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 Post subject: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:32 am 
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This thread is for questions and advice for anyone getting into the world of "Kindle".

If anyone thinks it's better posted in another section rather than here, let me know and I'll move it!! :D


....I'll get back to my old fashioned paperback now...... :-

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:28 am 
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Apart from physically reading your Kindle, you can also use it to listen to audio books.

Once you're a customer and registered with Amazon (As far as Amazon UK goes that is), watch out for the links to another branch of Amazon; http://www.audible.co.uk

Currently you can sign up for a trial membership and download 1 audio book at no charge, after the trial membership you receive 1 credit a month (1 credit buys 1 audio book) for the sum of £7.99.

But, if you download your free book, then cancel the membership, you get taken through to a page where you are offered 3 months membership at £3.50 per credit :-bd .
Only found this out last night after downloading my complimentary copy of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', which retails on Audible at £24.99 if you're not a member.

CALIBRE

A must have for all Kindle users is http://calibre-ebook.com/

This program allows you to convert files into the Kindle readers format, plus you get the opportunity to download via Calibre, a large array of newspapers, magazines, and technical journals, completely free of charge. Although there are a few which require a subscription such as 'The Times' for example.

To get an idea of 'Calibre', see here; http://calibre-ebook.com/demo

KINDLE FORUM

Amazon have their own forum dedicated to Kindle users. I can guarantee that no matter how peculiar a problem you may experience with a Kindle, there will be someone on the forum who has an answer.
In addition you will find other users provide links to free book sources.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/kindle?_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

OTHER KINDLE RELATED FORUMS

http://www.kindleboards.com/
http://www.kuforum.co.uk/kindleusersforum/forum-5.html
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=140
http://kinfinity.co.uk/

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:07 pm 
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Some publishers are forcing up prices of ebooks by only supplying booksellers like Amazon once they have signed an agency pricing contract where the publisher sets the price of the book.

It sounds like price fixing to me. I thought that was illegal!

You can protest here:-

http://lostbooksales.com/about/about/

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:01 pm 
They look like very useful links Fourtrax. Many thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:06 pm 
Kindles for free???

See this link:-

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20040764-1.html


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:17 am 
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I would endorse the comments from Fourtrax re Calibre - a very good piece of software.

I had a big collection of ebooks from Mobipocket which I purchased some years ago to use on a Pocket PC (pre Kindle days).

These were all DRM protected. Using Calibre (with some additional free plugins) I was able to remove the DRM to enable them to be read by Kindle.

A very useful site I found for all things relating to DRM removal with Calibre:

http://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:32 am 
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majic wrote:
Kindles for free???

See this link:-

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20040764-1.html


That's very interesting! I hadn't thought of the fact that if the world moved onto reading by Kindle it might save some trees!! :-bd

Also the print can be made bigger for easier reading! :-B

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:31 pm 
Have just learned that you can get a number of UK newspapers (and BBC) downloaded free on to the Kindle.

http://www.kindleman.com/

These are the same as the Internet versions, but in Kindle format. Haven't yet tried them - just about to.


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That's pretty good, worth looking at.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:54 pm 
We have just downloaded our first Kindle newspaper for free (Independent), and it's good.

The free version allows you (from memory) 5 downloads per week, but you can upgrade for a very small fee, to receive many more. Once we've used up our five this week, it may well be worth the upgrade fee - again, from memory, just over £1.00 per month, but don't hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:42 pm 
Have just checked the web site again.

Free - 5 downloads per week
£1.49 per month - 15 downloads per week
£2.99 per month - Unlimited

Got to be a bargain, since there are currently 936 papers/magazines available for downloading on to your Kindle.

One snag. MOH has just purloined mine to read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which she has downloaded, so when I do get it back, the newspaper I have downloaded will be stale news! I'll have to get another Kindle. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:09 pm 
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Just got back from a day on the beach with our two 3G Kindles. Read this morning's Guardian and some of Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion, and periodically connected to 3G so I could check the cricket scores via the "experimental" web browser.

The perfect tool for reading under a blazing Spanish sun, about half a dozen kms south of Alicante on a remarkably peaceful section of beach - my phone display was illegible in such bright light.

