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LDWriter2
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Okay, been playing around with it and downloaded my first book and changed the font size.


Didn't buy a case for it but I want to, lets see if they have another sale soon.


Everything works fine so far, I got a anti- glare cover for the screen. I had my wife put it on since he fingers are more coordinated than mine but it looked easier than expected. I wondered about cleaning the screen since it gets smudgy easy but the A-G sheet came with a special cleaning cloth. It even has a nook symbol on it.

Speaking of the Nook symbol, I wondered what that funny symbol was. But a couple of visits ago I was reading the instructions and it stated the symbol was a n. Oh, really? Okay, I can see that now.

So far my eyes are okay a bit tired but not too bad. I must have spent over an hour reading books, two, and figuring out the controls. Changed the wallpaper twice. Oh, I never did get the pinch out to work.

As to if they give a refurbished replacement if something is defective. I was standing in line at the store last night at the Nook booth. The person in front of me was buying one for their daughter... she looked around nine... and the Nook lady said a replacement would be a new Nook, not a refurbished one. Of course that was with the extra protection you can buy. So far mine is working great. A couple of weeks ago I was told that depending on what is wrong with it they could repair it there, or ship it out for certain repairs or give a new one.

Kinda funny thing is the daughter wanted a certain case for it. The computer said they had one in stock the Nook lady tore the booth apart looking for it. Nothing. The father said it might be hidden under a stairwell some place. Later someone else was still looking for it and another Nook person said it could be still packed in the back. So the father may have been right after all. As far as I know no one found it.



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A week ago (Sunday afternoon) I took my Kindle out of my bag and the screen was broken. I think I know how it happened, but not really sure. Called up Kindle support an hour later, and on Tuesday I had a replacement unit, along with a prepaid UPS label to ship my dead one back. I think it's probably a refurb, but I really can't tell. It certainly looks new. It may just be an open box return; when a customer returns a unit after however long (a week, an hour) a retailer can't sell it as new even if there's nothing wrong with it. In any case, I'm perfectly happy with it.

Both Amazon and B&N make money on the content; the unit is just a delivery system, and they want to keep the delivery systems out there and the customers happy, even at a loss (well, I saw a system teardown of the Nook Color and the analyst figured they might be making $50 over material costs). I'm impressed with Amazon's customer service.


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I bought a case for mine...but have yet to put it in the case...
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Part two here.


I didn't buy a case yet but I will. Boy the cases for the Color Nook range from thirty dollars to over a hundred. I would like one that has something to do with writing. Months ago I saw the one with a big & on the front. Thought that might work. They also have one with a bunch of famous writer's autographs

here

Can't find the & one on the website. But they also have frames that might help protect it, I noticed the kindle skins are suppose to do that.

And I can download .doc files and open them. Can't open .rtf files though. Haven't tried .txt or docx . But when I talked to the Nook ladies about files I don't recall them saying it but there's a file compartment in the library section. I had to find it, it wasn't that hard though.


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Part two A here.

I managed to get to my site but couldn't check my E-mail for some reason. Wouldn't even bring up the page.

And I thought about trying other sites but as I was about to type in this address I realize I didn't know it. I always use the link. I have to write out the address and a couple of others.


Still need to try buy from smashwords that should be an easy site to recall and I need to look for a Bible or two to download.

Any suggestion for smashwords? I believe a couple of us have stories or at least books up there. Right now stories or a shorter book would be better. But even any not from here that you think are good would be okay to suggest.


[This message has been edited by LDWriter2 (edited June 27, 2011).]


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I found a surprising use for my Nook Color---watching the shuttle launch on it. Not what I expected when I got it...but the launch was on, and I wanted to see if I can catch a glimpse from outside my house (no luck, too much cloud cover, though I've seen plenty of other launches from the same place), and I wanted to monitor the launch as it happened...so I plugged into the NASA feed via the Fox News website...seemed to work okay, though at some point a delay of more than a minute crept into the feed.
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When I read the part where it says you can have what is on the screen flip as you turn the device I thought "hey this does almost as much as the ipad" and you confirm that thought.


I haven't updated my progress in learning the device so I can here:

No word processor so you have to write anything in an e-mail, which I haven't tried yet, and I seem to be having problems with getting songs into the right file but I may have the cure for that, I just have to remember to try it.


