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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: My Kindle is in the mail!
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:45:48 pm »
Something that I've noticed about amazon shipments:  You might get an e-mail saying it's shipped with a tracking number.  So you go to UPS or USPS and there's no record.  It's like it's in some sort of limbo between Amazon and the shipper.  I figured out that what has happened is that amazon has marked it as being in the big box that the shipper will be picking up when full.  But the shipper doesn't show they've got it until they actually do pick up the big box.  I'm pretty sure it works this way when you go for the free super saver shipping, it probably doesn't for shipping you pay for.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Same ole, Same Ole on Amazon
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:42:01 pm »
I read the PDF of the User's Guide before my Kindle arrived as well.  So I completely don't get why some of the questions get asked on the Amazon forums.  I've only rarely seen a question about how it works that isn't addressed in the users guide.  And when I got mine (July), Mr. Windwalker was still putting finishing touches on his Complete guide so I was able to get it free. . .it pretty much told me anything the OEM guide didn't.

OTOH, because there's no efficient search tool, and there are literally thousands of threads, it's not surprising the same questions keep getting asked. 

This world is much better!


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: The Perfume of a Book...
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:36:00 pm »
When I was in Kentucky last summer I got to ride in a Prius that belonged to a friend of mine.  Really not much different than a regular car.  At least, not much different than a regular in good condition car.  If you're used to a real rumbly vehicle you'd probably notice it's a lot quieter.  It's got a lot more info on the dash. . . one thing is an active MPG guage.  You can get caught up in it and it affects how you drive because you want to maximize that MPG.  Anyway, I quite liked it, but my 6 year old Vibe is going strong so I don't guess we'll be getting a new one any time soon.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: To Turn Off or Put To Sleep
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:31:15 pm »
Mine is on all the time.  If I'm not reading it's sleeping.  When I go to bed at night I plug it in.  (One night I went up to bed and realized I hadn't brought it.  I went back downstairs to get it and told my husband I had to plug my book in before I went to sleep.   He made a face at me  :-\).

I also don't generally turn Whispernet off.  I've never had it go below half full, unless I was actively doing a lot of on line stuff.  If I weren't sure I'd be going home at the end of the day, I'd probably turn it (Whispernet) off to save juice.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Great leather covers?
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:24:02 pm »
I've seen such a picture.  There's a YAHOO group called KindleKorner.  (The rules are a little restrictive regarding posts and such -- strictly my opinion -- but it's pretty active and generally not bad (which is better than not good  :))).  If you join, you can see the pictures folks have uploaded.  I seem to recall that someone used a journal or something and made themselves a case that looks like an old book.  I'll see if I can find it and post it here. . . .


Not Quite Kindle / Re: STEAM came out the top of my Head when...
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:20:00 pm »
I'm sure you can find it on  Plus an extra video where Jeff Bezos teaches the audience how to use the thing.

She gave them out first thing, then did a segment about cooking and something else.  If it was me, I don't know how much I'd have been paying attention to the other things once I had the Kindle in hand. . . .


Introductions & Welcomes / Re: It's CAROL!
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:07:49 pm »
If/When a new version comes out and I determine I want it, I'll give my version 1 to my son.  He's 25.

(am I not a newbie yet?)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: STEAM came out the top of my Head when...
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:06:39 pm »
Well, ummm, I actually DO never watch Oprah but since the news that her new favorite thing was a Kindle, I made a point of watching that day!  ;D

Hey!  I resemble that remark.   :)  My husband even observed that I'd TiVo'd it.  (Wasn't sure I'd be home and wanted to see what she said.)  Whoopi did a bit on it on the View too, last spring. .. .I didn't find out about that one until later but you can find anything on line nowadays.

