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The Book Corner / Re: Southern Vampire Mysteries series (True Blood)
« on: November 09, 2008, 07:08:27 am »

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

I love that it's his advertisement and how he's the only wizard listed in the phone book! ;D


I have the first one on Kindle to read when I get to it.  There was a short lived series on Sci Fi channel last winter.  Not sure if it's gone for good or if it's one of the ones they fill in off seasons with.  Anyway, I liked the show's characters well enough I figured I'd try the books. . .especially since they're available on Kindle.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Please help w/installing skin!
« on: November 09, 2008, 07:02:07 am »
You can get more than one skin, you know.  ;)  Sort of different outfits for different occasions!


Lots of addicts on this board.

Betsy is a pusher.   ;D


Kindle Accessories / Re: Help me decide which case...
« on: November 09, 2008, 06:59:21 am »
I meant the closures for the cases, Betsy :)  I ask because I'm not that crazy about the M-Edge, the way you have to push the tab into an unfinished slot.  I'm sure that that slot is going to get a bit raggedy over time.  The other two cases I'm looking at don't have a good picture of the closing mechanism.

I've had mine (not-leather in Red) since July and haven't noticed a problem with the tab or the slog getting ragged.  They are very well made.  That said, I think I'd prefer a weak magnet closure.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Extended Warranty
« on: November 09, 2008, 06:54:14 am »
We don't usually buy extended warranties either. But when my son, who at that time worked at Sears, was able to get my aunt a new TV when hers died, he was able to get an employee discount on an open box item that had been returned.  He went ahead and purchased 3 year in-home warranty and still was paying only about half what the TV originally sold for.  And it worked out great.  My aunt doesn't want to have to worry about things and when, after just a few weeks, some of the channels stopped working properly, she was able to call Sears and someone came out and checked it.  They figured out what was wrong, ordered the new part to be sent to her, and came back to fix it when she called that the part had arrived.  No charge. 

I guess the moral of the story is sometimes, for some people, they're a good deal. 


Elizabeth Peters has a long series about a Victorian, I think, art historian and her husband's adventures in Egypt solving mysteries.  They are entertaining  I read many of them before moving on to other things.   Barbara Michaels tends toward romantic suspense thriller.  I've read a couple and they were good beach reads.

Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson (and more recently their son Ramses<a nickname> and his wife and their two kids) are Egyptologists.  The series starts in the late 1800's when it was 'not done' that a woman should aspire to such a career.  There are probably near 20 titles now.  All good stories -- the author is, in fact, an Egyptologist herself so they're reasonably accurate as to all that.  But she doesn't take it too seriously -- it's all meant to be fun.  The first one is Crocodile on a Sandbank, not yet Kindlized.  Best to start there and go forward as the characters mature throughout the series.  There are some stand alones by Elizabeth Peters as well and also a short series featuring Vicki Bliss.

Barbara Michaels is the same human being, if you weren't aware.  Romantic Suspense, as Betsy mentioned, with some supernatural stuff occasionally thrown in.  Nothing too extreme though.  Her real name is Barbara Mertz and she lives in Frederick county, MD where I grew up.  She has some non-fiction Egyptology books published under her own name I believe as well.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Those poor dead tree books...
« on: November 09, 2008, 06:35:29 am »
I have many unread paper books.  They will be read . . .eventually.  My practice is that I carry the Kindle around to read whenever.  But at night before I go to sleep, I read a couple of chapters of one of my unread paper books.  Right now I'm on Dust, a Richard Jury novel by Martha Grimes. I've not bought a lot of new paper books since I got the Kindle, but if there's a book I want to read and it's not (and likely won't be) Kindlized, I'll buy it in paper.  Books will probably eventually go the way of scrolls, but not anytime soon, I'm thinking.  Plus I have many classics in paper versions. . .the neighborhood kids know to come to me when they need a copy of something for school . . . .I've usually got one they can borrow.


The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: "Skinning" Sir William
« on: November 08, 2008, 01:01:47 pm »
Thanks for the pictures, Leslie.  Two questions:  1.  how hard was it to get the skin to line up properly with the keyboard buttons.  2.  Have you played the piece of music?  Do you know what it is? :)


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Our very own Leslie
« on: November 08, 2008, 05:55:16 am »
Haven't been on the amazon boards for a couple of days. . .looks like I didn't miss anything important.  I, too, found this community via Leslie.  There is a little part of me that says. . .Leslie, stop advertising it -- the scum might slide over :).  But that would be wrong.

Still, it might be wise for those moderators who also check out the amazon board to note e-mail addresses or whatever of abusers there so as to be ready for them if they show up here.  Or would that be not appropriate?  As long as everyone is polite I assume everyone is welcome.  What are the protocols/rules/guidelines for putting/keeping someone out if he/she is inappropriate?

