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I know there is a small group of us here who own both versions of the Kindle. I bought the K2 because I have the FAQ book to revise/update for the new Kindle. However, I am keeping my old one, until at least the end of July because I am presenting at a big conference on "Innovations in Content Delivery" and I want to have both Kindles show people. So....

Originally, I thought I'd be using both Ks but so far, it's not really working out that way. One problem is that the WhisperSync doesn't work well for me, since I have multiple Kindles on my account with other readers. Syncing was messing up where we were in our various books (there is overlap among what we are reading). So I turned off the sync. That makes it less convenient for me to have the same book on K1 and K2 so I am finding I am mostly reading on K2.

One thought I had was to make the K1 my "sample" Kindle. Send all the samples there (it is already loaded up with a bunch). I could also make it the "free books" Kindle. Basically use it for storing stuff and be the repository of "hold for later." But I wonder if that is too much of a pain in the neck?

Another idea was to make it more of the "family" Kindle or multiple user Kindle. My husband says he doesn't want a Kindle, but if I had a magazine subscription or two on it, that we would both read he might be interested. I could also put the Cook's Illustrated Cookbook (just downloaded this morning) for everyone to use. Of course, now that he has the Kindle app on his iPhone, he probably wouldn't bother even looking at the Kindle.

I could give it to someone but my mother probably wouldn't figure it out. There is my sister, but I just gave my niece a Kindle. How much free stuff should I give them, anyway? LOL.

I could sell it, but the idea of that is just too painful.

Anyone else? Thoughts?

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I don't know if this is possible, but could all of the others on your account turn their sync off and you leave the sync on for your K1 and K2?  I don't know if it is possible to just sync between the two that are turned on.  Might be worth a try.
 

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I don't know if this is possible, but could all of the others on your account turn their sync off and you leave the sync on for your K1 and K2? I don't know if it is possible to just sync between the two that are turned on. Might be worth a try.
Unfortunately, no. Whispersync is "on" or "off." I can't select among Kindles. This is actually a feature I would like to see implemented very soon. (Note to self: send feeback to amazon...)

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Does seem like that would be a good idea.  Especially since you can have up to 6 on one account.  Surely, they can understand you may not want all 6 to sync.  I'm sure you could round up several on here to request that option through feedback.  There is power in numbers.
 

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I got my K2 last week, and in a few more days I'm giving/loaning the K1 to my youngest brother. He's been kvetching about my not being able to loan him books to read since I got the K1 last June. We won't need to sync, but I'll leave it on my account so he can read the books I've bought and if he wants to buy some then we can make arrangements.

If for whatever reason he doesn’t like an ebook reader, I'll figure out what to do from there. I can already hear him complaining about accidental page turns.  ;D

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Leslie,

I found the Wispersync is not good for me either. I'm sharing my account with my 13 y/o daughter and she now has my KK.

I kind of like your idea of the keeping the KK for samples, free books and "storage".  It would be like having your library sitting on your coffee table, instead of book shelves.  This is probably the way I would go.  You could always "loan it" to someone short term to share a specific book, if you wanted.  You sound alot like me though, I'm not wealthy, by any means, but I find myself constantly giving away my things to friends and family especially when it's something that I really enjoy. My friends actually hate that I have a Kindle...they have to buy their own DTB now!  I was always the one buying and sharing my books!
 

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Leslie said:
One thought I had was to make the K1 my "sample" Kindle. Send all the samples there (it is already loaded up with a bunch). I could also make it the "free books" Kindle. Basically use it for storing stuff and be the repository of "hold for later." But I wonder if that is too much of a pain in the neck?
I have a K1, and just bought another K1 to have as a backup in case something happens to my main K1. I really have no desire for a K2, there's just enough "weird" about it that I've read about -- to me -- that I prefer the K1. (If I had a K2 in hand, who knows, I might find it was just fine.) But I digress. I like your idea above to use my backup K1 for, in order to keep Serenity (main K1) cleaner/less cluttered and also to keep K1(2) (needs a name LOL) "working" so that I know if it has any problems. Samples at least, because I have something like 300 samples probably on Serenity right now and after loading up another 27 books last night from Read An Ebook Weeks, I'm now at 41 pages on my home page....
I could still keep K1(2) at home, because I'm mostly likely to check out samples at home, anyway.

Thanks for the idea! :D
 

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I have both also but I find myself gravitating toward the KK more than the K2.  I really miss using the progress bar to navigate between my bookmarks; I broke down and asked Kindle Support if that feature was removed and the nice guy on the phone couldn't find it either.  It also drives me up the wall that when I use the menu to "Go to Location" the box covers the progress bar.  So unless I remember to look at where I am and how many total locations I have to do it twice...
My husband is reading on the K2.  I didn't give it to him - he's just borrowing it.  So I will be keeping both of mine.
 

