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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How is everyone's Kindle holding up?
« on: March 07, 2011, 03:41:02 pm »
I got mine early September last year and it ran strong.  I had issues with the case that were resolved.  I developed an ink smudge inside the screen and CS replaced it.  I've been very pleased with both my Kindle and CS.  My wife has had her Kindle since November and has had no issues (including any issues with the nonlighted case she uses).

Kindle Accessories / Re: bought a non-lighted cover
« on: March 07, 2011, 03:29:29 pm »
Stacy -- I tend to agree with you on that point.  It is bulkier and it does add drain on the battery.   I do like the light itself, though.  But, the best part is that I haven't had a single issue with my Kindle rebooting or going wonkers since taking off the original unlighted version.   Overall, I'm not unhappy with the lighted case.

My wife is still using her unlighted cover and hasn't seen any issues with her Kindle, so with any luck, yours will continue to serve you well.

I received my Kindle as a gift, and my husband erred on the side of caution and got me the 3G model.  What I like about the 3G, is that when I am in a store and spot a book that I want to read, I can whip out my Kindle and download it (or a sample) immediately.

It's kind of fun walking around Barne's and Noble with a Kindle in your hand!   ;D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Wireless or 3g
« on: March 02, 2011, 06:47:55 am »
WiFi seems to use up the battery faster.

Faster than 3G or just faster than having wireless turned off in general? 

The Book Corner / Re: What Inspires You To Write A Review?
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:19:53 am »
Prior to using Kindle, I rarely gave a book a review or a rating on Amazon.  Now with the Kindle, I generally leave a star rating and comments on GoodReads, particularly if the author is a GoodReads author or Indie.  I still do with the more well known authors, but feel more compelled to give a review for the newer and/or Indie authors.  I've only ever given out one 1 star and few 5 star ratings, with the majority being either "liked" (3) or "really liked" (4).   A 5 star rated book for me would be along the lines of great literature rather than a really good read.

When reading reviews, I tend to read the 1 star reviews, dismissing the obvious ridiculous reasoned ones, but I concentrate more on the 3-4 star ratings, as I feel they tend to be a bit more realistic.  But I do sample a few of the 5 star ratings, as well.

(I'm a reader, not an author)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle positives
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:10:50 am »
I haven't compared the two, but twice I've dealt with Kindle support and twice they exceeded my expectations.  On the first issue, it was reboots caused by the unlighted case.  They refunded my money and gave me a $25 credit to upgrade to the lighted case.  On the second issue, I developed an ink smudge on the inside of the screen, called support and they next day aired a new unit to me with Saturday delivery. 

I have a 3G model.  My wife has the WiFi model.  In most instances, there is little issue.  However, the other day at the doctor's office waiting room, my wife finished her book and needed to d/l WiFi available for her to do so.  On the other hand, if you have several books waiting to be read, that issue disappears.

I never surf the web with my Kindle.  Tried it, it's slow.  I have laptops, computers, and a smart phone that will all do better, so why bother?

Both my wife and I have graphite.  No key fading issues on either.  No cracking on either.  I had a problem with the original non-lighted case, while my wife hasn't.  I now have the lighted case and it works fine.  I had an instance of a ink smudge spot on the screen and Kindle Support replaced the unit immediately.

Personally, I'd go with the 3G model, but it's not an absolute requirement as long as you plan ahead prior to traveling.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Wireless or 3g
« on: March 01, 2011, 07:57:46 am »
At home, I'm set to use my home WiFi, which is much faster than 3G.  When traveling, I just let 3G handle it, even if local WiFi is available. 

The other day, I noticed a black smudge in the middle of my screen that appeared on every page.  I couldn't feel anything on the screen to indicate a problem, but if I held it at just the right angle I thought I might have seen a slight surface scratch the width and length of an eyelash.  I called Kindle Support, described the problem to them.  The agent had me reboot but the issue remained.  Without skipping a beat, the agent said they'd be replacing my Kindle (K3 3G graphite) and that I'd get it overnight.  Is that service or what?

Kudos to Kindle support!  This is twice that they've gone beyond my expectations (previously had issues with the unlighted case that they resolved).  I shall remain a loyal customer of Kindle for years to come and recommend Kindle over all other e-readers for that reason alone (as well as the fact that I really enjoy my Kindle).

So, the moral of my story is simple:  If you are having an issue with your Kindle 3, don't hesitate to call Kindle Support.  They are very helpful and will take care of their customers!

