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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Updating old Voyage
« on: September 22, 2020, 09:25:38 am »
Yay for a new Kindle! :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Filter / Sort option
« on: September 22, 2020, 04:42:44 am »
It would be nice if Kindle could add some basic automatic categories or types, such as history, non fiction, fiction, and some subtypes in those for some broad category collection purposes. Sort of an automatic collection feature.

I've thought about this, too. But the problem I see is that the only sure delineation is Fiction vs Non-Fiction. So many books can fall into more than one category. Admitedly, Non-Fiction is a bit more clear cut. But lots of fiction books have elements of more than one genre.

AND ... who decides? I'm sure we've all seen cases where an author/publisher 'tags' their book so it'll pop in some very popular category, but that's actually a small element of the story really. Consider the discussions we've had here about what is and isn't a "romance". :o

I guess I think it would be very hard to do in a credible way, and probably impossible to do so as to please everyone.

I also think those of us who have frequented this board for some time are more "in to" our kindles than most kindleers. I know a fair number of folks now who have kindles -- pretty much none of them care much about any of this stuff. They keep a few books at a time on their devices vs. hundreds. They don't buy that many that they need any grand sorting system. Many use the library borrowing feature and the books are gone from their devices when the loan period runs out. If there's any kind of keeping track, it's "off line" in a notebook or separate document file. So ..... I'm not sure how many of Amazon's customers are really clamoring for such features. :(

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Filter / Sort option
« on: September 21, 2020, 01:03:53 pm »
I'd like to sort on size because sometimes I want a short read to pass a specific block of time. I'd like to sort on percentage read because sometimes I switch books before finishing one and it may drop down "out of sight, out of mind". By sorting on percentage read I can find them again more easily. I'll look for a means to suggest it direct to Amazon also. I figured they probably regularly check in here too though.

That makes sense.

I don't know what kindle you have but the ones I have ... all fairly current: Voyage, Oasis, PW ... there is, as I noted, some indication of both length and how far along in a book you are when you have it set to show a list vs the grid view. You might check that and see if it does what you need. :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Filter / Sort option
« on: September 21, 2020, 09:55:24 am »
I'm not sure it's really an issue of how easy it is or is not; as Linda says, it's probably more what people are asking for.

In Manage Content, there is a 'read' tag, now on anything you've read; I'm not sure it would help me much to be able to sort to include or exclude those books. AND ... I am pretty sure there are some omissions. I'm feel like there are some I have read -- before they introduced that feature -- that are NOT marked as read. ON my kindle, I tend to remove books once I have read them.

I don't see any value for me in sorting by how much of a thing I've read. Sorting by length of the book could be useful when I'm looking for something shorter. But if I switch to list view I can see that information in a relative way, which is good enough for me.

But, yeah .... if it's something YOU would be interested in, you should let them know. :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Book Recommendations
« on: September 17, 2020, 01:02:13 pm »
 On my Amazon page, I click "Ann's" from the home/landing page and then there's a line of menu items just under the black background. If you click browsing history, it shows you what you've looked at and you can either click 'more like' this or 'remove'. There's also one that says 'improve your recommendations' and you can mark whether to use things you've bought for more recommendations.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How does automatic book update actually work?
« on: September 15, 2020, 01:10:18 pm »
So, what happens when you click on the link?

Firs there's a warning:

An updated version of this book is available.

The previous version will be replaced with the updated version.

Before clicking update, please be sure the wireless and Whispersync for Books setting (or Annotations Backup settings for older Kindles) are turned on for each of your devices. Doing so will retain any highlights, notes, and furthest page read. You can check and adjust your Annotations Backup settings by navigating to the settings menu on your device. For further help with modifying settings, go to and check the help pages for the devices or applications you are using.

But sometimes I seem to recall it's slightly changed and says you may LOSE notes and highlights. But I've just done a whole bunch and they've all said the bit I copied and pasted just above.

Then you click the UPDATE button and get a message that an updated file has been sent. That message goes away after a few seconds.

(This is all through manage content and devices on the Amazon webpage.)

O.K. So ... I just did a bunch. Some of the ones I updated were already on My Tardis. Sort order didn't change when looking at "ALL" but when I switched to view "DOWNLOADED" a couple of the books I'd just updated ended up at the top of the 'most recent' sort order.

