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Messages - Ann in Arlington

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Oh, yes! I've only just started that series -- I'm up to number 3, which it looks like I did purchase back in 2012 for a couple of bucks. I should get back to it. But: so many books, so little time! :D

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I'm with you Andra. There are very few auto-buys any more fore me. But Estelle Ryan is one of them. Also Louise Penny -- who I WILL pay full price for.

I used to buy all the St Mary's Historical Society ones, as they were also well priced, but ever since the one with bad formatting that never got fixed, I haven't bought one since.

Most other series I read are 'big publishers' so I can generally find them at the library. A few are Amazon imprints and can usually borrow those via Prime or KOLL.

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The Book Corner / Re: Random free $5 from the Zon
« on: December 27, 2019, 03:53:40 pm »
FTFY  ;)


;D



update: so my parish gives a gift each Christmas. Generally a relevant religious book which in most cases I don't have a lot of interest in but figure it's good for me to give it a shot. I usually look for the kindle edition, though and, if not too expensive, buy it and read it that way. This year's book was $14 on Kindle which I thought was higher than I wanted to spend BUT I had a $5 credit from something. I'm not even sure what. So that brought it down to $9 so I went ahead and got it.

I don't think the credit is this get $5 when spending $20 thing, because I haven't spent $20 since I activated it. Unless it counted things I'd bought retroactively over the previous month or so. And the previous $5 credit had already been applied to a wish list book. Ah well. I guess I won't complain. :)

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The Book Corner / Re: New "Connection" book for pre-order
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:48:07 pm »
I think we've mentioned it in the 'books by women authors' thread. but a dedicated one is good too!

I confess I wasn't sure what you meant by the title, though -- maybe reference Estelle Ryan, or Genevieve Renard.

And I also saw the alert about it the other day and also pre-ordered it! Boggles my mind some big publisher hasn't picked these up. But good for us as they're so affordable as they are! :D

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The Book Corner / Re: Random free $5 from the Zon
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:45:42 pm »
I didn't get an email about $5 for spending $20, but I did see it on the site. I clicked to activate it but I'm not sure I need to spend more money. ::)

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The Book Corner / Re: Random free $5 from the Zon
« on: December 26, 2019, 06:08:53 pm »
That's the same offer I got a couple of weeks ago and posted about in the Historical Mystery thread.  After your post, I checked my e-mail and I had another $5 off offer on another book in my wish list.  This time I was able to get the next Anna Huber for $6.99 instead of $11.99 (that's why it was on the wish list to watch, I didn't want to pay $11.99!).

I still don't know what Amazon's parameters are to make these $5 offers, but the two times I have received them they were tied to a single specific book from an Amazon wish list.  So keep those lists up to date!!

I knew I'd remembered seeing something about it ... but couldn't remember what thread. :D

In my case the email definitely referenced a specific book on my list, but when I went through the list I found a number of other books that, if I clicked through, showed that the $5 would be applied. All were 'big publisher' titles -- the books that normally run 10 -15 dollars. There was a 3 or 4 day time limit to use it.

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The Book Corner / Re: Library Extension for Firefox
« on: December 24, 2019, 11:37:14 am »
I'm really liking this. I have it working both on Amazon and GoodReads. I've been able to borrow a couple of books rather than spend to buy them because it automatically tells me if the book is available at one of my libraries.

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The Book Corner / Random free $5 from the Zon
« on: December 24, 2019, 11:36:18 am »
Just got an email that said, "go buy that book on your wish list, we'll give you $5 off". Sadly, the book referenced I'd already borrowed from the library and read, but I clicked through anyway and then went and did some clean up on my wish list. Turns out, there were a number of books the $5 could go against, so I got something else. Yay me. :)

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Wizards Unite Players?
« on: December 24, 2019, 09:58:21 am »
Yeah, I mostly play alone, though I have semi-connected with some relatively local people through the FB groups for when there's something that needs a team.

