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ImageHenryr10
Nov 28, 2011 7:40 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Well that's assuming you leave the DRM on there ;-)

Well the Kindle Touch w/ads will be here tomorrow.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
lakesidecallas
Nov 29, 2011 6:10 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Back after a tussle with some malware again. Hi Ric, welcome! Love your quote. Watch the original movie Shadowlands with Joss Ackland if you want a good sob-fest!

I do have the basic Kindle with ads, I do love it, the ads are not a problem and are helpful at times (one told about free books, another had 100 humor books for $1- although you could only pick one). I don't like tapping letters one at a time on the keyboard, but probably won't use it that often.

I'm getting my nephew a Kindle for Christmas, I was planning on upgrading to a KK, or Kindle keyboard, but decided to go with the Touch also. If I don't like it I'll give him the Touch and stick with the regular one. I changed my mind after reading the discussion board about the Touch http://tinyurl.com/ckhpcm4, everyone seems to love it, even people that own other types of Kindles.
Imagekqcrna
Nov 29, 2011 7:17 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa.
Oh good, I didn't just imagine that Susan had the one with the ads. Smiling

Karen
Imagewoofie
Nov 29, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Ha, I'm just too chicken to risk losing my library book by messing with it. Had that happen once when I tried to get cute with some trial software. *Blush*

I think I might have preferred the Touch, but I was too much of a cheapskate. Hasn't really been an issue, tho, so I'm really quite happy with my bargain basement Kindle. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
lakesidecallas
Nov 30, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Ric, let us know how you like the Touch!

Thumbs up You still got it Karen! I always forget who said what or has what, too.


Now I'm thinking of going back to getting a regular cheapie Kindle or the Keyboard. Does anyone use the text-to-speech feature? What does the speech sound like?
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BookerC1
Nov 30, 2011 4:47 PM CST
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL
Just saw this interesting article today, comparing some of the models. You can't get to the detailed ratings unless you're a subscriber, but it does compare features. I haven't seen anything but the Nook Color in person, so I really can't say much other than I love what I have!

http://news.consumerreports.org/electronics/2011/11/nook-sim...

ImageHenryr10
Nov 30, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Well got the touch last evening.

Never had a Kindle but I'd watched a few 'Unboxing' Videos.
Have to say it went seamlessly!
Well I have big fingers so it took a few tries to get the 'keyboarding' down but....
I had my Router Password ready and 5 minutes after I un-boxed I was Downloading a book.
AMAZINGLY fast w/ WiFi!
Maybe 5 seconds.
I also converted a PDF copy of Stranger in a Strange Land I've had for years.
The .mobi conversion I then dragged and dropped to Kindle.
Works perfectly!

Have to say that the Touch feature I really really like.
Chapter UP/Down, Page Back/Forth, Zoom all w/ a swipe.
Took about 20 seconds to get used to it.
Haven't really noticed the ads at all.

I have to say I LOVE the reading experience.
I used the Kindle in my recliner and it was very comfortable.
Crisp easy to read lettering.
Very light.... 5 Stars so far!

I have a 3 day weekend starting Saturday so I'll have more time to play w/ it.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagekqcrna
Nov 30, 2011 8:02 PM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa.
I'm glad you like it Ric!

And if you like to read, you should start following this cubit. I don't seem to read that much these days, but the folks here amaze me with the number of books they read. I really enjoy following these threads.

Karen
lakesidecallas
Nov 30, 2011 8:03 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Great, Ric! I have big fat fingers so I was worried about using touch screens (I have a hard time using my GPS!)

Stranger in a Strange Land is a great book! Grok?'

Interesting article, Angie. I like the Nooks, but I like how many free books Amazon has.
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ImageHenryr10
Nov 30, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Grok Indeed! ;-)
It seems like I have been reading Heinlein since I could read.
He, Anne McCaffrey, Andre (Andrea) Norton, Tolkien, etc, were the authors I cut my teeth on!
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagewoofie
Dec 2, 2011 11:59 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
First Heinlein book I ever read was Sixth Column (alternatively titled The Day After Tomorrow) many, many long years ago. Great stuff!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
BookerC1
Dec 2, 2011 3:24 PM CST
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL
I've read McCaffrey, Norton, Tolkien, and many others, but have to confess I've never read Heinlein. Not sure how I skipped him, back in my sci fi years.

ImageHenryr10
Dec 3, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Much of Heinlein's early works were done for pulp magazines.
Tons of wordy (hey they got paid by the word) Juvenile/Young Adult stuff.
Most written for teen boys. (Like 6th Column )
He maintained a rather stereotypical Male/Female (by today's standards) attitude through to the end.

