As my wife and I were setting up our own Kindles, my wife realized that she couldn’t remember her Amazon account information, much less if she even had an account (I know, shame on her!). I told her to try and use my account information and it worked fine.
Upon signing in to my Amazon account I realized that there were some advantages to having both Kindle units registered under the same account. Not only are your orders and other information kept in one central location, but you can seamlessly share books and other content between each Kindle.
Since the Kindle 2 is such a hot item right now, I figured I would search the web to see if I could find any promotions our contests out there. Turns out I did!
If you haven’t picked up a Kindle 2 yet, maybe you can win one and spend your cash on a library of ebooks. Andy Beal over at Marketing Pilgrim is having a give-away of sorts. You have to do a little work to enter, but it’s well worth it. Mr. Andy is a great writer and I always find something interesting to read during any given week.
Sometime between now and April 5th, Andy is going to include a secret phrase in one of his posts. The catch is that it will only appear in the email and RSS versions of the post, so you’ll have to subscribe and read with diligence.
To read more about Andy’s Kindle contest, head on over to MarketingPilgrim.com
It has been far too long since I have held my kindle to read a book, I sold mine waiting an october release of a new design and will fate release me from my waiting or will I just need to go on and replace it with a new version 1 model?
Have you seen the new design? Does it make you want a new one, or are you happy with the one you have? What if the current waiting for 2-4 weeks to ship is a hint that the new on is finally coming…
Kindlechat.com has moved hosting providers, if you noticed a less than 1 hour hiccup your my hero for actually looking at the site. Still looking for Kindle users that would like to share tips and experiences as authors on this site. Email me if your interested.
Are you waiting for a new Kindle 2.0? I hear they are now delayed into 2009 with no set date for delivery, if you had a date would you wait? Or is having a Kindle more important than having a different form factor?
If you have an opinion and experiences with your Kindle and would be interested in blogging about it I am looking for a few additional bloggers to increase the number of articles for KindleChat. The articles do not have to be solely for the Kindle, but should be focused around reading and e-reader technology or the associated products that go with the Kindle and e-readers. Contact me on the KindleChat group under the “Looking for a few good bloggers” post.
If your like me, you have had your Kindle for quite some time. I have actually grown used to most of it’s idiosyncrasies and still love the fact I have one. Unless you really need the wireless portion you just leave it off, that let’s you use the Kindle for a week of reading for an hour or two a day. Need to buy something, fire up the wireless, otherwise just leave it off. The thing is still a joy to read despite so many early people complaining about how to hold the thing. I must be unique in that I just use my hands and cruise right on through the book, but the roar of criticism seems o have died down.
It happened again. I was reading at lunch and realized I had not charged my kindle in quite a while. It died. ARRRGH. So I am at work, no where near the standard charger. The plug on this is not run of the mill, but I have a drawer full of old cell phone chargers.
Before beginning to use the charger I will describe later I decided to attempt to do a trickle charge with my USB cable. We’ll if your Kindle is so dead that it won’t alert your machine it is connected then your machine like mine will likely not charge the USB port to even trickle charge the unit. So I began a search for alternatives. It began with confirming that a Kindle will indeed trickle charge at all.
On page 16 of the PDF users guide it says”USB port — plug in the included USB cable to transfer content between your computer and your Kindle. Your Kindle will also accept a small trickle charge over USB that may extend your battery life if your computer’s USB port or powered USB hub provides power.” The words that matter are “small” “trickle” and most importantly “may”. In my case it was too far gone to “may”…
So far I have now had my Kindle almost 60 days, that should constitute an acceptable period of time to reflect on the devices shortcomings and advantages. First let me say this piece may not be as positive as I had hoped when I planed on writing this a month ago, the new has worn off and my Kindle is now yet another tool I use.
I just returned from a vacation, thus the extended absence here, and I have to say I unfortunately only used my Kindle once during my trip. Now I did not use any other book at all, other that an atlas in conjunction with my GPS, but my iPod still got the lion share of use in the goings and comings of the trip in the plane.
In general my Kindle has been a huge disappointment in the area of replacing my standard Bible as there just is no real use of the book 2.0 hypertext technology by any of the major translations. In general reading it for the sake of reading is quite good, but using it in a class where you are hopping around a great deal you quickly get frustrated as I am quite comfortable moving between books in the Bible and the Kindle just has no translations that allow for that method o use well as of yet. I have hopes there will be sooner than later.
Another difficulty on this front is the very real, it has happened to me twice, gasp, failure of power. If your going to use it, just get used to plugging it in nightly before you go to bed and then this will never happen to you. But try and push it 3 days and you may be in for trouble if you use the wireless at all. For all the fear that this causes when your not with your charger I suspect it won’t happen to me again for quite some time as I have adapted to charging it just like my phone.
The actual experience of reading is still my biggest reason for using the kindle, I can sit and breeze through a book in record time with little awareness of the device at all. I have moved to a font setting of 3 and find it very readable and not to large as to make page turning to frequent, but not as small as 2 where I need my glasses for sure. Setting 1, forget about it.
How are you after a couple of months of use? I am disappointed in the lack of real news from Amazon, I have seen a comment saying as a publicly trading company they can’t really say how shipping is going due to the impact it might have on their stock. But surely others could comment, I had hoped my hometown newspaper would hop on board, but as o now the Dallas Morning news or the Fort Worth Star Telegram are both no shows.
So for now my Kindle has replaced my need for any Paper back or hard back I have thus far looked for. I am about to test that on a Harry Turtledove book called the “Guns of the South” – NO GO… Although there are 34 books from the author available, for some reason that one is not. I got it from a fellow in passing and frankly I had hoped to get it on the Kindle to avoid reading the grimy stained book that I was so generously offered from the fellow. Oh well, I still have 3 books not started that are awaiting my attention, but I wish there were some way to inquire as to if there were any conversion in the works. Despite a smaller library size, the Kindle is still by far the easiest on my eyes reading experience I have, so I am still pleased to have one while others are still waiting.
So far I have seen little in the way of Kindle specifically created aftermarket items. The woolen cover from Octovo is joined by a leather messenger bag that clearly was not initially designed for the Kindle though looks like it might accommodate it sufficiently. When looking for other product made by the “Octovo” seller there are none listed other than the woolen kindle slip cover and the leather messenger bag.
I am in the midst of creating a homegrown cover that I think I may release. I’d like to see what I might learn about other Kindle owners’ tastes regarding personlization. Pick your own fabric just use my pattern. In any case maybe someone will release some sales numbers so we can get a little taste for how many Kindles are out there.
If you’ve recently purchased a Kindle 2 and need a cover, you can read the Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Cover review.
- Saddle Brown Leather Executive Jacket (Kindle 1)
- Smooth Mocha Leather Executive Jacket (Kindle 1)
- Pebbled Black Leather Executive Jacket (Kindle 1)
- Belkin Neoprene Sleeve Case (Kindle 2)
- Leather Cover (Kindle 2)
- Dark Brown Cole Haan Hand-Stained Leather Cover (Kindle 2)
In an effort to make sharing stories and links easier with other Kindle sites I have bagged my Rapidweaver site and created a wordpress based site. I really like the ease of use of Rapidweaver but you just can’t beat the flexability of wordpress. Drop me a comment if you have suggestions or have a site you think should be in the “List”