Today I made a last trip to the grocery store and there were TONS of purple traces in the parking lot. So I was actually able to finish the Christmas Calamity event. I don't make it a priority, necessarily, but when things fall in my lap, I take advantage. :)

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Wizards Unite Players?
« on: December 23, 2019, 01:02:22 pm »
Yeah ... I've found some FB groups as well. I have done a fortress with my son but I'm way past him in levels ... 28 and about 1/4 to 29. I think he's around 15 or 16. ::)

It boggles my mind how obsessed some people are. I mean, I play, and I enjoy it, but it's a game -- not a life purpose! ;D

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Fire Talk / Re: New Fire Tablets as Gifts
« on: December 23, 2019, 01:00:32 pm »
If you want them unregistered there's usually a place to indicate they're a gift when you buy them -- sounds like you didn't notice such a thing. But really, it's not a problem. You can unregister them now via your Manage content and devices area. And they can register them with their Amazon account when they get them.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: December 16, 2019, 09:17:38 am »
That does look like something different ... which is sometimes hard to find! The first is only 99 cents so might be worth giving it a try. The reviews are certainly good.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Time Remaining in Chapter...
« on: December 15, 2019, 06:24:19 am »
I have also noticed that it seems to differ a bit between books .. at least when I first switch from one to the other. But it seems to correct itself fairly quickly.

Also keep in mind that if you leave a book open on a page for a while without changing, that's going to affect reading speed. So if, like me, you're reading and get interrupted, maybe even put the book down without closing the cover and it goes to sleep on its own, all that is going to make a difference.

There IS a way to reset the reading speed:

While in a book do a search. Enter  ;ReadingTimeReset      **** enter it exactly that way including the semi colon and case sensitive, no spaces

It will come back with zero results, of course, but then when you go back to the book, you'll see at the lower left that it is 'learning reading speed'. So read normally and it should sort itself out.

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I have 5.12.2. Not sure if I'll bother to update manually or note.

As regards the font size and boldness adjustment --- I do think some books don't support it. So maybe that's the issue. In my experience it's usually older books that weren't formatted with the current azw version. And some periodicals don't have it either.

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The Book Corner / Re: GoodReads Choice Awards
« on: December 10, 2019, 03:24:43 am »
Winners are up: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2019

Nothing I've read; nothing I want to read. :(

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The Book Corner / Library Extension for Firefox
« on: December 08, 2019, 10:31:29 am »
We'd previously had some discussion about a plug in for Chrome that would let you check to see if the book you were looking at was available via Overdrive/at your library. I don't remember what it was called, but, to my knowledge, they never developed it for other browsers. I know I'd gotten on a list for info when they did and never heard anything.

Well, I've just discovered one that works with Firefox -- it was referenced in a Washington Post article about ebook library lending. It's called Library Extension and you can find it if you go to add-ons in the settings area of Firefox. It works well. You can configure it so it will look in libraries where you have cards and you can click through if it shows as available so you can place a hold or, I presume, borrow it, directly.

It is a bit confusing as it will show something like "0 of 6 copies". Apparently it pulls that from the library site because when you click through it says that. BUT you can still place the hold and then it will actually show where you stand in the queue. It will show whether audiobook or ebbok is available (or both). One minus for me is that it doesn't include, that I've found, the Navy MWR eLibrary. But it does appear to be pretty much world wide as far as libraries listed.

It works for Amazon.com but also a bunch of international Amazon sites. And lists other book sellers as well that have on line presences.  And it's not just for ebooks -- you can set it to search the paper catalog as well.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Manage Content and Devices feature
« on: December 03, 2019, 01:29:12 pm »
You should be able to do it via the page at Amazon. Click the number in the column for 'collections' and click 'add to collections' to tell it where to put the book.

Or, to do a bunch at a time (not sure how many is 'too many'), check the boxes at left and then the 'add to collections' button at the top is available.

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The Book Corner / Re: First Reads -- December 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 07:49:19 am »
That is a bit odd I agree. And we haven't had a romance in ages anyway, what better time to put one up. I just don't think those editors that are choosing who to publish and then picking those firsts reads care much about what time a year. Who knows how long ahead they pick those. I guess they just like the dark and dreary mostly. Is that what is popular in general fiction also?

