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Author:  Dexter [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:43 am ]
Post subject:  Finally got myself a Kindle

I've used ebooks for a while with an iPad, not really the ideal reader, decided to finally pick up a Kindle Paperwhite (Black Friday sale). Don't have it yet, but I'm excited, hopefully it will lead to more reading

What are you guys using?

Author:  LanDroid [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:13 pm ]
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I have a Kindle Fire, which has a shiny screen like the I-Pad. My wife has a Fire and a Paperwhite. The latter has a more natural "paper" appearance, but both are fine with me. Suggest trying a stylus rather than gunking up the screen with fingerprints, there are several types. In any case, it's kinda cool to think of a book and start reading it 5 minutes later...

Author:  CoolSummer [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:41 pm ]
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I am dreaming of the Kindle voyage currently. I love my paperwhite for so many reasons, but I want to have the page turn buttons for winter reading. Having those buttons will make it easier when you are all snuggled up and want to turn the page but don't wish move a hand from under the covers to do it.

Author:  Dexter [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:48 pm ]
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I was eyeing the Voyage as well, I wanted to go all in and get the top of the line, but since it hasn't been updated in a while, and the Paperwhite now has the same screen resolution at half the price, I thought that was the way to go.

I could always sell it later if the Voyage has a really compelling upgrade when the next generation e-ink screens come out.

LanDroid, I hadn't considered a stylus, I'm guessing it's pretty rare for people to use one on Kindle.

Author:  CoolSummer [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:26 pm ]
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You will need to be careful choosing your stylus. The one I love for my kindle fire, doesn't seem to be as useful for my paperwhite. You can buy screen covers for them too, but I usually use my fingers and don't have a problem.

Author:  CoolSummer [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:29 pm ]
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You will need to be careful choosing your stylus. The one I love for my kindle fire, doesn't seem to be as useful for my paperwhite. You can buy screen covers for them too, but I usually use my fingers and don't have a problem. I will probably stick with my paperwhite unless they come down on voyages price.

Author:  geo [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:31 pm ]
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My wife and I both have Paperwhites and we both like them a lot. You don't realize you're reading on an e-device at all. You quickly lose yourself in the reading experience. However, I still read real books too and generally prefer them. There are pros and cons, of course. But when you read an e-book you typically don't have a really good idea where you are in the book. Or rather I miss being able to flip back and forth within a book. And it's cumbersome to, for example, look back to find when a character first appears in the book. But the Kindle is certainly very handy to read at night and to bring on planes, etc.

By the way, I have my Paperwhite set to Caecilia font using the size in the middle.

Author:  CoolSummer [ Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:12 pm ]
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I use Cecilia condensed font on the fourth lowest setting. I don't need my glasses then, which is convenient when reading before bed. I've been playing with the lighting on my paperwhite recently, I prefer it a bit brighter than what they recommend for a dark room, but not neon bright.

Author:  ant [ Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:59 pm ]
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There was some study that concluded reading retention is not as good.
It has to do with the landscape difference.
I have found that to be true to a degree.

Author:  froglipz [ Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:08 pm ]
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I love my paperwhite but also would like a less cumbersome way to shuffle back and forth. I would suggest a slide bar that shows approximately where you are, and you can slide it back and forth a bit. Knowing that I am at location 1287 does nothing for me since I am fairly close to the beginning of the book, so it doesn't translate to pages, which while they are not standardized and vary widely based on paper size, print size, line spacing, can be sort of translated from one book to another.

But you can't beat them for being able to carry around 20 books at a time and for getting a new one anytime you are within range of wireless. You can also "borrow" ebooks now from the library, which is great for those books you want to read before committing to them.

Author:  Dexter [ Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:53 pm ]
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The newer paperwhite has that slide bar feature.

Of course it's not as easy to flip through as with a physical book, but it's a nice feature.

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/n ... rwhit.html

Author:  CoolSummer [ Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:02 pm ]
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When did you actually get it? Both my paperwhite and my voyage got update by Amazon today. Before you get to used to its current format, you might as well get the new one

Author:  CoolSummer [ Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:05 pm ]
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Another thing get your library card out, and go to overdrive.com. If your library participates, and most do. You will be able to check out library books on it too

Author:  froglipz [ Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:33 pm ]
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I have had it since September. I just got the update yesterday, I have been bouncing back and forth between paper books and the Paperwhite, so I am not sure exactly when the update came through. I will have to look for that. When I was going through "Soul Identity" to try to come up with talking points for each chapter, I had to book mark every chapter so that I could move through them. Hopefully that update helps. Another thing that I love about my Kindle is that I can "pick up" the book on my cell phone or laptop and it knows where I left off, so if I don't happen to have my Kindle, or it is charging, or I forgot it, I can keep reading.

There are a lot of free books as well, older books that no longer are under copyright, and such that you can still get through Amazon. I wish they listed the free books separately, but I suppose I get why they don't. I needed a copy of Plato's "Republic" for school. It was the first time I ran into issues with the pages, when the professor said read pages 1-23, I wasn't sure where to stop.

Author:  CoolSummer [ Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:15 pm ]
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I know the update helped with the page issues, now if you bring up the toolbar at the top while inside a book.you get a bar at the bottom that says what page out of total in book/ mins left in chapter/ percentage read in book. Which is nice a whole lot less poking around in menus. My paperwhite and voyage updated sometime over Saturday night.

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