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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:07 pm 
DaveW wrote:
I believe it charges faster from the mains.


Does this require a special gadget? If so, what's it called and where can you get one?

I am due to go into hospital in the not too distant future, and won't have a PC with me, hence my question.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:33 pm 
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Depends where you ordered from, I got one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazon-Kindle-Kingdom-Adapter-Keyboard/dp/B002Y27P6E/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1320262238&sr=1-3 when I ordered from the UK

I'm sure you can pick-up a French charger.

There you go http://www.amazon.fr/Amazon-53-000080-Chargeur-Kindle/dp/B005DOKG70/ref=pd_cp_ce_2


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:29 pm 
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Thanks Dave!


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:37 pm 
Found this brief paragraph in the ex-pat telegraph today.

A good week for Amazon with a survey indicating that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is causing some prospective iPad purchasers to think twice. Of those surveyed, 26 per cent of those planning to purchase a $199 Kindle Fire responded that they were delaying or putting on hold a purchase of Apple’s $499-to-$829 iPad 2. Demand for Amazon’s 7in tablet, the Kindle Fire, is sufficiently strong to prompt the online retailer to increase its production orders by 42 per cent. The Kindle Fire itself may still be a week away from release, but users of other Android tablets and phones can now get a small taste of what’s in store courtesy of version 2.0 of the Amazon Appstore.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:21 pm 
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A good tip for people wanting to share books with other family members is to use the same Amazon account for the different kindles. We do that so my wife and I can both read the same book without paying twice. You both access the same book archive to draw books down onto the seperate kindles/iPads etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:09 pm 
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A good tip for people wanting to share books with other family members is to use the same Amazon account for the different kindles. We do that so my wife and I can both read the same book without paying twice. You both access the same book archive to draw books down onto the seperate kindles/iPads etc.


Crafty! I like that. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:14 pm 
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You can also sync to Kindle software for PC, iPad, Android etc. from the same account - my books turn up on my iPad and our various PCs as well as our two Kindles. Sometimes a colour screen is more appropriate for the content...

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:54 pm 
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I have a 3G kindle and I thought I read somewhere that you could set it to audio and listen to the book instead of just reading it.
When I switched the sound on it reads out the menu items, tells you which book is open, at what page etc. but doesn't read the story.
Was I dreaming or am I missing something?


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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I think you need to get up the menu, go to experimental and follow the instructions. Also goto the Amazon kindle user guide, it's quite good.

http://kindle.s3.amazonaws.com/Kindle_User%27s_Guide_English.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:07 pm 
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Thanks Dave, I've got it. I didn't think to go to the text key - I was turning the voice guide on 8-|

I doubt I will use it much though. It's not exactly Martin Jarvis :|


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:10 pm 
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Cracked it.
Its OK for all of you GEEKs but for this NON GEEK it took me two and a half days to finally get the new Kindle to log on through my cisco router.
Both nordnet (my satellite internet provider) and Kindle support blamed each other as to why, so I went on line to the cisco support and the third suggestion worked.
Simple when you know how and I feel a bloody fool for it taking so long.
I have a software firewall on the PC and its not caused any problem surfing nor doing emails, but with peripherals BIG ones, turned it off as the Cisco support said and hey presto kindle works in WIFI.
Now the wife can enjoy her early Christmas present and I am a happy puppy.

Many thanks to Andrew for his help with changing account to the UK, like he said in a pm "easy when you know how"

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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10's of thousands of kindle books available to DL if you know where ;)

OH equates the text to speech as Stephen Hawkins with a stutter.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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Where? - share.

Hawkins or not, dyslexic sufferers think it's pretty good.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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DaveW wrote:
Where? - share.
PM'd you.

Feel free to share publicly if you like but you didn't hear it from me :AR!


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DaveW wrote:
Where? - share.
PM'd you.

Feel free to share publicly if you like but you didn't hear it from me :AR!



Spoil sport.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:24 pm 
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I tried to go through the process of ordering a Kindle Touch from the US site - no way.

I would wait till that is available in Europe, the reviews are very good.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:28 pm 
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We have a spare 3G wifi keyboard Amazon kindle going. (bought in UK)

Long story but it got lost in La Poste, ended up in South Africa, then found it's way back to us a month later, unused, untouched, unopened via DHL.

During which time Mr Scooby had lost hope and bought another. #-o

PM me if you're interested (hope this is ok, it's not really an add as such, just want to get the money back)

We also have a very sexy red leather cover with reading light that's still boxed.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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If not scooby make Amazon take it back and refund. Its not your fault that it went half the way round the world.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:42 pm 
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It's not Amazons fault.

