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See this post, just up thread, from June 2020:

The link maker was developed/coded by the original owner of this site, who died several years ago. It has since been sold to an organization that apparently makes money by owning bulletin boards. NONE of the coding/design/navigation has been updated since (except to switch to their own affiliate links). Specifically, Amazon changed something in how such searches work to link items on their site. Of course, current ownership has not updated the link maker, which is probably why you are having problems.

However, there is a manual version that, as far as I know, still works. See the italicized note below the search box on the main link maker page. The word 'here' is a link to the manual version. All you need is the ASIN and Title for a text link or do a 'copy image location' and enter that for an image link.

If THAT doesn't work, I'm afraid you're out of luck. You can try emailing the ownership, but they are generally pretty unresponsive. But I did just try it with a random book and it seemed to work.

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Portable charger
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:33:53 am »
I have a few of them but except for the solar one I donít think they work with the kindle. Iíll have to check again. Hopefully we wonít have a hurricane and I wonít have to worry.

Hmmm. I'd think as long as you can connect a wire with the right plug for kindle -- micro USB -- I wouldn't think there'd be a problem. I'm pretty interchangeable with all my plugs/wires and only occasionally, with my laptop, do I get a pop up that says it's charging slowly. Well, if I'm leaving it overnight that's not a problem. Never had a situation where the kindle wouldn't charge. I guess I can't think why a battery pack would be different, but it's definitely a good idea to find that out NOW rather than when you go to use the thing and it doesn't work! :o

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Push-to-Kindle 2.2 beta released
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:30:09 am »
I used to have that and used a lot on a previous laptop. I am not sure how to get it back. I didn't know you had to pay though.

You don't. Not for a basic version. At least .... I installed it a while ago and I know I never paid. I've also never upgraded it or anything and it still works for the things I care to use it for.

I think the paid version neatens things up a bit and maybe lets you get at articles that might otherwise be behind a paywall.

OR ... it's just a voluntary payment so they can keep developing it.

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Portable charger
« on: July 17, 2020, 11:36:53 am »
Thanks, I also have portable chargers, I just tried the solar one and it works.  We live in South Fl and if we have a hurricane and lose power I want to be able to charge my kindles with it.


Ah! So what you want is an auxiliary battery pack. There are a lot out there. Some are fairly large, but will be able to charge a lot of different things and not go flat. The solar one is nice, but in my experience the solar charging is pretty slow. The truly 'portable' ones are still somewhat heavy but you can get ones that are fairly efficient at storing and charging. With any of them, they'll slowly drain as they aren't used so if you are expecting weather be sure to charge them up too!

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Portable charger
« on: July 17, 2020, 03:43:05 am »
I'm not sure I understand the question. I guess I'd consider pretty much any charger that works with it to be portable. It's just the plug and the proper USB wire. I know when I travel I take several with me. At least 3 plugs and a selection of wires to charge my phone, tablet, kindle, etc.

I do also have a couple of battery pack type chargers, for if I need to charge something and there's no electrical receptacle. One is 'solar powered' so it will theoretically recharge itself in the sun. You can also recharge it the usual way. Either one can then be used to recharge a phone or something.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: The initial webpage for Amazon
« on: July 16, 2020, 01:15:34 pm »
Very cool! I was living in the UK in 1995 and I remember my dad back here in the States raving about this site where he could order any book he wanted and they'd deliver it right to the house! :o Meanwhile, we barely had email .... I remember our compuserve address was all numbers.

We came back to the States in summer of '96. My earliest purchase from Amazon was October '97 according to Amazon, but I feel like I'd bought stuff before that. BUT, we had a different email address when we first came back and that ISP got bought out later and we ended up with Comcast. So I feel like there were orders under the previous email address that aren't showing on my account now.

I do remember clearly that when you ordered a book they included a bookmark. And for a few years, they sent presents at Christmas -- Amazon commuter drink tumblers -- found a bunch of those clearing out my dad's house after he died. ;) They stopped that after 3 or 4 years, I think. They also sent fridge magnets, some of which are still on our downstairs freezer.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 time
« on: July 16, 2020, 03:32:39 am »
I go to settings , device options and then device time. I then have the choice to set it automatically or not.

I have no such setting on my Oasis (not current model but the one before). BUT, I also only have WiFi, no 3G/4G. I'm guessing that's the difference.

So .... seems to me the easy solution is just change the time twice a year and leave automatic OFF.  OR contact Amazon and see if they have an explanation.

Sorry to not be more help. :(

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 time
« on: July 15, 2020, 03:36:05 pm »
My computer does have the right time. I guess Iíll just have to keep it to manually set the time.

