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Let's Talk Kindle! / When you demo your K, how do you do it?
« on: April 04, 2009, 10:05:52 am »
The "Kindle Celebrity" thread prompts my curiosity.  When you demo your Kindle, what do you show people?  Do you let them touch it?  Do you open books, show whispernet, download a sample, change font?  Just curious.  I've not demo'd mine that often but I'm wondering what everyone thinks is the most important -- or coolest -- thing to show the neophytes.

Just wonderin'


Kindle Accessories / ebags
« on: April 03, 2009, 01:19:41 pm »
So, years ago, DH signed up for e-Rewards. . .they periodically send surveys and such and we earn e-dollars.  Checked today and had over $100 so I scored a $100 GC at ebags.  (Hey, I'm the one that answers most of the surveys, so I figure I should reap the benefits.)  So. . . .anyone have any favorite bags -- kindle kompatible of course -- that I should look at.  Of course, I'll be doing a lot of browsing anyway, but don't object to some directed browsing.  :D



Let's Talk Kindle! / MOVED: reading beginning of posts
« on: March 17, 2009, 04:43:10 am »

Kindle Accessories / Re: Kindle2 can have custom screensavers
« on: March 09, 2009, 05:28:38 pm »
There's a long thread in Tips and Tricks about just how to do it. . . . .


Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Share Samples
« on: January 10, 2009, 07:40:39 am »
We've learned samples can be shared by e-mail.  So this is  a thread for those of you out of WhisperNet range to post if you'd like one of us within whispernet range to download a sample and e-mail it to you. 

Caveats:  this is strictly between you all. . .connect up by PM and exchange e-mail addresses or what have you.  Samples will NOT be posted here.

I will ask luvmy4brats and/or Leslie to please post a 'step by step' for any who wish to participate, as they are the two who have successfully accomplished it.

Finally, remember, if the book is on Mobipocket, you can get samples there as well and transfer them to your Kindle via USB.

This will be stickied for the time being . . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / bookmarks magazine
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:31:00 pm »
Hi folks. 

I've mentioned this publication before. . .great info on new books coming out and, basically, everything 'book'.

Except. . . .e-books.  I previously wrote to them asking if they'd do an issue on e-books and e-book readers.  Not there yet, but in the Editor's letter of the Jan/Feb 2009 issue, he did discuss e-readers, specifically mentioning the Kindle.  He didn't seem very enthused, however, so I wrote the following letter.  (I wish I could link to the the Editor Letter but it's not yet on the website.)  Anyway, here's what I said.

Dear Sir:

I read your letter in the Jan/Feb issue with great interest.   I have had my Kindle for about 6 months and I love it.  That's not to say I'm going to abandon the many many volumes of paper books I have on my shelves.  But most of the new books I buy will probably be for the Kindle.

One thing really caught my eye.  You said

   "Serendipity is curtailed as well:  I've discovered so many interesting books as I was making my way to the far end of the bookstore.  Those pleasant surprises seem harder to come by with a digital experience."

I disagree.  Now, I love bookstores. . .and will never pass one by even though I now have my Kindle.  Usually I buy something, too.  It is true that the 'browsing for books' experience is different, but there is an equal degree of serendipity, I feel.

I am one of the moderators on, a national web community of book and Kindle lovers.  We talk about our Kindles, about the accessories we by for our Kindles, and, mostly, about the books we are reading, have read, or want to read.  Members have recommended books in all genres and I've given many of them a try, even when it wasn't something I normally read.  I probably would not have found them by browsing in a bookstore, because they'd likely have been shelved in a section I wouldn't normally visit.  But the discussions and Book Klubs (_K_lubs because we require that the books be available for Kindle) have encouraged me to try genres and authors I never would have before.

We also talk with each other about non-mainstream authors we've discovered who do good work, but whose books are not likely to be found in a physical book store because they're not with one of the big publishers.  We even have several of these authors as members and one of our Klubs will be "reading with the author" where we'll discuss the books and also be able to learn what the writer was thinking/feeling/envisioning as he or she wrote it.

