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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Reading Statistics
« on: November 02, 2008, 09:10:58 am »
Re: chapters.  You can also, when you first get the book, use the Table of Contents to go directly to each of the Chapters and put a bookmark there.  Then, when you are in the book and click on the location dots, it'll show the points where the chapters starts which gives you some idea of how long each one is.  If it doesn't have a linked table of contents you can still do this, but it's harder.


Everything you ever wanted to know about the Pentagon:


Not Quite Kindle / Re: But I really really want to get political..
« on: November 02, 2008, 08:47:26 am »

Here in New Mexico we have early voting and absentee voting but we also have another option that I find puzzling to say the least. We have the choice of "In Person Absentee" voting. I'm unclear on that concept. LOL  


The concept is that you might not be able to get to your polling place on election day, for whatever reason, so you're eligible to vote absentee.  You could get an absentee ballot and mail it in, or, in some places, you can elect to vote in person at some designated time before election day.  That's "in person absentee."

FWIW. . . .here in VA the lines have been long for the last week.  But in person absentee ended on Saturday.  I expect Tuesday there will be long lines, but I have 7 or 8 books I can take with me . . . via Kindle, of course.  ;D


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Wonderful Kindle Blog Piece!
« on: November 02, 2008, 05:39:34 am »
You know, I don't think bumping is required here.  When I log on, the home page tells me where there have been new messages posted.  So if I didn't see it because it was posted after I last logged off, it tells me it's there when I log back on.  If you click the title of the thread you get the whole thing.  If you click the little "new" icon, it starts at what is a new post to you.  Pretty slick, actually.

Perhaps one of the moderators can clarify or correct?


HappyPuppy:  I expect the cell phone rule was just because they didn't want to hear all the ringing.  If it was an interference problem, just putting it on vibrate wouldn't cut it.  I'm sure Kindle is fine, with or without Whispernet on.

Betsy, I work in the Pentagon!  Do income taxes for H&R Block at the office they have there every spring.  Every year it's up in the air as to whether they'll have us back, but our clients LOVE the convenience.  The building is very different now from when you worked there:  all the renovated sections are much brighter and airier than they used to be.  It's actually nice!


Kindle Accessories / Re: Kindle Silicone Skin and Neoprene Cover
« on: November 01, 2008, 01:39:21 pm »
These do look way cool. . . .I may have to consider a small splurge. . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How old are you?
« on: November 01, 2008, 01:35:00 pm »
Are you an imbecile?

That was my guess.  I swear I thought of it before I read Jeff's post.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Must Haves... Accessories!
« on: November 01, 2008, 01:31:59 pm »
However, I held my Kindle somewhat above my head last night, and, lo and behold, it fell out of the default case and hit me in the face.

I found that if you bend up the little plastic piece it is easier to get the kindle to latch onto the cover.  Once I did that I didn't have any problems.  But I hate droopy elastic so as soon as it started getting even a little stretched out it bothered me.  I got a red not-leather m-edge which I am happy with. Keep a business card in one of the pockets if I ever loose my mind and leave it somewhere.  Also looking for an appropriately sized pad of paper.  Someday some charity will send me a free one of the right dimensions.   :)


The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: Our Kindle Covers
« on: November 01, 2008, 01:26:52 pm »
OOHH.  Pretty!


Not Quite Kindle / Yay! 2 stars
« on: November 01, 2008, 08:57:03 am »
No point to this post except to get my second star.  But I thought I'd remind you all, in a funny way, I hope, that Halloween is so called because it is the EVE of the Feast of All Saints.  Here they are:



Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How old are you?
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:51:26 am »
7?  No, 7 times 7.


Forum Announcements & Tips / Re: Board re-structuring
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:40:13 am »
Turns out we have elves here. . . .they do magical things while we sleep!

Thanks to Harvey and Leslie for all your hard work.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Happy (slow year this year) Halloween...
« on: October 31, 2008, 06:01:28 pm »
We have a pretty kid filled neighborhood.  They all came by.  I gave them each a handful of candy but have a lot left over.   Gee, what to do, what to do???


The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Book?
« on: October 31, 2008, 05:43:18 pm »

[/quote]..lets not forget that we find out what men wore under their kilts ;-p

Their Dignity. ;)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: BIG books
« on: October 31, 2008, 05:26:35 pm »

All this talk about big books reminds me of when I was in college and my roommate and I were taking the same Shakespeare class.  Our books literally weighed 8lbs. (yes we grabbed a scale to weight it, a small hardcover book of all of Shakespeare's work),

