that way -- I suspect it has been some time. BUT .... while I do scan the reviews, I have rarely looked at any comments on them. So I'm not really sure.

I guess my next reaction would be: what is the purpose in commenting on a review? If you agree with it, great; If you disagree with it, go ahead and write your own review that says what you think. I'd only mark something helpful if it gave useful information that helped me decide whether or not to buy -- either positive or negative.

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Hi everyone,

when researching the sharing capabilities of my Kindle Oasis, I read that you could add some social media accounts in the kindle settings, especially of course Goodreads.

Now, when I go to my Oasis parameters, there's no place to link it to my social media accounts.

The Oasis user's guide does mention that it should be in the "My Account" tab, but I don't have it ...

Is it normal?

Thanks,

Barthox

I'll have to hunt, but there is a setting where you can link your kindle account to Goodreads. You can't do much with it, though, except GR will update when you start or finish a book. But it's been wonky for the last year or so where you open a book and it marks it as read immediately. So I turned it off.

I'll hunt for the setting, though, and let you know where when I have time.

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Honestly? I never do it that way. I just have the files come wirelessly. But if you can't register your device to your Amazon account, that could be the problem. My only suggestion is to contact them and keep escalating until you get an actual person to talk or chat with.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: KOLL coming to an end in January
« on: January 02, 2021, 06:12:18 pm »
I don't subscribe to KU either.  Since KOLL started, however, a book being listed in KU has been the best indicator of it also being KOLL eligible.

I'd agree about availability. You do have Prime, right? I think that's also a requirement.

Okay, must just be me.  I cannot find a book listed as a KOLL borrow from my Kindle this month.  Someone give me a title you have borrowed for January so I can see what options it shows for me.

the book I borrowed is called The Reversible Mask by Loretta Goldberg. Here's a link -- though I know it won't really help you, but you can at least see what the cover looks like to be sure you have the right book:


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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: January 02, 2021, 06:08:44 pm »
Now, I have book 1 but haven't read it yet. Book 2 is also on sale in the UK. So, should I buy it and trust the fact that the series has been recommended here? Or should I wait till I've read book 1 for myself?

It's all your fault, you heartless bunch of enablers.  :o  ;D

*sigh*

Do you like the St. Cyr series? Or the Lady Darby series? If so, you'll like this one. Buy the book. ;D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: KOLL coming to an end in January
« on: January 02, 2021, 07:59:25 am »
Correct.  Series I've been reading through KOLL.  Just released book still listed as a KU choice, accessed book page from wish list on my Oasis2 (the way I have always done it).  Read for Free not a choice except as KU.  December book was returned mid-December and I double-checked just in case the "you must return previous borrow" message wasn't coming up.

Hmmm.

I don't subscribe to KU ... I wonder if that has something to do with it. In other words: if you have KU, KOLL is gone, but it will be ongoing for Prime members that don't have KU. Because: the KOLL catalog is basically the KU catalog as far as I can tell.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: KOLL coming to an end in January
« on: January 02, 2021, 05:05:54 am »
I was not able to borrow via KOLL yesterday.

Huh.

You tried from a kindle, right? You can't do it from the website.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: January 02, 2021, 04:49:52 am »
Wrexford and Sloane series: Number 4 came out in September and is currently only $2.99



And number 2 is only $1.99


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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: KOLL coming to an end in January
« on: January 02, 2021, 04:17:00 am »
FWIW, I was able to borrow via KOLL for January 2021.

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- January 2021
« on: January 02, 2021, 04:14:17 am »
Compared to the US we have one extra book on this month's list for the UK - a police procedural called An Eye For An Eye.

We can choose two books for free this month - but once again nothing particularly appeals to me.  :(

That one doesn't look too bad to me ..... all the US one -- you know, I'm thinking it might be just how the blurb writers describe it. They all come off as either really meaningful or the lead has all these inner secrets to work through. Or expose such secrets in those close to them. I have nothing against some character growth, but I wish the emphasis was on solving the crime.

Maybe they never do straight up mysteries -- historical, cozies, etc -- because they don't need to promote them any extra for them to sell well; these are the books that are going to be harder to shift. Don't ever do standard Romances for the same reason.