In short, I agree with your conclusion that physical bookstores will always exist in some form.  But I also think there's plenty of room for e-books.  Many who buy e-books of favorite authors also want the physical books to display on their shelves and lend to friends.  Early readers were expensive and didn't give a good experience.  But the next generation, like the Kindle, provide a reading experience easily on par with curling up with a good book.  In addition, some of our KindleBoard members report that because of disabilities, they find reading on the Kindle easier than reading a paper book.  So they're reading more. . .and buying more books!

I love Bookmarks and usually find something in your pages that I want to try.  I've talked it up on KindleBoards.  You should come by and check us out. . .

So I just wanted to share.  Do check out their website:  Subscribe, if you like. . .and then ask them to talk about e-books! :)


Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / renaming kindle
« on: December 22, 2008, 06:27:16 pm »
Amazon currently calls my Kindle "Ann's Kindle".  Descriptive but not clever.

A friend of mine calls it my "Magic Book".  Also descriptive and much more clever.

If I go to Amazon and change the name, that won't discombobulate anything with my subscriptions or anything will it?  I don't plan to change the e-mail address.

No, this does not mean I'm naming my Kindle, er Magic Book.  :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / We're number 8! We're number 8!
« on: December 20, 2008, 10:30:10 am »
Kindle is #8 on Time Magazines list of top 10 gadgets of 2008.

"Amazon's digital-book-reading device definitely takes some getting used to, but it's simply a terrific tool for people who love to read books.  Travelers will especially enjoy the luxury of taking a library on the road, and the Kindle can connect to a high-speed cellular network that delivers books on demand."

They should have added, "and you can subscribe to Time Magazine as well. . . ."  :)


Not Quite Kindle / unconventional crush
« on: December 18, 2008, 07:21:47 am »
O.K.  so we KNOW Leslie has a thing for Hugh Jackman -- not really unconventional.  But robin's got a thing for the Newsweek guy:  not your average stud.  So, who is it that YOU have a crush on that would make many people would say, "What??!!"  (No one on People's sexiest list allowed.)

I think Patrick Stewart is sexy.  Also like Scott Bakula -- better as Sam Becket than as Jonathan Archer (Enterprise).

And I admit I watch "Burn Notice" at least partly for Jeffrey Donovan.

Oh, and Richard Dean Anderson. . . .



Not Quite Kindle / You know it's Christmas season when
« on: December 15, 2008, 01:29:20 pm »
you see commercials for Chia pets and  'the clapper'


Forum Announcements & Tips / Too much animation?
« on: December 11, 2008, 03:26:11 pm »
Hi all,

So we have a pretty creative bunch here and a lot of us have animated signatures and/or avatars.  Sometimes, when there are a bunch in a row it can become distracting.  Did you know that you can press the ESC and the animation will stop?  Works in both Firefox and IE.  You do have to press it each time you change the page.  I'd say try it here, but I don't have any animation on mine.  :)  Still I'm sure you'll find a thread where you can use it!!

(thanks to Pidgeon92 for this hint)

Not Quite Kindle / Did my Christmas Shopping
« on: December 11, 2008, 08:06:57 am »
Bought from Amazon -- linked thru the board, of course -- a watch for hubby and a keyboard and mouse for our son.  They get presents, Harvey gets kickbacks, and I get book points.  Everyone wins!


Your Admin Team / resigning as moderator
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:01:47 pm »
Well, anyway, let me introduce myself.   My name is Ann and I'm a Kindleholic and a Kindleboardsaholic"  ("Hi, Ann")  I've been asked to moderate the Tips Tricks and Troubleshooting thread by Harvey and his harem of moderators.  :) I am a moderator on another list, though it's not nearly as active as this one and is pretty limited in membership.  Still, I've learned a few things about helping people get along in the cyber-world. 