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I dunno, it sounds like you are keeping it just say you are keeping it. I would sell it, personally. spend the sale money on ebooks ;D
I have a problem (and I will admit, it is a problem) that I am ridiculously sentimental about some things and find them hard to part with. The idea of selling the original FAQ Kindle is just...tough. On top of that, I don't have the box or the original cover, it has velcro on the back so I would probably have to sell it as "lovingly used" and not get too much money for it. So I am trying to figure out how to use it productively so it doesn't just end up gathering dust.

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I have a K1 and a K2. :)  I named them ME and K2.  I bought my K2 as a backup in case I ever had something happen to ME.  So far I have been using my K2 more then ME, but that is because it is new and the techie in me loves new toys. Since I only have 2 and I'm using both of them I don't have the Whispersync issue that Leslie does, but I can see that would be a pain.  What I have been doing is down loading samples and free books to ME since it has a memory only limited by the size of the SD card I have in it.  What I'm planning on doing is have ME remain my main Kindle and sit by my bed and sofa and use my K2 for travel and in my purse at work and around town.  This means I'll have to remember to download my current reading to both so I can sync or be reading two books at once which I do frequently.  I will download a bunch for when I travel to my K2, but I can do that since I used to make a book run for DTBs before, and if I forget I can always download from the airport. :)  Last night I used my K1 to read with at home and I really liked having it there so I didn't have to remember to get K2 out of my purse. I will just have to remember to charge K2 every couple of days.

Just as a side note I like both, but think after using both for a while that I like the page turn buttons on the K1 a little better.  I can turn a page with the edge of thumb where on the K2 I have to put my whole thumb on the button to press in.
 

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Leslie said:
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One thought I had was to make the K1 my "sample" Kindle. Send all the samples there (it is already loaded up with a bunch). I could also make it the "free books" Kindle. Basically use it for storing stuff and be the repository of "hold for later." But I wonder if that is too much of a pain in the neck?

Another idea was to make it more of the "family" Kindle or multiple user Kindle. My husband says he doesn't want a Kindle, but if I had a magazine subscription or two on it, that we would both read he might be interested. I could also put the Cook's Illustrated Cookbook (just downloaded this morning) for everyone to use. Of course, now that he has the Kindle app on his iPhone, he probably wouldn't bother even looking at the Kindle.

I could give it to someone but my mother probably wouldn't figure it out. There is my sister, but I just gave my niece a Kindle. How much free stuff should I give them, anyway? LOL.

I could sell it, but the idea of that is just too painful.

Anyone else? Thoughts?

L
I sold my K1 to help fund the K2, but immediately regretted it. I wish I had kept it (and could afford to keep both) - and I was going to use it exactly as you describe Leslie, by loading samples and using it as my personal bookshelf or library. I don't know if this intention was just my way of trying to justify keeping both, but now that K1 is gone, I miss it more than I thought!
 

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Leslie said:
One thought I had was to make the K1 my "sample" Kindle. Send all the samples there (it is already loaded up with a bunch). I could also make it the "free books" Kindle. Basically use it for storing stuff and be the repository of "hold for later." But I wonder if that is too much of a pain in the neck?
Might be a pain but that actually sounds like a pretty good idea. :)
 

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I use the K2 (named MO for Mom's Obsession) for myself, and the rest of the family uses my old KK.

My 14 year old daughter loves to read so I thought she'd take control of it.  Surprisingly she hasn't done too much with it yet... However, my husband who teases me constantly about my obsession with it, has taken to reading the NYT daily on it, and my son who is 10 has downloaded a bunch of books on it and LOVES to read on it, we went from pulling teeth to get him to read, to one afternoon where he read for 4 hours straight!  We were surprised at how many books are even available for his age group, but he's had no problem finding lots that he is interested in.

It is well worth having both in the house!
 

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I understand your reluctance to give up your K1.  When I bought my K2, I also contemplated keeping my K1 for backup and maybe have one for travel, the other stay at home.  However, the splurge upon a splurge that happened just 10 months earlier (and continued with lots of ebook purchases) was too much for my free floating guilt to handle.  To rationalize the purchase in my mind, I sold my K1 to a good friend who has been having significant vision problems.  The first few days after the sale, I had a good deal of seller's remorse.  However my friend's happiness and excitement to have a Kindle and be able to read comfortably really helped me adjust to my "loss."  I'm now very happy with my K2, though when I finally get the skin and Oberon cover, I'll be happier.  I don't like reading a nekkid Kindle. 
 

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I'm in the same boat. I still have both of mine and no one in the family wants my kindle 1. I really don't want to sell it but I just don't use it. I do have all my free books on it but that doesn't really seem like a real reason to keep it honestly. I'm leaning toward selling it and using the money for more ebooks.

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Leslie: I agree with you keeping both. I would take advantage of the sd capability on the K1 and do all family books, samples, freebies, classics, notes...on K1 and just your materials and current reads on K2. I wouldn't part with either version. I stuck with K1 and for now, I am glad I did.
 
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