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I'd had this on my radar for quite a while and Ann's mentioning it here got me to finally give it a try. It really didn't grab me at all - in fact it ended up as a DNF for me.

I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't like it, I just found I had no enthusiasm for finding out what happened next. I was really surprised as it sounded just the kind of thing I'd like and usually Ann and I seem to have similar tastes - I'm currently working my way through more than one series she's recommended.

Oh well, plenty of other things to read. *eyes ever increasing TBR pile*  :o

Though I like the series -- and actually have liked later entries better than the first -- I do see why it might not work for some. I admit I found the whole "Punch" thing confusing at the time and it still is when "Mr Punch" is mentioned in later books. But, yeah, no point in continuing if it's not doing it for you; as you say, it's not like there's nothing else to read, is it? ;D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Removing all books without deregistering
« on: June 30, 2020, 09:54:59 am »
So I must be missing a step because I still see too many items - there are only 3-4 books on my Oasis 2 and I get over 1,000
Amazon
Manage Your Content and Devices
Devices
Kindles
Choose my Oasis 2
Click View device content button on right side of screen
See 1,336 books - I know it's not library since that is over 5,000 now

Where did I go wrong?




Hmmm .... I got there a different way, but ended up the same place. Not sure what's going on with yours but I specifically picked my husband's kindle as I know it only has a couple dozen titles. When I get to the screen for its device content, it looks right.

Only thing I can think is you aren't looking at the device you think you are?  Sorry. :(

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I'll finish it and hopefully I feel the same about the 2nd. I like more about it than I don't, so I do want to finish it. In most series, as long as I find it interesting enough, I try to at least read through the 2nd.

We shall see.  ;D

Can't say fairer than that. Every book doesn't appeal to everyone and that's o.k.! :D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Removing all books without deregistering
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:29:55 am »
That is what I was looking for.  I got into settings yesterday, but I didn't go far enough.  Thank you!

On the Amazon Content and Devices page when you select a device and then choose device content, it shows you the content you have downloaded to all your devices, not a specific one.  So that wasn't really helpful.


I think you can further click on 'device' on that page.

.... <checking> ....

Yes! if you go to a book and click on the down arrow under the 'devices' column. It will tell you which devices that book is on.  If you click a specific device, it will show you only the books on that device.  It's a weird way to do it but you can get there. Once you have it showing only the books on a specific device, you should be able to delete a bunch at a time as usual. Used to be limited to 10 at a time, but that might have changed.

How do I know this? I think I did it by accident once so I knew you could. it was just a matter of figuring out how I'd done it! :D

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Agree with Atunah ... and well explained. :)

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its going a bit slow. I am having a bit of a hard time getting into the story. Not sure what it is exactly yet. I am not feeling any feelings. that sounds weird, but I am just not connecting with any characters. So I have a hard time caring.
And it doesn't help that the book is in first person from a guy that acts a wee bit like Harry Dresden at times with the male gaze and wish fulfillment. Character here, like Dresden did for me, reads juvenile too many times. I'll finish it, but it might be a wee bit more time.The story so far is ok, but started out stronger than as it went on. It kind of went of in a totally different way than the beginning showed.
So far I am "meh" on it. I am not getting a sense of anyone and I think it because I am looking from the eyes of a dude that is acting not like a interesting adult to me. At least not at the moment. So far most females in the story have been of some sort of object to him on one way or another.

I'll see how it is by the end. But I am not really enjoying reading at the moment with this one.

The first book is more difficult to get into because you have to get to know Peter. If you finish it and decide it's not completely horrible, I'd suggest trying the second book and see if you feel there's improvement. I thought the second held together better, with a more cohesive plot, probably because there was not the same need to explain a lot of the magic stuff. But: his personality doesn't change, so if that's what's not doing it for you ...... :) I found him a bit obnoxious to start but, ultimately, fairly honest with himself while at the same time not taking it all too seriously.

