Ode to my Kindle

Jun 21st, 2013, 05:00 PM
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The regular kindles (not fire) last for many weeks, even longer if you leave the wifi off. I've used mine extensively over a 3 week long trip and it wasn't even close to dead.

$69 is for the base Kindle - if you want to be able to read in low light without having a case with an incorporated light go with the paper white. It's $119.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 05:01 PM
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DebitNM - where do I find a paperwhite for $69. They're $119 on Amazon.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 05:05 PM
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she was talking about the basic kindle - which is $69 - you can't get a paperwhite for that price.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 05:40 PM
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Thanks, Hez. I was posting so didn't see your update. I didn't realize there was another Kindle. I think I'd want the paperwhite.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 06:27 PM
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I know you're all crazy about your basic Kindles, but Barnes & Noble is currently offering their Nook HD (touch-screen tablet) for $129 (free shipping). The Kindle equivalent is at least $70 more.

The Nook HD has a couple of features that I'm not sure the Kindle equivalent offers, like 'scrapbooking' that allows you to pull/save things like recipes or entire articles out of magazines. While inside a B&N store, you can read any book they sell for free.


I now take my Nook HD on trips instead of a simple reader plus a laptop.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 06:41 PM
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I borrowed a Nook from the library and can't get Adobe to give me an account number so I can download books. It keeps giving me what looks like a license key. I loaded the software 3 times and was on the phone with a librarian for a half hour trying to get it to work. She said that she got rid of her Nook because it was such a pain. After that Nook experience I know I don't want one.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 06:49 PM
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You could not get library book on nook when I bought one. I returned it.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 07:52 PM
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My niece has a nook and loves it. I just can't read a shiny screen for more than about 15 minutes before it starts to strain my eyes. Also, they are really difficult to see in daylight.

I have a tablet as well, and was just saying yesterday that without question I would give up my tablet before giving up my kindle.

That being said I just bought a back lit laptop so that I can use it outside - so being able to use devices outside might be more important to me than others.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 08:01 PM
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Hi Peg, glad you are enjoying your Kindle while traveling. Loved THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH by William Shirer when I read it in the mid 60s. Of course, Shirer had been a correspondent in Berlin for years before the WWII so he knew the rise of Nazi Germany well. It still provides an excellent overview for those trying to figure out how Hitler came to power.

Have you read IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson? The narrative centers around the Ambassadorship of William Dodd, along with his colorful family, who represented the US just before the war in Berlin– a terrific read, a eyewitness account of Nazi power from the early stages.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 11:03 PM
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I bought my Kindle JUST to go to Europe. After many years of
shlepping a large bag I was convinced to do carry-on which meant no room for 4 or more paperbacks...

Now I can get 5 library books downloaded for 2 wks & all set for any trip. So much easier.
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Jun 22nd, 2013, 12:50 AM
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One shout out and hint on the kindle... If you read in a much weaker second language (I read in French a bit)... You can set your kindle default dictionary to this language... Much easier to quickly look up words.

But the downside, I like to read books by local authors (reading a lot of Imre kertesz since moving to Budapest)... The selections of these type of books in English language bookstores is fantastic. Great browsing in foreign bookstores.
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Jun 22nd, 2013, 03:04 AM
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I love the dictionary feature and mostly use my Kindle for reading in French for this reason. Touch a word and the definition pops up. I can't tell you how much this has helped my French reading speed and comprehension.

You don't have to set French as the default dictionary, it knows when you're reading something in French and chooses the French dictionary automatically. When you are reading in English, the English dictionary pops up.

The downside is that I can't get just any French book. I can only get what is available on the US Amazon site, not the French Amazon site. On the US site I can get lots of books on which the copyright has already expired, and these are usually available for free. What I can't get is recent French literature.

I find however that when I am traveling I read much less than I read at home. I spend my reading time going over the trip, researching stuff to do, choosing restaurants, plotting routes, reading the materials I've picked up during the day.
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Jun 23rd, 2013, 08:20 AM
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ah, good to know Nicki.... On my old kindle, I can only have one set dictionary, and I have to cursor to the word... perhaps it is time for an upgrade...
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Jun 26th, 2013, 04:23 PM
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latedaytraveler: Yes, I read "In the Garden of Beasts." I am still only about halfway through "Rise and Fall," this time though. I read it in the 60's also.

I had been reading "Inferno" by Max Hastings, so I stopped reading "Rise and Fall" for a while in order to finish "Inferno." Now I'm finishing "Rise," and I'm also reading "Hitler's Savage Canary," which is about the Danish resistance in WWII. It's very interesting, too.

My mother, who was the daughter of Danish immigrants told me a little about the resistance, and I became interested in it.

We had meant to go to the Danish Resistance museum when we were in Copenhagen, but it was closed on the only day we could have visited it.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 06:25 PM
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You can down load newspapers on the kindle without Internet connection. I got the Sunday nytimes on a beach in a small village in Calabria for less than the print version. I love the kindle for travel.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 07:04 PM
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Peg..wanna immerse yourself into a 600-pager? This is NOT advertising per se'...much too late for that...one of my older novels (The Wayfarers, Lighthouse Press, 2003) has become recently available on Amazon Kindle. It's been in circulation for over 10 years. I thought you might find it interesting, educational and fun...historical novel (1881-1904, group of 60 walking through dangerously xenophobic Romania, throughout Eastern and Central Europe and to Bremerhaven on the North Sea).

I believe Adrienne has read it and I know that several other Fodorites have read the earlier print version (Zwho, Iris1745, Aduchamp, Basingstoke, wordsmith, pfallek, the late and lovely LoveItaly, Shanghainese, thebookchick, Kenav). New one (fifth book)coming out this summer which is not quite a sequel, though there is minor overlap in no way affecting the reader of either.

Stuart Tower (google, if you wish)
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Jun 27th, 2013, 02:30 AM
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I'm buying the Kindle version of The Wayfarers for my niece.

Peg - if you do buy the book be aware that there's more than one book with that title. This is the one you want:


I'm moving into the 21st century - I borrowed a Fire from the library yesterday. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but it's a way to try it for free. It's heavy!
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Jun 27th, 2013, 05:06 AM
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Amazon offers lots of free books. Just go to the kindle store, then enter "free kindle books" into the search box. Many pages of free kindle books will come up. When you borrow books from the library, 2 weeks is the default setting. You can change it to 3 weeks. I have a Kindle Fire, and finally found the camera, after having owned it for months. Amazon has a Kindle information blog, you can find out anything you may want to know about your unit.
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Jun 27th, 2013, 02:40 PM
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<< When you borrow books from the library, 2 weeks is the default setting. You can change it to 3 weeks. >>

Every library is different. My library only allows ebooks to be borrowed for 2 weeks. There is no way to change it to 3 weeks.
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