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The Book Corner / Re: How much would you spend on a self epubbed book?
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:26:10 am »
I suppose it depends how you describe self published. I avoid amazon digital platform do it yourself published books. I've been burned to many times by poorly edited works. I had several that we're good for length of sample and got more and more errors as time went on. One even started misspelling the main characters name. And not intentionally. If I run across one available  on prime I will risk an attempt. But I won't pay for ones anymore that I haven't already had an experience with the author.

Fire Talk / Re: Engadget mentions "reading mode" how?
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:03:48 am »
I was under the impression Engadget was a reliable site for tech info, but when I used the mayday button to find out about this the lady said it doesn't exist and "anyone can post anything on the internet". Which I know, but as I said I thought they were reliable reviewers. Am I under the wrong impression?

Fire Talk / Engadget mentions "reading mode" how?
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:39:02 am »
I bought the fire HDX 7 and was reading an Engadget review of battery life. They state "And if you enable Amazon's Reading Mode, which shuts down extra processes while you're reading, you should get around 17 hours of life, ".
Does anyone know how to get to it to turn it on?
Here is link to quote I gave

Book Klubs / Re: November 2013 Book Count
« on: November 02, 2013, 07:36:46 am »

The Solitary House
The Blue Girl
Devil's Brood
A Fatal Likeness

The Book Corner / Re: Kindle Firsts - new program for Prime members
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:02:51 am »
I am a Prime member, I didn't get an email but I noticed it at the kindle store on my new HDX. It was in the scroll things on top of store page. Haven't ordered anything yet.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:32:22 pm »
Have you started Zealot yet Ann?  It is on my wish list and I wonder what you think so far.

The Book Corner / Re: Happy Halloween! What's your favorite Horror novels
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:09:37 am »
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:31:45 am »
I just started Katherine , and am continuing to read Bleak House as a serial.

Book Klubs / Re: October 2013 Book Count
« on: October 07, 2013, 04:21:22 pm »
In Progress

Bleak House (as serial)

The a Silver Pigs

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Official PW2 Watch Thread
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:12:17 am »
I had an email in my inbox this morning that the paper white 3G is available for preorder. I got one without special offers and with free prime two day shipping it says I'll get it on release day. When I checked one day shipping it gave the same date delivery. Looks like the cases fit from the present paper white I have. I haven't decided if I want a new case. What I don't like about the special offers ( I bought out on my current pw) is that when you open Amazon case you have to swipe to read. I don't know why it bothers me, but it does. I like to open it and be on the page I was reading.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: September 26, 2013, 06:20:48 pm »
I just started this last night so I'm barely into it. But I like it so far.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:54:07 pm »
Just finished Dodger    Which was really a very good read. The first a Pratchett book I've read and I really liked it.  Now reading The Color of Milk

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: September 22, 2013, 06:57:20 am »
I am reading Bleak House by Dickens. It is in the back of this book, , The Solitary House. It is divided by chapters into a reading schedule based on the serial publishing dates. Bleak House and Dickens are mentioned in the novel Solitary house and is included in the book. As is Wilkie Collins the Woman in White, also included in this ebook. So between the three I'm getting my $9.99 worth  :D

The Book Corner / Re: James Joyce's Ulysses
« on: September 07, 2013, 06:06:42 am »
Reading the Cliff note version first of each chapter as you you read is what my literature professor suggested. Joyce alludes to a lot of ancient texts and I would have not understood 10% of what I read without cliff notes. Even though I have read translations most of the ancient texts he alludes to in translation. I know that last sentence sounds pompous, he really only refers to three or four, but he is subtle about doing it so that lends to the difficulty in understanding at least on my part.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:51:58 pm »
I'm about 40% into this and really like it .  It is a novel about Henry James. Great stuff  :D

Book Klubs / September 2013 book count
« on: August 31, 2013, 02:32:46 pm »
In Progress
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Nortell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens-reading as serial
The Master, Colm Toibin
Time and Chance, Sharon Penman
The Yard, Alex Grecian
Dodger, Terry Pratchett
The Color of Milk, Nell Leyshon

The Book Corner / Re: James Potter Series -- 4th book released
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:16:45 pm »
Thanks for posting this I read the first three and enjoyed them.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: August 17, 2013, 06:53:44 am »
I just finished When Christ and his Saints Slept

Going to start The Color of Milk. I have this one in paperback, I bought it while in London this summer. It is available on kindle though.

The Book Corner / Many of Mary McCarthy's books are now on kindle.
« on: August 10, 2013, 01:55:48 pm »
I have been clicking the tell the publisher button for a couple of years on her book The Group. I received an email today that it is available via Open Road publishers. They have put out a lot of interesting older books this year and the formatting/editing is always top quality.

Also Rebecca is available for preorder. I don't know the publisher n that. But it is now listed as preorder in the Amazon kindle store.

Book Klubs / August 2013 Book Group Count
« on: July 31, 2013, 05:32:48 am »

In Progress
The Master

Pennyfoot hotel mystery, Service for Two
When Christ and His Saints Slept
The House of Vestals

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Paperwhite update 5.3.6
« on: July 23, 2013, 12:19:11 pm »
I just found this feature by accident, literally my finger slipped. If it has been covered so far sorry for  repeating.

On the home screen on the bottom right, where it says what page of home screen your on, if you touch the number it give a search of the home screen only. It offers option to search home screen by page number or by first letter of book.

Am I the only one who didn't know about this? I have found it useful.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: July 18, 2013, 05:47:55 pm »
I finished SPQR IX and am now reading The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates. I' 50% into it. The first 25 % was a little slow, but it is building now. I like it. 

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: July 14, 2013, 07:15:37 am »
Just started The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates. Only about 5 pages in so nothing to say yet.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: July 01, 2013, 02:30:35 pm »
So, this intrigued me as it's a series I hadn't heard of.  Turns out the first one is only $1.99 just now . . . . so I think I'll give it a try.  Thanks!
It shows as $3.99 for me  ::)
But I like mystery series and it is Prime lending so I'm going to try it.
I just love this thread  ;D

The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 30, 2013, 11:05:56 am »
I read the book way back in 1982 and it screwed ...I wasnt a gifted Roark but an ordinary ...

Roark was  in The Fountainhead.
 Your post brings up a point I've never fully understood though. Why is her work so polarizing? Rand wrote about politics, she wrote about some of her political and philosophical ideas. But she wrote fiction. She didn't write instructional materials about how society should live her ideals. She wrote fiction using her ideas. I just read it as fiction that makes me think. Maybe that is why I've not had the issues some have to her writing. I read her as a thinker (her as author and me as reader). Not as her teaching or instructing. She published Atlas Shrugged, and The Fountainhead, as fiction. I took her word that she wrote fiction  8)

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