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Who else has a Kindle?

  1. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    I got mine just over 2 weeks ago. 6 inch screen. Bought two ebooks thus far, and been perusing through sample chapters for quite a few others. Loving the free 3G wireless. When I'm out and about I can check on Facebook, Twitter and Gmail.

    Who else has one? What model/size?

    1. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Ahhhh so you succumbed - and you like it. I'm still undecided (and too skint as yet) but I do inch ever nearer towards saving up for one.

      I have the laptop version and like it. Only it doesn't have free 3g wireless hmm

      1. darkside profile image81
        darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, they dropped the price and it was far too tempting. And the e-ink display is far easier on the eyes for reading.

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    DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years ago

    I never heard of them before last night. rebekahELLE mentioned it in another thread. I think it sounds pretty cool. Maybe I will get oen for x-mas.... 

    do you know if people who get migraines from the computer could have a problem with a Kindle?

  3. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    mine was a belated birthday gift I received a couple weeks ago. I love it!! I take it everywhere, I even like it better than my ipod. it's much easier to use and read with.

    it sounds like we have the same model DS.
    the other day at the coffee shop, I had someone ask about it when they saw me reading. the clarity is beautiful.

    the 3G is a very nice feautre and can even be turned off to save on the battery which already is amazing.

    the screen is not the same as a computer or other electronics. it is not back lit, there is no glare, it can be read in bright sunlight, even the beach.

    check out the description on amazon.com, it's very thorough.

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    I have the same one you have darkside. I've had it about 2 months now and I love it. It is great for reading in bed and outside. I don't use the browser very often at all.

    There is a catalogue you can add to it that has all the copyright free books in Gutenberg and then you can download them over the wireless network. You do know how to manually add files to your Kindle I imagine smile

    http://www.freekindlebooks.org/MagicCat … talog.html
    Choose the Mobi ed.

    I've bought maybe 6 books, the rest were free. You can get some good free books on Amazon once in a while. I downloaded a Steve Martini novel for free.

    I also use the Calibri software to manage my Kindle. I can upload directly into my Kindle from there when it's connected by USB. It also allows me to disconnect the Kindle when I'm finished with it. It also gives you a list of everything you have on your Kindle.

    This is a good blog for finding out the latest Kindle news:

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!

      Sun Tzu Art of War here I come!

  5. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    As rebekahELLE said, its not backlit. It has an e-ink display. Which is... according to Amazon, INK. Once the, I guess, ink particles are in the ordered positions, it requires no power, so it can be left as is and it will remain that way. Until you go to the next page, then it kind of flashes (black, not white) and reorders the ink.

    So what you read very much feels like a real book. When its in standby mode and showing the random screensaver type image the graphics look like detailed etchings.

  6. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    the free books are such a nice feature. 
    I read there is a free selection each week, a book of the week kind of like youtube has their free download weekly.

    I haven't tried it yet but I think it's pretty cool that you can read your kindle material on your computer, phone, ipad, etc.

    I still need to get a case for mine, now I'm using the protective sheet that comes with it to protect it when it's not in use.

    there are so many benefits to having one, I'm sure they're going to be a hot item for a long time.

  7. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    here's another helpful link.

    http://ireaderreview.com/2008/01/19/fre … on-kindle/

    you can also read in landscape mode and upload PDF files.

  8. girly_girl09 profile image77
    girly_girl09posted 7 years ago

    I love mine, I have a 6", but it is an earlier edition (no 3g...wouldn't use it anyways because I am a blackberry addict). I got it for my birthday last year. I love free classics that are in the public domain such as Little Women, Sherlock Holmes, etc. and it has also saved me a lot on new releases. It encourages me to read for pleasure a lot more, too. My favorite feature is that you can turn the page with just one touch and you don't have to smooth down pages as you read. I'm a speed reader (even for pleasure...can't help it) and turning pages and holding back creases is really annoying. That is my (somewhat odd) favorite feature of the kindle!

  9. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    I finally figured out how to log onto FB and Twitter from the kindle, but I could not find how to log off from FB.
    if it was obvious, I missed it! hmm

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You need to go to the very bottom of any Facebook page and it'll be the third last link.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image87
        rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I knew you would know.. I went onto the Kindle Facebook discussion thread and one guy said it's easier to read the web page in landscape mode by pressing Aa.

        next time I log on, I'll try it. thanks a lot! smile

        1. darkside profile image81
          darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          The downside is it'd be a real pain in the butt to be typing messages on your wall or other peoples walls sideways big_smile

          1. rebekahELLE profile image87
            rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            oh funny. I just kept it in portrait mode after I tried landscape and still couldn't find the sign off.

            by following your advice, I finally found it. I guess that's why they're calling it experimental. they ask for comments on any of their experimental features.

