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Subject: teach me to kindle
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 3:09 PM ET
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Mom has a kindle. I loaded a couple of random free books on it, and she accidentally bought two more. She can't get the books to load beyond the first few pages. An advertisement shows up and she can't figure out how to get past it to keep reading. I don't remember what model - the basic b/w one. She doesn't have internet or wi-fi at her house, but I do. The kindle is here now because she wants me to load more free books.

I need title recomendations. She's 72 and likes "nice" books. (shoot me now - how do you find "nice" books!?)

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 3:24 PM ET
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Where did she buy them from? If it was Amazon then they will be on her kindle account which you can access through her Amazon account. They may not have been allowed to download completely before the connection with her device was severed and if that's the case you can reconnect it to the account and finish the download. The ads are part of the kindle, not the book. I've never had one pop up in a book but only as kind of a screensaver feature. If the thing goes into screensaver mode the full page ad pops up, it could be an electronic problem making it go to sleep too. Does it always happen in the same place on the book? If it's the same place I would look at how much is downloaded. If it's random I would be more concerned about the device itself.

Amazon is really good about returns, if she didn't mean to buy them and doesn't want them I would call and see if they will refund her money. Given her age and all they just may. 

Last Edited on: 7/2/12 3:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 3:52 PM ET
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They do have books labeld "Christian Fiction". Some are adventure, some romance, all kinds of genre's included in that catagory. Some are labled that way by the author, some are put out by publishers who identify themselves as Christian. I'm sure that there are thousands of books out there she'd like, with out the label, but it'll give you a place to start. Then as she reads you can keep a list of the authors she likes, and the types of books she doesn't.

And don't forget many of the Classics. Sherlock Holmes, some Agatha Christie, Jane Austen... They're available for free in many places, and usually for fairly cheap on Amazon. (And in some cases you'll be paying for better fonts and formatting for the classic over the free versions. In some cases It's well worth having someone else fix them up a bit for you.)

A list is here.

Find the newest Christian fiction best-sellers






find exciting Christian fiction novels


Christian Fiction List

And for free books, you can go to http://www.ereaderiq.com/free/

There, you can click a link to hide all erotica, and under the genre list chose to show only "Religious Fiction". Then save your search so you can just click it and not have to set it up that way again. That should just show you the freebies under that catagory.

You'll kind of have to keep up with what she likes and doesn't like. But this'll help give you a start.

Oh, and not all of the books listed on these links will have Kindle versions. But I may be able to find some better, Kindle only, links later.


Last Edited on: 7/2/12 3:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 4:32 PM ET
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If she has a Kindle Touch, there are only two buttons.  One is on the end, where you plug it in to charge or download books from a computer, and the headphone jack.  If the screen saver - ad is on, press the button on the end and the ad should go away.  The other button is on the face near that end, it just looks like several raised black plastic lines.  That button brings up the home menu which will show a list of books or collections of books.

Touching the title of a book opens the book to the last spot read.  Touching the upper part of the reading area brings menu choices up, and the return arrow takes you back to the book listing.  If any list goes past one page, you can just swipe a finger on the screen to get to the next page.

Touch and hold a book title a second or two brings up a menu to place the book into a collection.

Some listing pages have their own menu button to bring up even more options.

If you load many books, you'll want collections created.  Once a book is placed into a collection, it no longer appears in the main book list.  You open the collection, and then find your book.  I find it helpful to have a collection called Books I'm Reading Now and Books I've Read.  When I get a book I put it into a collection based on the type.  When I start reading a book, I add it to the Books I'm Reading Now, so I don't have to remember the title.  When finished, I remove it from the Books I'm Reading Now collection, from the category collection, and place it into the Books I've read collection.

I agree with using eReaderIQ.  I generally get a book a day from the selection there.  I've gotten over 150 there, and have yet to buy a book.


You may also want to explore Lendle.me and eBookFling.com, which are both Kindle based ebook sharing sites.  You list books you are willing to loan out, get credits and can request to borrow books from their selection.


Kindle Touch also lets you copy MP3 music files to the reader and play music while you read.

There are also free Kindle games you can get from Amazon to play on the Touch.


Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 1:00 PM ET
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I have seen some postings that local library sometimes offer ereader help sessions.  It worth checking if yours does if you think that might help.

your library might also have ebooks available.  a lot of libraries use overdrive.com.  so you can go to that site, put in your zip code and they will give you the list of librarys in that area that use overdrive.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 7:54 PM ET
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There's a guide that comes installed on the kindle too, and Amazon has really detailed answers to FAQs. 

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 3:00 PM ET
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Is she having trouble with all the books, or just the two she purchased?  Is it possible that she ordered the free sample pages and didn't purchase the books?