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I'm sure there's an app for that. :) Seriously -- I'd guess you'd be able to use your phone, tablet, or computer. You'd have to remember to manually start and stop the timer. No way I know of that's automatic on kindle except, as you note, the free time thing -- which is meant, I guess, for parents to monitor their kids reading vs other screen time. My recollection was that's only on a Fire tablet -- so if you use an eInk Kindle even that isn't available, I think. (Could be wrong here:
never had need/desire to look further into it.)

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Reader's Block
« on: June 27, 2020, 06:27:08 am »
Are you reading ebooks or paper? I ask because, for me, reading on paper can be problematic -- print is often smaller than optimal for me ... also in my sixties. the kindle is great because I can make the print the size it needs to be and even adjust the boldness to make it easier to read -- as well as margins and line spacing. AND it's easier to hold than a hardback for sure, and also easier than many paperbacks. :)

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Pressure  :-X

For sure! Clearly my opinion means nothing! :o ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: UPDATE? Should I Be Curious?
« on: June 23, 2020, 04:13:31 am »
Updates are usually to correct formatting or editing issues.

Also, I think some publishers put out newer editions of older books and add or change front and back matter. In that case, they may update older kindle editions to include the new material.

eta:
Updating a book should not cause any issues on your device. BUT pay attention to the notice you get when you click to do so. Sometimes it says that any notes or marks will be lost. If that's important to you, do NOT update. Pay attention to the message each time; there are 2 or three different ones, as I recall.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Where's The Doctor when you need her?
« on: June 22, 2020, 04:04:45 am »
LOL!

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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Dead Kindle
« on: June 22, 2020, 04:03:19 am »
You can buy a replacement battery. If you're comfortable opening up things that aren't really designed for it, you may be able to replace it. Try newpower99.com. New battery includes a 'how to' video and, I believe, any specialized tools.

Or contact Amazon. Explain you received it as a gift and have kindle support walk through some standard checks with you. If it's truly dead, they may replace it. (Certainly will if it's less than a year old.) Otherwise, ask what sort of credit they'll give you on a trade in. If not working it may only be $5 or $10 bucks, but that's better than nothing.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Library Extension for Firefox
« on: June 21, 2020, 11:59:00 am »
I've been requesting books for years but to date I have never had even one purchased. I've pretty much given up bothering.

That's a shame. But, again, it's only been the last few months I've had any luck. Before that probably 90% of what I asked for 9at least) they 'decided not to purchase'. I've actually been surprised that the last 4 things I requested they decided to buy!

Mind you, I'm only talking about the local county library. I've not gone to the trouble of requesting anything at the neighboring libraries, except through Overdrive. And I've no idea how/when/if such requests get to people who can do anything about it.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Library borrowing on Kindle -- a PSA
« on: June 21, 2020, 11:56:35 am »
I've noticed the same. Wonder if something has to be done of the library side and it's not getting done with all the virus reaction. My library has been closed for months. Can still borrow ebooks, return, put on hold, etc., but couldn't even return a physical book borrowed before the shutdown until recently, and now they have this convoluted process for borrowing physical books where you wait outside, text them, and sit there for 20 minutes until someone brings the books and puts them in your open trunk.

Maybe ... but, I don't see why that would affect anything. The on line borrowing stuff is pretty automatic, I'd think.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Library Extension for Firefox
« on: June 21, 2020, 09:52:00 am »
This also works on Amazon UK, even though you can't actually borrow Kindle books from UK libraries. It will tell you if there's a an epub or audio version available.

I initially thought it didn't work as all the books I looked at on Amazon said that no copy was available at the library but eventually one or two did show up. I'm not sure if that's because I have unusual reading habits compared to most library patrons or because the digital side of the library is very limited. This does make it doubly handy for me though, because I got to the point where I couldn't be bothered to check if a book was available at the library when they almost always weren't. Now I can see instantly.