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The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- January 2021
« on: January 01, 2021, 12:02:07 pm »
9 titles this month, and we get to pick 2 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

The list and links: :)

First reads for January

Suspense: The Shadow Box

Contemporary Fiction: Hadley and Grace: A Novel

Thriller: Not One of Us

Historical Fiction: West with Giraffes: A Novel

Espionage Thriller: Water Memory: A Thriller

Literary Fiction: Gerta: A Novel

Memoir: Widowish: A memoir

Global Fiction: The Ardent Swarm: A Novel

Children's Picture book: Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket


Water Memory looks like the first in a series. The "Global Fiction" title is a translation from French. Gerta is a translation from Czech. At first glance, none of these jump out -- off to read the blurbs

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The Book Bazaar / Free Book Finds 2021
« on: January 01, 2021, 04:01:50 am »
Post free* book finds here.   No self-promotion please!

To search Amazon for free books, click here.

This thread is for members to post their Free book finds, no self-promotion please. Posts about an author's own books will be removed. Also, please don't post your friend's book as a "find."  You didn't just  "find it," did you? ;) 

And please do not link through other sites:  use KBoards affiliate links (link-maker above) or generic Amazon links. :)

If you have a book of your own to promote, you may start a thread all your own in the Book Bazaar to promote your book, to post news and to talk to your fans!  Of course, you may also list the book in your Avatar and signature.  And you may list your temporarily free books in our Links to Free Books thread. Thanks!

Tip: typing in the title in addition to including the cover helps when doing searches!

We generally try to keep this thread on topic with book posts only, off-topic posts will be "pruned"!  This helps members who use the "new post" indicator or who have subscribed to the thread.  Thanks for your cooperation!



*buyer beware:  though books are free when posted here, prices on Amazon can change without warning so be sure to look before you click!
**international members:  these books are free in the US, but may not be free in your country.  Again, be sure to look before you click


Did we mention No Self Promotion?

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The Book Bazaar / Bargain Book Finds, 2021
« on: January 01, 2021, 04:00:28 am »
Post your found bargain* books here.

(Link to the 2020 thread: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,319749.0.html)

This thread is for all to post their Bargain book finds, no self-promotion please**.  Please do not link through other sites -- use KBoards affiliate or generic Amazon links.

We generally try to keep this thread on topic with book posts only, off-topic posts will be "pruned"!  This helps people who check the thread whenever they see the "new post" indicator or who have the thread set up for "notify."  Thanks for your consideration!

If you have a book of your own to promote, you may start a thread all your own in the Book Bazaar to promote your book, to post news and to talk to your fans!  Please do not post here or ask someone to do so on your behalf.  You may post in the bargain book threads open to authors, found here:
I'd Buy That Book for a Buck
Bargain Books Under $3
(These links may also be found in the Book Bazaar Threadipedia & FAQ sticky thread.)  Of course, you may also list the book in your Avatar and signature.  Thanks!

Tip:  typing the title of the book in the post as well as adding the image will help people searching for the book!



*'bargain' generally means under $5 (inside US - price may vary in other countries) . . .but, buyer beware:  prices can change without notice so look before you click!

**"Self-promotion" includes books that the poster has a vested self-interest in--books by friends and family or books that the member is posting on behalf of the author, to include paid or unpaid promotion

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Fire Talk / MOVED: what is target market?
« on: December 31, 2020, 02:02:15 pm »

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- December 2020
« on: December 30, 2020, 04:33:28 am »
I ended up going with An Accusation: A Novel instead of any of the other choices: A Novel. :D

;D ;D ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you offer as swag
« on: December 30, 2020, 04:22:47 am »
Please note: this thread is over 3 years old .... it was resurrected by a spam post that has since been removed.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: December 28, 2020, 06:36:15 pm »
I know I am beating a dead horse again, but Lady Darby is a fantastic series.  ;D

You're preachin' to the choir! :D


edited to add: it was, for me, an excellent time to buy some of the others as I had a "spend $35, get a $6 credit" offer active on my kindle account.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: December 28, 2020, 02:47:51 pm »
I don't remember where we posted this series, but this is another one that rarely goes on sale.
Lady Darby Book 7, An Artless Demise, is $1.99 at posting.



thank you! I think I'm still on no. 3 -- hoping it'll go on sale or one of my libraries will get it. But I picked this one up in anticipation of getting that far at some point! :D

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My guess is the charging port has gone bad. I know of no way to fix that. :(

But ... contact Amazon ... while they'll likely not replace it as it's over a year old, you may be able to still do some sort of trade for a newer device. Doesn't hurt to ask.

Good Luck.

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