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    Do you have a kindle book reader ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sat 26 Mar 2016, 12:11 pm

    Update your Kindle today or lose internet connectivity

    That is the message from the Wired website.

    HERE is the full warning from Wired online.

    Anyone running an old version of Amazon's Kindle software will lose the ability to download new books unless they update by 22 March. Of course that date is passed and now a manual download will be required.

    Click on THIS Cnet page to find out how to do it or to get help from Kindle.

    HERE is the Amazon Kindle page on this subject.




    I am glad I noticed this bit of news as I gave a Kindle to my grand-daughter for her last birthday.

    Anybody else ?


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    Post by Nuthin fancy on Sat 26 Mar 2016, 4:29 pm

    Hi All,

    Thanks for that Paps. I have heard the it will update automtically if you link to the web??. However, best to check. I have a fairly recent one which the wife uses, and to be honest she loves it.

    I know 'Amazon' is up there with the multinationals but in my experience I have had some great service from them and some good prices. I can certainly find any books I want, and when I use the reader its a dream. Nice piece of kit and I do not think overpriced for what it does.

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    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 27 Mar 2016, 9:05 am

    Still a technophobe; physical books don't need updating.
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    Post by papa_umau on Sun 27 Mar 2016, 1:13 pm

    That's a bit sad HG, as while I love to read books too, I now get them online and read them on my small and light Net-book computer.

    The great thing about the e-book readers is that you do not have to strain your hands holding a real book open and they don't get tatty when they have been read a few times.

    As Technician says, they are great, and not all that expensive either.

    ( BTW, one drawback used to be seeing the pages and the print in bright sunshine, but that problem has now been sorted by the brightness control on just about all e-readers ).


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Mon 28 Mar 2016, 12:27 pm

    What can I say? I understand that kindle, etc., are a great way to go if you're travelling, but as I'm virtually housebound it doesn't matter to me. Besides which, I love the feel of a book in my hands, also the smell of the paper. Plus it gives me an excuse to collect bookmarks!

    Also, and a great concern to me is the price of Kindles, et al. For what they cost I could buy a load of books! As for them getting tatty, I read my books to pieces and then buy another copy! It's part of the fun for me!
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    Post by papa_umau on Mon 28 Mar 2016, 12:45 pm

    I would NEVER try to put you off buying your books, as I know exactly what you mean when you talk about holding and smelling them.

    My home is totally full of science-fiction books and I collected them over a lifetime and before I could afford to buy and use a Kindle.

    With the Amazon Kindle, ( Paperwhite ), from Ebay at 22.99 HERE you would only be able to buy around a half a dozen books for that price.

    Once you have the book reader you can download thousands of books for free afterwards.


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    Post by Nuthin fancy on Mon 28 Mar 2016, 8:07 pm

    Hi all,

    Yes you can get loads of free books, but some of them are a dit dated.

    One thing about 'books' there are loads of cheap priced ones in the charity shops and you can find some real jems if you can browse. My house is full of the damn things, so the kindle lets me get more and stops me filling up all the spaces.

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    Post by papa_umau on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 11:31 am

    Great point Technician.

    If I hadn't stopped buying science fiction books they could have put me on that "hoarder" programme.

    It is true that many of the books for free on download are a bit dated but that is where I can find my classic science fiction.

    Modern science fiction seems to be running a bit out of ideas.

    Have you noticed that there are around five spin-off TV programmes based on the Marvel comics just now.

    I have found that science fiction is either "out there" and based on science fact or it is comic book type of reading that is only good for the kids.

    My wife would say that I am a bit of a big "kid" anyway. Twisted Evil


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    Post by Nuthin fancy on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 12:31 pm

    Hi all,

    Nothing wrong with being a bit of a kid. I enjoy science fiction as well, but also read fantasy. it gets me away from the real world, which at times is not a bad thing. Read all the 'Sword of Shannara' series which I loved.

    I also read a lot of paranormal stuff ( despite being a skeptic !! ) but find it intriguing...Thing about Kindle is I can get all these titles without too much bother and often at a good price. A mate of mine was talking about 'quantum biology' the other day as being the 'future', and bingo went on Kindle and found an introductory book on it for quite a cheap price...So, you can get most things I find.

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    Post by Hell's Granny on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 10:54 am

    Another Sci-Fi fan here! Classic stuff mainly, H.G. Wells, John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov, L. Sprague DeCamp, Edgar Rice Burroughs, although I do like some of the more modern stuff too.

    I do agree that much of the current Sci-Fi is eminently forgettable, there seems to be too much blending with low grade Fantasy for my taste, and too much of it is tie-ins with TV and film, which leaves it under the thumb of the big Studios, which want to sacrifice the science for cheap spectacle, special effects, violence and soft porn, Nah, I prefer to read and conjure my own images.

    I also enjoy Fantasy, although the Shannara stories are not to my taste. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Ursula Le Guin, The Wheel of Time series, The Saga of the Exiles, Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings and others.

    I also enjoy Historical Novels, (but not the Mediaeval romance ones). Roman, and Napoleonic war in the main.
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    Post by papa_umau on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 11:18 am

    I have always hated how they group science fiction in with science fantasy when we are looking for pure science fiction books either online or in a bookstore.

    Unlike yourself Technician, I abhor science fantasy as it not based on any possible science fact.

    I don't mind the science fiction writers like all of those greats, ( thanks for the list HG ), when the core of what they write is based around what might be possible in real science in years to come.

    Science fantasy is just too airy-fairy for me.

    I guess it is all down to individual tastes I suppose.


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