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Messages - Ann in Arlington

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.


The Book Corner / Re: Christopher Fowler
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:36:47 am »
Thanks Steph!  Great site.  Now I'm going to brag how clever I am.  I copied the series list from the site into Word and e-mailed it to my Kindle.  So I have a 'book' on my kindle that has the series in order -- so I don't have to ask again.  :o

woo Hoo!


The Book Corner / Christopher Fowler
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:13:10 am »
One of you fine folks recommended him as a good author and I've checked out his stuff on Amazon.  I do think I'd like his books but my question is:  what order do they come in.  It looks like it's a pair of detectives who's relationship would change and grow over the series so I want to start at the beginning.  Can someone list them off in order for me?

(There's a 'listmania' list on Amazon but I clicked on the first one listed and the synopsis right away referenced the one that came before it so it really wasn't of much use to me.)



The Book Corner / Re: Free - Gone For a Soldier
« on: November 11, 2008, 05:21:40 am »
I haven't even attempted yet to move any books from my computer to the Kindle. That is on my "to do" list for this next week!

And you should know how. . . .but remember, if you're in a Whispernet area, it's SOOOO much easier to just e-mail books or docs to your Kindle.  Service advertised at 10 cents a go but I haven't heard anyone who's been charged.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Win one of 5 DecalGirl Skins..!
« on: November 11, 2008, 05:12:51 am »
Woo Hoo!  Prizes

My favorite is Symphonic but I also like Dark Burlwood


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Florence, KY
« on: November 10, 2008, 06:00:37 pm »
How are things in "Florence Y'all"  We moved from Cincinnati about a year ago.  We have to have Graeter's and Montgomery Inn Sauce "imported" for us, and we REALLY miss real Skyline (canned just isn't the same) and Larosas.

You just made me very homesick!

My husband is from Cinci.  Whenever we go to visit he MUST go to White Castle.  We also hit Skyline, though there's a Hard Times Chile parlor here in Arlington and it's Cinci Chili is pretty good.  We also purchase about 20 lbs of goetta every time we visit.  And while we're at Kroger we get the Cinci Chili spice packages so we can make it at home.  He's got no particular affinity for Montgomery Inn, but will go to La Rosas if he can and tries to stop at Frisch's to pick up some tartar sauce.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Life is good...
« on: November 10, 2008, 04:41:23 pm »
I'm having a hard time imagining a newspaper  on the kindle.  All those columns and stuff.  I hate the icky ink coming off on my hands though.  I haven't really investigated them.  Can you get Sunday only?

Don't think so.  But in my opinion that wouldn't really be worth it anyway.  I like the Sunday paper because it's got the coupons and funnies and Parade magazine.  None of that's kindlized. . .just the articles.  There are no columns, though.  Each article is shown the same as any book, you can change font size and everything.  There are some photos, but not all, and the articles (at least on the Washington Post) show the number of words per article.  If you're not interested in reading an article you can click to the next one.


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: New Kindler
« on: November 10, 2008, 02:33:51 pm »
It should work for you, Steve.  If necessary, don't use the cover at all: that makes it even lighter.

Good luck,


Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Re: Web Browsing
« on: November 10, 2008, 02:29:30 pm »
The Kindle isn't REALLY a browser, of course.  Ahe Basic Web function is really just so we can download books and check out Wikipedia.  I've pretty much decided it's not much use for anything else.  However, if you use the 'mobile' versions of the sites it will work better -- they're mostly text without all the pictures and moving stuff.  Not all sites have mobile versions but some do. .  . .I don't know how to find out which, though.  Maybe someone else does?


Suggestions, Comments / Re: short cuts
« on: November 10, 2008, 02:23:01 pm »
Yep, Harvey, that's what I meant..  . thanks for checking.  It's not a big deal when I'm on my desktop, but the laptop only has a touchpad so it's just a tad awkward to do a lot of mousing.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Our very own Leslie
« on: November 10, 2008, 02:18:10 pm »
Thanks for your support, SJC. Thanks for your support, everyone!

Now, might I respectfully request that we just drop this topic and move on? Frankly, it's embarrassing to log on to amazon and see people debating whether I was "too rude" or "not rude enough." I think this issue has been flogged to death. I'd much rather discuss fun things like Kindle's first birthday, what everybody is reading, and Teninx's tin foil hat.



Duuude!  YOU'RE the moderator!!  Lock it!!   :D


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Words I've learned because of my Kindle
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:46:11 pm »
I learned apocryphal tonight!

definition: (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true.

If everyone knew this word but me - I apologize for my interuption.  :)

As in "the pictures of Kindle 2 on Boy Genius are apocryphal"  :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Ages of Kindleboard members...How about a poll
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:35:42 pm »
I don't mind growing older--I'm a lot wiser than I was in my younger years.  I wouldn't give up my wisdom for anything....well....maybe I'd give it up for my Kindle.  ;D

But if you gave up your wisdom you might not be smart enough to buy a kindle. . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re:
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:26:30 pm »
You can use the Kindle browser to go to and download directly to your kindle.  It's not the best organization; you can sort by title or author but you have to page through all the names.  But if you find a book on the computer you can get the book I.D.  then go to Kindle and put that in directly to download it.  Use the mobi format.  One weird thing I noticed is that the 'bookmark' on the kindle says something like 'free cellphone books' which is weird but I think that's what it was originally developed for.

You can also download the book to your computer and then send it to your kindle e-mail if you're in a Whispernet area.  You don't HAVE to use the USB cable.  On the computer the site is and there is a Kindle file type.  It's probably better formatted than the mobi format which is fairly unadorned when it's downloaded directly.  Or such has been my experience.  Feedbooks and Mobipocket both have better formatting in my opinion.  There's a big overlap of available books but there are some on each that aren't on the others.  Depends what you want I guess.


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Welcome to!
« on: November 09, 2008, 06:54:52 pm »

I hope whoever ordered it and is now TORTURING you at least opened it to make sure it was working. . . .