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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- August 2020
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:49:57 am »
There are actually several possibilities for me this month. I'll pick one and check GR for the rest -- these books are often offered as free giveaways. I'd like to see some reviews, first.

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- August 2020
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:45:10 am »
Back to 8 titles available this month, and we get to pick 1 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

Here's the list and links :)

First reads for August

Thriller: Interference

Psychological Suspense: Girl Gone Mad

Mystery: Deadly Waters

Crime Fiction: Don't Ever Forget

Book Club Fiction: Honeysuckle Season

Young Adult: Find Layla

Literary Fiction: The Woman in the Moonlight

Children's Picture book: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight

The Book Corner / Re: Book in Which Criminal Copies Crimes in a Novel
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:32:55 am »
Hmmm. I've seen it done several times on TV shows ... Castle, as noted, also Murder She Wrote. And a couple of others that come to mind: an episode of Mystery Woman (on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries from the mid 2000s) and Aurora Teagarden Mysteries also on Hallmark M&M. She's a librarian and there's a 'real murders' club. Pretty sure there are book series for both of those. Might have been an episode of Garage Sale Mysteries as well on the same channel. (I say 'episode' but when Hallmark makes a series each 'episode' is pretty much a full length TV movie.)

I can't recall off hand any books like that, but will have a think on it. I'm pretty sure I've read some, the titles just aren't coming to  mind.

The first question that comes to mind is: Why?


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Drone Delivery of Hardcopy Books--Wha?
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:56:47 am »
Actually, a lot of kids like paper books. A lot are happy with tablet reading as well, but tablets are often not preferred by parents because they offer so much in the way of distraction.

As to why? Because they can.

Whatever. :D

Fire Talk / Re: Kindle Fire 6 inch
« on: July 22, 2020, 01:25:59 pm »
If it's not offered on the main Kindle/Fire page, then no. :(

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. :(

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?

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.

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

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. :)

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.


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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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