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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:49:53 am »

I forgot how to change the size with the manual link maker. 

where you see  [img

leave a space and follow that with height=150

So the beginning of that section of code looks like this

[img height=150

Then close the bracket as usual and that will make a more reasonably sized image. :)

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 3 time
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:01:21 am »
Neither my O2 or PW (latest model) have a setting for 'automatic' and I don't remember if they change on their own or if I have to do it. I feel like I have to do it, so I guess I'm not much help.


Maybe the problem is that we are currently in Daylight Time and not Standard time?

Unless I've completely misunderstood the question -- it's still quite early, so that's a definite possibility. :)

(The page to adjust the time is under settings, device options, device time -- but you probably already know that.)

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: July 14, 2020, 06:28:35 pm »

Ann in Arlington, how did you get the Linkmaker to work? I haven't been able to do so for months.

The automatic one is broken .... but if you use the original manual one, it works. The italicized sentence

 (Note: the older, manual version of Link-Maker is available here.)

at the bottom has the link to it by clicking the word "here".

Copy the ASIN and enter the text you want to use for a text link, or copy the image location and enter it for an image link. Then click the 'create kboards link' button.

Here's a link directly to that if anyone wants to bookmark it or something.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: July 14, 2020, 09:27:15 am »
Recently found "Inspector George Gently". Similar in feel to "Foyle's War" but it took me longer to 'get' the characters.It's set in the 60s. I'm running out of things I want to watch on Acorn so when I've seen all I care to, I may cancel it and switch to BritBox for a while .... I left off at season 2 of Vera and I'd like to continue that. And I've seen a lot of other things that look good via Prime Video, but they're actually on BritBox.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: July 14, 2020, 09:20:27 am »
I just finished

I'd had it on a 'wish list' at the library for forever and picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Definitely historical ... lighter on the romance but it's there. I enjoyed it. It features Alais Capet who was supposed to be the wife of Richard I until his father Henry II took her as his mistress. This takes place many years later -- Both Henry and Richard are dead, John is King, and he's got his tights in a twist about rumors that Alais had a child by Henry who would be a claimant to the throne.

This one is only $4 to buy and there's a sequel as well.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: line spacing
« on: July 10, 2020, 04:00:51 pm »
Are you asking because you have a book you've written and need to know how to format it? That's a question to ask the authors who hang in the Writer's Cafe.

I haven't read a print novel in years .... literally since 2008 when I got my kindle. I can set the line spacing for whatever is comfortable for me.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 10, 2020, 03:59:17 pm »
I don't mind as long as it's REALLY OBVIOUS when each section takes place. But I've read books more than once where there was nothing at the beginning of each chapter that told you and you had to figure it out from whatever was happening to whoever was present in the first few paragraphs of each new section. Not cool. Give me a date/year or use a completely different typeface or SOMETHING to make it clear.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:41:49 pm »
After re-reading the blurbs and looking at reviews, I went with:

Suspense: Trust No One

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls

O'Course, I have NO IDEA when I'll get to reading them. :o :-\ ;D

I think it's hot all over ... it's hit at least 90F (32C) for the last week or more and no sign of it dropping any time soon. And it's also been very humid which only makes it worse. PLUS .... just to keep it interesting .... there have been some pretty severe thunderstorms as well ... trees knocked down, power outages, etc.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:08:30 am »
Thanks for reminding me: I haven't even picked one yet! :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Newspaper experience on Oasis?
« on: July 06, 2020, 03:20:21 am »
Iím a print newspaper junkie. Iím new to e-readers and considering an Oasis. Can anyone who subscribes explain how the New York Times or Wall Street Journal looks? Iíd heard it was more like a websiteóa list of articles. I am hoping for a print experience where I flip page by page and it looks closer to what I get delivered.

This should be easier to find out but itís nowhere online.
Can anyone post an image or explain what it looks like on the Oasis?

Should I wait for a larger screen e-reader? I donít want an IPad or Fire because my wife and kid will use it too ;-)

I subscribe to the Washington Post.

When you open the 'paper' for the day you're on the 'front page'. What you're seeing is the sections of the paper, 4 to a page -- you can page forward and back to get to a particular section You'll see each section shows how many articles are in that section. Tap on a section and it takes you to the first article.

Each article has a headline, some have a picture and caption and then the article. No columnar formatting or anything like that. Where there might be multiple pictures in the print version, the kindle version only has one.

There are no classifieds, no sports box scores, no pages of stock quotes or anything like that. Just the articles. Also no comics.

All that is fine with me as that sort of stuff is easy to find on line if I feel the need.