And .... more are coming as I watch.

So it does seem to take some time to get sent to the devices. I probably did a dozen or more updates just now as I started answering this, so maybe 10-15 minutes ago I started. So far 3 of the 'update' books have shown on My Tardis as most recent. Nope, now it's 4. Most of the more recent ones probably ARE on that device, because it's my default delivery device so I expect I'll see more pop up. And probably, when I go to my Bedtime Reading kindle this evening, some will be there as well. Hermoine's Handbag only has a handful of books on it and none are ones I just updated.

If the updated book is not on any devices, presumably it's still updated in your library so if you go to download it, you get the new file. And if you had notes and highlights, they should still be attached.


I can't say I'm particularly worried about it as such - I hadn't even given it a thought for years - I'd assumed it was all happening in the background! Now that I have looked at it, I'm just curious as to how it's supposed to work, and why it doesn't seem to work consistently. I suppose now it's on my radar my OCD is itching and wants it fixed!  :o  ;D

Yeah, like I said, sometimes I think about it and run through my library. I do wish it provided some information about WHAT was updated. Like, did they add a new forward or something on an older book -- sort of like a new 'printing' or a new edition. Or did they just re-edit? There's not really any way to tell.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How does automatic book update actually work?
« on: September 15, 2020, 10:11:40 am »
For me .... I periodically, when I've nothing better to do or just am in the mood to waste some time, will go through my Amazon library and click the button on any book that has the update link. But I've pretty much decided I'm not going to worry about it too much.

If I start a book that's been on my device for a while, I might check to see if there's an update, especially if it's a small/independent/self publisher. 'Cause those tend to be the ones, in my experience, that have editing errors on first release but are fixed in an update. If I notice editing errors, I definitely check for an update.

Yes, as I said, I do have the PW4 (or the PW 10th gen as Amazon call it) and for me it's not as good as my Voyage.

It's not just that it's slightly larger and heavier and the power button isn't as well placed - those things are relatively minor and I can live with them. The thing that stops me using it most is the contrast of the display. As we all know, these things can vary from unit to unit even with the same model and we all perceive these things differently anyway. But for ME with MY devices, the text on the PW just isn't as crisp as the Voyage and I find myself constantly fiddling with the settings or cleaning my glasses in an effort to rectify it! In the end it's easier just to read on the Voyage.

My hope going forward is that a newer model will not have the same problem.

Incidentally, I don't know if they've changed what they make the screens from over the years and that that's what makes the difference, but to my mind, they've never bettered the Kindle Touch for basic crispness of text. For a direct comparison with the newer models, take the back light off and take away the text boldening and even the Voyage isn't as good. (At least in my opinion of course 8)). But with those newer features, for me, the Voyage reigns supreme!  :o ;D

Ah yes!

I never had the Touch, so can't compare. I don't see a lot of difference on my Voyage and PW10 screens. In fact I did the unthinkable and accidentally left my PW10 -- which and been my main go to/carry everywhere kindle -- in the seat pocket of our friends' van*. We'd taken a short trip to my brother's cottage on a bay of Lake Ontario and it got left int he hurry to unload us so they could head home. So last night I was reading on my Voyage. Funnily enough, what struck me is that it felt heavier? Might be down to the difference in cover. I may stick with it for a while before switching back to see if I notice anything else. :)

DX for > 10 years. > 1500 books, been around the world on planes, boats, vans, on the beach every morning.  Won't leave home without it. Am thinking about updating but love the size.

My brother loved the DX but his finally died. :( He replaced it with a basic kindle, which he likes, but he REALLY liked the size of the DX. He thought about the Oasis, but wasn't ready to spend the bucks at the time he needed to replace it.

*not to worry -- I'll get it back from them later today. :D

My absolute favourite is the Voyage and I would buy that again and again and I'm really disappointed that it's the one Amazon have abandoned.  :( I use it almost to the exclusion of all the other models I have. Don't know what I'm going to do when it finally goes off to the great Kindle Store In The Sky.  :'( :'(

I think we've had this discussion before, but have you tried the newest PW? It's pretty darn close to the Voyage, I'd say. Though I'd agree with you that the Voyage is the best device they've made. Ergonomically, especially -- power button placement. In or out of a case or cover it's very nice to hold.