And I haven't figured out the bookmarks yet but I am slowly reading the how to book.

Oh and I accidently bought a book the other day while trying to find the one by KayTi (I forgot what name it was under) but it cost $1.99 so I won't complain too much about that.


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Okay , bought a book from smashwords. Took longer than a desk computer because of the way they do the keyboard--you have to change it to numbers and capitals - but it worked. However I had to find the book. After a search I found it in downloads but after fiddling with it for a while I couldn't figure out how to move it to library but just before I put the Nook to sleep after giving up there it was on the My Shelf. Okay maybe it does it by itself but takes a moment or three. I know I did it once before but a special menu came up to shift the book to My Shelf. No menu this time but it's there now.


Oh and for this book it took like thirty second or less to download. The other two books I've done took a bit longer... I wondered if something went wrong but it's all there.

I'm still having problems getting the music to keep playing. It's suppose to go to the next song but so far hasn't. The song I click on plays fine and the controls work but so far it doesn't go to the next one. A Music video played fine also. Picture and sound were good quality.

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More on the Nook. Been getting e-mails from B&N. Some are so so but yesterday I received one that stated I can pre order Stephen King's new short story about Ms Pacman.

No, no, no.

He's story isn't about Ms Pacman even though it looked that way on the header.

I can get a Ms Pacman app for my Nook.


And if I take my Nook to the store I can get various articles from writers--including a couple that talk about writing and book tours etc..

I can even read a book for one hour for free.

And supposedly get some deals on books and treats.


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Okay, figured out what I was doing wrong with the music.... duh.

I was at work this morning and it just came to me... had to wait all day and then some to try it. I believe it worked.


But I also tried Pandroia radio or how ever you spell it but I accidently clicked-- poked-- the wrong singer and now I can't figure out how to get them off of my stations.


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I've found I've been using my Nook Color more for doing some Internet surfing while in bed, before sleep or after sleep...and it certainly hasn't stopped me from buying printed books...
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Doing this on the nook.

Not as easy to type though.


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Bought a book this weekend. Hmm if the other is an e-book should we call the original a P-book?

Somehow I don't think so.

I was going to buy a certain e-book that is only out in hardback but then I saw the price. It's significantly cheaper- somewhere between eight and twelve dollars cheaper- than the hardback but still more than I want to spend. So I guess I'll be waiting for the paperback after all.

Been looking for another e-book to buy but there's so many SF that it takes time to go through the list. And I assume some are just e-books.

But be careful what you look for. I checked out urban fantasy and got not only UF but erotic books with black characters. Wasn't looking for porn or erotic of any nationalities

But in an ad for Ipad two it looked like when you moved to the next page the page flipped. That is it was made to look like the page moved.


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I have yet to attempt anything beyond surfing the web...some news sites, some comics, some Internet Fan Fiction...I've been here but haven't tried to log on.
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By the way, anybody know how to clean the screen? The manual says "soft cloth," or somesuch, but that doesn't seem to do it...
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Just heard that Barnes & Noble has a freebie for Nook owners every Friday, and this Friday it's something by Georgette Heyer called FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK (don't recall ever hearing about that one, and I thought I'd read them all).

Edited to add: I looked it up, and it's one of her mysteries. Nook owners on Hatrack, this is one you really should consider downloading.

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They sell a soft cloth to help clean the screen. It's a nook cloth. Looks like the same cloth I got for my glasses only larger with a nook symbol on it.

And if I understand it correctly you have to be there on Friday nights to download what they offer. And I forget if I said it here but they also offer articles from writers. A couple deal with the business of writing.


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I've found so far most of what I do with my Nook is use the Web access and spend my time reading Internet Fan Fiction...it seems ideal, no more bulky computers or misprinted printouts...no doubt there are public domain literary works I could read, but right not, it's "fanfic ho!"
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Hey, the Kindle is on Fire.


Well, I guess that's why they call it Kindle Fire.

From the half an article I read it should be compared to the Color Nook. By the description Kindle finally has a Color version and it does pretty much the same as the Nook. A picture of the screen showed something I'm not sure if the Color Nook is programed to do but it could. And the colors might be a might sharper. It is cheaper and the screen takes up the whole front from what I could tell from the pics.