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    DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years ago

    way cool info guys!!  smile

  11. MsCookM profile image58
    MsCookMposted 7 years ago

    Thanks for starting this thread. I have been thinking about getting one for a while but wasn't too sure if it would be worth it.

    Having all the classics available for free guess pays for itself. I do a lot of traveling and carry my latest book wherever I go so after reading this I'm convinced enough to give it a try.

  12. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    it has so many features other than reading books. it has free 3g wireless to browse. you can post tweets and check in to FB, Gmail. you can subscribe to newspapers, magazines, blogs.. it can read to you if you're driving, etc. one click definition of a word.

    while reading, you can change the size of the font, highlight text, take notes and it stores it for you. the ink print is really beautiful. 

    I'm still very much in the learning stage, but already, I am loving it. it is worth the $$, which Amazon even lowered the price with free wifi.  there's a newer version, the DX which is more expensive, but I'm very impressed with the one I have.

  13. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    I just read an article that says Amazon now sells more kindle books than hardcover!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/techn … indle.html

  14. Maddie Ruud profile image78
    Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

    iPad, baby!  I shall say no more.

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Shoosh you!

      I have a netbook if I want to do stuff other than reading a nice lightweight ebook reader.

  15. Greek One profile image73
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    who else has one?

    Hell, I eat 20 to 30 of them a day!


    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LOL. I had a Kindle surprise. Surprised that the wireless works out here in rural Australia.

      1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image83
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        That is good to know DS, I have a couple of friends who live a far distance from Melbourne city and they have asked me recently about this. I shall let them know. It has been there only hold up at this stage from buying one.

        1. darkside profile image81
          darksideposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Where I live you can forget about getting a signal for Optus and Vodafone. Telstra is a bit iffy too. Though Telstra, apparently, is who Amazon uses for Whispernet. So its strange that the signal strength for the Kindle is outstanding while an ordinary Telstra phone around this area has problems.

          We were going to go with Telstra for wireless when we first moved out here two years ago, and they even provided a larger antennae, and it still didn't work (we had to go for satellite after that). So I had expected to get the Kindle and only be able to download books when I was visiting Newcastle (and we're moving back there soon so I figured I'd be using it a lot soon anyway) so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it didn't matter where I was in the house I could access the internet.

          You might as well tell them to wait for the August 27th release of the Kindle 3. And give them your Amazon Associate link to the product so you can get a commission on the sale!

  16. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    Well glad to hear you finally bought one and that you're most happy with it thus far. And your move is imminent huh? Pack your Kindle in a safe place smile

    Re the e-ink - intriguing. I now wear glasses (reading and close work) and I find myself ever appalled by the fact I can't actually read the small print anymore, unless I've got me specs on. I look like a scruffy secretary neutral

    As for me ... Kindle dreams will have to diminish for now as I need a new laptop hmm Ain't life grand!

  17. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    When you 'turn' each page the page flashes black (very quickly) and the e-ink positions itself where it ought to be and then it just sits there, so it's not actually drawing power after that point.

    Hubs look quite good on it actually. Adsense ads don't display, but you can see Amazon capsules.

    I'll be moving in about 3 weeks. As I get closer to the date I'll probably be missing from my usual online hangouts.

  18. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    Here's a tip: Don't play mp3s on your Kindle and then fall asleep.

    It drains the battery completely. Took a lot of fiddling to get it working again. Plugging it in for a recharge and the little yellow light wouldn't even go on. I tried several times.

    My wife looked up information on hard resets and soft resets. But it had absolutely no power, so that wasn't working. Eventually we got it going.

    I'll stick to my mp3 player from now on for my music listening needs and will just use the Kindle to read (and of course a few sites online that I've bookmarked).

  19. Crewman6 profile image72
    Crewman6posted 7 years ago

    My son and his wife gave me a Kindle a couple of years ago.  It's not the newest version, but I'm still impressed.  Hundreds of books anywhere I go?  Now I can leave the backpack at home!  (You probably think I'm joking)
    It was one of the greatest gifts of all time.