It is HIGHLY likely to be the case.  I ran into the same issue you describe.  Call Kindle customer service and explain the issue.  They will take care of you.  In my case, they credited me the refund and a $25 gift card to use to purchase the lighted case, which I did.  I actually like the unlighted case better because it's a tad thinner than the lighted case, but it's negligent.  The light works well and I no longer need to carry around the bulkier battery operated light, so I'm pleased overall.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Why do you have a smartphone?
« on: February 08, 2011, 04:06:34 pm »
I could probably come up with a ton of seemingly logical reasons, but it all boils down to one key factor....I'm just a geek

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Is Kindle vs. Nook like Mac vs. PC? LOL
« on: February 05, 2011, 07:20:41 am »
I own a Kindle and a PC.  If someone gave me a Nook or a Mac, I'd be thrilled and say thanks!!   I also shoot Canon cameras, but if someone were to give me a Nikon, it would be a valued addition.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: From Amazon Lover to Amazon Hater in 1 month.
« on: February 01, 2011, 10:32:17 am »
While your ordeal does indeed sound awful, I have had nothing but superior service from Kindle support.  They not only fixed the problem, they went beyond my expectations.  Sorry that your experience was a really bad one.  Hope all is resolved in the future.

The Book Corner / Re: Dexter?
« on: January 31, 2011, 09:41:16 am »
I am in the process of reading the first book after having seen the entire Showtime series.  I'm a huge fan of the show and herein lies the problem.  The book is not bad, but I find myself comparing it to the series.  As noted, the characters are a bit different and not nearly as interesting.  Dexter, himself, is done well and the reader finds himself rooting for him, even if he is a serial killer.  I'm only about 1/2 way through the novel, but still have mixed emotions about it.  I felt the same way after watching TruBlood and then reading the first Sookie Stackhouse book.  Another reason that I always prefer to read the book before seeing the video version.  I'm not sure if I'll continue with either of the series, as I have many other books waiting in my to be read shelf that will take precedence, but I am not sorry that I purchased and read the books.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone else on Goodreads?
« on: January 31, 2011, 03:46:43 am »
I'm particularly interested in becoming friends with those that enjoy a good mystery, police thrillers, psychological thrillers, and horror genres (not that that is all I read, but it tends to occupy much of my reading time).  See you there.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone else on Goodreads?
« on: January 30, 2011, 08:22:39 am »
I was using Goodreads for a while and, while I enjoyed it, it wasn't until I started linking in with some of you guys as friends that the site became a much more valuable source for me.  I find reading the reviews from people that I've met here and on Goodreads much more beneficial than just some anonymous face on Amazon.  I can read the profiles and have a better feel for the types of books that they read and then use that information to better understand their comments about a particular book.  I've also met some really great authors on both here and Goodreads and enjoy interacting with them.  If you're not using Goodreads, give it a try.  You just may find it useful!

The Book Corner / Re: Glen Beck's new book The Overton Window
« on: January 27, 2011, 08:51:35 pm »
I think this pretty much sums things up:  Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt --US diplomat & reformer (1884 - 1962)

Sorry if the wrong shoe fits you.

The Book Corner / Re: Glen Beck's new book The Overton Window
« on: January 25, 2011, 08:24:21 am »
Nicely put, Cindy.

The Book Corner / Re: Game: Can you make this a sentence?
« on: January 24, 2011, 10:20:25 pm »
1. Vehemently
2. Swing
3. Sideways
4. tolerate
5. sage
6. Friday
7. inebriated

The Book Corner / Re: Glen Beck's new book The Overton Window
« on: January 24, 2011, 10:18:06 pm »
I read his book "Christmas Sweater" (or something like that).  It was a very touching story (no politics).

I had problems with mine on a 3G model.  My wife has had no problems with hers on a WiFi model.  Doubt that the models make a difference, though.  The problems that I had were sporadic and infrequent, but CS replaced it anyway when I called them.

The Book Corner / Re: It's all L.J. Sellers fault!
« on: January 24, 2011, 07:32:38 pm »
Patrick....I'm a guy and I've read all of the Detective Jackson books and am anxiously awaiting #5 to appear.  It is definitely not chick lit.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Cracks on graphite Kindle?
« on: January 22, 2011, 06:49:25 am »
I hope everyone that has had the misfortune of their Kindle cracking has contacted customer service about it.  It may be isolated cases or it may be a huge problem that needs addressing.  In either case, customer service needs to know that this issue exists and the extent of it.   The fiasco with the unlighted case went unresolved until enough people demonstrated that the case was, indeed, the cause.  Only then, did positive action take place from the manufacturer to tackle the issue.


Writers' Cafe / Re: See exactly how piracy hurts
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:45:24 am »
Just a note from a reader:  I'm with you on this!  While I do rant on about the publishers overcharging for e-books (in relation to the prices of the hardbacks and softbacks), I fully support that the author is compensated for his/her work.  I have received many free books as promotional offers and, if I liked the author, I generally ended up buying other books from them as a result.  I'm not an author, but I am a photographer and I totally get where this is a problem.  I see the same problem with photography and software with the same attitudes from the users (abusers is a better term).  In discussions on my photography websites, which includes software we use, such as Photoshop, people either don't see that they are stealing or, if they do recognize it as such, they find a means to justify their actions.

Piracy DOES hurt and I support you guys!

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