Out of curiosity, where is the setting to put it on automatic?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 time
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:53:13 am »
Thanks for answering, when I put the clock for automatic it will be fine for a couple of hours
and it goes back to four hours ahead so I have to change it manually. Iíve never had that happen before. This is a kindle that was replaced from my other oasis 3.


Hmmm .... that is weird.

I wonder if the problem could be external .... like an issue with your wifi router that it doesn't know where it is or something. I assume your other computers/tablets keep time o.k.?

Sorry I can't be more help.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:51:21 am »
I feel like I'm reading more .... but also more of a variety. Getting out of my genre comfort zone a bit. :D

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:49:53 am »

I forgot how to change the size with the manual link maker. 

where you see  [img

leave a space and follow that with height=150

So the beginning of that section of code looks like this

[img height=150

Then close the bracket as usual and that will make a more reasonably sized image. :)


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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 time
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:01:21 am »
Neither my O2 or PW (latest model) have a setting for 'automatic' and I don't remember if they change on their own or if I have to do it. I feel like I have to do it, so I guess I'm not much help.

BUT

Maybe the problem is that we are currently in Daylight Time and not Standard time?

Unless I've completely misunderstood the question -- it's still quite early, so that's a definite possibility. :)

(The page to adjust the time is under settings, device options, device time -- but you probably already know that.)

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: July 14, 2020, 06:28:35 pm »

Ann in Arlington, how did you get the Linkmaker to work? I haven't been able to do so for months.


The automatic one is broken .... but if you use the original manual one, it works. The italicized sentence

 (Note: the older, manual version of Link-Maker is available here.)

at the bottom has the link to it by clicking the word "here".

Copy the ASIN and enter the text you want to use for a text link, or copy the image location and enter it for an image link. Then click the 'create kboards link' button.

Here's a link directly to that if anyone wants to bookmark it or something.

https://www.kboards.com/link/link-maker-1-0.php

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: July 14, 2020, 09:27:15 am »
Recently found "Inspector George Gently". Similar in feel to "Foyle's War" but it took me longer to 'get' the characters.It's set in the 60s. I'm running out of things I want to watch on Acorn so when I've seen all I care to, I may cancel it and switch to BritBox for a while .... I left off at season 2 of Vera and I'd like to continue that. And I've seen a lot of other things that look good via Prime Video, but they're actually on BritBox.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: July 14, 2020, 09:20:27 am »
I just finished

I'd had it on a 'wish list' at the library for forever and picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Definitely historical ... lighter on the romance but it's there. I enjoyed it. It features Alais Capet who was supposed to be the wife of Richard I until his father Henry II took her as his mistress. This takes place many years later -- Both Henry and Richard are dead, John is King, and he's got his tights in a twist about rumors that Alais had a child by Henry who would be a claimant to the throne.

This one is only $4 to buy and there's a sequel as well.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: line spacing
« on: July 10, 2020, 04:00:51 pm »
Are you asking because you have a book you've written and need to know how to format it? That's a question to ask the authors who hang in the Writer's Cafe.

I haven't read a print novel in years .... literally since 2008 when I got my kindle. I can set the line spacing for whatever is comfortable for me.

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 10, 2020, 03:59:17 pm »
I don't mind as long as it's REALLY OBVIOUS when each section takes place. But I've read books more than once where there was nothing at the beginning of each chapter that told you and you had to figure it out from whatever was happening to whoever was present in the first few paragraphs of each new section. Not cool. Give me a date/year or use a completely different typeface or SOMETHING to make it clear.

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:41:49 pm »
After re-reading the blurbs and looking at reviews, I went with:

Suspense: Trust No One

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls

O'Course, I have NO IDEA when I'll get to reading them. :o :-\ ;D

I think it's hot all over ... it's hit at least 90F (32C) for the last week or more and no sign of it dropping any time soon. And it's also been very humid which only makes it worse. PLUS .... just to keep it interesting .... there have been some pretty severe thunderstorms as well ... trees knocked down, power outages, etc.

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:08:30 am »
Thanks for reminding me: I haven't even picked one yet! :D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Newspaper experience on Oasis?
« on: July 06, 2020, 03:20:21 am »
Iím a print newspaper junkie. Iím new to e-readers and considering an Oasis. Can anyone who subscribes explain how the New York Times or Wall Street Journal looks? Iíd heard it was more like a websiteóa list of articles. I am hoping for a print experience where I flip page by page and it looks closer to what I get delivered.

This should be easier to find out but itís nowhere online.
Can anyone post an image or explain what it looks like on the Oasis?

Should I wait for a larger screen e-reader? I donít want an IPad or Fire because my wife and kid will use it too ;-)




I subscribe to the Washington Post.

When you open the 'paper' for the day you're on the 'front page'. What you're seeing is the sections of the paper, 4 to a page -- you can page forward and back to get to a particular section You'll see each section shows how many articles are in that section. Tap on a section and it takes you to the first article.

