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Messages - Ann in Arlington

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For me, the PW has PLENTY of storage. Keep in mind you don't need to keep ALL your books on it at the same time. As long as you can regularly connect to a WiFi network, you can have access to everything in your library pretty quickly.

As for storage, if you go to amazon and look at any kindle page, you can scroll down a bit and see a comparison of the various models. It looks like the current PW is available with either 8 GB or 32 GB of storage. If she has an older PW, it might only have 4.

The Oasis also is available with either 8 or 32 GB, but that's a lot more money for the device. For most, I'd say the PW is the best value, but if price is consideration, the basic Kindle is still a nice device and if her old PW only has 4 GB, that would still double the storage.

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I don't do this because I've been told if you don't pay quarterly you'll be charged hefty fees.

If your balance due is more than 10% of your bill OR more than $1000, yes, you will likely owe penalty and interest.

Keep in mind, if you have a wage job that has withholding, you can always adjust your withholding UP to account for the extra income from your side gig. There's nothing wrong with a balance due, but it should go without saying that you should do your best to legally avoid extra fees. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Confused about the timeline of quarterly taxes.
« on: October 17, 2020, 07:45:24 am »
Assuming you operate on a calendar year (which you do unless you formally elected some other fiscal year) and are a cash basis tax payer (which, again, you are unless you formally elected to be an accrual based taxpayer) you pay tax based on income actually received, vs income expected.

So, for example, Amazon pays 2 months in arrears. In November you get September's earnings; in December you get October's earnings. Both of those will be this year's income. November's and December's earnings won't be paid until January and February of next year, so they'll be next years' earnings. Conversely, if you've been doing this a while, earnings from LAST November and December (2019) would have been paid to you in January and February of 2020. So they should also be included on your 2020 tax return.

I suppose if you're paying quarterly based on what you earned that quarter (rather than based on a calculation adjusted from your 2019 numbers) you'd want to include in the 4th quarter the amounts that hit your account, or were at least available to you, in October, November, and December.

When deciding what to pay, don't forget to adjust for allowed expenses, and don't forget that you owe income tax and ALSO self-employment tax (social security/medicare) at a rate of around 15%.

If you need professional help, here are a couple of websites to find a qualified tax professional (who may or may not be an accountant) in your area.

www.natptax.com
www.naea.org


(n.b. I'm an Enrolled Agent in good standing with the IRS, though currently retired.)

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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Book not loading
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:32:13 am »
This is an intermittent but ongoing problem that some of us have had for a while now.

On your Kindle, depending on the model, you need to set the sort on the top left to 'All' or 'Cloud' rather than 'On Device' or 'Downloaded'. This will show all your books, whether downloaded or not. When you find the book you're after (it might help to change the sort option top right to 'recent') then just tap on it and it will download.

Unfortunately, while this problem persists, for e-ink devices, manual downloading like this is the only way to go.

And it's not at all consistent behavior, at least not for me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  But with 3 active kindles on my account (5 if you count my brother's and my husband's) I can't always recall specifically which one I send any given book to. Which means I'm never sure if it's a glitch or something I did. :) I think they all go to bedtime reading. But then some go to Tardis and some to Hermoine's Handbag -- usuallly one for fiction and one for non-fiction. BUT I know I don't always pay close attention and I'm sure some books have gone to both or the "wrong" one.

A thing I've seen lately on my Bedtime kindle -- which is an Oasis, not the newest but the one before -- is that the books download but then show twice: once as normal and you can interact with ti, and once as a sort of ghots. It just shows a generic cover with the title, but when you touch it nothing happens. And you can't make it go away. It doesn't seem to affect reading anything else. If I do a restart, the ghost goes away.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:26:18 am »
Huh. That's interesting that you could get it on an eInk kindle without purchasing from Amazon. But does it go through Amazon, somehow? Like library books. I mean: if you look in content and devices, do you see your magazine issues there as books purchased? Or maybe they show as documents sent? I wonder if it's some how using the send to kindle/email to kindle function.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 covers.
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:21:26 am »
I have just a slip case .... The Oasis is the kindle that lives by my bedside and I only read right before bed. I prefer to hold it without a case but I put it in the slip case otherwise just to protect it from accidents.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 16, 2020, 05:24:29 am »
gdae23, I got the same email from Amazon about my New Yorker subscription. It looks to me as if they are saying I'll still get it on my kindle, but then why did they send this?

I cannot get my new Atlantic and Vanity Fair subscriptions on my kindle or kindle fire. I tried. I can access it online and will some day get the first Atlantic in print. I got a few issues of Vanity Fair in the mail.

I gather, in the case of the NYT at least, that the kindle subscription used to include access to NYT on line which for the rest of us is behind a paywall. But from gdae's post, they're discontinuing that. Have you been able to access the New Yorker on line without a separate subscription up to now? Maybe that's about to change.

It sounds like they're doing a major overhaul of how magazines work for Kindle. Possibly the publications are changing how things work. It's weird. When I got the notice about WaPo I thought, "Finally!" Because it made sense to me: you can access WaPo with a print subscription, or via a digital subscription, so why NOT a kindle subscription? AND, in my case, I'm now only paying $6 a month vs $12. So clearly a win for me.

I guess we'll just have to see how this plays out going forward.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 Build quality.
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:22:04 pm »
As an addendum to my previous comment .... if it doesn't seem firmly attached, even if it LOOKS o.k. that WOULD be a problem. So as long as it feels solid, I wouldn't worry about it. But I do get your concern. :)

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 Build quality.
« on: October 14, 2020, 11:00:40 am »
I have nothing to compare to, but, from the picture, I don't see anything that would alarm me.

