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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Paid for reading Kindle
« on: August 18, 2020, 06:37:13 am »
I got two emails from Amazon this morning (actually, I think they came in last night).

One was $5 off a book by the author of a different book I'd bought a few weeks ago. Non-fiction. I'd got that other book when it was on sale for around $3 ... but I'm not sure I'm interested in any of his other stuff. Still, I guess I'll take a look. (I know: that's just what they want me to do!)

The other was $5 off a selected book from my wishlist. They basically picked 5 and said I could have $5 off one of them. They were all books that had been on it for ages. :) Like so long ago I listed them, that I couldn't even find them. ::) They were all books listed between $10 and $13 regularly, so the $5 off brought them down to $5 to $8.

Both offers are good for 7 days.

The 'cover' of my daily newspaper doesn't always show up right. Sometimes on first waking up the thing, it takes a minute for the proper images to populate my home page, but that's about it. My feeling is that's because my kindle is getting kinda full.

The ONLY things that consistently show 'generic' type covers are things that have NOT come directly from Amazon. So free downloads through BookFunnel, articles skimmed from the web, etc. I don't really mind this as it helps me know where they came from, but I wonder if that's the issue, since you are pushing them through Calibre. I haven't used Calibre myself, so no idea what it does, or is supposed to do, in the process. But it does seem to me that the device might see that as a 'foreign', i.e. not Kindle/Amazon, purchase and default to the generic cover. If it didn't used to do that, maybe there's been an update to either the Calibre software or the Kindle OS.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: August 13, 2020, 05:52:32 am »
So, just to follow up.

I did need to download new versions/updates of the phone app for the click through thing to work, but all is good now. Funnily enough, my Kindle edition now reads "Digital Acces" vs "for Kindle" as it used to. O.k. by me ... :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: August 11, 2020, 10:10:31 am »
So .... was that sufficiently clickbaity. :)

Here's the thing: I've had the kindle edition of the Washington Post from July 2009 when I got my first Kindle. At that time, the on line WaPo had no paywall. So if I read an article and wanted to see the pictures that went with it (kindle edition includes only a limited number and only in b&w) I could go on line and do so. I had to 'register' but there was no cost to do so.

Sometime around 5 years or so, give or take, the on line content began to require a paid subscription. You could pay just for on line, or it was included if you subscribed for home delivery of the paper edition. But a kindle subscription didn't count.  >:( Grumble grumble.

I complained -- in a very nice way, of course -- to both Amazon and WaPo and the responses were less than encouraging. Perfectly polite and full of commiseration but Amazon couldn't really do anything and WaPo basically said it wasn't the current policy. Mostly it was annoying because if someone linked to a WaPo article on social media, I could follow the link, but couldn't read more than the first paragraph or so without paying. Which I wasn't going to do.

But YESTERDAY I got an email from Amazon that said:

Thank you for subscribing to the Kindle Edition of The Washington Post. We are happy to announce a new reading benefit at no additional cost, called Digital Access. With Digital Access, you can read everything The Washington Post offers on its website and mobile apps by simply logging in with your existing Amazon user name and password.

Offer details
Your subscription to The Washington Post Kindle Edition now includes unlimited access to and The Washington Post apps. You also will continue to receive daily Kindle issues of The Washington Post that can be read with the free Kindle mobile app, on any Kindle E-reader, or on any Fire tablet.

So, YAY! I can now access all the WaPo content by virtue of subscribing to the publication in a Kindle edition.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Paid for reading Kindle
« on: August 09, 2020, 05:16:34 pm »
I've wondered if it's because I do so much borrowing from libraries and/or via Koll and Prime Reading. So, though I read a lot, I don't actually SPEND much on books. I'm not even a KU subscriber.

You know -- they sold me the razor really really cheap and they don't understand why I'm not buying any blades? :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Paid for reading Kindle
« on: August 09, 2020, 04:58:31 am »
My last email credit offer from Amazon was "receive $8 in e-book credit when you spend $30 between August 5-12."  There did not appear to be any limits on which e-books I purchase, nor would the credit be limited to specific e-books.

This sounds familiar to me as well. But I've been reading so much from the library lately, that I've not been spending much. I think I looked at it and pretty much decided not to worry about it one way or the other. Activated it just in case, but won't be bothered if I don't end up getting it.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Paid for reading Kindle
« on: August 08, 2020, 02:05:14 pm »
In the middle of checking my amazon emails, which I get many  :o and I got a $5 off auto coupon on a specific book only. its a series I started Victoria Thompson, historical mystery. I am I think like 12 books in or so and the $5 off is for Book 23. Which I assume is the new one. I am pretty sure I borrowed all the ones I read from library. It says "because you follow Victoria Thompson" and so on. I follow a few authors on amazon. But that one isn't useful for me at the moment.

I am still looking in the amazon folder in my email....

Yeah ... I've gotten those several times. First time it just said "a book" in my wish list. It linked to one specifically, but it let me use it on a different one. Last few times, though, it's for a specific book and I can't use it on something else. :(

Generally they're 'big publisher' titles so it does take the price from $12 down to $7 or so, but I'm usually able to borrow them from the library. I have a handful that I can't get at the library -- wish I'd get a discount for one of those, but NOOOOOO. :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Paid for reading Kindle
« on: August 08, 2020, 01:22:27 pm »
I can't imagine NOT reading every day so I won't get anything like this. :)

Probably you don't need to have wifi on ALL the time, just maybe once a day and do a sync so the information can be sent.

The Book Corner / Re: Book in Which Criminal Copies Crimes in a Novel
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:18:57 am »
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson.

Oh yes! I actually just read that earlier this year. Really enjoyed it.  Here's my review on GoodReads:

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- August 2020
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:23:09 am »
I do NOT have KU .... but I have also noticed that the First Reads often become Prime Reads. And the KOLL is almost completely identical to the KU catalog .... so one a month there.

And .... it's not like I have nothing to read! :o Just had another couple long time holds come available. :D

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.

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