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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Echo Show 5
« on: December 02, 2019, 07:44:49 am »
I have two Show 5s.  Bought one a while back at what I thought was a good price and bought a second one on Black Friday at the new price.  Love it.  Use it more or less as a desk clock plus Alexa.  Changed the settings to show as few recommedations, etc as possible.


That really sucks. What about people like my parents who are out of state but qualified for a free membership because they're 65 or older?

Hubby has a free card.  Doesn't read to me like they're ending that program...just the paid access.  Atunah, do you have to pay year to year for the card?  It sounds like it'll be good for the duration of the term, right?  And since the free access ones are free permanently, at least hubby's was, it wouldn't be affected.

Shame.  Wonder why, seems like free money for the library to me--administration can't be that expensive.


Suggestions, Comments / Re: Repetition in Yellow Pages
« on: October 18, 2019, 05:37:22 am »
I notice that some suppliers are gaming the Yellow Pages by publishing umpteen similar adverts, resulting in their ads appearing disproportionately frequently.

Could we cull them please? Or if that's illegal in some territories, could we cull the ads?

Thanks, I review periodically but haven't done it recently. 

Some businesses fit into more than one category and are allowed to have more than one ad, and I think some people accidentally make more than one post, but others definitely try to game the system.

I'll take a look, thanks for letting us know.


Folks, I've removed some political commentary and edited responses to those posts.  Political posts are not allowed here on KBoards, and, in addition, those posts were not helpful to the OP.

Thanks for understanding.  Thread lock removed in 3...2....1....

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The NDY BookStore Thread
« on: September 27, 2019, 12:25:09 pm »
Folks, on my way to the hospital with my husband.  (Non-critical) Let me review and I or another mod will be by.  ETA that hubby doing okay.

EDIT:  Removing a couple of posts, there will probably be further editing.  Stay on topic and stay civil.  Talk about the site, not each other.

Will be back to do more editing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ReadersMagnet is not a scam
« on: September 05, 2019, 01:31:35 pm »

Locking this while we discuss.  For the new folk, please note that starting a new thread to continue the discussion in a locked thread will result in suspension of posting privileges.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: POLL: POV and Tense
« on: June 04, 2019, 04:34:50 am »
Folks, I've removed a couple of posts.  Let's discuss the OP's poll and your response to it.  Leave the personal comments out.



Writers' Cafe / Re: American customer psychology?
« on: May 25, 2019, 03:48:03 pm »
A reminder that no one is required to post in a thread.  If someone doesn't want to be involved in a discussion, the easiest way to do that is to not post in the thread.  Just sayin'. Edited to add: I've removed a post that seemed to be confused on that point.  If your post was removed and you have a question, feel free to PM me.

Let's have a great Memorial Day weekend, folks!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think of Britain?
« on: May 20, 2019, 05:58:41 pm »
Quite a few reports for a relatively short thread...locking while I review.  Patience!


EDIT:  Folks, given that (a) this went political so quickly and (b) has nothing to do with writing as far as I can tell, I'm going to leave it locked unless someone wants to convince me otherwise.


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The Book Corner / Re: Surprise: FictFact is closed!
« on: May 18, 2019, 11:05:41 am »
Playing around on the GR site a bit, it's not straightforward how to find authors to follow. You pretty much have to know you want to...

I kind of assumed that's how you used FactFict.  (Never having used it myself.). I expected that when you found a series you liked, you went to FactFict, searched for it and then clicked "follow" or something.  Did you browse there looking for books?

...then have to find a listing for one of their books and then click the author name. Then you can follow them. Even if you don't it looks like it does provide a listing of books, and also shows what series they have. I looked up an author who I know has more than one series and, sure enough, they're both listed on the author page. Followed a couple .... will see if I get bombarded with promos. :-\

I did a search for "In Death Series" on GR, then clicked on the author name.  Also searched by the author name.  Wasn't difficult.  That seems pretty much how one would do it on any site?  Again, I don't recall ever using FactFict more than maybe once, years ago, so I really have no idea how it worked.

I also signed up for a couple of authors.  We'll see.  We should also send a request into GR to allow us to follow series.


The Book Corner / Re: Surprise: FictFact is closed!
« on: May 18, 2019, 10:58:25 am »
Yes ... GR would be better if you could follow specific series, and not just authors. Besides, I think when you follow 'authors' it means they'll contact you with promos and stuff.

I'll let you know!  I think there are "Goodreads Authors" and just Authors.  TR Ragan, the author of the series I mentioned earlier, is a "Goodreads Author."  For Louise Penny, it just says "Follow Author."  Can't imagine Louise Penny contacting me often.


The Book Corner / Re: Surprise: FictFact is closed!
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:21:02 am »
I didn't have much use for Goodreads early on.  But now that it will automatically note which books I'm reading and which I've finished, I find it much more useful.  It's also gotten less cumbersome to use, though still not great, at least on the iPad app, which is how I primarily use it.)

