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Old 10-01-2012, 17:33   #41
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The newest Kindle 4 (no keyboard) can't play audiobooks, the older model(s) can.
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Old 10-01-2012, 19:13   #42
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Kindle 3 (keyboard) can play audio books/mp3's
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:43   #43
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May I be the 4th person to say that the Kindle keyboard version can play audio files
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Old 11-01-2012, 13:27   #44
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I've always been a fan of Noreve cases.

They are a bit expensive but very high quality. I have one for my N900, Archos and Kindle 3

http://www.noreve.com/langue/en/bran...acturers_id=59
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Old 12-01-2012, 16:47   #45
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My 3 week old Kindle died today, wouldn't turn on, recharge or reset. Amazon told me they'd replace it immediately, but I had an instant replacement warranty for the shop it was purchased at, so got that done today.

I can't fault Amazon's customer service at all, going on this and past issues they are probably the best company I've ever dealt with.
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Old 13-01-2012, 12:54   #46
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Looks like you can now send files to your Kindle yourself.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/...-to-kindle.ars
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Old 15-01-2012, 10:01   #47
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If you're looking for a cheap lighted cover for the kindle 4 I can recommend this style of Kindle Lighted Cover with the flip over light.

Bright enough and still a light case as the batteries for the light are watch batteries (fairly cheap to come by replacements on Amazon), and it's quite well made.
Bought for my mum with extremely bad sight she finds it easy to read in bed without any additional lighting.

The cover shuts magnetically and I would say good value at £13.00 compared to £50.00 for the Amazon cover that noone seems to like.
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Old 15-01-2012, 16:03   #48
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If you're looking for a cheap lighted cover for the kindle 4 I can recommend this style of Kindle Lighted Cover with the flip over light.

Bright enough and still a light case as the batteries for the light are watch batteries (fairly cheap to come by replacements on Amazon), and it's quite well made.
Bought for my mum with extremely bad sight she finds it easy to read in bed without any additional lighting.

The cover shuts magnetically and I would say good value at £13.00 compared to £50.00 for the Amazon cover that noone seems to like.
Not bad for the price, but I want a real leather case and this is PU leather.
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Old 15-01-2012, 16:47   #49
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click on the manufacturer name - they do a real leather one iirc.
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click on the manufacturer name - they do a real leather one iirc.
I can't find one.
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Old 18-01-2012, 21:28   #51
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Was all set to buy a kindle... And then saw that, for almost all the books I wanted, the kindle edition was more expensive. Tatties to that idea then
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Old 18-01-2012, 21:30   #52
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Thank VAT and the publishers for that!

Works out well for me though (NZ and amazon.com)
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Old 22-01-2012, 06:31   #53
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Was all set to buy a kindle... And then saw that, for almost all the books I wanted, the kindle edition was more expensive. Tatties to that idea then
I found that some were more expensive but recently it's been more a case of 'a bit cheaper but not really cheap enough'. That said one of my recent real book purchases (Birdwatching with your eyes closed by Simon Barnes) cost me £6.50 in a half-price sale in Waterstones but the e-book on kindle is £1.99!

Really don't know if I'll actually buy books for the Kindle but having got a K3 with 3G this week I've been loading it up with free books (so many out there I've wanted to read for a long time) and with the free ones that keep coming up on amazon that'll keep me busy for an absolute age! Probably I need some time to get used to the idea of paying for virtual books and I'm already softening to it a bit but they need to be a lot more than 20-50p cheaper than a real book! After all the years of price increases of books and magazines 'due to the rising cost of paper' paying as much for an e-book as the real book on the same site feels like getting taken for a mug.

Really liking the 3G web browsing on the Kindle though, it's extremely basic but incredibly useful to have for someone who doesn't own a smartphone. My brother was dead-set against e-readers but was totally convinced when I explained to him what it could do... just hope they don't decide to turn off the 'experimental' 3g web-browsing now I've got it!!
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Old 22-01-2012, 08:39   #54
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The browsing is being phased out by not being included on the new kindle. I doubt they will turn it off completely though. It's just data.
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Hope not as it was the main reason I paid extra for the Keyboard and without it probably wouldn't have bothered buying one at all. I see the touch disables web-browsing over 3g too! Glad I got the Keyboard model as the keys are proving really useful and trying them out in the store I didn't like the page turn buttons on the basic kindle at all, I prefer clicking from the top with my thumbs with the way I hold it. The built-in dictionary is excellent, I'm surprised by how often I'm using it already as though I consider myself reasonably literate I still find unfamiliar words in books - in paper books I usually just gloss over those but don't need to now! If it copes with some of the classic book references then it'll be impressive as there are some very arcane terms in those!

Have got a hundred or so free books on my kindle so far, found out that you can use the web-browser on the kindle to go to project gutenberg and download books from there directly without a computer, which I didn't think you'd be able to do somehow! Found a few surprisingly cheap books on amazon too but need time to get used to the kindle before I consider paying for anything on it, plus I have so much reading material, paper and ebook, to work through I shouldn't really buy anything at all until I've made a big hole in that pile!!

After a bit of a search for a case I ended up just buying a cheap 7" netbook neoprene zippy case from Staples for £4 - didn't really want one of the folio type ones and the slip cases designed for kindles seemed a bit pricey, poncey or tight (one in Staples looked like the zips would scratch the kindle too). This one is somewhat oversized but is cheap enough that I won't mind if I end up buying another (could use it for hard drives or something instead), plus it still fits comfortably in my backpack and has room for me to shove the cable in there too.

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After buying my Kindle about a month ago, I finally got my hands on it (after wife confiscated it until my birthday). Really like the look and presentation of it, although the ‘flashing’ as you skip pages was a bit startling at first.

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The metadata in Calibre handles the cover and summary, no jailbreaking required.
Whilst waiting for the Kindle itself, I’ve been getting to grips with Calibre and organising some ebooks I want to get reading. I’ve been (some might say, anally) carefully organising the metadata with descriptions, and nice covers – but I can’t see how to transfer these over onto the Kindle itself.

And with the descriptions, the menu option just tries to get online to find the Amazon description, even when there’s text I’ve downloaded on Calibre. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to transfer across?

One gripe is I’ve been trying to input a load of pdf files – why does it always seem to take the author’s name as book title, and vise-versa??
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Anyone got China Miéville's The City & The City on Kindle?

The accented Z for some reason displays really oddly all the way through:



Somewhat annoying.
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Old 27-02-2012, 20:54   #58
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I downloaded some freebie one day, which had various parts in italiacs (the authors musings) and then half way through the whole thing stayed in italics. Most annoying.

(it was a very libellelous book, now removed from the website so probably not proof read much)
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Old 28-02-2012, 09:18   #59
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It sounds very to me!

Maybe you can reverse the compression to get it back to HTML and fix the italics thing?
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Old 28-02-2012, 10:00   #60
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book is now back on amazon, called "this tea tastes of ****" so assume either lible issues sorted or font issues fixed. but now 77p!!

think I dislike most about the kindle is lack of back cover to read the blurb. I am on the 3rd Harry Hole jo nesbo book. In fact i thought I'd read 3 and so started on 4. But kindle shows me i am at the start of 3 still. I'd really like some syonpsis so help me out as to which book is which (or even number series so i can remember the order of them!)
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