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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Bezos - Kindle
« on: January 30, 2009, 05:59:14 pm »
It's quite true that I buy the same number of physical books as I did before I owned a Kindle.  That is, very few, because I found it uncomfortable to read them or I borrowed them from the library.  I purchased maybe 10 physical books a year from Amazon before my Kindle.

I still buy a few physical books that I feel won't be released on Kindle anytime soon.  I'll probably keep buying about 10 physical books a year on Amazon.

As for the 1.6 to 1.7 Kindle books for every physical book, well, that's WAY off.  For me it's more like 30 to 40 Kindle books for every physical book.  :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Firmware 1.2????
« on: January 24, 2009, 10:27:02 am »
My Kindle has updated itself to version 1.2.  Why me?  Not a clue.

Haven't tried any of the new sync commands, especially the "Sync and check for new items," because I'm afraid it will copy all my Kindle purchases from Amazon to my Kindle.  I like to keep the list on my Kindle to just 1 or 2 pages.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Verizon to support Kindle rivals
« on: January 07, 2009, 11:34:46 am »
This is extensively covered in the RV forums because people have a lot of real world experience traveling all over the country using their phones. It is generally accepted that Verizon has the best overall national coverage.

Ditto.  When I lived and worked in my RV, I found that Verizon had the best national coverage.  It surprised me when I researched the Kindle and learned that Whispernet is Sprint-based.  I expected Amazon to go with the accepted top of the line.

On the other hand, USB downloading isn't a deal-breaker.  I just hoped for a little more from Amazon.  Whispernet works fine for me when I'm home-based.

The Book Corner / Re: Broke down and bought DTB's!
« on: January 07, 2009, 08:43:55 am »
WolfePrincess, I'm sure he'll understand.  Oddly enough, I've read more DTBs since I got my Kindle than I did before (which was almost none).  With the Kindle I've rediscovered my love of reading.  I definitely prefer to read on my Kindle, but I don't hesitate to buy a paperback or check a book out from the library if I want to read something that isn't likely to be kindleized soon.  I figure it's all good.  :)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Re-reading books... Am I the only one who doesn't?
« on: January 04, 2009, 09:11:23 am »
I'm not a re-reader because there are so many things I haven't read and so little time to read them.  But y'all have me rethinking that policy; maybe I'm missing out on enjoying some old friends.  As a kid I did a lot of re-reading because we could only afford books for birthdays and Christmas, and we weren't very close to a library.  My paperback copies of The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down literally fell apart, I'd read them so many times.

Central Florida, Lake Wales, home of the highest point in peninsular Florida, a whopping 300ish feet above sea level!  And home of the lovely singing Bok Tower.

I get 4 to 5 bars.  It's a 1x connection, not EVDO, but my books arrive in less than a minute.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Unusual user names ;-p
« on: January 01, 2009, 02:50:15 pm »
I swiped my username from the name of a delicious orange muscat dessert wine that is the perfect accompaniment to chocolate.  And I just plain like the name.   :)

The Book Corner / Re: Given Up on a Book?
« on: December 29, 2008, 02:48:12 pm »
Disappointed to hear The Whiskey Rebels isn't good.

Oh gosh, Linda, please don't put too much stock in my opinion.  You might love The Whiskey Rebels.  I should tread a little more lightly.  :)

The Book Corner / Re: Given Up on a Book?
« on: December 29, 2008, 01:13:05 pm »
I tried to read Snow Crash.  I really, really tried.  After about 50 pages (the paper version), I finally threw in the towel.

(Also recently gave up on The Whiskey Rebels.  Hey, at least that one was free on Kindle.)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Ages of Kindleboard members...How about a poll
« on: December 28, 2008, 09:28:01 am »
Wow, you guys are so old. I suspect you all got a Kindle just for the giant font option

Yup, as a matter of fact, that was a major selling point.   8)  I'm 45 and my eyes can't seem to decide if they're nearsighted or farsighted.

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Powering off vs. sleep
« on: December 27, 2008, 07:59:17 pm »
I always leave mine on with Whispernet on so the NYT headlines blog can update frequently.  The charger is next to my bed, and I plug it in last thing before I go to sleep.  The battery indicator has never gone below about 80%, but typically I only read for about 3 hours a day.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New York Times
« on: December 26, 2008, 04:04:26 pm »
I love my subscription. I did the trial, never thinking I would subscribe but I did and I am hooked.

Ditto, Leslie.  I'd forgotten how good a newspaper can be.

Glynnis, welcome, and enjoy!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 26, 2008, 03:18:04 pm »
I think the hot cocoa K-cups are really tasty, but I have to admit that I slice the foil top, dump the powder in the cup, and then use the machine (unloaded) to dispense hot water.  Then stir.