Each article has a headline, some have a picture and caption and then the article. No columnar formatting or anything like that. Where there might be multiple pictures in the print version, the kindle version only has one.

There are no classifieds, no sports box scores, no pages of stock quotes or anything like that. Just the articles. Also no comics.

All that is fine with me as that sort of stuff is easy to find on line if I feel the need.

I actually prefer the kindle edition to the print edition -- much less messy and awkward to read and page through. The only problem is that WaPo doesn't consider it a 'subscription' for purposes of accessing further content on line. So if I see a link somewhere to a WaPo article, I can't read it because I don't have a subscription and I'm not going to pay further for an on line one. I generally end up making a note and, sure enough, it shows up in the kindle edition at some point. :)

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hmmmm. weird.

Let me think on this a bit.

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The thing is, there are books that I downloaded to my Kindle when I bought them, that now have the 'update available' link. If it's sent the update to the copy on my Kindle already, and the new version will automatically download if I send the book to another device, then why the link? Under what circumstances is the link to manually update ever necessary?

And how can I tell if the version on my Kindle has been updated?


So, to clarify, 'cause I don't think I explained it well .... and I might not even be completely accurate, it's just what I think is happening.

Say I have a book on my kindle. I'm browsing my content page and see the 'update available' link.

If I have auto update turned on in my account, when I click that link it will update the book in my library and send a new version to my kindle as well. I have seen this happen where a book I'd maybe already read or at least was well back in my queue is suddenly showing as 'most recent' on the device -- because there'd been an update, I'd clicked to get it, and since it was on the Kindle, a new file was sent.

I think if 'auto update' is NOT turned on, then clicking 'update available' won't send the new file to the kindle.

This is my understanding of how it works currently and has, by my recollection, for several years -- maybe 5 or more? It might have been even more automatic before, when they first introduced it.

I guess it's not ever necessary to update ... but I'm not sure newer versions will be sent unless you click the link. Some people want to keep the one they read and don't want anything new. You also have to watch as sometimes it warns you that updating will cause you to lose notes and highlights.

I think they stopped automatically updating without warning because of complaints from customers. The 'auto' function, when first introduced, was ON by default so if you didn't turn it off, you got updates and maybe lost notes or something. So now this is the method. You manually tell it to update, but it won't send new versions to the kindle (if the book is on the device) unless you have auto turned ON.

If you suddenly see a book you just 'updated' show up as most recent, that's an indication that it did send the new file to your device.

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On the 'Preferences' tab on the Manage Your Kindle and Devices page I have 'Automatic Book Updates' set to 'ON'. I had assumed that that meant that updates would download automatically and replace books I had already downloaded with the updated version.

However, when I look on the 'Content' tab I have a lot of books which have a blue 'update available' link underneath the title. What does that mean exactly? Does it mean if I now download it I will get the updated version BUT if it's already on my Kindle I have to manually update it? When you click on the 'update available' link there's no option to choose a device, so if I already have it on more than one Kindle would it update ALL already downloaded copies on every device?

I'm not sure what part of the process is considered to be 'automatic'.  :-\

When the feature first was available, I think there was some discussion that the author/publisher had to request that Amazon push updated files to anyone who'd purchased the book previously. In those cases, if the file was on your kindle, it got updated.

I do feel like it's changed. So now, you still have to manually update the file on the manage content page. If you have 'auto' turned on, I think it does then send the updated file to any device where the book currently is loaded. If not, it updates the file in your 'library' but doesn't automatically send it to any devices.

At least, that's what I think ....

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:19:02 pm »
These 4 are possibles. Will wait a bit until some more reviews come in.

Crime Thriller: White Out

Suspense: Trust No One

Thriller: Her Final Words

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls


I still don't know what the difference between thriller, suspense and crime thriller is. They always seem the same to me. Reading the blurbs, etc. Thrillers and suspense always seem to have some crime in them too, so I have no clue.

I agree ... they all seem the same genre to me. And "Book Club Fiction" feels completely indefinable. But the blurb on that one looks interesting.

That said ... I have about 8 library books currently borrowed -- a whole bunch came up in the same 4 day period -- so it'll be a while until I get to anything I've bought. I may just skip 'em all on the theory that I've got plenty to read already! :o :D ;D

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The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:28:07 am »
NOTE: There are 9 titles available this month, and we get to pick 2 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

Haven't looked any more thoroughly just yet, but here's the list and links, at least. :)

First reads for July

Crime Thriller: White Out

Suspense: Trust No One

Contemporary Fiction: Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

Thriller: Her Final Words

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls

Memoir: The Son and Heir

Historical Fiction: Across the Winding River

Children's Picture book: Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten

Essays: Tomboyland


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