Arghh! Trying to buy a Kindle from Amazon

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13 years 5 months ago #349161 by beedee
I am wondering as I get involved in study and research if maybe ...just maybe I would want to jote down notes.. so that might be a necessary item.. for me.. taking say med or horti books and then having the quote or whatever ready to download on the puter instead of the back of an envelope, so using it as a memory book as well as plain reading. Kate do the notes then sit on say the SD card and you can refer to them either on the s.Reader or puter????
IF only I knew what my future holds, then I really would know what I want.. but like I was never going to take photos cos at the time of getting the first puter,as all I had was a film camera, and wham the moment I got the digital I needed the extra grunt etc..
Now I have to work out, many other bits and pieces to this game.. but its good. I read how the elderly have not embraced Ereaders.. guess cos we dont fully understand what they do.. Can see a LSB party and Grant sitting in a tent talking about E things, coming to be a necessary date soon.

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13 years 5 months ago #349162 by beedee
I will try to get into whitcoulls and fiddle with one, but I didnt think they turn the pages over!! it is a click button or am I wrong.. and as for the free 100 I saw the list earlier in the year and I dont think I would read any of them even if sent to prison for 10 yrs not one humour or animal story.. but maybe they have improved.
IF I got the wireless version do I then have to have more equip in this little shack?? and the down loading costs are they massive or do I then down load when visiting the kids???? or sitting outside in a built up area of a snobby town

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13 years 5 months ago #349167 by GrantK

beedee;338717 wrote: I will try to get into whitcoulls and fiddle with one, but I didnt think they turn the pages over!! it is a click button or am I wrong..

It is a button like on your TV remote BD, the pages don't "turn over", rather the screen does a bit of a blink and the next page appears in about quarter of a second.

and as for the free 100 I saw the list earlier in the year and I dont think I would read any of them even if sent to prison for 10 yrs not one humour or animal story.. but maybe they have improved.

Yep, you're right on with that observation -- they're all pretty much rubbish.

IF I got the wireless version do I then have to have more equip in this little shack?? and the down loading costs are they massive or do I then down load when visiting the kids???? or sitting outside in a built up area of a snobby town

You already have a wireless router don't you BD? The gadget that allows your laptop to surf the internet without wires? In your case, it also provides the phone service I believe.

Tell me the model number that's written on the back of it, and I can confirm for you. If indeed you have a wireless router, then nothing else is needed for the Kobo or Kindle wireless to download eBooks, and the data costs will be essentially free. For copyrighted titles though, you still need to pay for the eBook file itself. Typically these range between US$1 and US$10 on the Fictionwise site that Inger uses. New releases are sometimes as much as US$15, but she doesn't usually buy them. I'm not sure how that compares to Amazon.

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13 years 5 months ago #349172 by kate

beedee;338716 wrote: Kate do the notes then sit on say the SD card and you can refer to them either on the s.Reader or puter????

You can look at the notes either when reading the book or look at a list all notes you've made. From there you can click on the note to see the page you made the note on. I haven't tried transferring the notes to my laptop, sorry.

There is also the facility to hand write or type memos, completely separately from the books. My reader also stores photos and music although I haven't used it for that.

beedee;338717 wrote: IF I got the wireless version do I then have to have more equip in this little shack?? and the down loading costs are they massive or do I then down load when visiting the kids???? or sitting outside in a built up area of a snobby town

Beedee, my reader isn't wireless. I download books to my laptop then copy them over like you do with an ipod. That way I can also read them on my laptop :)

beedee;338717 wrote: I will try to get into whitcoulls and fiddle with one, but I didnt think they turn the pages over!! it is a click button or am I wrong..


Mine has a next page button or you can use the touch screen - just draw your finger accross or down the page and and the page turns.

beedee;338717 wrote: and as for the free 100 I saw the list earlier in the year and I dont think I would read any of them even if sent to prison for 10 yrs not one humour or animal story.. but maybe they have improved.

GrantK;338722 wrote: Yep, you're right on with that observation -- they're all pretty much rubbish.

[:0][:0][:0][:0] Jane Austen? Dickens? Oscar Wilde? Shakespeare? Rubbish? What planet are you guys on? [:0][:0][:0][:0]

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13 years 5 months ago #349178 by beedee
Sorry the school that rammed them down my throat have to take the blame for that and then all the tv programmes that turn it into classical porno [I know you never saw them] I just dont have any connection with them.
I have a [real] book that I am reading now called 'The sound of a wild snail eating' by Elizabeth Bailey.. its little and I can only do a few pages at a time, but thats the sort of book I like.