EDIT:  It looks like you can follow an author but not a series...I've not followed an author on GR before, not sure what info one gets.  I've followed TR Ragan so I can see what happens.

Last update said I could load in my Amazon books...which I thought I could already do, so I haven't checked that yet.


The Book Corner / Re: Surprise: FictFact is closed!
« on: May 18, 2019, 04:48:03 am »
If a series has been set up on Goodreads, you can click on the series name (for example, the Jessie Cole series by T R Ragan.  Then it will show you a list of the books and their status on your shelves.  Here's how the series shows when I look at it in my web browser on my iPad.

The Book Corner / Re: Surprise: FictFact is closed!
« on: May 18, 2019, 04:41:25 am »
Aargh.  That sucks.  I've not used it, but I know you did!


Writers' Cafe / Re: Noobs, stop seeing Amazon as your enemy.
« on: May 08, 2019, 06:31:07 pm »
Folks, debate the issue...or not.  Lots of other threads or start one that you find more interesting.

Let's lay off the comments about each other.

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Guess where I was last week. ;)

I'm going to try to start taking some Milky Way picks.  Love this!


Not something you get to take a portrait of every day.

Wow, this is really cool!

My reviews probably get ignored...I don't do very long reviews.
   :'( :-[

Writers' Cafe / Re: getting reinstated as a reviewer on Amazon
« on: April 17, 2019, 07:48:46 am »
Thanks for clarifying on the issue of possible review swapping!  I'm glad to hear that you don't do that.

Unfortunately, some authors have attacked people who left honest reviews, even some that were pretty good but the author didn't agree with a specific point in the review, and reading about this or experiencing it has turned some of our members off of reviewing.   :'(


Writers' Cafe / Re: getting reinstated as a reviewer on Amazon
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:39:14 am »
They always say that they will look into it, but never seem to do anything about reinstating. My Son-in-Law was banned with a decade or more of reviews removed for publishing an article that showed how a particular writer was using fake reviews. He gave links so that anyone could verify his claims. He was polite, but apparently highlighting an Amazon problem is against their TOS. He ended up cancelling his account then re-joining with the same name and credit card, which gave back review privileges, but didn't restore his many hundreds of missing reviews. Prior to this he was a highly rated Amazon reviewer who was often sent ARC material by Amazon. It seems that Amazon doesn't like attention being drawn to a suspect review process.

An Amazon rep suggested that cancelling and re-starting the account would restore the ability to review, but not restore the years of previous reviews. The account was not suspended, just the review privileges removed. I have a British, US and an Australian Amazon account, as I travel and spend time in each country. Amazon have no problem with it, though I imagine that if attempted to review the same material from each account that would not approve. I often get a pop-up when purchasing asking which of my account addresses I would like the goods sent to.

edited, PM if you have questions -- Ann

Having different accounts at different Amazon stores is not the same thing as creating a new account at the same store in order to continue reviewing.  I *had* to open an account at the British store in order to buy from there.  I will point out that, in your initial post about your son-in-law, you did not mention that Amazon had suggested cancelling the old account and opening a new one.  I, too, would have reacted to your original post as crebel did.  And it would make me nervous even if a rep suggested it--as I've been seen things credited to different Amazon reps here that were contradictory.  :-X

The question of how losing reviews one has made of other books would affect one's own sales, as the OP stated, is a good one.  It does seem that her reviews are gone for good, no matter what.


The Book Corner / Re: Purging books
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:36:07 am »
I kept the ones the made me hug them when I picked them up, like the Green Grass of Wyoming and Thunderhead books. Most only made me shrug when I held them, so they were donated.  So, I wouldn't say I did a book purge, but I sorted them according to hugs :D Huggable books stayed, everything else went.

I love this!

Ohhh, you went all Marie Kondo on your books.  ;D


The Book Corner / Re: Purging books
« on: April 08, 2019, 07:05:13 pm »
I guess it's no more fallacious to delete a book simply because it's free than to download it onto one's Kindle simply because it was free.  Which a lot of us did in the early days of Kindle ownership.  As Ann and others have said, back in the olden days (2008 for me), I downloaded a LOT of stuff that I've not opened.  At this point, if the title/cover doens't catch my eye as I'm going through, it's fair game to be purged, just as I've done occasionally with paper books that perhaps I picked up at a yard sale or used book shop.  Yes, maybe I'll throw away a treasure...but I've got thousands of books in my library.  There are sure to be some diamonds left.  I've only got a couple thousand books in my Kindle library.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Book blocked on Amazon
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:48:48 am »

glad you've found the answer!  Hopefully it will be restored.

Folks, let's move on from in-thread  snark, thanks.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Cancel Culture cancels a book
« on: March 28, 2019, 02:15:16 pm »
Folks, keep it civil.  Thread under review but remaining open at this time.

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