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Old October 28th, 2017, 10:38 AM   #61
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1 new feature in the new just released kindle fire is it can be setting idle with the screen off & Alexa will wake & answer you're questions without touching it. So it's obviously listening all the time. I think you can turn this off if you don't like it.
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Old October 28th, 2017, 02:16 PM   #62

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Not that unique really. Programmers like to do this as it allows them to see more of the code at once.

This lets me kick back in my 'executive' chair and turn pages with my cordless keyboard by clicking the Page Down/Page Up keys and or the arrow keys.

Don't have a cat right now but plenty of tea.
For programming, sure, because you have to be at your computer to program anyway. For reading? I'm not sure I would enjoy that. I like to be able to read wherever I want, not chained to my computer. In the summer I like to sit outside on our back deck and read. When it's cooler out, I like to sit in my hot tub and read. I also like to read in bed. And, like I say, my bowl chair.
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For programming, sure, because you have to be at your computer to program anyway. For reading? I'm not sure I would enjoy that. I like to be able to read wherever I want, not chained to my computer. In the summer I like to sit outside on our back deck and read. When it's cooler out, I like to sit in my hot tub and read. I also like to read in bed. And, like I say, my bowl chair.
I probably like reading at my desk as much as I do because I have six screens set up for research and I can really dig into a subject this way. All of my reading of late is non-fiction and I really find my computers and screens helpful in diving in deep.

And my 'executive' chair really is comfy.
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^ I should add that I also have 6 physical books on my desk right now as well.
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^ oops. 7 books (one was hiding under another). And a tablet.
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Old November 21st, 2017, 12:32 PM   #66
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A few comments about Amazon. When I hand delivered a couple of copies of my first book to our local bookstores, when they asked about pricing, I told them the cost on Amazon as a gauge. The bookstore owner looked at me and winced, "Amazon, the evil empire."

If I owned a small, local bookshop, I'd probably feel the same way. Amazon has purposely suppressed book prices. You could say they're doing this to make books more available to more people, or you could say they're squeezing out the competition. Your choice.

The traditional publishing industry also hates Amazon, for the same reasons. By depressing book prices, they're cutting into Simon & Schuster's profit margins.

One of the ways Amazon does this is by rewarding authors for pricing their books low. If my e-book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99 I make a 70% royalty per book. I can price my book at any other price, but if I do, I get a 30% royalty. This is why you see tons of books priced for less than $9.99. And why book publishers gnash their teeth at the mention of Amazon.

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As a writer and a lover of hard-cover books, I see the lament and disdain.

OTOH, I also dabble in the used book market, including text books. The same publishers calling Amazon "evil" spent last five decades changing one chapter in $170 textbooks to ensure sales of new editions to college kids living on debt.

Nice folks, those major publishing houses.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 03:36 AM   #67
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You should be able to zoom in on images. On my Kindle Paperwhite, I just press and hold the image, then the option to zoom in pops up over it. Tap the zoom in icon and it should be legible. But of course it depends on the resolution of the image the publisher provided. Not much Kindle can do about that if the publishers made it too small.
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Awesome, glad it helped!
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