Delighted with my last online check-in, just as the penultimate Indian wicket fell... :-bd

Free Internet access by 3G wherever you are - it's hard to argue with that - and two Kindles are essential now that Rose has caught the bug (despite being completely against them to begin with).

Right - back to me hols! B-)

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:04 pm 
Re my last posting above.

I have become a Kindle convert. Came down for breakfast this morning to find that my "experimental download" had worked, and that today's Guardian was awaiting to be read on my Kindle at 07:00, and at zero cost! I should point out again, that this is the Internet on line version, modified for Kindle and probably not as detailed as the paid for version(s).

So, from our, admittedly brief, encounter with Kindle and the thousands of free books and newspapers, thoroughly recommended. Can also recommend too, the Kindle user form http://www.kuforum.co.uk/, with thanks to fourtrax for that. Full of useful links and hints.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:44 pm 
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majic wrote:
Have just learned that you can get a number of UK newspapers (and BBC) downloaded free on to the Kindle.

http://www.kindleman.com/

These are the same as the Internet versions, but in Kindle format. Haven't yet tried them - just about to.

It looks very promising. Unfortunately, the website now says: "We are not taking new sign ups at this time. Check back soon! "

I shall have to keep watching


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:44 pm 
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I am currently "charging" the battery on my Kindle using the USB cable.

As I recall from the first time I did this, it was quite quick. Today seems to be taking forever. Is there something I might have done wrong, or not done?


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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It does take quite a while, in my experience. I tend to plug it in occasionally overnight or when I'm at work to top it up rather than running it down completely. Then I usually plug Rose's in afterwards...

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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I believe it charges faster from the mains. Via USB a good 2-3 hours for a full charge. I keep forgetting to charge the bloody thing because the battery life is so good. There has just been and update to the software, did everybody get it?


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:58 pm 
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Okay, I shall leave it to get on with it then.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:33 pm 
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As I know nothing about Kindles; please forgive what may seem like to you a silly question. If I purchase books for the Kindle can I pass them on to someone else's reader.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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No, not at the moment.


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DaveW wrote:
No, not at the moment.


Cheers Dave

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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DaveW wrote:
No, not at the moment.


But if you've paid for them, can't you download them again, or do they recognise individual units?

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DaveW wrote:
There has just been and update to the software, did everybody get it?

Does it come up on the screen that you have a new update?
I haven't seen anything yet.


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MAD87 wrote:
DaveW wrote:
No, not at the moment.


But if you've paid for them, can't you download them again, or do they recognise individual units?


It's the publishers nightmare Mad. They are shit scared of this technology because it could go the same way as the music industry. At the moment you cannot move books beyond your personal devices. I have heard that there are plans to allow you to ''loan'' books in the future.

I have some sympathy. You can loan a book to someone to read and they can pass it on. You can put it on the internet and the world can read it - now.


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edythuk wrote:
DaveW wrote:
There has just been and update to the software, did everybody get it?

Does it come up on the screen that you have a new update?
I haven't seen anything yet.


Turn wifi on and it should just happen.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:24 pm 
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edythuk wrote:
DaveW wrote:
There has just been and update to the software, did everybody get it?

Does it come up on the screen that you have a new update?
I haven't seen anything yet.

To check;
>Home
>Menu
>Settings

At the bottom right of the settings page is the version. Should be 3.3.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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Found my Settings in Menu.

Yes, mine is done, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:50 pm 
Kathy wrote:
Found my Settings in Menu.

Yes, mine is done, thanks.


Moi aussi. (I used to think that meant "I'm an Australian :| )


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majic wrote:
Kathy wrote:
Found my Settings in Menu.

Yes, mine is done, thanks.


Moi aussi. (I used to think that meant "I'm an Australian :| )


Fair dincums mate.

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:lol: :lol:


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Thanks. I've found it.
I would never have thought to look there.


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New online ebookshop / publisher opening today with a free book simply for signing up to the newsletter and, a free book every day for the next 5 days starting today.

Enjoy.

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Thank you, done 8-)


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Thanks for the tip Fourtrax. I have downloaded today's and will continue for the rest of the week


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I'm just waiting for mine to arrive, very excited.

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