I actually prefer the kindle edition to the print edition -- much less messy and awkward to read and page through. The only problem is that WaPo doesn't consider it a 'subscription' for purposes of accessing further content on line. So if I see a link somewhere to a WaPo article, I can't read it because I don't have a subscription and I'm not going to pay further for an on line one. I generally end up making a note and, sure enough, it shows up in the kindle edition at some point. :)

hmmmm. weird.

Let me think on this a bit.

The thing is, there are books that I downloaded to my Kindle when I bought them, that now have the 'update available' link. If it's sent the update to the copy on my Kindle already, and the new version will automatically download if I send the book to another device, then why the link? Under what circumstances is the link to manually update ever necessary?

And how can I tell if the version on my Kindle has been updated?

So, to clarify, 'cause I don't think I explained it well .... and I might not even be completely accurate, it's just what I think is happening.

Say I have a book on my kindle. I'm browsing my content page and see the 'update available' link.

If I have auto update turned on in my account, when I click that link it will update the book in my library and send a new version to my kindle as well. I have seen this happen where a book I'd maybe already read or at least was well back in my queue is suddenly showing as 'most recent' on the device -- because there'd been an update, I'd clicked to get it, and since it was on the Kindle, a new file was sent.

I think if 'auto update' is NOT turned on, then clicking 'update available' won't send the new file to the kindle.

This is my understanding of how it works currently and has, by my recollection, for several years -- maybe 5 or more? It might have been even more automatic before, when they first introduced it.

I guess it's not ever necessary to update ... but I'm not sure newer versions will be sent unless you click the link. Some people want to keep the one they read and don't want anything new. You also have to watch as sometimes it warns you that updating will cause you to lose notes and highlights.

I think they stopped automatically updating without warning because of complaints from customers. The 'auto' function, when first introduced, was ON by default so if you didn't turn it off, you got updates and maybe lost notes or something. So now this is the method. You manually tell it to update, but it won't send new versions to the kindle (if the book is on the device) unless you have auto turned ON.

If you suddenly see a book you just 'updated' show up as most recent, that's an indication that it did send the new file to your device.

On the 'Preferences' tab on the Manage Your Kindle and Devices page I have 'Automatic Book Updates' set to 'ON'. I had assumed that that meant that updates would download automatically and replace books I had already downloaded with the updated version.

However, when I look on the 'Content' tab I have a lot of books which have a blue 'update available' link underneath the title. What does that mean exactly? Does it mean if I now download it I will get the updated version BUT if it's already on my Kindle I have to manually update it? When you click on the 'update available' link there's no option to choose a device, so if I already have it on more than one Kindle would it update ALL already downloaded copies on every device?

I'm not sure what part of the process is considered to be 'automatic'.  :-\

When the feature first was available, I think there was some discussion that the author/publisher had to request that Amazon push updated files to anyone who'd purchased the book previously. In those cases, if the file was on your kindle, it got updated.

I do feel like it's changed. So now, you still have to manually update the file on the manage content page. If you have 'auto' turned on, I think it does then send the updated file to any device where the book currently is loaded. If not, it updates the file in your 'library' but doesn't automatically send it to any devices.

At least, that's what I think ....

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:19:02 pm »
These 4 are possibles. Will wait a bit until some more reviews come in.

Crime Thriller: White Out

Suspense: Trust No One

Thriller: Her Final Words

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls

I still don't know what the difference between thriller, suspense and crime thriller is. They always seem the same to me. Reading the blurbs, etc. Thrillers and suspense always seem to have some crime in them too, so I have no clue.

I agree ... they all seem the same genre to me. And "Book Club Fiction" feels completely indefinable. But the blurb on that one looks interesting.

That said ... I have about 8 library books currently borrowed -- a whole bunch came up in the same 4 day period -- so it'll be a while until I get to anything I've bought. I may just skip 'em all on the theory that I've got plenty to read already! :o :D ;D

The Book Corner / Amazon First Reads -- July 2020
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:28:07 am »
NOTE: There are 9 titles available this month, and we get to pick 2 free (or reduced if not a Prime member)

Haven't looked any more thoroughly just yet, but here's the list and links, at least. :)

First reads for July

Crime Thriller: White Out

Suspense: Trust No One

Contemporary Fiction: Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

Thriller: Her Final Words

Book Club Fiction: The Last of the Moon Girls

Memoir: The Son and Heir

Historical Fiction: Across the Winding River

Children's Picture book: Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten

Essays: Tomboyland

I'd had this on my radar for quite a while and Ann's mentioning it here got me to finally give it a try. It really didn't grab me at all - in fact it ended up as a DNF for me.

