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Messages - Ann in Arlington

Kindle Accessories / Re: A non girly purse/bag
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:33:47 am »
These are pretty cool:

What I like about them is they are NOT just one big pocket inside.  I've seen them in person at various craft fairs (including one 'round here this past weekend)and it looks like there are a couple of styles that have pockets well sized to carry a Kindle.  I admit to not looking too closely because I didn't want to tempt myself. . . but I have looked at them before I had my Kindle.  They're pretty sturdily made and not at all froufrou -- even the tapestry ones are not bad.  And if I remember correctly, you can request a monogram -- but that may be a different, similar, item from a different vendor.


The Book Corner / Re: What's the deal with Twilight?
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:27:04 am »
LOL!  Surprisingly, this thread about what to me is essentially a teen novel (pardon me if I'm wrong) has turned into the most rough and tumble, down and dirty literary discussion on Kindleboards!  It's like one of those serial cliff hangers from the silent movie era. (Was "serial cliff hanger" redundant?)


I agree. . . .and I was thinking. . . .maybe you boys want to take it outside. . . .:)

For the record, I have no opinions on the merits of vampire novels one way or the other.  But I REALLY like David Boreanaz in Bones.  (I actually think the TV series is more enjoyable than Kathy Reich's books -- I hope that's not too traitorous to say!)


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Does anyone watch Amazing Race?
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:19:03 am »
Chris wants to audition for the show.  He says we can win.   I'm not sure I want to meltdown on national TV but I love watching it.  Curious if any other Kindlers are watching too....   who knows - if Chris has his way, you could be watching me making a fool of myself in a season or two...

Be sure to take your Kindle. .. .maybe you can get Amazon sponsorship!  :)


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Old Kindler, new board member
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:10:59 am »
It would be fun to have Koffee together.  There's a really nice place just south of me, in Lorton, but we might be able to find something more central.


I admit to being nothing more than an idea person.  Someone else gets to organize :) . . .but there are lots of places in Arlington, Upper Alexandria, Falls Church, and Annandale as well.  Still I'd probably be willing to go as far south as the Occoquan and west to Vienna  . . . give or take.


The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: My red M-edge cover
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:06:01 am »
I have used it on the sofa, in the truck, in the hammock and in the bed
and it hasn't slipped or fallen out on my head.
Would you, could you on a train?
Or on a boat, or on a plane?


Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: What time is it?
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:03:31 am »
I think the time is set automatically when you connect to whispernet and the machine keeps track as long as it is on.  If you don't have whispernet, it's probably set to whatever time it was at Amazon, from whence it shipped.  If you re-boot it may go back to that time.  I don NOT believe there is anyway for it to, say, talk to your computer via USB to correct the time.

But I'm sure there's someone around here who knows more and/or can explain it better. :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Phrases for Kindle Tee-Shirts
« on: November 16, 2008, 05:14:22 pm »
Just a thought:  Kindle is probably a copyrighted name.  Or do I mean trademarked?  And pictures of it could be problematic too.  Probably would be a good idea to contact Amazon before sinking any money into the products.


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Old Kindler, new board member
« on: November 16, 2008, 11:28:58 am »
We Northern Virginia Kindlers ought to have a Kindle Klatch


Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Unable to connect.
« on: November 16, 2008, 11:26:13 am »
Try a soft reset:  ALT  UPARROW  R pressed simultaneously.  Your Kindle will reboot and dump junk it's been remembering.  I've found that usually 'fixes' it if my expected downloads haven't arrived.

Good Luck

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How many times have you demonstrated your Kindle?
« on: November 15, 2008, 01:53:11 pm »
Showed it off to a couple of colleagues at a tax law conference today. . . they agreed it was waaay cool.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Mobipocket Desktop vs Mobipocket Creator
« on: November 14, 2008, 06:00:25 pm »
And when you do, they get converted to .azw files. (I just tested all this this afternoon). The conversion is not an issue. The point is more...for folks who are not in a Whispernet area, they can just transfer .txt files to their Kindle and not worry about converting them beforehand. They will work natively on the Kindle. This was new information to me.


Ah!  Gotcha!

The Book Corner / Re: Kindle Konnection
« on: November 14, 2008, 05:57:22 pm »
Which craft fair?


Northern Virginia Christmas Market at the Dulles Expo Center.  They'll be there tomorrow and Sunday too.


The Book Corner / Re: Kindle Konnection
« on: November 14, 2008, 05:30:57 pm »
Thanks.. . .I'll check out Pidge's video to see what I did wrong.