Also, re: Oprah, I don't even try to read her 'book club' books any more.  The few I've tried just haven't been my thing.  We clearly have different tastes in reading.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: The Perfume of a Book...
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:01:41 pm »
I have to admit that, if there is a drawback to the Kindle, it's not being able to sort of 'absorb' a new book before first cracking the cover as well.  I really enjoy the feeling and look of a 'fresh' book and work hard while reading to keep it looking new.  If it's a paperback I usually put it down face down so the cover doesn't curl up, or put something on top of it to weight it down.  Silly, I know.  Anyway, I don't have to do any of that with the Kindle.  I guess it's better. . . but I sorta miss it.  Which is why I still keep a lot of paper books around!


Kindle Accessories / Re: Great leather covers?
« on: October 30, 2008, 11:42:17 am »
Yes thanks for posting. . . I guess I could have found it myself if I tried. . . appreciate that you cared enough to do it for me!

I may seriously consider this one.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Great leather covers?
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:21:45 am »
Thanks for the link. . .don't know why I couldn't find it.

So, when whomever ordered it gets it, what I'm curious about now is how does it hold the thing in.  I'm not seeing anything that holds the bottom in the pictures.  Seems like it'd slip out when the cover is open?


My opinion on freezing is that Kindle's brain gets full.  I haven't had the problem as long as I remember to do a soft re-set every few days.  Usually I am prompted to because my newspaper isn't there in the morning.  I do a soft re-set and it downloads the paper.  Other than that I never turn the thing off. . . if I'm not reading it's sleeping.


O.K.  36 pages clearly means you have a problem!  :-)

Here's an excerpt from the e-mail I sent to amazon re: the Kindle.  Just for information.  The reply I got actually seemed to indicate that they'd read it and maybe even thought the ideas about the screensavers wasn't bad.  We'll see what happens.

Excerpt begins:
I had an idea about screen-savers.  A comment I've seen on the various chat boards is that people would like to be able to have the front or back cover art.  Many books do have a cover image as part of their file.  Would it be possible to tie those images to the books for the screen saver?  For instance, if I'm reading book A, and put the Kindle to sleep, the screen saver picture to come up would be that book's cover.  When I get back to it, I'm instantly reminded of what I was reading much the way I am when I pick up a paper book I'm reading. The random selection of pictures would come up if the Kindle was put to sleep from the home page, or from a newspaper or something that didn't have a dedicated cover image.

Another complaint (really too strong a word but I don't know what else to use) I've heard is that although the title is shown on the home screen, sometimes a person wants to see the covers to remind yourself of what the books are about when it's time to choose the next thing you're going to read.  To answer that, would it be possible that the home screen list might look more like the Kindle Store page when showing a list of books:  a thumbnail of the cover with the name and title and/or perhaps a sentence describing the genre or some other identifying info.  As sorting is available now this would produce probably way to many home screen pages but with a folder option it might be more practical.

Related to both the above thoughts, it would be ideal to have a 'synopsis' button that provided an instant link to the cover/jacket blurb on a book selected on the home screen or open on the Kindle.  Maybe one of the options from the menu when a book is open.  Sometimes, even when I'm a ways into a book, especially if it's been a while since I've had a chance to read on it, I'll frequently look at the blurb to remind myself what's what.

For the record, I don't care about color, though more shades of gray would make the images sharper.  I don't mind the white color of the physical machine but black or gray would maybe look snappier.  On the other hand, I would not want to pay more for other colors, like you have to with refrigerators!  The scroll wheel is way cool -- don't change it!  I would suggest a somewhat smaller 'next page' button on the right which would leave room for a 'previous page' button there as well, with perhaps a space between them so folks don't need to worry about where to grasp the machine to avoid page turns.

I guess the only other little quibble I have is that the hole for a hard reset should be more accessible.  And, on that topic, there are some folks who like to change out their SD cards and greater accessibility to that would be better for them.  For me it's moot at this point.

Excerpt Ended.

I included a request for a customizable folder system as well.