And he did have rather strong female characters attributed to the influence of his wife Jenny.
His men were men, his women were women but not in a negative way if that makes sense.
By the mid/late 60's he introduced sexual situations (unheard of in Si-Fi and most mainstream fiction at the time) and in affect grew up.

A good first read would be Podkayne of Mars.
Here he stretched his legs and wrote as a young girl in first person.
Try to find the authors original version. The ending was changed on most early publications.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHenryr10
Dec 3, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Well I am really enjoying the Kindle Touch.
Did find a few spots not to touch on the screen though.....LOL!

I found a work around for getting books from the Public Library w/o 'waiting in line'.
Well at least in the Ohio eBook Project but it probably will work in others.

Go to the Kindle section of your local site.
Click View All books or the equivalent.
The here we have an option for books w/o waiting.
(Show only titles with no waiting)
Click that and hit Submit or Search w/o putting any fields in, wait for the screen to refresh.
Then hit most popular or creator, etc.

I found 4 new Nora Roberts books (2010 and 2011) for my S/O Robyn and a book I was currently reading (in hard copy) by Harlan Coben.
As I was checking the steps to list here I found another Harlan Coben book which opened up since I checked last night. Just downloaded it!

They had tons of Romance, General Fiction (Clancy, etc) and Non-fiction available.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHenryr10
Dec 3, 2011 3:10 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Here's the first on I'm sure will be many types of Kindle Touch covers my S/O Robyn has put together.

Basically just a vinyl pouch over the inside packing form from the shipping carton.
She cut the lid down a bit and lined it w/ felt.
That way you can just reach in and slid the unit out.
Ear buds and USB cord fit under the form.
She's decided to trim the 'flap' down to more of a V shape.
Vinyl and Buckles we had from her days of making Pizza Delivery Bags and KFC Aprons.
We worked in restaurant supply for 23 years.......

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I've pulled the packing out for demonstration.
As I said the Kindle just slides out.


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Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagefirefly
Dec 4, 2011 6:17 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Just found this cubit here. Yeah!!!

I received my (what they call now) keyboard 3g kindle for Christmas last year. I thought it was kind of a novelty thing, but I was instantly addicted to the thing. It is soooo easy to read. I do not have wifi here, and the edge, 3g etc is spotty, but I prefer the 3g for this area. I hit the 100 top free from amazon and have found some great books that I would have never read otherwise and some where quite pricey after a few days.

I also found how to access the 100 top free from the kindle. Go to amazon store, best sellers, then look at the upper right hand corner. Scroll up and highlight the free. There they are in all their free glory.

I also wrote down my books for a while, but using the computer to "shop" for books, a reminder will appear if you already have a certain book. I had already had an amazon account and download the books directly to the kindle. (I have dial-up here). When I go into town, I just turn the thing on and it downloads while I am in the store or usually on the way to the store.

I also do not have tv, so I do have more time for reading.

I have downloaded a few library books. You do need wifi to download a loaner. Here, you usually are on a waiting list and get emailed. You then go on the site, get the book, put it in your cart, then check it out. Then click on it, it sends it to amazon for sending it to my kindle. Quite a process.

I have also downloaded audio books, although they take up mega space and take mega long to download. I will not do it again.

I have also sent my own documents to the kindle, including pictures. It works quite well and is free.

Now my question. I thought, or read somewhere that you could "loan" books to others. It is a 2 week loaning period and then it will return to you. I cannot find how to do that anywhere. Does anyone know???
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
ImageHenryr10
Dec 4, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Here you go Christine.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=2...

Thanks for the above tip.
I'm searching by types of Fiction.
I've added a few new authors and am still looking through the different genres.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageDonkeyJay
Dec 4, 2011 9:41 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I've wondered about downloading audiobooks into my Kindle, thanks for trying that out, Christine. Now I know to just keep using my iPod.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
ImageHenryr10
Dec 4, 2011 1:53 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
A lot of the Download issues are 'which' method you use or are forcrd to use.
3G is not very fast (that's why all the commercials show a huge download time lag).
WiFi can be 50 or more times faster depending on your service.
That's the reason I didn't opt for the 3G version of touch.
If you are locked into few options for internet, as Christine obviously is, then 3G is a very good option.

I just copied 100 songs from my MP3 player to Kindle by using the USB cord.
Took about 15 minutes as I copied directly from the MP3 Player through my PC.
I'm Kindle Listening to Dar Williams now and it sounds pretty good....
can't really tell the difference from my Player.

Downloading 'text' books takes so little time I can't even look from the Amazon Download Button to the Kindle before it says Download Complete.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageAnnaZ
Dec 4, 2011 6:24 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Since I got the iPad, I haven't used the Kindle.

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