Just wondering. . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: A new forum tool for you
« on: November 08, 2008, 05:40:43 am »
why is 42 the answer?

The ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42.  The ultimate question is "what do you get when you multiply 6 by 9".  Which yields the conclusion that there is something inherently wrong with the universe.

Though it works in base 13. . . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Step Away From the Kindle...
« on: November 07, 2008, 05:01:19 pm »
I've been pretty much sticking to that rule myself. 

Pre-Kindle, I always had several books going ... one in each room where I read and one in the car.  I stuck to that pretty well and didn't move my books from room-to-room. 

I've got enough of a TBR pile in my closet.  I don't want one on my Kindle. 

Because I still have a number of paper books I keep one of them beside my bed.  I read a few chapters each night.  Otherwise the Kindle goes everywhere with me.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Tell me more about the Kindle.
« on: November 07, 2008, 03:30:05 pm »
Hi everyone,
I'm sorry if there is a post already that answers my questions..
Kindle has been on my wish list for a while now, but there are some things that I am curious about that doesn't explain. For example, how is the home screen set up? Is there a special list of books that you are currently reading, and how does the Kindle differentiate what you are currently reading from what you have already finished? Does it know when you turn the last "page" that you are finished? I have EVDO signals at my house but I'm not sure it is Sprint coverage - does this matter? I can successfully download music on my cell phone at my house (Verizon service) so hopefully I could connect to download books on my (future) Kindle. I do have other questions, but of course they have fled my mind. Also, screenshots would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your info!

Hi Molly,  Other's can probably provide more detail but here's a stab an answering some of your questions.

Home Screen:  Can be sorted by newest first or alphabetically by title or author.  Different folks prefer different methods.  A nearly universal wish for version 2 is a more detailed folder system.  You can really only sort books from periodicals.  In the "content manager" section there's a little more sorting available: you can show what's on your Kindle, what's on your SD card if you have one, and what's at Amazon (they keep a back up of everything you buy from them.)

You know how much of any title you have read because there's a row of dots that shows relatively how far you are into it.  If you set the home page to show newest first, the ones you're actively reading will usually be on the first page.  When you get to the last page the row of dots will all be bolded so you'll know you've read it.  While reading a row of dots also shows relatively where you are.  But, be aware, if you get to the end, then decide to go back to something in the first chapter, Kindle will think you've only just started.  So you need to work out your own method for marking things you've finished reading.  I tend to just delete them since I know Amazon still has them in case I want them back.  For non-amazon purchased books, I usually have a copy of them on my computer as well as my Kindle.

I believe there's a Sprint coverage Map somewhere on Amazon. . . someone else can probably provide you a link.  If you're in or near a major city you're probably o.k.  If you're more rural you may not have coverage but can always download books via a USB cable from your computer.  It does need to be Sprint as that's the wireless company Amazon has contracted with.

What else do you need to know?


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Horror Stories?
« on: November 07, 2008, 02:55:21 pm »
I use Firefox.  On the forum for each thread there's a reply button at both the top and the bottom of each page of messages.  When I click reply a new box comes up with a place to write my response.  At the bottom is a "topic summary" list from which I can pick things I want to quote.  I believe I can only quote a whole post. . .if I want to only refer to part I have to delete the part I don't care about.  I have tried highlighting the text I'm interested in and then clicking the 'insert quote' link at the top rigt of each post, but that doesn't seem to work. . .the whole post still gets inserted.

There's also an insert quote button in this mini word processor.  . .I haven't used it so I don't know how it works.

One thing I have noticed is that when I try to format text it doesn't show in WYSIWYG format but rather with coding to indicate what I've done.  That's o.k. I guess. . . .once you get used to looking at it.

(thread thoroughly hijacked)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle vs. old RCA ebook
« on: November 07, 2008, 06:04:30 am »
Pay no attention to Teninx.  the Tinfoil hat is affecting his brain. ;)


Forum Announcements & Tips / Re: Your guide to Forum Speak!
« on: November 07, 2008, 05:59:14 am »
Jim, et al:

So, are you all like me in that, when you pick up a menu in a restaurant or a flyer in a store, your eye automatically goes to the one word in the whole thing that's misspelled?  :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle vs. old RCA ebook
« on: November 07, 2008, 05:35:32 am »
I'll second Leslie.  I've looked at e-readers in the past and always thought "that's cool, I'll have to get one some time".  But until the Kindle, I never thought "that's cool, I want one now".  In technology development terms, it seems to me that it's kind of a quantum leap above others and that leap is the Whispernet.  I can be reading posts on this board with my Kindle next to me.  Someone mentions a favorite book or does a review of something.  I can click the link, check it out myself, and either buy it right there or (and this is also a biggie) click for a free sample to peruse at a later date.  It's pretty much as good as browsing a bookstore.  Then I pick up my Kindle and wake it up and within seconds the book or sample is there.  I didn't need to plug the Kindle into anything, the book is just magically there!