In real life, I am an Enrolled Agent:  admitted to practice before the IRS.  Which is a fancy way of saying I am a Tax Professional.  I'll be pretty busy from Mid January to Mid April and will look forward to this board as my 'down time'!  I am also the wife of a retired Navy Officer who is now our parish Facilities and Business Manager.  He and I are both active in our Parish Music Ministry.  I sing and play Guitar/Flute/Bass Guitar/what-have-you with a small contemporary group at our Sunday evening Mass.  Our son is 25 and manages a small college theatre in Bloomfield NJ. (Woohoo!  He graduated college and didn't move home!)

Anyway, I've been reading since I was 5, doing music since I was 6, and playing with computers since College.  I'll read 'most anything:  prefer something with some level of mystery to it.   I hope I can be helpful to everyone here as well as those who haven't found us yet!


Not Quite Kindle / Most Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas Carols
« on: December 05, 2008, 12:11:01 pm »
or other holiday songs. . . . .that you hear on the radio.  Favorite is pretty obvious.  Least Favorite (Most Hated) can be a song that's just bad (Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer) or maybe a song that's not bad at all but the rendition is extremely unfortunate (think Stevie Nicks singing Silent Night.)



Not Quite Kindle / Bookopoly
« on: November 28, 2008, 04:23:31 pm »
O.K. Saw this in a catalog yesterday and it prompted a discussion at the family dinner.  And it seems like a good topic here:  If you were making a version of Monopoly but with books, what would the properties be?

Now the game is available on Amazon and some of you may have it. . . .I would be interested in knowing what they've chosen,  but for purposes of discussion, what would you choose.  What would be the Board Walk and Park Place of Literature?  What would be the 4 'railroads'? 


Let's Talk Kindle! / Weird Kindle Behavior
« on: November 28, 2008, 12:44:48 pm »
I'm talking behavior of the Kindle . . .not the human Kindler.

So, I see the thread about Benjamin Button and decide, hey, I'll check that out.  Got on Amazon and saw that it was by Fitzgerald (which I don't believe anyone ever mentioned, shame on you all:)) and went to the guide I have on my Kindle to try to download from Feedbooks.  Well, my guide was outdated so I tried to update it.  Couldn't.  Hmmm.  Tried again.  Couoldn't because I already had it.  Huh?  Sure enough went to the home page and there it was -- along with the older version I'd originally tried to update from.  So I tried to use it to find BB and it got stuck.  Could go back to the home page but it still would open.  Hmm.  Reset!!

O.K.  so used content manager to delete all versions of the guide and tried to re-download it.  Seemed to.  But then, again wouldn't open.  So I figure the guide's corrupted, went to the website via my computer and found the book and sent it to Kindle that way.  Then said to myself, "Self, it's about time you read today's paper."  But It Wouldn't Open!!!  Ohhhhh NOOOO.  Mr. Bill!!!  :o

Did not panic.  Reset. and everything is fine.  Whew!

But that's not the weird part.

While I was playing around with the Basic web doing all sorts of whispernet stuff, the power indicator went down one click.  Not surprising.  But when I reset it, it went back up to full!!!!  After a little while reading it went down a click again. . . .but it does make me realize that the guage is very approximate. 

Just wanted to share.  :)


Not Quite Kindle / Oh Goody!
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:31:23 pm »
I just love it when I get an unremarkable envelope in the mail and inside I find
an amazon gift certificate!  Woo Hoo!!

And it even says "Oh Goody" on the letter!

Time to shop. . . .


Not Quite Kindle / TV Series (started out as Book Series)
« on: November 20, 2008, 06:29:53 am »
I didn't realize the Dresden Files were books!  There was a short-lived TV series on the SciFi channel (I think) and I loved it!  Bought the DVD's when they were released and waited in vain for the next season.  Stupid TV stations.  I'm SICK of my favorite shows just ENDING with no wrap-up of the plot lines. 

Dresden Files might not be dead.  SciFi Channel tends to start it's series at off times.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it come back in January or February.  I also love Eureka.  We also enjoy both Stargate series and have been checking out Sanctuary too.


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