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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: We're Breaking Records Here!
« on: November 19, 2008, 06:24:42 am »
^ Yeah, I know there are ways around it. I have a few tricks to detect duplicate registrations from the same person/email/ISP - I have to do this for spam control - but someone really trying to cloak themselves can get around those. That's where my 6th sense kicks in on who's "real" and who's "unreal". :)

In other words;  Harvey has Spidy senses. . .don't test them!

Ann :)

How about 'none of the above'?  While they are gorgeous, if I had $75 to spend at my discretion it'd likely go to books since the cover I have is perfectly functional and will likely last a few more years.

Mind you, I wouldn't give it back if it miraculously appeared, but there's lots of other things I'd spend the money on first.  Just can't justify it right now.  But, who knows, I always buy myself an 'end of tax season/birthday present' -- which this past year was my Kindle -- so maybe next April/May I'll be in the market. . . .

I am enjoying all the pictures, though. . . .much more illustrative than the ones on the web site.

Hope I've not thrown cold water on the party, or sat in the cake or anything.   :-\


My opinion is that there should not be specific authors mentioned because not every author is to everyone's taste.  I think the original list in Harvey's post is fine (except I don't think each title has to specify Kindler, kind of a 'Duh' if you ask me).  I, for instance, am not keen on Judy Blume or Stephanie Meyer.  But others might not like Cornelia Funke or Martha Grimes.  Best, I think, to keep it fairly generic.

Again, just my opinion.



Thanks you Grasshopper, I've taught you well.  (Is anyone else here old enough to understand that allusion?)

David Carradine     Kung Fu

(Do you remember the Jhoon Rhee studios:  "nobody bothers me!  nobody bothers me either!")


I wouldn't worry so much about you 2 a.m. folks if I didn't also see that you post at 2 p.m. and 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and noon and midnight and 4 p.m. . . . .seriously:  when DO you sleep!

And this'll be my last post (9:10 a.m.) until later this afternoon when I'm back home.  At which time it'll take me an hour or so to go through everything that's come in since.  We're definitely a verbose bunch!

later. . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: We're Breaking Records Here!
« on: November 18, 2008, 05:27:41 am »

How many actual members to we have. . . .maybe that was shown in the graph but it didn't jump out at me.  I mean, I know we get a lot of 'visitors' and 'guests' (Hi guest), but I was wondering how many were registered members?

No reason, just curious.

(NOT padding posts!!)


(or maybe there's somewhere this is displayed on the board. . .I haven't explored)

Observation:  I tend to read postings during the day. . . . usually first thing in the morning, i.e. now. . .or later in the afternoon and early evening.  I have noticed that many many (many!) folks are posting between the hours of 1 and 3 a.m. 

I've also noticed the quality of those posts is far far (far!!!) inferior to the daytime posts.  You people need to go to bed!!!



Not Quite Kindle / Re: This Board is amazing
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:22:07 pm »
I can't believe anyone would choose football over Heroes!! lol

It's perfectly rational.  The Heroes episode was recorded a long time ago.  Viewing it won't change anything that happens.  But the football game is live.  And if you yell at the TV just right, a butterfly somewhere will flap its wings and cause a fumble or something.  So there's a feeling that you CAN affect the outcome.  So if one has to be recorded, it ought to be Heroes

OTOH, if you don't care about the Bills or the Browns, just watch Heroes.  :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: questions about kindle
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:06:12 pm »
You don't even need to own a computer to use a Kindle. :)

Seriously, though, you can't 'lose' your books.  Amazon keeps track of everything you buy from them.  There are also numerous free book sites.  You probably need a computer to access them, at least initially, and anything you get from there you can keep a copy.  They're generally older classics in the public domain.  AFIK mac or windows based is not an issue.  Books bought from Amazon can ONLY be read on Kindle.  Books obtained from other sites may be read on a computer with the appropriate software.  Or they can be sent to Kindle via a direct USB connection or via 'Whispernet' wirelessly.  THAT's why the sort of computer is somewhat irrelevant.  Be aware, however, that there are areas where 'Whispernet' doesn't work -- it's essentially Sprint's data network.  If you're in one of the dead zones you'll have to use a computer to transfer content to Kindle whether bought from Amazon or obtained from a free site.

BTW, there's a FAQ post at the top of one of the forums on this board. . . it's a good place to start.  Check it out.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Another option
« on: November 17, 2008, 05:05:32 pm »
Thanks Pidge.  I've posted other links that worked just fine but this one was a little long.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Poll: If only he had a Kindle
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:50:34 pm »
Ann, I stand corrected. And I suspect you made a typo; it's "Time Enough At Last'."

Prepositions are a pain!  Thanks for the catch:  I fixed it.
(for those reading after the fix, I'd inadvertently substituted the word to for the word at)


Not Quite Kindle / Re: This Board is amazing
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:47:37 pm »

Yes, this board is amazing.  I have found sites to discuss specific authors, but never one like this where I can get great recommendations especially for authors I might not have tried otherwise. 

Here's a site that, when you put in an author you like, it tells you other authors that you might like because they're similar.  It's pretty cool:

Try it!  Still, it's nice to get personal recommendations as well!

Kindle Accessories / Re: Another option
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:39:57 pm »
You might be talking about one from Levenger. . . .Here's a page link:|level=2-3|pageid=6588.

