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Subject: Took the Plunge...Ordered a Kindle!!! ITS HERE WAHOOOO
Date Posted: 1/18/2011 9:06 PM ET
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Any tips you folks WANT to give me Now that its HERE!!  I cant believe how much Lighter it is than the Nook!  & instead of dead Authors it has Birds!!  LOL  Ok its on charge thru my computer & I am also reading the guide!



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Date Posted: 1/18/2011 9:08 PM ET
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If you haven't done so before, you can download and install the Kindle-for-PC application and then start collecting free Kindle books as they pop up.

Inkmesh

is a good place to go to find some.

 

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 9:10 PM ET
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LOL Yep got that & about 50 books in my PC  LOL

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 5:34 AM ET
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If you haven't been reading the Kindle discussions on Amazon, go there.  I read some of them each day to learn about free books, good reads, and other tips about Kindle.

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 6:50 AM ET
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Here are some copied from the Kindle tips and tricks thread, which I also bumped, since it had gone to page 2. 

 

First piece of advice: RTFM! 90% of what you need to know can be answered by simply reading the manual. Honest. 

First and a half piece of advice: Let the battery fully charge the way the manual tells you to before you start playing with the thing. 

  • Use gift cards to set a budget every month on book buying. It is just so easy to over spend since it is so easy to shop. The dreaded One-Click Syndrome. 
  • Watch for posts from Happy Reader Joyce at the Amazon Kindle forum for the best free books.
  • Bufo Calvin is THE guru at the Amazon Kindle forum; Bufo's advice can be trusted.
  • Keep your Kindle in sleep mode rather than turning it off unless you're not going to use it for an extended period of time, like a week.
  • Don't forget that you can cash in your change at some Coinstar machines for Amazon GCs. No fee when you get a GC! Oh, also sign up for swagbucks to easily earn a little free $$ for books.
  • When in doubt, hit the Menu key...even if you are already in a menu. It's like right-clicking in Windows: what it does is give you more choices.
  • Remember that you can read a sample of book before deciding to buy. Samples are my virtual book pile. When someone recommends a book or I read an article, I download the sample.
  • Remember to turn 3g, wireless OFF when not in use to save battery life.
  • Download the .pdf file of the User's Guide to your computer. It's much easier to navigate the .pdf version when you're still unfamiliar with how to navigate the ereader itself.
  • If your battery charge is dropping way too fast, especially if you put it to sleep with a good amount of charge and "it wakes up dead", check for something stuck indexing. When you load books onto the Kindle, it indexes every word to speed up searches in the future; when you load a bunch of books (or several of those "The Entire Works of ..."), you may want to plug the device in overnight for that reason. But if it totally saps your battery, do this: search for a nonsense string by going Home and typing zvmcx, toggle one right to 'search my items'. If it comes back "No items" -- indexing is not your problem. If it says "X items indexing" click that line to see the name of the book(s), go to home/find it/delete or remove from device, and reload it from your Archives. Wait awhile and check again.

 

 
 


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Date Posted: 1/19/2011 8:38 AM ET
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I, too, just used my gift card from Christmas to order a Kindle. Should have it next week. Am excited but also apprehensive how hard it might be to learn to use.



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Date Posted: 1/19/2011 9:02 AM ET
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Mary....I used gift cards from selling crs this month to buy mine!  I dont think the Kindle will be to hard to learn.... 

Marilyn & Viv.....Thanks for the tips!  I been checking out the Amazon forums for awhile.  Downloaded the Manual the other day- tho it harder for me to read on my computer....sigh

Good to know about CoinStar!  I always have change around the end of the month!  

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 12:09 PM ET
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Barb - Thanks and congrats on getting one. My son bought me a $100 gift card for Amazon for Xmas cause he thought I had a Kindle. I hate the high shipping costs for books so didn't want to use it for that. I then thought, oh, heck, why not? I'd never buy one for myself otherwise. I do MyPoints and had enough to get another Amazon card from them. Voila! It cost me nothing.

I'll have to go and check out the Kindle forums on Amazon to be ready.

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 5:54 PM ET
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Mary, operating the Kindle is so easy it's almost funny. 