We ordered it via amazon UK (couldn't get that model via the French site), got it delivered free to family, family kindly sent it registered to us, La Poste had not cancelled our re-direction as we had arranged and it was re-directed with a host of other things.

we had lots and lots of other stuff go missing at the same time. It's been a real headache in all honesty, La Poste have been totally crap about the whole affair even though they admitted fault.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:30 pm 
Non-Kindle user question ...

My son says he would like a Kindle for his birthday. He is severely dyslexic, so we're thinking of going a bit overboard and getting him one. My question is - because he goes to school in Britain, what would be the best way to buy one? If we bought it for him from Amazon UK from a French address, would there be a problem? Could he still download books while he is in France? Could I use my Amazon account, or would it have my name on it? Sorry if those are silly questions, but I got a bit confused reading the old threads with the talk of buying from the USA.

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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I did exactly this for my brother. I just entered his UK address as the delivery address, two days later it arrived linked to amazon.co.uk. I did it through my account on amazon.co.uk from my French address. No problem for me. I don't think you can have devices spread between amazon sites. In the case I described he had his own amazon.co.uk account.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:01 am 
Thank you, Dave. That is exactly what I wanted to know. The Amazon site is not clear, which I thought was odd. There must be many Americans who work or live abroad asking the same question.


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Dave beat me to it.
It was Andrew who put me on the right path when we got ours here.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:05 pm 
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I'm glad I opted for a Kindle for Mum, not a Sony... I sorted out Mum's access and worked out how to explain it to her very quickly, but a friend who chose a Sony has had no end of trouble setting it up & book-shopping.
Mum is currently going through all the free newspapaper subscriptions and really enjoying being able to read without strain. I chose a simple font and fiddled around with the size & spacing until she was happy.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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Does anyone know how to search the 'free books' section of Kindle.

Using the
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/qid=128869712 ... sort=price
link, how can I search for the book title to asee if it is available without paying?
I'm a skinflint at heart!


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I go into Kindle books at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindle-eBooks/b/ref=sv_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&node=341689031, then scroll down the list (in blue) left hand side and go to 'free book collections'.
This offers you 'popular classics' and 'limited-time offers'

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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But is it not possible to search a specific title?


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
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Try searching a specific title then rank the results by price from lowest to highest. You should (hopefully) soon find out if there's a free, or nearly-free, version of the book you're after.

Then again, if you're after something popular this might be a false economy - search for the works of Charles Dickens and you'll plough through 10 pages of free books before a further umpteen pages of 66p and 77p books in multiple editions and languages. Alternatively you could search for "complete charles dickens" and go straight to the 99p edition of the lot, which people seem to like. An extra 93p gets you the illustrated version with a properly working contents page.

It all depends on how much you can afford and how much hassle you want to go through - with little guarantee of quality in the free end you'll spend a lot of time and effort trying to find something you're happy with. If it were me, and using the present example, I'd go with the £1.92 illustrated edition here, for reasons that become clear when you read the description and the comments which follow. Life's too short to be trying to save about 3p a work only to end up with something unreadable and unnavigable....

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Go into advanced search in the eBooks section and type in 'free books' for the search criteria (keywords). You will get some that aren't free because they have the search string in their description. Seems to work pretty well.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:17 pm 
For Christmas and my recent birthday, our son sent me three DVDs packed with Kindle books in MOBI format. Unfortunately, they are just in alphabetical order of author, most of which I don't recognise, so it's going to be a very long process to extract those which I would like to read - and then, I don't think that I shall live long enough to complete the list.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:13 am 
How can you read/print AZW type files from the Kindle?

The Guardian on Kindle recently had a number of recipes which MOH would like printed. They are in AZW extension format.


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Have you tried using Calibre (free software) to convert to something you can print?

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 Post subject: Re: Getting the most from your Kindle
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:01 pm 
mik wrote:
Have you tried using Calibre (free software) to convert to something you can print?


I have just downloaded Calibre.

Next I went to have a look at the "Quick start guide", but I couldn't open it because it's a EPUB type file, which my computer doesn't recognise. :(
What program do I need to read an EPUB file? :-*

Only kidding, but I'll get there!


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Try the online version: http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/

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If you click on Help in Calibre it will load the file you are talking about into your favourite browser ..... but I think you may have worked that out.

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