Was that the Riverside Shakespeark?  Definitely a Big Fat Book.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Charging
« on: October 31, 2008, 05:00:10 pm »
I think. . . . . .that the difference is the little round plug is designed to have power go in the Kindle.  The mini USB is just designed for data.  Some devices, like my phone, use the same for both.  But even my phone won't charge if ONLY plugged into the computer, I have to plug it into the wall, or use the special cradle that, itself, connects to both the computer and house current.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Just got mine, question.
« on: October 31, 2008, 02:51:26 pm »
I've heard folks complain that they can't cancel a subscription from the Kindle but it is SO easy on I think they're just nuts.  You just click 'cancel'.  It says something like "Sure?"  You confirm and ta da!  No one trying to convince you to change your mind or sell you something else instead.  And if you do it in the first 14 days you don't pay for what you already got.  AND if you do it after that, and they've already charged you, they credit you back the part of month you aren't getting.  Now, if you go back and re-subscribe, they know you already used up your free 14 days so you can't keep subscribing and canceling to game the system.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Page Numbering System...
« on: October 31, 2008, 02:22:44 pm »
You know there's a row of dots at the bottom of the page, right?  That will show you proportionally how far you are.  Also, you can scroll to that line of the display and click on it.  It'll show the dots with the numbers 1 thru 10 so you can get a bit more concrete idea of how far you are.  Just press the BACK button to go back to where you were reading.  Before you play with it too much, though, I'd suggest putting a bookmark with the dogear where you left off.  I just accidentally moved the embedded bookmark to the end of the book.  Fortunately, I knew where I was and could get back pretty quick.  There's more detail in the users guide (or Leslie's book, I'm sure (no I haven't bought it, didn't see the need, but now that we're practically related I may just have to!  :)) )about ways you can use it.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Read more due to Kindle?
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:55:02 pm »
I like to multi-task and mostly read in commercial breaks when I am watching TV (if I am not on my laptop!).

I do that too!!  My husband hates it. . .he wants to flip but when he does we invariably miss the first minute or two of the show when we FINALLY get back to it.  Now that we have TiVo, though, the problem is solved.  The new problem is that now there aren't any commercials to read during since we skip through them. . . .

But I still read plenty.  Always have.  All my brothers do too. . . our house growing up was always filled with books and we were pretty much allowed to read any that looked interesting to us.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Page Numbering System...
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:48:15 pm »
I figured it was something like that. . .makes a lot of sense since it's basically a computer which generally would like powers of 2.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Charging
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:37:04 pm »
I read somewhere that once it is charged (light out) you should unplug it because it will start de-charging.


My understanding is that the light is on while charging and goes off when full.  But it doesn't d-charge if you fail to unplug it right away.  In fact it will keep it topped up if, say, you have whispernet on and stuff comes down while the rest of the machine is sleeping.

I have, however, heard bad things about leaving it plugged into a computer. . .that will apparently use it up pretty fast as well or else the computer will try to recharge it but will die trying  :-)  I forget what the issue was exactly but the moral of the story was:  you can't charge a Kindle via the USB on a computer, because the mini USB in the Kindle is not set up for it.


Couple of thoughts:

First, go to Manage your Kindle at amazon and make sure you got the name of your Kindle address correctly.  I once tried to send something and forgot that I'd changed the e-mail address and sent it to the wrong address.  Oops.  Made a contact entry in my e-mail program so it'll pop up automatically and correctly now.

While you're there, make sure the e-mail address you're sending FROM is an allowed address.  I have several addresses but use the same e-mail client for all.  On one computer the default is address A, on the other it's address B.  Why?  Who knows!  It just ended up that way.  But when I sent something and it didn't go I realized I's sent it from the wrong address.  So I went and added both addresses to my Kindle 'allowed' list so it wouldn't be a problem in the future.

If both those are o.k. you should see in the list to the right that it's either pending or been sent.  Either way, but especially if showing sent but you don't see it, I suggest a soft reset (ALT - UPARROW - R pressed all at once) and see if that brings them in. I've had success with that when I've gotten up and my newspaper isn't here yet.

Good Luck,

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Info on Troll for Leslie?
« on: October 31, 2008, 09:04:08 am »
My opinion only:

I think Kat is owed an apology from the person who called her a troll.  This board has moderators, unlike Amazon, so group policing is not necessary.  I believe we can let Leslie and Harvey (who both have way more stars than ANY of the rest of us) will take care of any inappropriate posts.  If one of us questions the "truthiness" of a poster, we should send a private message to one of the moderators to check it out.  It is not the place of any of us "NEWBIES" (or even the few Jr. Members) to question another newbie's sincerity.  The entire discussion has actually left me with more respect for Kat, and less for the name caller.

Again, just my opinion. . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Page Numbering System...
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:50:25 am »
I think the location numbers were chosen because of the changeable font size.  In a paper book, of course, there's only one size font so, based on that size, the book is X pages.  If you buy the large print size it'll have Y pages.  On the kindle, you get both (and 4 sizes of print in between) so pages doesn't make much sense.  The location numbers refer to some specific place in the book.  The beginning of chapter 1 will always be at location xxx no matter what font size you're using.  Drawback is you can't refer it to a place in the physical book, but since there are can be many editions of the physical book:  hardback, paperback, large print, trade paperback, library edition. . .all potentially having slightly different page numbers, I don't see it as a big issue.

Since  newspapers (at least the Washington Post) give a number of words per article, I have worked out that, on font size 1, each page flip is about 250 words -- give or take.  I haven't gone the next step and correlated that to location numbers though.


Does that apply when the font you're using is a different size as the location numbers differ depending on the font size don't they?

Nope.  That''s the whole point of the location numbers.  You're at the same place in the book no matter what size font you read in.  I use font size 1 so the book might be 200 'pages'.  With font 3 it might only be 125.  But Chapter 3 will always be at location number X.  I think it's a pretty elegant solution to what would otherwise be a problem.  What I"m trying to work out . . .and just haven't done the math yet . . .is how many words/characters there are per 'location'.


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