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The Book Corner / Re: Re: Did You Ever Visit The Book Mobile?
« on: April 25, 2011, 04:10:41 pm »
Loved it when the Bookmobile would come around!

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Not Quite Kindle / Bulldog puppy video (short)
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:57:32 pm »
Here's my 4 month old English Bulldog having an argument with a trash can.
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Have you ever seen a bald eagle in the wild?
« on: April 05, 2011, 08:58:33 am »
I see them frequently here in Oregon. 

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What has brought you the most *Joy* in life?
« on: April 05, 2011, 08:54:35 am »
There have been many things that have brought both immediate and longer terms of joy into my life, butthey pale in comparison to the peace and joy that I feel whenever I'm in the presence of God.   

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle died today
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:32:26 am »
The customer rep said that it was probably the result of excess pressure on the screen or being dropped, neither of which I recall doing.  Yes, it's in a cover. 

No matter -- it's being replaced  ;D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle died today
« on: April 03, 2011, 03:35:05 pm »
Just finished reading my most recent book on my Android.  It is not a Kindle, but it worked :)

And Michelle....tell Rick to read "Deep Rough" by Chris Blewitt, if he hasn't already done so.

Now...excuse me while I go heat up my Jiffy Pop on my gas stove and listen to my some LP's on my record player.  :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle died today
« on: April 02, 2011, 08:01:34 pm »
I don't like reading on the PC...much nicer on a K3 or an Android.  :)

As far as my non-Amazon books ... they're on the PC :)

But, you're right....they do have GREAT customer service. 

A paper book?  What's that?  I heard people used to have to actually get off the couch to change channels once, too :D :D :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle died today
« on: April 02, 2011, 04:35:09 pm » Kindle 3 bit the dust today.  Wouldn't wake up, couldn't power off, and couldn't reset.  The image ended up half gone with lines both horizontal and vertical.  Customer support announced it dead and is sending out a replacement, but I won't see it until Wednesday.  Not quite as much fun reading from a cell phone, but it works.

This will be my 3rd unit since September.  The first one developed a hairline crack on the inside of the glass somehow and they replaced it.

No clue why it happened in either case.

Anyway....customer support is great.

Meanwhile, I'm sharpening my eyes reading on a 4" screen of my Motorola Atrix.  :D

Not that I'm aware of .... d/l it to your computer, then using your USB, drag it over to your Kindle ... same way you would if you bought from or anywhere other than Amazon.

The Book Corner / Re: Ebook sales jump 116%
« on: March 18, 2011, 08:06:24 am »
As long as the big publishers continue their greed, I'm going to continue to seek out new Indie authors and support them.  I'm enjoying finding new authors that I might not have otherwise read had it not been for ebooks!  There are enough good Indie authors to keep my reading habits occupied for quite a while and I can buy 2-5 Indie books for the price of one from one of the big houses. 

The Book Corner / Re: How do you react to a 99-cent price?
« on: March 17, 2011, 08:45:08 am »
If the genre of the book and info regarding the book sound like something I might read, I have no qualms buying a book at .99.   In fact, I've done that on several occasions and discovered delightful authors and, as a result, went on to purchase other books by that author.  L.J. Sellars comes to mind.  I bought her first book at 0.99 and have since purchased all of her books.  Scott Nicholson has also released 0.99 books leading me to purchase his other works.  Even Faye Kellerman had a book out at 0.99.  In my opinion, dismissing a book simply because it's priced low is a mistake.  On the other hand, buying it because it's only 99 cents could also be a mistake.  ;D

Nope.  A video trailer wouldn't have any influence as a reason to read the book.

It is available on Kindle (mobi) format.  Just go to and choose which format you want.  Look forward to seeing your book released.  I enjoy golf fiction when written by golfers for exactly the reason you mention. 

The Book Corner / Re: Any good indie horror suggestions?
« on: March 15, 2011, 08:02:57 pm »
Scott Nicholson is good ... first one I read of his was "Red Church". 

For more intense and gruesome horror, try J. A. Konrath or Jack Kilborn (same person) or Blake Crouch

My immediate thought regarding this book was to relate it to the Penthouse stories that always began with "I never believed these stories until this amazing thing happened (sans the sex).  This is a tale of a hapless duffer and unhappy postal worker whose life is suddenly changed in the most unbelievable manner as the result of an errant golf ball striking him.  