I've had a Kindle for about 3 years now and It took me about 3 1/2 seconds to figure out how to run it. Seriously. It is so easy, so intuitive. I don't think you'll have any problem, truly. But:  If you run into a snag, holler. Someone here will point you in the right direction. 



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Date Posted: 1/19/2011 7:13 PM ET
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Does anyone with the New Kindle have a clue as to WHY you cant buy & Change your own Battery??

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 7:52 PM ET
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They had quite a bit of trouble, apparently, in the K1 with people replacing the batteries, doing it wrong (heaven knows how, but they did, some of them) or using the wrong battery (it is truly amazing how stupid some people can be) and bricking their Kindles somehow in the process. So Amazon tried to make it idiot-proof. 

The batteries in the newer Kindles are thought to be able to last for several years, maybe as many as 5-6, depending on use, without needing replacement. So unless a person gets a defective battery (the way I have on my Nook), probably it's not going to be a concern. My K1 is still on its original battery, nearly 3 years later, with very very heavy use for the first 2 years and daily use for the 3rd year. 

I'm told that if a person Googles it, you can find the instructions on changing the battery in the K3, and where to find a replacement battery, but it does -- some people say -- invalidate the warranty. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 7:58 PM ET
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Maybe they will change their minds & sell the repalcement batteries & instruction in the future!  Esp when they get Swamped in a few yrs with people needing batery changes LOL

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 8:01 PM ET
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Does anyone with the New Kindle have a clue as to WHY you cant buy & Change your own Battery??

Odds are if open the case and do it yourself you can easily break something. Amazon wouldn't want to have to fix something a customer has broken by playing with the innerds, so if you do it yourself and void the warranty they're not responsible to fix it.

They may be soldered to the motherboard in some way, or the e-ink screen could get broken if you don't do it right.

I have a Sony, and we can't change our own batteries either. Well, probably could as there are probably kits and instructions out there. But you wouldn't want to do it unless you'd be willing to end up accidentally trashing it.

They don't use regular store batteries. Sometimes some electronics have batteries specifically made for them only, and they're unavailable to the general population. Some substitute batteries may not be good for the machine in the long run. You just take a bunch of chances when you do that stuff yourself.

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 4:01 PM ET
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My new Kindle arrived today. Will be checking it out and learning to move my freebies on my PC to it. I'm so excited!

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:21 PM ET
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Awww Mary!!  We both newbies LOL  Hey got mine at noon yesterday!!  Plug it into my computer to charge & play with LOL  Took me 90 MINS!!  to transfer the Freebies I wanted to keep & Delete the rest...didnt know I had so many!!!   Then purchase 2 more hehehehe

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 10:00 PM ET
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(it is truly amazing how stupid some people can be

He he. Guess what? If you had my job, you would cease to be amazed.. I make my living on stupid. Stupid been beddy beddy good to me....

What do I do?

I'm a courtroom clerk in the criminal division of Superior Court.

 

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 9:09 AM ET
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Congrats again, Barb.

My hubby is playing with the Kindle. He had to put the address in the router for our Wi-Fi and then it connected right away. I had no idea and would have been stumped if he hadn't realized that he set our Wi-Fi up to only accept certain things. I leave that kind of stuff to him. I then had to ask for it back cause he wanted to check it out, lol. I am going to go figure out how to transfer my freebies from the PC onto the Kindle and I'm good to go. I did run off the guide at work yesterday and am glad I did. The "book" they give you doesn't tell you much. It was also nice that Amazon pre-registered it for me.

So far Marilyn is right. It's not that hard.



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Date Posted: 1/22/2011 3:08 PM ET
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Dont forget the Guide book is IN the Kindle!!   Transfers were easy.  Go to you PC list & Right click on the book ... you will see a box...in that click on add to kindle!  Should transfer via wifi.   Have fun!!!    Yesterday I was adding to my WL & Killed my kindle!!  Went to pure White!  Not sure if battery suddenly went from 1/2 to Dead!  Plugged it in anyway...but kept saying was downloading even with WiFi OFF....& I dont get what happened!!  O it fine now acts like nothing happened...sigh   BUT have you folks got any ideas so I wont kill it again????