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The Book Corner / Re: Price of some kindle books
« on: March 02, 2020, 10:04:56 am »
You can borrow e-books from UK libraries but only in e-pub format, not Kindle - and in my experience, even living in a big city as I do, the range available isn't that good.

Which is a shame. :(

Most 'big publisher' books that I want to read but don't want to pay too much for I find are available via one library or another. Not all, but enough that i am not likely to run out of books to read any time soon. ::) Of course, I still buy some ... but I've definitely been using the library a whole lot more in recent years.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: What does a week of silence say about a forum?
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:20:00 am »
I'd like to see Amazon move to USB-C for charging.  I hate the micro-USB cables.  It always takes me more than one try to plug them in.  With USB-C I get it right every time.  They changed the Fire 10 in 2019, so there is hope :)

This hadn't occurred to me, and would be nice as that's the sort of port my phone and tablet (both Samsungs) have. But I'm not sure just that change would be enough to buy new. Especially as I wouldn't replace all 3 I use with some regularity in one fell swoop.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: What does a week of silence say about a forum?
« on: February 13, 2020, 04:20:53 am »
What Atunah said. :) I'm always ready to hear about new books -- as IF I needed any more to add to my mountainous TBR pile! -- but I have 5 kindles on my account now. And 3 of them are mine: one goes everywhere, one lives by my bed, and one is where I put stuff that I want access to for some special purpose or to be able to find the book without a lot of hunting. My brother and my husband also each have a kindle on my account.

At this point, unless/until one of the ones I have bites the dust, I don't see me buying a new one. I did not get the new Oasis with the 'soft light'. No point in spending money when the one I have is fine. And while there are one or two tweaks that would be great (a solar charging case/cover would be AWESOME) the minor modifications the last few 'new' models have had haven't been enough for me to feel the need to upgrade.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: February 12, 2020, 04:20:25 pm »
I guess I'll have to go request them at my libraries as it sounds like they are, at least, in the system.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:26:14 am »
Just added it to my ever-growing Amazon wish list. Sadly it's not carried at any of my libraries. :( Definitely sounds like exactly my cup of tea, however.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: What does a week of silence say about a forum?
« on: February 12, 2020, 09:48:00 am »
There's a moderate amount of discussion in the book corner, especially in some specific threads. And the WC is still pretty active. Also NQK.

Fact is, there's not been much kindle news in a while. Though the PW IS currently on sale.

I know, right? Oh well ..... they say patience is a virtue. ::)

Got a notice today that the release date for Book #14 is pushed back to March 27. :(

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: February 11, 2020, 12:57:38 pm »
Thanks crebel!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Can't Access Kindle Unlimited
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:47:40 am »
I think books move in and out of KU. Maybe you're trying to buy a book that is no longer in the program?

Are you trying to d/l from your kindle, or borrow via your computer/amazon account?

If from kindle, are you sure that device is registered to the same account attached to the KU subscription?

If from the computer, are you logged into the account that has the KU subscription?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Consistently sync reading position to kindle?
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:45:21 am »

As to the Goodreads link Ann mentioned, I didn't realise that could happen. I always update my reading status on GR manually (and prefer to) so I presume it's turned off on my Kindle/GR account, though how you would turn it on I have no idea! I've never used the GR option on the Kindle menu.

It is, I think, separate from linking to your GR account on kindle. If you do that, it may turn on automatically. Not sure. I had a GR account already when I got both my current kindles.

So, when you open a book, there's the pop up that lets you go check the 'about this book' and, on that pop up, there's a toggle where you can have it marked as 'reading' on GR. Then when you finish and rate it, it automatically marks it 'finished'. If you switch the toggle on when you open one book, it stays on for future books you open. If you move the toggle off for one book, it stays off for any future books you open. You can also access it by going to the 'about this book' through the menu while IN the book.

Anyway, that's how it's supposed to work. Sometimes, when the toggle is on -- so the link to GR is active -- it marks the book 'read' regardless. Even if all you did was open the book and look at the first page which, arguably, should cause it to mark the book as 'reading'. But close the book, and go to GR on a computer and you'll see it listed as 'read'. Most annoying, so I've turned it off for the time being. And will update GR manually, which I did regularly anyway when I'd finish a book and needed to write a 'review' -- really just something to remind me why I read it and what it was about and if I liked it so I'd know if I tried to buy or borrow it again. :D

There are a couple of discussion threads on GR where people are asking what's going on and when it'll be fixed but there's been no substantive response from anyone who really knows anything. And it's not always happening, and not to everyone, apparently. So it's some sort of glitch that they can't isolate and don't seem too care too much about fixing. Not even sure if it's a GR issue or a Kindle issue.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Consistently sync reading position to kindle?
« on: February 04, 2020, 08:44:42 am »
Syncing between devices works fine for me.