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So I heard...but I've already committed to an operating system and gadget, the Nook Color. Hopefully it won't be rendered obsolete in the near future too soon, now...
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Well, they are already updating the software but for me it would depend on how far behind it gets. It will probably last me for years even it becomes obsolete.

And from what little I read about it I don't think the Fire makes the Color Nook obsolete. It seems to do about the same stuff as the Nook.

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Okay finally bought a cover for my Nook. Nice one for writing inspiration.
http://tinyurl.com/mynookcover

Got for free since I used a gift card I got from my bank. Took me three trips to B&N to remember it but I did today.

And Nook now has an app for kids to write. Nice idea but they need one for older kids... way older.


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A question about 3G: if I had a Kindle 3G, would I be able to surf any site, play browser based games or games on Facebook (they usually require flash), read forums and so on, and all of that without extra charge?

Playing games is not all that important, what matters is whether there's some extra charge.

Oh, and would the surfing cost me if I lived in Serbia? And then, if I traveled to, say, Croatia? On the Kindle page they only mention extra charge for Americans who go to other countries and receive stuff they subscribed to while there.

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Alrighty here we go:

First, surfing won't cost you anything. Just get yourself close to a hotspot and connect. Second, you won't be able to surf anything but amazon's shop. Either it's impossible or I am too dumb to figure it out.

Acquiring/purchasing books. Zilch, zero, nada if you live ANYWHERE in the Balkans. You'd either have to register your Kindle using an American address or use an elaborate workaround to get books.

I, myself, have a Kindle 3G, and it works just fine. The workaround explanation is a bit long winded so if you're interested just drop me an email and I'll get to the nitty-gritty of it.

No nuclear physics involved. I promise.

Maybe. [Wink]

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Ok, thanks for the explanation. I wouldn't even be able to read these forums with a Kindle? Boohoo, although I suppose that they let you surf only to buy their stuff.

Right now I'm just thinking of a Kindle since I don't have the money, but if it comes to the actual buying, I'll mail you and bore you to death with questions. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by LDWriter2:

Any suggestion for smashwords? I believe a couple of us have stories or at least books up there. Right now stories or a shorter book would be better. But even any not from here that you think are good would be okay to suggest.
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I have a few at SMs, and a nice free one, so you don't need to spend anything:)

My books at Smashwords

ETA: just realised how old the post was I replied to, but the free book is still there:)

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Angel, I could help you get one real cheap. Want me to hook you up?
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The Kindle Fire has a web browser - Silk - and it's Flash enabled.

Unfortunately, I don't think it's available for sale outside the USA.

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Ok, thanks for the answers. Out of curiosity, does it mean Fire wouldn't work outside of USA or can only be purchased there (say, could someone purchase one and then send it to me)?

Foste, thanks, but I'm currently saving up for the Eurocon in April. Will you be coming too? [Smile]

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Let me see.

*checks wallet*

(about 20 BAM...)

Ummmm, I am a bit *busy* that day you see... ^-^'.

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For the Kindle Fire I believe you need a US billing address for some of its features to work.

I found this on Amazon's Kindle forum:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/kindleqna?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1GLDPZMNR1X53&cdThread=Tx2AOYU9LZBSSJ2

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Foste, I'm fortunate enough that most of my expenses will be paid for by the publisher I'll be representing there. [Smile] I still need to save up for the rest of it, though.

redux, thanks!

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Is it Laguna by any chance? [Smile]
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No, not Laguna, I have no idea whether they even care about the Eurocon. [Smile]

It's Tardis. http://www.tardis.rs/

A small house run mostly on good will of everyone involved, publishing domestic (domestic as in, no need to translate it to Serbian) SF and fantasy and some experimental works.

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Interesting! Where can I find your submission guidelines? ^^
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There are no particular guidelines as such, but if you want to know more, feel free to mail me, since we're getting way off-topic here. [Smile]
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Eh, it's all Grist for the Mill.
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Not sure if this would work with Kindle but to all Nookers.

There is a Friend app for the Nook. Supposedly it helps friends keep in touch, specifically about books.


I uploaded it by accident. Sometimes this upgraded OS can be very sensitive. Since I have it if anyone wants to join forces we can. [Smile]

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