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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help me name my Kindle
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:42:11 am »
Miles O'Brien's wife was Keiko on Star Trek Deep Space 9.  They pronounced it Kay-Ko

Ann

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You know, I gotta say, and meaning no offense to anyone, I'm sick of seeing the Twilight books everywhere.  When the most recent first came out I checked them out and decided they weren't my cup of tea.  I know they're Kindle bestsellers, and they're on the lazy susan at the bottom of the page here.  As such, I don't, personally, see a need to have these in a message.

What I WOULD like to see are NON bestsellers:  Perhaps members could suggest books that they got for kindle from Amazon and enjoyed.  We could put together our own 'favorites' list. . . separate from the Amazon best sellers.  Besides if you get a "finder's fee" for links clicked from the boards, the more books listed, the better, I'd think.

My opinion, only.

Ann

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: But I really really want to get political..
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:11:36 am »
I agree it's semantics.  I think the technical distinction is that, in places that allow 'early voting', you don't need to give a reason why you want to vote early.  Just go do it.  Where they have 'in person absentee', there are a number of acceptable reasons which might cause you difficulty in getting to the polls.  In VA, you just need to say which one is you, and they'll let you vote absentee.  You can do that by mail, or go into the county voter office on designated days ahead of the election.  Of course, one of the reasons allowed is 'personal business will take me out of the county on election day'.  And you don't need to disclose what that personal business is, which makes it essentially the same as early voting..  . . .

I figure I'll head to the school to vote around 9. . . .Kindle in hand  :)

Ann

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How well traveled is your Kindle?
« on: November 02, 2008, 05:15:44 pm »
Mine has been to Erlanger, KY and Gatlinburg, TN.  Also all around Arlington and other bits of Northern Va. as well as across the river into DC.  Oh and up to Frederick, MD.

Ann

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Kindle Accessories / Re: Kindle Skins-do you still like?
« on: November 02, 2008, 04:52:04 pm »
Leslie. . .

I would TOTALLY buy a music themed one. . .I like the sepia tone idea too. . . so if they need convincing you can tell them they'll sell at least 2   :)

The other one I like is the burlwood. . .mainly because I don't think I'll want the screen saver.  I like the rotation of ones it comes with.  I lot of the busier designs seem like the screen saver is an integral part.

Ann

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Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hi all!
« on: November 02, 2008, 12:31:30 pm »
Clearly, Monica, you need to get him his own!!!   :)

Ann

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Well, I've played with it a couple of times.  Reader seems to be just that.  I think you need Creator to make a Mobi readable book from a .doc or .pdf file.  You can then move those to your Kindle via the usb cable and as can read them on Kindle.  The only time this won't work is if it's a book with DRM - -essentially copy protection.  What I discovered, however, is that while you can do it with the cable, it's easier and quicker to send it via e-mail directly to the Kindle.  Especailly since they're not charging the 10 cents.

See, I usually don't have the cable handy -- it lives on a shelf in my office upstairs.  But if I'm on my laptop downstairs, I can just send directly to Kindle without having to go find the thing.

O.K.  I'm lazy.  :-)

Ann

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The Book Corner / Re: Wahington Post FREE Today (11/2) through 11/5
« on: November 02, 2008, 12:24:08 pm »
I'm a regular Washington Post Kindle subscriber and I agree:  it's a great way to read a newspaper.  But there are no comics -- which is o.k. 'cause I look them up on line -- and only a few pictures.  The formatting has actually improved somewhat over the last few days.

I expect this promotion is because of the election.  I understand the New York Times is doing a similar promotion:  single day issues available for free until the 5th or 6th.

Ann

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However, there are lots of other sites out there that offer books, either for free or for sale. Depending on the format of those books, you may need Mobipocket Reader to either convert them (from pdf, usually, to Kindle-readable mobi format), or you may just want to use the Reader to organize your free-book library. . . . .And if you do convert a pdf, and want to put it on your Kindle, you have to use the USB cable.

Hope this helps.

A technical clarification if I may:  The software (for Windows) that converts to a Kindle readable format is Mobipocket Creator.  Also, once you've done the conversion, you can send the Mobi book you made to your Kindle as an attachment via e-mail.  Amazon's policy is anything sent directly to the Kindle will cost 10 cents per, but I've done it several times and never gotten charged.

Ann

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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.

Ann

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Pentagon:

http://pentagon.afis.osd.mil/

Ann

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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

Ann

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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?

Ann

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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!

Ann

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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. . . .

Ann

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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.

Ann

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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.   :)

Ann

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

Ann

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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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnt-P38ykc4

Enjoy!

Ann

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

Ann

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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.

Ann

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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???

 ;)
Ann

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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
[/quote]

Their Dignity. ;)

Ann

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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.

Ann


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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.

Ann

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