That said, my kindles are generally in a strong wifi zone at home. The only time I have syncing issues is if I've been out and about and the kindle hasn't connected to wifi. Then if I get home and pick up a different device, it usually will not automatically go to where I left off. In that case I do have to manually sync from the device that had spent the day out and about.

OTOH, the GR reporting is acting up. Automatically posts on GR when I start a book, but then randomly sends a 'finished reading' message to GR and I'll wake up the next morning and GR thinks I've finished the book. Solution to this, until GR/Kindle gets it sorted, is to turn off the 'mark on GR' function. FWIW, there have been random reports of this behavior for the last year or so. It was acting up for me last summer, but then it seemed to fix itself. Started again just in the last week or so, though.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3: First impressions
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:04:48 am »
I am wanting to follow up on the battery life issue. I have the Oasis 2 and it is starting to have even less time than before with the battery life. Ugh. I read every night, for a couple of hours, more on the weekends. I know--not the 30 minutes Amazon says will let it last for six weeks. It doesn't even last a week anymore for me. I use no lights, and airplane mode. I love the seven inch screen. Should I consider the 3 for my birthday?

Any electronic gizmo that relies on a rechargeable battery will, sooner or later, find that battery is not holding charge as well. When it's a phone or lap top that starts failing after an hour or so, that can be a real problem. For me, a kindle that holds charge for only a week vs 2 or 3 is not a big deal. It's easy enough to plug it in over night once a week. Even twice a week, really. I'd likely only have an issue if it couldn't hold charge for more than an hour or two 'cause I often read for MUCH longer stretches than that. Also, I have several devices, so can switch between if I need to.

But that's me. :)

That said, they are currently running a 'trade in' program. You send back your current device and they pay you for it (looks like an Oasis would get you $75 in good, working condition) and PLUS you get 20% off a new one. So about $50 off the price of new (assuming lowest priced configuration) and $75 in gift card puts the 'price' to you at only $125.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon first reads -- February 2020
« on: February 01, 2020, 11:05:09 am »
Couldn't they have found/picked *something* a little less downer-y for February -- which can be dark & dreary enough already but also has Valentine's Day.

Depressing psychological scary stuff is apparently 'the thing'. And has been for quite a while.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon first reads -- February 2020
« on: February 01, 2020, 11:04:19 am »
Almost the same list in the UK this month.

The mystery offering, Hide Away, looks like a possibility, but do I really need it, especially when it's yet another series starter? *looks at TBR pile mountain and sighs*

Yeah ... that's my feeling about these. If I was looking for something to read, maybe. But I have around 8 borrowed from the library that I have to finish before the end of February, plus another half dozen through Prime Reading and the January KOLL borrow. And that doesn't count books I own that I've not read. Sigh!

The Book Corner / Amazon first reads -- February 2020
« on: February 01, 2020, 06:18:44 am »
Amazon First Reads

Back to picking 1 this month.

Contemporary Fiction: Dead teenager as a ghost following a horrific accident?

Psychological Suspense:   A damaged person being exploited/ gaslighted.

Memoir:   Not really a memoir person. Especially of someone I've never heard of.

Thriller:   Serial Killer, copycat, FBI procedural. A possibility. First in a series.

Historical Fiction:   Post WWII, this time East Germany.

Mystery: Single mother with a past whose investigation is one step ahead of the cops. But not a cozy. Still, a possibility. Also first in a series.

Fantasy: Unprepared young woman on a quest to fullfill a dire prophecy.

Children's Picture Book: Billed as for new parents.

I didn't actually pick anything last month. Two possibilities here this month but I have SOOOOO much to read already! :o

The Book Corner / Re: Short Story Flavor Poll
« on: January 28, 2020, 06:45:02 pm »
You missed the "don't care for short stories of any flavor" option.  ;)

What she said. :D

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:49:55 pm »
So, what you're saying is that, because they're unreasonable on prices for books that have been out a while, chances are you'll NEVER buy it! Not now when it's too expensive, not later because the price never drops ... even when it is released in paperback.

Seems like a dumb business model to me. ::)

I know what you mean, though, about wanting to read something specific and being frustrated because the price is so high. Fortunately, I have PLENTY to read and can always find something that will take my mind off the one I really want. :)

Introductions & Welcomes / MOVED: Kindle vs. Amazon Prime
« on: January 27, 2020, 12:28:00 pm »

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle vs. Amazon Prime
« on: January 27, 2020, 12:27:54 pm »
Amazon Prime and Kindle are two completely different things. It's like comparing apples and elephants.