Got my first Kindle (a K2) early in 2009.
Got DW her first (also a K2) late that year.
I went through a couple ending up with a Keyboard and then transitioned to a Fire.
Sometime along the way switched to an iPad mini and then an iPad and the Kindles sat by the wayside. DW stayed true to her's and is still on a fairly old Paperwhite even though she too has an iPad mini.
Recently the eye strain of reading on an iPad is really starting to get to me (getting old I guess...LOL...well that and reading much more since retirement several years ago) sooooooo, am now anxiously awaiting delivery of a Paperwhite 10th gen with plans to going back to reading exclusively on the Kindle.

Kinda why I re-appeared on here after a 7 year hiatus. Was active here when it was a primarily reader board. Alas, now it appears to be primarily a writer board although there are several names I recognize from the good old days....

ETA: The original K2 appears to be battery deceased, however, dusting off the old Keyboard I got it to take a charge (albeit it doesn’t hold well) and it still works. More than I can say for my original iPad mini (button failure).....

Welcome back, Tip10 .... yeah ... I guess all the readers are busy reading so just don't post here as much. Such is the way with forums: the people come and go. Though we do get a small flurry of activity when there's a new device, and there are several threads in the Book Corner that maintain a moderate level of activity. I've bookmarked the ones I like to pay attention to. :) Meanwhile, the writers are writing, but do spend a lot of time posting here as well.

There was a turnover mostly because Harvey died a few years ago. His wife and girls kept it up for a couple of years, but it was really his baby, so when they had an opportunity to sell it, they did. Sadly, the new owners are pretty much absentee.

Oh, yes! To clarify. I don't have the SAME kindle since July of 2008 .... I've had several over the years. I think I've had the one I have now for about 2 years, but the one I had before that still works -- it's my back up. And I even have a third one that's a loaner -- so if someone wants to borrow a book, I can loan it to them on the spare kindle. :)

So ... a random spammer used this ancient thread to try to spam the boards and I took care of them But GOOD!

Still, it got me thinking. This thread is from 2008. Now it's 2020.

So, NOW how long have you had a kindle? and would you buy again?

I've had mine since July 2008 and of course I'd buy again ... I've bought several since then. :)

(Sorry -- not going to bother editing the poll, though :D )

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Smartphone size Kindle!!!!!!
« on: September 08, 2020, 05:40:13 pm »
I wish Amazon made a Kindle that was the size of my smartphone and used buttons on the side (such as the volume buttons on iphone) to turn pages.  The size means it would be pocketable, lighter, and easier to use on mass transit when one hand is required to hold on to something to prevent falling down on the train/subway.

I don't think I would want anything that small ... but I can see the attraction of something eInk in a phone format. Meanwhile, there is the kindle app which is fairly customizable to make it not to harsh on your eyes for reading. There are colors and brightness settings, and yes, you can set it to use the volume buttons to turn pages.

The Book Corner / Re: $6 free Amazon money
« on: September 07, 2020, 03:50:47 am »
I guess they don't offer the same promotion to everyone. The banner on the kindle books page for me says

(btw, that's just a picture, not a link)

The Book Corner / Re: $6 free Amazon money
« on: September 06, 2020, 08:50:27 am »
I didn't see anything on the kindle books page, either. I have sometimes gotten such offers by email. They're usually linked to a specific subset of books I have on my wish list ... basically, buy one of these books (usually priced around $10 and up) and we'll give you $5 off.

I also sometimes get emails for money off books in their "Great on Kindle" promoted books. Those are usually non-fiction and often nothing that appeals to me in the moment.

FWIW .... credits of this sort don't show up as part of your GC balance. It's actually kind of convoluted to find them, as I recall ... but it seems to me they send an email when you've earned them, and they are automatically used FIRST when you buy a qualifying thing.

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: September 06, 2020, 04:31:13 am »
And here's another I liked as well:

The series is Jo Larsen by Susan BcBride. I got it via Prime reading but it's in KU. It's set in a small town just outside of Dallas, TX, more or less present day -- the first book was written in 2016. At this time, there's just one other, written in 2018, and also in KU.

Amazon link:

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: September 06, 2020, 04:23:20 am »
Crosspost (warning: Enabling in progress)

I found a new series that I think y'all will enjoy.