The Book Corner / Kindle Konnection
« on: November 14, 2008, 05:21:59 pm »
So, I'm at a craft fair today and, lo and behold, there was an author there selling his books. Name of Austin S. Camacho.  They looked pretty good -- mysteries and also thrillers -- and I asked if he published digitally.  Explained I had Amazon's Kindle and would be interested in that format.  He said, without hesitation, 'Yes, my books are available for Kindle'.  So I pulled 'you know what' out of my purse and checked right then and there.  It was way cool.  I have downloaded the sample of the first in his Hannibal Jones Mystery Series, title is The Troubleshooter.  It looks good:  set in Washington DC and Northern VA.  He observed that a lot of the smaller publisher really like the e-book formats because it does get their stuff in front of more people.  I also picked up one of his brochures so I'd have the name of all the stuff he had there.  Had a D'oh moment when I got home though. . . .should have had him sign the brochure!  Anyway, he seemed like a good guy so I thought I'd spread the word.

Also bought jewelry and some yummy pecan candy and sticky buns.  :),BottomRight,-22,38_AA280_SH20_OU01_.jpg

(thought I followed the directions to make a picture but something went wrong. . . help!)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: We're Breaking Records Here!
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:29:36 pm »

We still don't rank well for "Kindle" in Google - but that is mainly because we don't have many incoming links with the word "Kindle" in them. Slowly but surely, that'll change.

So, should we put the word Kindle in every post no matter what?

(Only a little joking. . . I wouldn't mind a brief, not too technical explanation of how the spiders spin.)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: SD Cards -- Would Like to Max Out
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:26:18 pm »
What is the largest SD card that I can use in my Kindle when I get it. 

The standard size. . .the micro and the mini are too small.   ;D ;D


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Mobipocket Desktop vs Mobipocket Creator
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:22:41 pm »
I have successfully e-mailed .txt documents via Whispernet to my Kindle.


The Book Corner / Re: Wanting to try Scifi/Fantasy - need help
« on: November 14, 2008, 06:10:47 am »
I don't think anyone has mentioned Isaac Asimov.  (If so, my apologies).  There's the Foundation Trilogy, then there's a Second Foundation Trilogy, and the Robot Novels -- Caves of Steel, Naked Sun, and one other (blanking on the name right now -- I could get up and look at my bookshelf) :)  They're all set more or less in the same future universe.  Also multiple Robot short story collections which are also kind of part of the same world.  I'm sure there's a web site that explains how it all works together.  I believe he was one of the first to describe a 'future history' that pretty much all of his pieces fit into.  The more you read the more it comes together because things reference each other, but many are also stand-alone.

For Fantasy there's the Thomas Covenant Series.  Two trilogys.  Start with Lord Fouls' Bane.  You'll probably spend the first 100 pages or so wondering why the h3!! you are meant to care about this guy, but stick with it.  Author is Stephen Donaldson.


The Book Corner / Re: Literary Haiku
« on: November 12, 2008, 02:02:16 pm »
I don't do this well
Why should I even bother
Leave it to you all


The Book Corner / Re: 5 Free Sci-Fi Books
« on: November 12, 2008, 01:53:05 pm »
Kindler is correct  . . . at least, my experience has been the same.  Whispernet is the way to go if available.  I think I've only used the USB cable once and that was just to make sure the connection was happy. 


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Gas Prices
« on: November 12, 2008, 01:37:54 pm »
Arlington VA, well, actually Seven Corners, technically Falls Church:

2.27 this morning, 2.25 this afternoon


The Book Corner / Re: The Princess Bride, $1.95
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:53:28 pm »
There is something you don't know...I am not left handed!

There's something YOU don't know:  neither am I!!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Veterans Day
« on: November 11, 2008, 02:47:42 pm »

Ann Von Hagel wrote something about her husband. Not sure if she was in the service herself. I know he was stationed in Hawaii and she loved it there.


Yep.  Hubby retired after 18 years in the Navy.  I was in for a couple years before our son was born.  Our best friends are an Air Force family -- we don't hold it against them.  He's retired after 20+ years and their son is a 2nd Lt.

'Course, here in Northern VA, every 3rd person you meet is either in the service, retired, or related to someone who is.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Transfer Question
« on: November 11, 2008, 02:34:00 pm »
Also, if you already know your kindle's e-mail address you can e-mail the txt or doc files to that address.  Then when you turn it on for the first time they'll down load.  (Assumption here is that they are public domain with no type of DRM attached.)


The Book Corner / Re: Things I Wish Amazon Would Do for Book Lovers
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:41:50 am »
1.  Tell us what order series are in.  Other E-book dealers do this.  Southern Vampires Book 1, etc, right in the titile.

2.  Allow us to buy an entire series in one click.  Again, other E-book dealers do this.  Yes, I know this could be dangerous, but hey, if we got a gift card or a bonus, we could do it!

1.  Steph gave me a great site (see the Christopher Fowler) thread that does just this. 

2.  But you can!  At least, if someone's done a 'listmania' list you can.  At the bottom of the lists it says "buy them all" or some such thing.