Yes ... that's my feeling as well ... I can see without going to the trouble of searching Overdrive or the library's site directly. Almost none of the self-published/small publisher series I read are in the libraries; maybe 2/3 of the big publisher titles. I have access to 4 different libraries so usually one or two have any given book even if they don't all carry. But often none of the 4 have bought it because it's not on any best-seller list.

That said, I have requested books and have recently had good luck getting the libraries to purchase them. Oddly, while it's easy to request through the Overdrive listing on the library site, it's actually more effective, I've found, to request directly to the library. At least then I get a notice as to whether or not they've decided to buy it.

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Kindles are very personal.  For me the Voyage is better in ergonomics and style. But the newest PW has a better screen, I feel, and somewhat better lighting. Otherwise, it's a tossup. Both models continue to get updates to the operating system.

Note the original price of the Voyage was MUCH higher originally at $199.00. It's OLD tech ... originally released in fall of 2014. Really, the PW4 is as much an update to IT as it is to the PW.

If price is a consideration, look on Amazon for certified refurbished models. I've had good luck with 'em.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Library Extension for Firefox
« on: June 21, 2020, 04:47:08 am »
I think I've shared this before but here it is again in case I'm misremembering and/or people didn't see it.

I mostly use Firefox as my browser and there's an extension/add on called "Library Extension" that you can get for it. Once activated, and set up with your libraries, it works with both Amazon and GoodReads (probably other sites as well).

So, when you're on a book page, the extension does a check of the libraries you've listed and shows you, right there on the product/information page, whether the book is available at the selected libraries. It will look for both eBooks and audio books. If it's available immediately there will be a 'borrow' button; if not there's a 'view' button. Either one takes you to the libarary's page where you can borrow, wish list, or hold it.

Again: it works both on Amazon AND on GoodReads. I suspect it works on other book selling sites as well and maybe other book organization/review sites as well. It is, for me, the easiest way to figure out if a book that's caught my eye is available to borrow!

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Library borrowing on Kindle -- a PSA
« on: June 21, 2020, 04:40:54 am »
So, most of us know that we can borrow kindle books via Overdrive from many libraries -- at least in the US. Shortly after the feature became available, they added the ability to return the books directly from the Kindle. Many of us embraced this as quicker than having to go to the library/overdrive site to find the book and manually return it. BUT, I've discovered it doesn't always work.

I noticed it a month or so ago -- I'd returned a book and it was gone from my kindle and shown as 'borrow expired' on the manage content page of Amazon. BUT I happened to be at the library website which showed it as still checked out to me. Which, of course, means that my copy isn't available to anyone else. :( Since then I've paid closer attention and made a point of checking and it's consistent: you 'return' it from kindle and it shows 'borrow expired' in you content, but the book is still checked out per the library website.

I assume it will automatically return at the end of the borrowing period. But if you, like me, would like to return it early so it's available for another library patron, you might want to check directly via the library site. I am pretty sure that it used to work properly; no idea when it stopped.


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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Buying a new Kindle while abroad?
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:55:17 am »
It used to be that if you were a US person traveling abroad, you could tell Amazon and still have access to the US store, vs having to purchase things via the local country store. If you have access to Amazon US and can buy and order books for kindle from them, you should be able to buy a kindle as well. The difficulty might be where to ship and how much they charge.

I don't know if, any more, there is a difference among kindles sold in the various countries. Almost certainly not if you're getting a WiFi only model. There might possibly be if you want one with a cellular connection since cell networks have different protocols in different countries.

All that said: if you're coming back in a couple of months, and the Voyage is working fine, I'd be inclined to wait.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: 8GB PW w/ special offers on sale
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:50:31 am »
FWIW, the sale is still on, but I note that only the black model is $99.99. The colored models (3 options) are $109.99. I'm not sure if they are more regularly or not.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: List of Books on Paperwhite
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:49:38 am »
O.K. Had to do a little playing but I think I found it.

If you have "home view", which has your current book as a larger cover plus two others, along with reading lists and various promoted titles, you probably want to turn that off. Go to:

Settings
Device Options
Advanced Options
Home & Library
Home Screen View

Just tap to toggle it off (or on).

