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My kindle

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Anya Tue 30-Aug-16 06:55:22

Must make your Kindle a lot lighter then Margaret but I hadn't realised they could act as a fly repellent.

MargaretX Mon 29-Aug-16 21:41:20

i have my Kindle on aeroplane mode which means it does not update all the time. But when I buy something new it makes up for it. All the books are on the Kindle Cloud and I get rid of them there.
Once I opened it and all books were gone and I had to go online on the cloud to get the ones I was reading back onto Kindle. It is annoying but there are advantages. On warm evenings I can sit in the garden in the dark and can read and not be bothered by insects.

Anya Mon 29-Aug-16 19:45:55

Are you on commission from Amazon appleboy - if so your name is a bit odd?

appleboy Mon 29-Aug-16 19:02:10

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Liz46 Mon 25-Jul-16 19:19:17

I treated myself to a Kobo, mainly because it is possible to borrow library books with it. I am very pleased with it so far.

Floradora9 Mon 25-Jul-16 19:16:34

To get rid of books I have finished with I deselect them on Amazon online then on my Kindle just press on the book and it offers to remove from devise. On My Kindle fire it does not do this , it just opens the book any advice please ?

NotTooOld Sun 24-Jul-16 21:01:58

Update on my kindle problems.

'Ramon' called me back (only one day later than he said) and asked me to once again take him through 'my problem' - why?) Anyway, I went through it all again about the pages turning slower and slower and then the kindle reloading itself and returning me to a page miles behind where I had really been up to. This time he said he would have to go away and do something (I didn't understand exactly what due to his poor English) and will call me again tomorrow. In the meantime the kindle has started working properly, no problems at all, so perhaps the mysterious 'thing' he said he would do has worked. Hurray!

NotTooOld Wed 20-Jul-16 20:22:53

Thanks for all the comments. I'm still waiting for my call back from Amazon (probably tomorrow). I'll let you know how I get on. Meanwhile, I'm reading Clare Balding's autobiography in paperback.

PS I am now wondering about getting a tablet and using that for reading books as some of you seem to prefer that. Has anyone done it with a Samsung tablet? I'm assuming it is only necessary to download the kindle app?

M0nica Wed 20-Jul-16 19:52:03

NotToOld I have been having exactly the same problems, I assumed that it was a problem with the touch screen wearing out or failing because it started when it kept changing font size and it became more and more unresponsive to taps to change it back. I then had all your problems.

My solution was to buy myself a new Kindle, which is working fine. One of the reasons I assumed the problem was a touch screen failure was because the faulty Kindle was the second I had had and both became unusable after 2 years so I assumed it was built in obsolence.

My first Kindle, which was a basic one without extras, started developing patchs of dead pixels on the screen 18 months after I bought it, the problem spread and after 2 years reading was impossible and I had to replace it.

I love my Kindle, but only for novels. Most of my reading is not fiction and for any book which has photographs and/or other illustrations a Kindle is completely useless.

JackyB Wed 20-Jul-16 11:35:51

I love my Kindle and have had no problems with it. I have a lovely cover for it which switches off the screen when I close it. So I occasionally switch it off with the switch and give it a rest, to clear the RAM.

You can also remove items from the device and leave them in the cloud to retrieve again if required, back to your Kindle or to another device. This would clear the memory, and may help speed it up.

Back to paper? Never!

Mumsy Wed 20-Jul-16 10:07:28

not had any problems updating my kindle, like Greyduster mines synced with my ipad, have to say I find it better reading on the ipad.

Greyduster Wed 20-Jul-16 09:23:33

Like elegran my kindle is getting a bit long in the tooth now, but we still download books onto it and use it fairly regularly. However, it is synched to my iPad and I prefer to read the books on there. I like the technology, and the concept of having a large library of books you can stick in your handbag or the side door of the car, but for me, nothing will ever take the place of paper books. I can't seem to "lose myself" in the kindle to the same degree!

Badenkate Wed 20-Jul-16 08:34:43

I use my tablet instead. It's much more reader friendly.

Maggiemaybe Tue 19-Jul-16 23:55:45

I use my Kindle Fire as a tablet, and have an older Kindle Paperwhite for reading, as I find it's kinder on the eyes. Still read lots of proper books as well though.

Coolgran65 Tue 19-Jul-16 23:22:55

I use my Kindle Fire to read books, check emails, face book, check eBay, Google, in fact it is a mini tablet. It's at least three years old, no troubles whatsoever and I love it.

It is synchronized with my iPhone (which is second hand, passed on as dc get upgrades) so I can lift Kindle or phone and read my book from where I left off.

Elegran Tue 19-Jul-16 23:15:26

My Kindle was bought five years ago, basic black/white, you can only read books on it, or show a photograph if you send it to the Kindle as an attachment to an email. I read at least two books a week, it lasts for ages on a charge, no updates to upset everything. "Improved" models are not necessarily better.

annodomini Tue 19-Jul-16 23:02:14

I am using my very cheap (Black Friday bargain) Kindle Fire for downloading books which also land on my Paperwhite Kindle at the same time, so if one needs recharging, I can read the book on the other. The Fire is very good and doesn't suffer adversely from updates. But for reading outdoors, the Paperwhite is better as it's non-reflective.

GandTea Tue 19-Jul-16 21:56:06

Books every time for me, battery never runs out.

Jomarie Tue 19-Jul-16 21:53:14

Yes - me too. Am very frustrated by the new style foisted upon me - can't get to grips with it at all now. Basically I've given up and returned to trusty old paper books. Probably won't bother with the kindle anymore which is of course a real waste of money but as it was a present I don't feel too bad, just a bit p....d off! I did enjoy it very much at first but now it's just annoying. Cannot understand why things have to be constantly messed about with - I'm not a complete luddite but I do have the occasional groan about technology.

GandTea Tue 19-Jul-16 21:51:04

This happens with most computer devices. As updates occur the changes require more processor power and slow the system down. Three years is about the lifespan of any device before updates start to impact upon it, this of course, depends what device you originally chose, the top end products (the dearest) will have a longer useful life, but often at a high cost. Today's cheap laptops etc. are probably more powerful and faster than the high end ones of 3 years ago.

NotTooOld Tue 19-Jul-16 21:09:37

I'm so fed up with my kindle. I used to love it and counted it amongst my best friends but recent updates have really b*****ed it up. The page turning gets slower and slower until a blank screen pops up, then it goes back to the tree picture and starts to reload. Following the reload it returns to the book I was reading but many pages back, which is infuriating.

I've been on the website and taken various bits of advice from other users, I've reloaded the most recent update, all to no avail. I've called customer services where a patient (but almost indecipherable) Chinese lady talked me through turning off the wi-fi then turning it on again, and downloading a free book to see if it worked. Nothing has helped so on Sunday I called customer services again and this time I was put on to a man with a different indecipherable accent who I think said he would have to refer me to the 'Technical Team'. I'm now waiting for a call back on Thursday.

The operation of my kindle since Amazon started these blooming updates has become more and more complicated whereas it used to be simple, straight forward and effective. 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' springs to mind. Grr, Amazon. I'll be going back to buying real books very, very soon.

Anyone else stopped loving their kindle? sad