Hard to say .... seems like none of us here really read a lot of 'general fiction' -- not the titles that get pushed to the front of bookstores. I mean, look at the Goodreads 'best of' voting ... I've hardly even heard of most of the books and, of the ones I did, only read a couple. And of the ones I had heard of but didn't read, it's because I didn't think they looked enjoyable. Lately people seem to be wanting things to be 'meaningful' and 'uplifting'. I get that -- but for me a fun and/or cozy mystery read does it .... not this angst ridden stuff that's all the rage. </curmudgeon mode off> ;D

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The Book Corner / Re: First Reads -- December 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 06:35:26 am »
I was hoping for entertaining and uplifting choices for the holiday season.  I'm likely to pass ... again.

I know, right? Hallmark Channel has been showing Christmas movies since Halloween! ;D There isn't even a fluffy romance this month! :o

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The Book Corner / First Reads -- December 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 05:34:29 am »
Amazon First Reads

Please note, commentary is my own personal opinion only. :)

We have:

Suspense: This looks pretty dark; doesn't appeal.

Contemporary Fiction: People with a Perfect Life, and then Bad Things happen. Ho hum.

Psychological Thriller: This is a possibility, but, again, might be a bit dark.

Crime Fiction: First in a new series by Lee Goldberg, who's generally reliable, and this looks promising. But I thought the same of the Patricia Cornwell one a couple of months ago and got burned.

Historical Fiction: NOT set in Europe in the 1940s! Instead, Alaska during the gold rush years at the turn of the 20th century. A possibility!

Family Drama: Torn between two lovers. Meh.

Children's Picture Book: No need for a kid's book for me. :)

Non-Fiction: A sports story: tragedy, underdogs, triumph.


So a couple possibles for me this month. I'll wait at least a few days and see how the reviews look.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Oh Tannenbaum......Oh Tannenbaum......
« on: November 30, 2019, 03:37:30 pm »
My husband HATES doing any sort of decorating. I don't mind, but the taking down is a bummer. :( We have had artificial pre-lit trees for years. Got a new one a couple of years ago because the all the lights weren't lighting on the previous one. So we put one string of lights as an add on and went from there. The next year two sections didn't light so we said "enough!" and donated it to somewhere that they didn't mind putting strings of lights on the thing and got a new one. Checking all the bulbs to figure out which one might be the problem when it was probably a broken wire somewhere was not happening. :o

I'm also very minimalist with other decorations. I have a wreath I put on the door. A small ceramic tree I put in the front window, and only a couple dozen ornaments -- though we have hundreds. I don't like a tree that's jam packed with stuff. O'course I also have a bunch of Nativity sets from various countries around the world. I put different ones out each year and some stay out year round.

I'll have to think on recipes ... I have some mulled wine/spiced cider packets I got in England that are good. Problem is I'm the only one who wants to drink either one so it's almost not worth making. I think we might have the family here this year, though, so perhaps I will. And my cookie recipes are not too unusual, I think.

fun fact: the state song of Maryland (where I grew up) is the same tune as O Tannebaum. :D And also the college song of the University where my dad and two brothers went.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis
« on: November 29, 2019, 06:11:03 pm »
My personal opinion: I like the PW and the Voyage better than the Oasis in general. Mostly it's the aesthetic -- shape, size, etc.

BUT. The Oasis excels when reading in bed because you can keep your hand under the blanket and still turn the pages with a button. ;D Simple pleasures. :)

And, yeah, today it's a good sale -- may even run through the weekend.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / All kindles on Sale today (Nov 29) in US
« on: November 29, 2019, 04:32:08 am »
Kindles and Kindle Bundles on Sale

Sale includes basic, Paperwhite, and Oasis -- both the previous version AND the 'warm light' version.  There are also bundles which include a cover and plug (vs just the cord if you buy only the kindle) for the basic and Paperwhite models.

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Anything Else Amazon / MOVED: Bookbub and Amazon
« on: November 28, 2019, 05:58:34 pm »

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