I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't like it, I just found I had no enthusiasm for finding out what happened next. I was really surprised as it sounded just the kind of thing I'd like and usually Ann and I seem to have similar tastes - I'm currently working my way through more than one series she's recommended.

Oh well, plenty of other things to read. *eyes ever increasing TBR pile*  :o

Though I like the series -- and actually have liked later entries better than the first -- I do see why it might not work for some. I admit I found the whole "Punch" thing confusing at the time and it still is when "Mr Punch" is mentioned in later books. But, yeah, no point in continuing if it's not doing it for you; as you say, it's not like there's nothing else to read, is it? ;D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Removing all books without deregistering
« on: June 30, 2020, 09:54:59 am »
So I must be missing a step because I still see too many items - there are only 3-4 books on my Oasis 2 and I get over 1,000
Manage Your Content and Devices
Choose my Oasis 2
Click View device content button on right side of screen
See 1,336 books - I know it's not library since that is over 5,000 now

Where did I go wrong?

Hmmm .... I got there a different way, but ended up the same place. Not sure what's going on with yours but I specifically picked my husband's kindle as I know it only has a couple dozen titles. When I get to the screen for its device content, it looks right.

Only thing I can think is you aren't looking at the device you think you are?  Sorry. :(

I'll finish it and hopefully I feel the same about the 2nd. I like more about it than I don't, so I do want to finish it. In most series, as long as I find it interesting enough, I try to at least read through the 2nd.

We shall see.  ;D

Can't say fairer than that. Every book doesn't appeal to everyone and that's o.k.! :D

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Removing all books without deregistering
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:29:55 am »
That is what I was looking for.  I got into settings yesterday, but I didn't go far enough.  Thank you!

On the Amazon Content and Devices page when you select a device and then choose device content, it shows you the content you have downloaded to all your devices, not a specific one.  So that wasn't really helpful.

I think you can further click on 'device' on that page.

.... <checking> ....

Yes! if you go to a book and click on the down arrow under the 'devices' column. It will tell you which devices that book is on.  If you click a specific device, it will show you only the books on that device.  It's a weird way to do it but you can get there. Once you have it showing only the books on a specific device, you should be able to delete a bunch at a time as usual. Used to be limited to 10 at a time, but that might have changed.

How do I know this? I think I did it by accident once so I knew you could. it was just a matter of figuring out how I'd done it! :D

Agree with Atunah ... and well explained. :)

its going a bit slow. I am having a bit of a hard time getting into the story. Not sure what it is exactly yet. I am not feeling any feelings. that sounds weird, but I am just not connecting with any characters. So I have a hard time caring.
And it doesn't help that the book is in first person from a guy that acts a wee bit like Harry Dresden at times with the male gaze and wish fulfillment. Character here, like Dresden did for me, reads juvenile too many times. I'll finish it, but it might be a wee bit more time.The story so far is ok, but started out stronger than as it went on. It kind of went of in a totally different way than the beginning showed.
So far I am "meh" on it. I am not getting a sense of anyone and I think it because I am looking from the eyes of a dude that is acting not like a interesting adult to me. At least not at the moment. So far most females in the story have been of some sort of object to him on one way or another.

I'll see how it is by the end. But I am not really enjoying reading at the moment with this one.

The first book is more difficult to get into because you have to get to know Peter. If you finish it and decide it's not completely horrible, I'd suggest trying the second book and see if you feel there's improvement. I thought the second held together better, with a more cohesive plot, probably because there was not the same need to explain a lot of the magic stuff. But: his personality doesn't change, so if that's what's not doing it for you ...... :) I found him a bit obnoxious to start but, ultimately, fairly honest with himself while at the same time not taking it all too seriously.

I'm sure there's an app for that. :) Seriously -- I'd guess you'd be able to use your phone, tablet, or computer. You'd have to remember to manually start and stop the timer. No way I know of that's automatic on kindle except, as you note, the free time thing -- which is meant, I guess, for parents to monitor their kids reading vs other screen time. My recollection was that's only on a Fire tablet -- so if you use an eInk Kindle even that isn't available, I think. (Could be wrong here:
never had need/desire to look further into it.)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Reader's Block
« on: June 27, 2020, 06:27:08 am »
Are you reading ebooks or paper? I ask because, for me, reading on paper can be problematic -- print is often smaller than optimal for me ... also in my sixties. the kindle is great because I can make the print the size it needs to be and even adjust the boldness to make it easier to read -- as well as margins and line spacing. AND it's easier to hold than a hardback for sure, and also easier than many paperbacks. :)

Pressure  :-X

For sure! Clearly my opinion means nothing! :o ;D ;D ;D ;D

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