Check it out and see if it looks familiar.

(Side question:  does the link maker work with a site other than Amazon?)

(looks like the link might be broken, may have to copy and paste rather than click)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Poll: If only he had a Kindle
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:34:23 pm »
The episode is titled "All The Time In The World".
Begging your pardon, sir, but I believe it was "Time Enough at Last"

Which I only know because I googled it to see if it was available on line.  Doesn't appear to be, at least not legally, but DVD's are avialable:

Oh!  and in an unrelated news flash:  Christopher Lloyd's home was destroyed in the fires near Santa Barbara! (Think Back to the Future)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Poll: If only he had a Kindle
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:22:11 pm »
Ann Von Hagel: you by any chance watch Grey's Anatomy?  You just described an exact scene in an episode from 2 weeks ago.  Dr. Hahn said she didn't know what leaves were and she just saw trees as fuzzy green blobs on brown things.  Wow!!! coincidence?

What??!!  No.  I don't . . . .but I'm gonna sue!  I've been telling that story for YEARS.   Somebody owes me money!!!


But, seriously, I've heard it also from many friends who were severely nearsighted and got glasses as a young child.  Probably one of the writers had the same experience! :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: interview with Amazon's VP for Kindle
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:17:19 pm »
Just an observation:  Anyone who works for a big company has to be very careful about what they say about pricing, marketing and a whole host of things. . . . industrial spying does happen and most of that sort of information is proprietary.  They do, after all, have a right to protect the integrity of their product.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Poll: If only he had a Kindle
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:05:06 pm »
I got glasses when I was 7 or 8 -- sometime in second grade, I'm sure -- and discovered that trees had actual leaves and weren't just big balls of green stuff on top of a brown stick.  On the way home with my first pair I was reading all the street signs, probably driving my mother crazy.  And I discovered that books were a lot easier to read when you didn't need to hold them 2 inches from your face!  The rest is, as they say, history.

Anyway, when I saw that episode I totally felt for the poor man.  Vowed then and there that when they figured out how to fix eyes surgically I'd do it. . . .and I did.  Had LASIK about 10 years ago and it's been great.  I am, of course, now of an age where the reading glasses are required. . . but 10 dollar lenses from the drug store sure beats $250 for prescription lenses (with the bifocals I'd have needed)!  Oh, and, on the way home from the surgery, I was reading all the street signs and license plates WITHOUT GLASSES and driving my husband crazy.   ;D


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Books in PDF
« on: November 17, 2008, 03:31:56 pm »
Yes. If you email to Amazon, your email address will be the author name. If you use Mobipocket Creator, you can adjust the book title and author information.

It is also worthwhile to know that if you use Mobipocket Creator to convert a 'book' and give it a proper title and author, you can then send it to Kindle via Whispernet and it won't lose the info.  In other words, it won't put your e-mail address as the author.


The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: My red M-edge cover
« on: November 17, 2008, 01:40:42 pm »
Did I ever tell you of Mrs McCave
who had twenty three sons and she
named them all Dave.
And often she wishes that when they were born
she had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn
and one of them Hoos Foss and one of them Slim
and one of them Hotshot and one Sunny Jim.. . . . . .

(it goes on for 23 names. . . . .)

This was one of the stories in the Sneeches.  Didn't have to read it to my son when he was little, I could just recite it. . . .  it's been a while now, though, and I probably couldn't get all the way through it. . . .


Kindle Accessories / Re: Lightwedge Questions!
« on: November 17, 2008, 01:04:59 pm »

The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: My red M-edge cover
« on: November 17, 2008, 10:00:21 am »
LOL... I just now noticed that it rhymed!! I didn't even notice when Ann posted her reply. Man, am I getting slow!!
I admit to having put in a line break in your original post to make it REALLY OBVIOUS!


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Dead Tree Books and The Kindle.
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:47:10 am »
I rented a huge house for a year and had a dedicated library.  Tons of shelving, cd player, comfy recliner, reading light and soft throw.  It was heaven.  It's good when a dream comes true and then you have the memory ... like how good jelly doughnuts used to taste.

When searching for our current house, the selling point for my husband was the large garage.  Not for cars. . . . for tools.  The selling point for me was the built in bookcases in the living room.  We actually looked at a house I liked better -- more bookcases -- but didn't have workshop space.  I gave in knowing that he could (and would) build any additional bookcases I wanted.  Which he has.  He only grumbles a little when I ask, mostly just to tease and because he can.  He's happy with my Kindle because I pointed out to him that I wouldn't need him to keep building more places to put books.  Or, at least not as often. . . . I'll still buy paper books.  I especially like the ones in nice bindings.  They're readable decor!  Dual purpose!  Practical!

(That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.)


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Australia...the Movie
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:41:21 am »
I guess it'll be nice for the Australian actors to not have to fake an American accent for a change. . . . .


The Book Corner / Re: What's the deal with Twilight?
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:37:02 am »
Oh, baby, he was soooo hot in that series.  I actually bought the series on iTunes after stumbling on an episode in reruns somewhere.  I had to watch the WHOLE backstory....  I then played it on the TV in the sewing room as I worked on some quilts.  Lucky I didn't cut my hand off with the cutter!


Are you talking about his roll in Buffy?  Or on Bones?  Because Bones is still on.  Wednesdays at 8 on Fox.