It's The Ravenwood Mysteries by Sabrina Flynn. I think it first came across my radar via a Facebook ad. I borrowed the first one through Prime reading back in May and read it yesterday. Definitely a find. As far as I can tell, they're all in KU.

The series is set in San Francisco around the turn of the 20th century; here's a link to my review on GoodReads:

And a link to the book on Amazon:

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: September 06, 2020, 04:23:05 am »
Crosspost (warning: Enabling in progress)

I found a new series that I think y'all will enjoy.

It's The Ravenwood Mysteries by Sabrina Flynn. I think it first came across my radar via a Facebook ad. I borrowed the first one through Prime reading back in May and read it yesterday. Definitely a find. As far as I can tell, they're all in KU.

The series is set in San Francisco around the turn of the 20th century; here's a link to my review on GoodReads:

And a link to the book on Amazon:

That's the standard convention, so I think you're stuck. FWIW, I get annoyed (though that's really too strong a word) when things are alphabetized WITH the "A" or "An" or "The" considered as the first word. For example, I have a hymn collection -- for playing/singing in church, and it does NOT ignore an initial Article. I kind of get why: it makes sense to put "A Mighty Fortress" under A since, in that case, it's kind of significant. But I still have to temporarily re-wire my brain any time I'm looking up a piece to use.

You could change the sort rule entirely: go by 'most recent' and you won't have the problem. :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: September 04, 2020, 06:22:50 am »
A final update:

Anyway, the upshot was that they cancelled my existing subscription, will refund the $11.99 I paid August 21 for the most recent renewal -- which was after the changeover was to have happened, and I re-subscribed to the new Digital Access version for $5.99. So more for less money; always a positive thing. :)

Really final update:

The refund to my CC was only $8.41. So I contacted them again. It had inadvertently been processed as a prorated amount. :-\ Which is what I figured when I saw it ... but not what I was promised. Turns out they couldn't refund the additional $3.48 because all their systems showed the refund had been processed and they couldn't do it again. BUT they applied a $3.48 promotional credit to my account so that'll get used first next time I buy something.

I can never wait when it's a book I'm really excited to read. I might finish the book I'm currently reading first, but that's about it. I couldn't settle to read anything else, knowing it's there waiting for me!

Sometimes I have things borrowed from the library that I have to read before the loan period is up. Though, with 2 kindles, that's somewhat manageable by putting any about to expire on a device with the wireless turned off. ::)

Sometimes I'm just not enjoying anything I start. Or maybe I'm in a sort of reading funk. So knowing I have a book I'm sure of available is nice.

BUT, we are going on a short trip to my brother's cottage on Lake Ontario next week -- just us, relatively isolated, they'll have food stocked. Change of scenery and Ed can fish and I can read. I'm thinking I'll save it for then. :D

And it's here!

The question now is: read it right away, or wait a bit until I need a book I'm SURE I'll like. :)

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- September 2020
« on: September 01, 2020, 04:42:26 am »
Nothing looks hugely appealing ... will wait for more reviews. Why does everyone have to have 'dark secrets'?

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- September 2020
« on: September 01, 2020, 04:41:41 am »
8 titles again this month, and we get to pick 1 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

The list and links: :)

First reads for September

Thriller: The Unspoken

Book Club Fiction: Millicent Glenn's Last Wish

Domestic Suspense: This Secret Thing

Literary Fiction: A Single Swallow

Humerous Non-Fiction: Welcome to the United States of Anxiety: Observations from a Reforming Neurotic

Romantic Comedy: Roommaid: A Novel

Supernatural Thriller: The Haunting of H. G. Wells

Children's Picture book: That Monster on the Block

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: September 01, 2020, 03:18:47 am »
I got an email today from Amazon that this week's issue of The New Yorker is delayed on my kindles because they haven't been able to get in touch with The New Yorker. I renewed directly with the New Yorker in the spring. This shouldn't happen. My very expensive subscription gives me the print magazine, on-line access and the kindle edition.

Over the years I've had several times the WaPo kindle edition was delayed .... usually a technical glitch and it showed up within an hour or two. One time I got such a notice but, in fact, the thing was already] on my kindle. :D I wouldn't worry about it unless it doesn't fix itself pretty quickly.

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