The author used an over abundance of similies throughout the book, but the writing was whimsical and light.  Colorful, quirky, and differing characters added to the humor and story.  I found the later parts of the book less enjoyable than the earlier parts of the book.  As an avid mystery and thriller genre reader, this book departs from my norm.  As a result, I kept waiting for the next errant golf ball to strike again.

If you enjoy golf and you're looking for a light summer-feel good read, this book fits the bill.  While the main story centers around golf, knowledge or a love of golf is not a prerequisite for enjoyment of this book.  For me, I found the characters in the story to be the most interesting aspect.

I enjoyed the first parts of the book as Ben went from the hapless duffer to a golf prodigy as the result of the errant golf ball, even though it seemed more like a dream he was having than a plausible turn of events.  At the point of his accident and subsequent struggle to recover his life and eventual position as a golf instructor, it still held my interest.  I kept waiting for him to wake up, but that never happened as his life continued onward.  When he moved to the commune, I thought the entire book took on a different path and I thought it became even more bizarre.  The ending return to his love wrapped it up nicely, however.

This book is available only from the publisher and is reasonably priced.  There were no glaring spelling or grammatical errors that jumped out at me as I see in some of the other e-books.  Kudos to author, editor(s), and publisher for that.

The Book Corner / Re: It's all L.J. Sellers fault!
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:18:56 pm »
Whispernetting #5 as I type!   ;D

Kindle Accessories / Re: bought a non-lighted cover
« on: March 07, 2011, 06:26:36 pm »
@Stacy--is the Oberon heavy and bulky?  The pictures appear to indicate that they are.  How does it compare to the lighted Amazon cover (size)?  They sure do look nice on the websites!

Kindle Accessories / Re: bought a non-lighted cover
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:17:26 pm »
@musclehead As you can see I'm a newbie to the topic of Kindle. I have an impression it's rather a common issue with those covers. Can you confirm/deny that?

It's common, but it's not universal for whatever reason.  I had minor issues, others have had major issues, and my wife (and others) have had no issues.  A lot of theories as to why it happens.

The Book Corner / Re: It's all L.J. Sellers fault!
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:14:20 pm »
WooooHoooo!!!   ;D

The Book Corner / Re: How Do You Decide Which New Authors to Read?
« on: March 07, 2011, 04:49:08 pm »
The signature lines of the authors here and at GoodReads often prompts me to look further.  The lists on and from reviews from friends on GoodReads are also good search vehicles.  Once I find a book that might be of interest to me, I seek out reviews on GoodReads.  I find the reviews there to be a bit more authentic than the ones I read on Amazon.  That's not to say that I ignore reviews on Amazon, but I do place more value on those from here and GoodReads for some reason.  Last, but certainly not least, is word of mouth, recommendations from friends that read similar books that I read, and sometimes just plain luck while reading these threads.

I just did it today, as a matter of fact ....  Only 2 books available, but I used PayPal and the book was sent to me immediately.  Dreamweaver (I think that's Michelle's KB user name) had a book that interested me and I followed the link.  Had a brief exchange with Michelle and she couldn't have been nicer.  Hoping to get to that book next on my list and get a review out for it soon.

Great stories.  I've found some really good authors out there on the Indie route that are charging .99 to $5 for some good reading!  Keep up the good work all of you authors out there.   

I just refuse to pay more for an e-book than it would cost me for the same book in hard copy (hardback or paperback).   There are some books that I want to read that are already out in paperback but the Kindle versions are priced higher ... it's ridiculous.  There's a used paperback bookstore nearby that gets a lot of my business for that reason.

As a result of the ever increasing prices for ebooks and books in general, I've gone to seeking out the Indies more and finding some darn good authors out there. 

I noticed it initially, but now I don't even think about it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: eBooks with lousy formatting - keep or return
« on: March 07, 2011, 03:59:19 pm »
Poor formatting and gross spell-check-gone-awry errors are annoying and, at times, REALLY distract.  It makes the author look bad, when that may or may not be the case.  I haven't returned any for such errors, but I have been moved to not purchase further books from that author.

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