Thoughts on my thoughts?  (Be kind)


Kindle Accessories / Re: Great leather covers?
« on: October 30, 2008, 09:56:12 am »
Um, I like the look in general, but does it come in any other color.  Green is o.k. but I think I'd prefer something different.  Did someone say they found other colors?

As to the magnet close on the original cover referenced, I'm o.k. with that.  They're extremely weak, as magnets go, and are not likely to cause any problems.  Velcro is o.k., but it wears out. . . .

I'm only sorta looking for a new cover.  Am happy with my red not-leather m'edge. . . and can't justify the money right now.  But I like to have stuff picked out for when I get a windfall!

Random thoughts on a cold day in Arlington


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: BIG books
« on: October 30, 2008, 09:48:56 am »
FWIW, when downloading Jeff's book, I downloaded it to the computer and then sent it to my Kindle using my Kindle e-mail address.  Worked like a charm and I didn't have to find the usb connector. :)  And, I have a back up copy on my computer, which is a good idea with any non-Amazon books in case the worst happens. . . .


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Case of cantwait-itis
« on: October 29, 2008, 04:05:47 pm »
Pretty sure you're going to decide it's not a 'family' gadget.  Might want to just go ahead and get a second one now.   :)


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Photos on the Kindle Board
« on: October 29, 2008, 12:26:56 pm »
I uploaded mine from my personal photos.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Great leather covers?
« on: October 29, 2008, 11:53:57 am »
Thanks for posting the pictures.  I was curious about the closure.  I think I would like a magnet closure as well, but I'm not sure I like the size of the closing flap.  I currently use the m-edge which can be folded backward and the little flap tucks in its slot in reverse.  Can you do that?  Just wondering. :)


You can use it while it's charging, you know. . . . :D


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: What I Am Reading...
« on: October 29, 2008, 10:53:14 am »
I've read Fforde's whole Tuesday Next series on paper.  I wonder if they have the footnotes linked properly?  They're an important part of the plot as characters in the book use them to communicate with each other. 


The Book Corner / Re: Released a kindle book, any interest?
« on: October 29, 2008, 10:50:51 am »
You should order a sample and see what's in it.  I recall a discussion from another board from the fellow who wrote 'Decoding the Kindle'.  He found that the 'sample' wasn't anything more than the table of contents.  He got on to Amazon and got them to change it.

I got a sample, too, but haven't checked it out yet. . . been hangin' out here since I got back from the grocery store.


I think a lot of people are self conscious about just walking up to a stranger and asking questions.

Some people definitely give off a "stay out of my space" sort of aura.  Even if they don't, people who've been used to not getting good responses when they try to strike up a conversation probably will be gun shy.

In an airport, especially, you're likely to meet mostly people who are very busy -- or want the world to think they are -- so they're not going to stop and have a conversation for no reason.  They're much too important!   :D

So, all these things tend to offset the folks who are likely to wander up to a stranger and start talking to them.

Just my opinion,

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How many Kindles have you seen in the "wild'?
« on: October 28, 2008, 02:38:06 pm »
The 'wild' Kindle I saw was through "see a kindle in your city".  WE met up in a restaurant for lunch here in Arlington.  The wait staff was quite interested in it as well.  It's what convinced me that it was a good thing to spend my stimulus money on.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help! I can't connect!
« on: October 28, 2008, 12:40:32 pm »
Go to 'Manage my Kindle' and make sure it's registered.  It should be if you bought it from Amazon but it doesn't hurt to check.

Assuming it's registered, do make sure the whispernet switch is ON.  (Yeah, I know, but really, it could have gotten switched off accidentally)

If both switches are on but there are no bars, you might try a reset.  Soft reset is ALT, UP ARROW, R -- press all three keys at the same time with both switches on.  It'll reset and anything waiting should download.

If none of that works, then probably whispernet is just down in your area.  You might contact Amazon to see if they have any suggestions.

Good Luck!


Agree with Leslie. . . no matter how well you like each other. . .you won't want to share.  Buy two! :)


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