Now, when you go back to home screen you'll see a page of 6 cover images. Touch the 'sort' option at the upper right. There you can choose from 'grid' or 'list' as well as telling it how to order them. 'List" will show your books without the covers.

Note you CAN do this if you use the 'home screen view' but in that case you won't get to your list without swiping right a couple of times. With Home Screen View off, you will open the kindle to your list of books.

Hope that helps. :)

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Let's Talk Kindle! / 8GB PW w/ special offers on sale
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:57:06 am »
$99.99 today!

Kindle PaperWhite

Or get the 32GB version for $124.99 ... which is $5 less than the price for the 8GB model regularly.

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Thanks Ann and Lin,

I think it must be a goner, because I've charged it several times with no effect. I use the same cable on my Kindle Fire and Mobile, and they both work fine. The power light shows up on the Kindle.

I'll try pressing the power button for forty seconds, and see if that wakes it up. Then I'll attach the cable again. Fingers crossed that it works this time.

I can't remember when I bought it, but it's my fourth Kindle. It must be a few years old now.

Update.

It's working now! Talk about Sod's Law. It must have heard that I was consulting the oracle because it caved it, and started recharging as good as gold.

Thank you so much. xxx

Glad to hear it. :D

Might want to think about buying a back up, though. ;) (Don't tell the first one! :o )

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So, a lot of these suggestions are probably obvious and you've probably tried them, but here goes.  FWIW, what you describe sounds like a flat battery.

Plug it in and make sure it's charged. Maybe try a different cord/adapter/or receptacle than usual as it's possible something has gone bad.

Be sure the receptacle is powered (I have some on a switch and I have been known to forget and plug something in there and be briefly confused as to why it's not working).

Do a full restart. If you're relatively sure it's fully charged, but can't get to a screen, press and hold the power button until it cycles. Might be 20-40 seconds.

If you can't get any response, my guess is the plug input on the device has gone bad and it can't take a charge. So it seems to work just fine, but at some point it has no power and just doesn't.

You said you bought "a cover" but I'm thinking you mean a warranty? If you bought it via Amazon, chances are information about the warranty will be included in your order information which should still be on Amazon. You just have to remember when you bought it and find the order. If it's through Square Trade, they are pretty good, so if it's still covered, contact them with all the information and they'll sort you out. (We had a ST warranty on a TV bought at Costco and they arranged to have a new one sent without any argument.)

You haven't said exactly what model kindle it is or when you bought it -- they pretty much all have touchscreen at this point, but some older models were as well, starting with the Kindle "Touch" which was released in 2011. The base kindle model went touchscreen in 2014. Even that's a while ago and the warranty may no longer be in force. I'm assuming you have a newer model, but did want to mention age as I don't think the warranties are indefinite. :)

Of course, if it's within 1 year of purchase, which is the warranty EVERY kindle has, definitely contact Amazon first if you can't get it to work.

Good Luck!

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One thing I've noticed though is that the wi-fi on my Kindle will sort of shut off if it goes into sleep mode, only to start back up again once I wake it up. Is this a drawback of the newer deeper sleep function Kindles have now? Wondering if I should disable that.

I've seen similar behavior. I wouldn't have described it as wifi shutting off, exactly, but I do notice -- mostly with my Oasis which I generally only use for an hour or so before bed at night -- that when I wake it up, it will take a few seconds to D/L anything new from the day. It's actually my 'default' device (mostly because it's first alphabetically and I can't make anything else stick ::) ) so if I buy or borrow something during the day, it DEFINITELY gets sent there. When I turn it on, the first thing that happens is new material shows up. So, I guess it could be that wifi is OFF all day, so when turned on, the first thing it does is turn wifi ON and call for any changes/new content and take care of that straight away.

I don't notice it as much with the PW, probably because it rarely goes so deeply asleep during the day. But I've noticed similar behavior if, say, a pre-order arrives overnight. It's not precisely THERE on wake up, but shows up immediately after.

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