Kindle is an eReader. There are several models. the most 'bang for the buck' is probably the Paperwhite. But the base model is certainly an excellent device. The Oasis is for the hard core reader willing to buy the BMW of ereaders. Whichever you choose, get a sturdy cover and it should last a long time.

Do not confuse a Kindle with a Fire tablet. The Fire tablet comes with the kindle app installed but also has the same sort of features you'd find on any android based tablet, give or take. My opinion is that they're low end tablets, but that may be all you need and they do tend to be cheaper than those with name brands.

The kindle app can also be loaded onto any androied or apple model phone or tablet.

Amazon Prime is a subscription on Amazon you can purchase for something like $120 a year. It has lots of perks including books to borrow, movies to watch, songs to play, and free shipping on most products for sale on Amazon. Probably a few other things I can't think of right now.

Amazon has several reading programs: Prime reading is tied to the Amazon Prime subscription. It's a curated subset of the overall Amazon catalog; no idea how many would be in her age/reading level. It changes periodically. You can buy a subscription as well for Kindle Unlimited (KU). There's a huge catalog there and I think a fair number are for teens or younger. Both programs have a limit of 10 books borrowed at a time. If you own a kindle (vs just using the app on a phone or other tablet), there's also the Kindle Owners Lending Library -- you can basically borrow one book a month from the KU catalog without having a KU subscription. Again ... books acquired this way are BORROWED. You read 'em and return 'em and get more. Of course you can purchase ebooks as well.

If she'll read a on a kindle, I think it'd be great. I'd have loved one as a kid. If she prefers paper books, a library card might be a better investment. ;)

(PS moving the whole post to our Kindle discussion section. Others may have relevant thoughts and this 'introductions' area is less visited by long time members.)

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: January 27, 2020, 06:21:00 am »
Yep. If they reduced ebook prices they'd get a lot more sales relative to borrows. I think they're still clinging to the idea that people will buy paper books. Which, of course, some will, but I see ebooks becoming more and more 'the thing' as the population ages and people see the value of not having to squint to read. :o

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: January 27, 2020, 04:29:12 am »
I believe McMillan's position is just as you said, LDB .... only one copy in the expectation that people will buy vs borrow. They do allow purchase of multiple copies after a certain period I believe, but I'm not sure if it's just "12 weeks" or whatever, or some period after it's not on the bestseller lists any more. I agree, though, borrowers and buyers are two very nearly mutually exclusive sets of people. At least as regards any given book.

As to the library, while I understand their position, to me it's like what my mother called "biting off your nose to spite your face". So not only can the library only have one copy, they're mad about that so they don't purchase ANY. How is that good for their patrons? I guess they're hoping their patrons will have a go at MacMillan ... but I suspect that most of them haven't a clue about any of the underlying issues. All they know is the book is/is not available.

They may also not be realizing that many of us have legitimate access to more than one library system. I have cards at 4, and could add 3 more if I wanted to go to the trouble. (I recognize this may not be the case in a more rural area.) If a book isn't carried at one of them, it's a pretty good chance it will be carried at one of the others. Either way, I don't mind a longer hold period as there's plenty else to read in the mean time. I can count on the thumbs of one hand the number of authors I buy rather than wait to borrow from the library. :D In some cases that may mean I never read the book, or at least not for months or years later. And that's o.k. with me.

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Kindle and Cruising
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:21:44 pm »
I always load a bunch of books from my public library onto my Kindle when we going a a cruise.  The problem is that the library loan is only for 21 days and we do longer cruises so the books expire.  If I put the Kindle in airplane mode, would keep the books from expiring until we get home.


The books will still 'expire' and will be removed from your account on the day they're due back. But if the device they're on has been in airplane mode, they will not be removed from the device until you connect again to wireless. So, yeah, this is a good way to keep library books after the loan period.

If you want or need to regularly connect to get daily papers or blogs or something, you'll have a problem when the loan period is up, 'cause as soon as you connect on that 22nd day, the book will be removed. One option would be to put the library books on a second device that you leave in airplane mode the whole time.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Charging green light at less than 100%
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:28:31 am »
I don't pay attention. If it's down below 10% or so when I am going to bed, I plug it in. I take it off the charger in the morning. I may or may not check it right away. Usually not. I just assumed it's charged overnight so I'd only notice if I picked it up for the first time later in the day and it was WAAAAYYY below 100%.

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