I also think the LACK of backlight is a plus.  Sure, you need a light to read by, but that's no different than a paper book.  And I find my eyes get much less fatigued reading on Kindle.  I can't do computer work for any length of time without a light on. . .I can't imagine reading for any length of time when the only light is what comes from the machine and shines into my eyes.  That, of course, is just me.

I appreciate that you already have a large e-library.  I guess as long as other e-readers work you'll still have it.  You might check into whether any of the things you have can be converted.  If they're public domain I'm sure they can. 

good luck with your decision.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Horror Stories?
« on: November 06, 2008, 04:41:51 pm »

So do I get a prize for being the luckiest you-know-who, or do I get reamed for being the stupidest you-know-what (because it was my fault it got flung from the car)?

Yes and Yes.

Glad you got it back. . . .I keep one of my business cards in the cover but I have no intention of leaving it ANYWHERE!!!   :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Case of cantwait-itis
« on: November 06, 2008, 02:32:30 pm »
oh, in case anyone is searching the MobileReference collections, there are two collections of Jane Austens works (both $4.79).  One has illustrations, the other does not have illustrations but does have some letters and unpublished short stories.  Just FYI.

Any way to tell which is which since they're the same price?


I think that's right.  If you hold down the two keys it goes to sleep.  Do it again and it wakes up.  If you hold them down toolong it flips between the two states.

It seems to happen when you hold the 2 keys down too long.  You have to release them fairly quickly.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Step Away From the Kindle...
« on: November 06, 2008, 05:40:51 am »
I admit I clicked yesterday. . .twice.  I had been trying to curb the itch by clicking samples.  But I decided I should read our next President's book "Dreams of my Fathers" (priced around 5.95 but won't be surprised if it goes up soon) and someone in one of these threads mentioned "Neuromancer" which was only like 2.95 so I figured, what the heck!

jmiked:  cool guitar. . .love to see a bigger pic


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Kindle-Culture!
« on: November 05, 2008, 02:34:37 pm »

What do you do in the Navy.   hnk I recognize surface warfare, aviation, and Seabee insignias in your avatar. . . .you're very versatile if they represent your areas of expertise!

(former Navy Nuclear Power School Instructor and wife of Retired Civil Engineer Corps officer)

Suggestions, Comments / Re: Harvey, thanks for the KB icon.
« on: November 05, 2008, 09:21:37 am »

It also shows up in the left side of the address bar in FireFox (although most people will have to clear their cache and restart FireFox in order for it to get refreshed).

Actually the next time you click the bookmark it'll pick up the new icon.  At least it does for me. . . .


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hi ya'll
« on: November 05, 2008, 08:08:18 am »
Keep a bent out paper clip in your kindle cover. . . .people will look at you funny if you go asking around for a paper clip in the middle of an airplane at 30,000 feet. . . . .


Not Quite Kindle / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: November 05, 2008, 08:03:32 am »
I collect musical instruments.  My first instrument was a flute which has since been passed on to my niece.  Don't worry, I have another.  Then I got a guitar.  This was high school.  About ten years ago I figured out that I'd only get better on guitar if I had a better guitar.  So I got a Martin D16.  Have since gotten a 12 string and my husband built me a Carver bass guitar from a kit.  Oh, and I have a Little Martin that's easy to carry around. . .had a Martin backpacker but passed that on to a friend who needed a small instrument.

At some point I also acquired a banjo, an ancient but still in good shape mandolin from my father in law, a cuatro (puerto rican stringed thing), a mountain dulcimer my husband built from a kit, my mother's violin -- quite a good instrument, wish I could play it better, and my father's violin. . .not as good an instrument but it looks nice so it decorates my wall.  My husband got me a balalaika for Christmas one year just for fun. . .also decorates the wall.

I also have a piano. . .and many other wind instruments including the flute mentioned above, tin whistles in at least 6 keys, a recorder and something called Xaphoon (go ahead, google it) which has a way cool sound.  I also recently convinced my aunt that I would take very good care of her 80 year old silver plated alto saxophone.

I don't count the kazoo or slide whistle.

I also tend to pick up 'native' instruments when I go places.  I have a hawaiian whistle, a couple of Carribbean whistles, a wooden fife, and a bagpipe chanter.

I think that's it. . . .


The Book Corner / Re: Downloading from
« on: November 05, 2008, 07:51:48 am »

  Type into your browser on your Kindle to download the guide.

Thanks for that link. . . .I've tried to get it before but it never worked.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Yay! 2 stars
« on: November 04, 2008, 03:40:40 pm »
And only a few posts short of Sr. Member. . . .