Yeah, I know I could just as well use regular cocoa mix, which is probably a lot less expensive, but the K-cups taste good and are so convenient.  Love that Swiss Miss Dark, too.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Location numbers: Your thoughts?
« on: December 26, 2008, 11:44:49 am »
I'm fine with locations.  When you think about it, page numbers in regular books will vary depending on the edition (hardcover, paperback, large print), so they're not all that precise or relevant anyway.  For page numbers to mean anything, everyone must use the same edition of the book.  Ditto for locations when there are different versions of the same Kindle book.  Locations, page numbers, whatever...they're all just ways of telling how far along you are.

When I read the first few books on my Kindle, I checked Amazon for the number of pages in the corresponding regular book so I could get an idea of how the location numbers corresponded to the length of the books.

Now I think more in terms of locations.  For example, if a book hasn't hooked me by location 1500, I usually give up on it.   ;D

Then again, I'm a geek.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 23, 2008, 11:21:19 am »
Some of my favorites. . . Tully's French Roast

Ooh, Tully's French Roast is one of my favorites, too, Coffee Lover.

Linda, based on your favorites you listed, I think you'd like Tully's French Roast, too.  It's very smooth, dark, and French Roast-y but not bitter at all.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Other Hobbies?
« on: December 22, 2008, 07:20:53 pm »
Playing with my dogs and watching professional wrestling <koff>.

Vegas_Asian, that's wonderful you have a dog park to go to.  I miss the dog parks I visited when I lived in the SF Bay area.  There's one right on the bay in Richmond.  It's huge and there are hundreds of dogs there on weekends.  It's a joy to see all the dogs having so much fun, and the water dogs are particularly spectacular as they retrieve and play in the bay.

But here in Florida I have a couple acres and 3 dogs now, so I kinda have my own dog park.  Several of the neighborhood dogs come over to play.  It's a riot.   :D

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 21, 2008, 03:54:34 pm »
Leslie, that sounds like a good deal!

Dori, I've seen online that a lot of people who prefer light roasts enjoy Green Mountain Nantucket Blend and Timothy's Colombia La Vereda.

I've never seen a positive review of Coffee People Organic.  "Pencil shavings" is definitely the best description I've read.   :D

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 21, 2008, 11:07:02 am »
Has anyone tried Timothy's World Coffee, Midnight Magic, Extra Bold?

Leslie, yes, it's delicious, very dark and rich and flavorful.  Even better IMHO is Timothy's Extra Bold Rainforest Espresso, which is not even close to espresso strength but is bold and delicious.  Neither are bitter, just dark and rich.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: unconventional crush
« on: December 20, 2008, 05:41:59 pm »
Hmm, I'm not so sure about Bill Nye.  But, ooh, Richard Feynman, if he were alive and about 40 years old.  Lecture me on physics, baybee.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 20, 2008, 02:47:51 pm »
I definitely will order a box of the hot chocolate.

Linda, there are also white cocoa K-cups.  I've never tried them, but they sound intriguing!

New Keurig owners, there are scores of K-cup varieties out there:  Light, medium, and dark roasts, mild and extra bold, the whole spectrum.  It's so much fun to explore them.  You can buy 1 K-cup at a time at, and you can buy sample packs of 5 K-cups at  The samples are pricey but certainly more economical than getting a whole box and finding out you don't care for it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Interesting download problem
« on: December 20, 2008, 01:43:25 pm »
Strangely, the opposite happened to me a few weeks ago.  I used the Content Manager to transfer 4 books from Amazon to my Kindle, and all 4 transfers "failed."  I went to and sent the books to my Kindle, and it worked just fine.  Go figure.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:22:49 pm »
Wow, Dori, that was fast!  You're going to have so much fun sampling the different K-cups.  Be sure to keep us posted on the taste-testing.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Coffee or Tea?
« on: December 19, 2008, 01:29:41 pm »
Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensations is pretty good for instant

Yes, they really did a good job with that.  It actually tastes like chocolate, not just something sweet and watery.  :D  Ghirardelli hot cocoa is also luscious but pricey.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: More Kindle Competition
« on: December 19, 2008, 01:22:06 pm »
I can't even comprehend why any company would make yet another book reader without wireless.

I'll admit that I spent about a week deciding between the Sony and the Kindle, thinking the wireless was probably frivolous.  But I decided to spring for the top of the line, which in my mind was the Kindle.

Now that I have the Kindle, I see how valuable the wireless is.  If Amazon ever has enough Kindle inventory to need advertising, they should just give some people a Sony for a week and then a Kindle for a week (both with a few newspaper subscriptions and an account with some money to buy ebooks), then see what they say.  I simply can't imagine preferring the Sony.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: unconventional crush
« on: December 19, 2008, 07:46:49 am »

Yikes, creepy young Bruce Campbell...I'll pass.  Give me the current version!   :)

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