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13 years 5 months ago #349184 by GrantK

Kate;338728 wrote: [:0][:0][:0][:0] Jane Austen? Dickens? Oscar Wilde? Shakespeare? Rubbish? What planet are you guys on? [:0][:0][:0][:0]

The free list that came with our reader was stuff like Bill Clinton's "My Life" and various other novels and Sci Fi titles that I'd never heard of. Nothing like the classics you mentioned Kate :)

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13 years 5 months ago #349194 by beedee
Grant is that the linksys thing or the white airspan or asus or sumfink like that , its all down near the floor in a small place I have to do real contortions to get to it.. you know I dont have a clue but the SIL is coming on sun and will ask him.. you were meant to keep a notebook on the stuff I have!!!
Yes Kate, there were only a couple of the real classics on the list I looked at and the occasional Dickens etc.. otherwise stuff that even the red shed couldnt sell!!

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13 years 5 months ago #349202 by GrantK

beedee;338753 wrote: Grant is that the linksys thing or the white airspan or asus or sumfink like that...

Yes, it should be the Linksys thing BD :)

Does it have a wee aerial poking out of it?

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13 years 5 months ago #349214 by beedee
no I have that fry pan stuck to the wall outside.. but no the airspan is connected to that..
Its a spa2102 !!! for the linksys
I swear there are more lines and cables in that square metre of space than a commercial buildng has and of course the cats like to fight in that corner and do cats cradles in their spare time

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13 years 5 months ago #349235 by GrantK
Ah OK, got it now [:I]

The SPA2102 is the box that provides your phone service, so maybe you don't have a wireless router unless there is another box somewhere apart from the Airspan and the SPA2102 :confused:

I remember that you used to have a laptop, and assumed that it would have been connected wirelessly. Maybe not by the sound of that?

In which case, you will probably need to buy a wireless router if you want to use a Kobo or Kindle with WiFi. Unless there is some other benefit for you in buying a wireless router, I would probably just stick with using the USB connection, as it won't cost you anything at all :)

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13 years 5 months ago #349240 by beedee
Ummm you bought me a PC remember!!! the lap top has always had an umbilical cord :)

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13 years 5 months ago #349310 by GrantK

beedee;338806 wrote: Ummm you bought me a PC remember!!! the lap top has always had an umbilical cord :)

Yep, I certainly remember the PC-buying exercise . It was a lengthy process but we got there in the end, and by all accounts it is still going sweetly?

Just wasn't sure of the way your old laptop was connected, but got it now :)

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13 years 4 months ago #349610 by Gracelands
Well, finally managed to get somewhere with Amazon, and my lovely new toy arrived this morning.

It turned out that Amazon is really touchy about which link you use, and if you use the wrong one, even though you're buying the right item, it won't let you ship it to NZ. Once I got that sorted, it was ordered and arrived in less than a week. I had a great time at lunchtime going to a cafe near work, plugging into their Wifi, and getting all set up and downloaded my first book. Complete works of Jane Austen for $2.99 US. What a bargain. I can see many happy hours ahead browsing for new bargains, and sitting on the deck reading them in the sunshine.

Now if only it wasn't the start of the busiest week of the month, so I could have time to play with it!

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson

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13 years 4 months ago #349616 by ame

Gracelands;339214 wrote: Complete works of Jane Austen for $2.99 US. What a bargain.

Too bad you didn't know about Project Gutenberg.

www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31100

You could have had them for free.

A

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13 years 4 months ago #351730 by jdnz
I personally wouldn't touch a Kobo. In the library I work in we purchased 4 eBook readers so that we could trial them:

- Kobo died and had to be returned to Australia and we had to wait 2-3 months for Whitcoulls to supply a replacement. Every now and then it still freezes completely and we have to poke a paperclip into the reset button. I like the navigation button but it's a good 2 seconds for the page to turn so you have to get in the practice of pressing Next when you still have 3-4 lines to read.

- BeBook One. This was the most expensive device at almost $600 and the nicest thing about it is the leather-look wallet it comes in. It looks like it should have a touch screen but doesn't and in fact can suffer serious damage if the screen is touched. It has a series of numbered buttons and you have to press the button that corresponds to the number on each menu, i.e., 1 = next page, 2 = previous page, 3 = zoom in, etc.
- iRobot Android Tablet (aka ePad). This is a cheap copy of the iPad and is more than just an eBook reader. You can surf the web, play music, etc. Our first one didn't last long so again we had to wait for a replacement.
- Pocketbook 301 - the best of the bunch. So straightforward to use, quicker page turning, easy navigation, long battery life. It's the only one I've used so far that I'd be prepared to spend money on. www.pocketbookreader.com/PocketBook_301.html

As far as the Kindle is concerned - I read that Vodafone were to be the 3G provider and that the download of books would be free, i.e., you pay for the book but the data is free (included in purchase of the device). Still no word on that from Vodafone itself though and no way to order it that I've seen other than through Amazon. www.geekzone.co.nz/kindle.asp

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