Sorry .... probably not much help. :(

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:07:19 am »
Looks like all 3 current kindle models are on sale. AND you get a $5 ebook credit, too. I already have 4 kindles in the house, though, so I really don't need another. :o

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 12, 2020, 06:03:58 pm »
Looks like there are also changes with The NY Times subscription, and not for the better. I've always been able to access the online paper and app with my Kindle subscription, but I received this email from Amazon today:

Although this says the changes have already gone into effect as of 10-9-20, I've still got access right now. I don't know what will happen if I get logged out, which sometimes happens when I clear cookies. I really like to do my main NYT reading on the Kindle, and then supplement this with the additional online content, which I look at daily. If access stops, I'll probably look for the cheapest digital subscription that will provide continued access to both. But I'll be really annoyed!

Weird. That's just the opposite of what WaPo did .... which I still think is probably connected to Bezos owning both.

Hope they forget to actually switch you, like they did me. O'Course my solution was to cancel the existing subscription and re-subscribe. In your case, if they forget to (or can't) switch you, you'll win! ;)




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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 09, 2020, 11:22:25 am »
Yeah, I find that happens a lot. Way back in the mists of time, when I first got a Kindle and the unread books started to stack up, I promised myself I would read them in loosely the order I bought them. That lasted .... oh, about five minutes I think.  :-[

;D

Me, too.

I find I jump around but am probably MORE likely to choose a more recent acquisition than an older one. Oh well! I read what I like and like what I read (or I don't read it.) :D

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2020, 09:43:58 am »
Anyone here read the Inspector Sam Blackstone mysteries?  They're set in the late Victorian era, mostly in London, but in other parts of the world too and pretty good.


Apparently I purchased the first one almost 5 years ago .... still in the TBR queue. ::)


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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: October 07, 2020, 11:00:07 am »
Just saw an advert on Facebook ... there are at least SOME kindle deals. So far, bundles on kindle and PW -- includes a cover. Nothing on Oasis yet.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: October 06, 2020, 09:53:15 am »
Does anyone remember if the Oasis was on sale during prime day last year? I decided to trade in my Voyage to get an Oasis and I just shipped my Voyage out today, so the trade should be finalized before prime day and I am hoping to be able to catch it while it is on sale with the gift card and extra 20% off I will get from the trade in.

Only thing I can suggest is to watch for it. It seems likely, but not certain, by any means.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Carpal Tunnel from Kindle?
« on: October 04, 2020, 11:02:05 am »
Any repetitive motion/action/position can cause stress. Probably not "carpal tunnel" per se, but an ache wouldn't be that unusual. I used to get aches in my hand from holding open paper books.

The solution is to vary how you hold the thing and/or take periodic breaks. Or don't hold it at all ... I try to prop mine on a pillow or something when I can. :)

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- October 2020
« on: October 02, 2020, 04:56:01 am »
I'm looking at Spellbreaker too. I enjoyed her Paper Magician series (both Kindle & Audible), thought it's been a while.
I remember them as good fun & diversion.

Ah, yes! I hadn't completely realized it was the same author. I enjoyed that series fairly well also.

(And, of course, now, I see it's written right on the cover! Doh!)

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- October 2020
« on: October 01, 2020, 02:17:18 pm »
Spellbreaker called to me, too. Also Brynn Wilder until I read the blurb and then it didn't appeal so much. I'll definitely see what reviewers say. Brackenhill is also a possibility.

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The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- October 2020
« on: October 01, 2020, 10:56:22 am »
9 titles this month, and we get to pick 2 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

The list and links: :)

First reads for October

Gothic Fiction: The Haunting of Brynn Wilder

Thriller: The Cipher

Book Club Fiction: The Magnificent Dappled Sea

Historical Fantasy: Spellbreaker

Suspense: Girls of Brackenhill

Historical Fiction: Th Last Correspondent

Memoir: The Boy Between

Contemporary Fiction:  Perfectly Impossible

Children's Picture book: Some Days

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Smartphone size Kindle!!!!!!
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:29:08 pm »
Newspapers in the past were much easier to read.   The last few years our local paper has gotten the print so small and smaller means more faint so my old eyes have trouble reading it , so much so I am about to the point of discontinuing the paper.  I did look back at some old columns, articles from 20 or so years back and verified that, the print was larger and bolder.

I've always felt newspapers were uncomfortable to read. Not just the print size -- which has never been very big -- but the fact of the format: Big flappy pages that don't stay still. Ink that rubs off on your fingers. Never a fan. But with Kindle I read the local paper every day. Soooo much better. :)

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Amazon Prime Day
« on: September 28, 2020, 07:35:59 am »
I'll definitely check it out ... but will be surprised to see a NEW kindle. Likely deals on existing models, however, for those looking for a stand by replacement or back up device.

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I periodically get emails for some amount off on one or more specific titles in my wish list. Sometimes I take advantage; sometimes I don't.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Did you EVER?
« on: September 26, 2020, 04:38:58 am »
Note: Becca moved this thread to NQK as it was off topic to the WC. :)



ETA: Thanks, Ann! Forgot to post an explanation. :)  - Becca

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Fire Talk / Re: Why arent my books downloading?
« on: September 25, 2020, 12:58:59 pm »
I haven't had a problem with books not downloading, but occasionally my daily paper won't have done so. Easy enough to download, though. I do try to remember to check for it if I plan to be out and about and figure I might want to look at it. Not that that happens as often nowadays.

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