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Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Fire for 10yo boy

My son has asked for a Kindle "with a boy cover" for his birthday. I anticipate that he'd be mainly using it to read in bed, but wonder what I'm missing by dismissing the Kindle Fire out of hand. He has access to the much in demand family IPad, so he's not tablet free. I am a huge, huge fan of my Paperwhite, and don't know much about the Fire. So, any comparisons? Any neat points about the Fire? [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons on Jul 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Kindle time zone

How do I set the time zone for my Kindle Fire? Right now it's displaying UTC, I think, instead of UTC-7 which is my time zone. I just turned on "Location-based services" and that didn't help.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Books to take a train by

Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 20, 2014 - 41 answers

Have toddler, will travel, but how to minimize protesting?

Can you suggest some good classic (read: legally free) ebooks for little people around the age of 3? We're planning for a road trip, and we have a long list of good distractions, but I want to lighten our load of books by utilizing our Kindle Fire and the wonders of the Internet Archive and other sources for high quality digital books. Do you know of any good sites that compile such lists, or can you suggest some good picture books from such sources? And any suggestions for distracting a little person on a road trip would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Choosing Kindle search terms for non-genre short fiction?

I'm self-publishing a set of short stories on Kindle, and need to choose search terms, which are critical for helping new readers stumble upon my book. However, most examples I see are for either non-fiction, self-help type books, or genre fiction. All I've come up with are overly broad descriptors like "everyday heroes," or ridiculously specific ones like "pediatric nurse kills alligator by hacking gasoline generator." Is there some sort of middle ground, or perhaps a genre term I'm unfamiliar with? [more inside]
posted by helpthebear on May 31, 2014 - 0 answers

Great short stories or novellas legally downloadable for free for Kindle

What great short stories, short novellas, or even short nonfiction pieces can I legally download for free for my Kindle? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Where to buy ebooks other than Amazon?

I often find, when I go to buy ebooks for my kindle, that Amazon does not carry the ebook title I am looking for. What are good sites to buy the ebooks that Amazon *doesn't* carry?
posted by The locked room sockpuppet on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Should I get a Kindle?

Thinking about buying a Kindle Paperwhite. But do I neeeeeeed one? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Apr 21, 2014 - 37 answers

come on baby write by fire

What device is to writing what the Kindle is for reading? Assume a Kindle is, for purposes of this question, electronic, single-purpose, efficiently designed, portable, small and stylish -- and not a tablet like an iPad or Nexus. The method of document storage does not matter.
posted by michaelh on Apr 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Need some Japanese reading practice.

I want to receive one article, preferably about current events, written in Japanese, on my Kindle, every day. How can I arrange this? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 16, 2014 - 7 answers

In need of a kid-safe kindle cover

our previous kid-centric tablet died and so did some research and bought a kindle. However, now we need to find a cover to help our kids from breaking it in half. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Apr 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I Hyperlink Into a Kindle Book?

I have a large book on my Kindle account. I use the Windows Kindle application to read Kindle books on my PC. I would like to create a simple HTML file on my PCcontaining links that will open a specific Kindle book to a specified location. Is this possible? Criteria: No coding other than HTML.
posted by DWRoelands on Apr 14, 2014 - 3 answers

GO AWAY, archived items.

I'm having a frustrating problem with my Kindle Keyboard/Manage Your Kindle Amazon account. Long ago, I subscribed to the New York Times Daily Audio Digest. I have now unsubscribed, but I can't remove the approximately 200 past "Archived Items" associated with that subscription from the list of same in my device or from my MYK account. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Apr 13, 2014 - 4 answers

How do i sync a non amazon purchased .mobi file using kindle?

A friend of mine has passed on to me a few books that are .mobi files. I read them using the kindle app on my ipad and iphone. I have done some notation on either device and would like to sync them but I a assuming because I did not purchase these from amazon, I can not sync them. I have tried the usual method one uses when they are syncing a purchased book unsuccessfully. Are you aware of a simple work around?
posted by citybuddha on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How difficult is it to create an ebook for kindle?

I'd like a quality ebook with hypertext and art. Assuming good computer skills and time, can I do it myself or should I hire someone?
posted by larry_darrell on Feb 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Does buying the Kindle Edition count towards bestseller lists?

An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I add books to my Kindle through an iPad?

Can I, through some combination of adapters and usb-to-lightning cables, transfer data from an ipad to a kindle? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Feb 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Kindle Imposter Needs To Be Shut Down!

Starting around 11am Dec 25 I started getting email from Amazon for a person named Tammy XXXX who shares my last name. My assumption is she used my email address accidentally to register her kindle. What do I do about this? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Dec 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Turn-based games for both the iPhone & Kindle Fire

My mom and I have been playing Words With Friends lately (I have an iPhone 4S and she has a Kindle Fire). We want to find more games to play together that are turn-based, that work on both devices, and that are ideally free (or at least cheap). We like puzzles, word games and classic card/board games, and want something that won't feel too slow, as she only plays once per day. This has been much harder to Google than I expected, so I'm hoping to gather some recommendations.
posted by JannaK on Dec 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Hit me with your best music macrohistories!

Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Please explain like you are talking to a 3rd grader

I have a kindle and a kobo. I am trying to switch permanently from my kindle to my kobo which I will make my new ereader because it has many other options as well ( the tablet offerings). I have downloaded the epub mobi,az, etc. converter and epub master. I need to remove the kindle DRM to be able to move the kindle books to the kobo. Everything I read makes it seem so straightforward yet, there must be one thing I am missing. I have searched mefi for answers but am not finding anything that helps. Within my reading, it appears that using those programs you add the file and it converts it, super easy. Mine are not converting. [more inside]
posted by femmme on Dec 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Is there an app for displaying multiple images on a Kindle Fire?

I would like to display 2-5 images on the screen of Kindle Fire (8.9") at the same time. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Dec 15, 2013 - 1 answer

More recent nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs

I love reading nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs, their development, use, methods of action, etc. What's out there lately that I should read? Recent books I've read inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Email current page as attachment?

I need a bookmarklet, preferably, that will send an email with the current page as an attachment -- not just the link, the actual file. Bonus if you can pre-specify the email address (or otherwise make it 1-click). [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Oct 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Can I use a keyboard with my first-gen kindle running 4.2?

I'm running hashcode's Android 4.2 ROM on a first-generation kindle. Is there anyway to hook up a keyboard? It does not have Bluetooth, and I haven't had any success with OTG cable and USB keyboard ... Any ideas? While I'm at it, is there any way to take a screenshot on 4.2 without a volume button?
posted by mrgrimm on Oct 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Authors who sell ebooks in website form?

I have a client who wrote a very unique book. We think the digital version would work best as a website rather than e.g. Kindle or epub or PDF. How do we get people to pay for a book in website form? Are there other authors that do this? [more inside]
posted by circular on Oct 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Classics library ebook Kindle?

Somewhere out there is an ebook that allows a Kindle user to download free classics. When you open the book, it connects to a library with tons of free ebooks, and you can download them, bypassing the Kindle store altogether. I saw this on Metafilter a few months ago (and FPP or comment) but can't remember the name.
posted by zardoz on Oct 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I get clear instructions for this type of Kindle publishing?

My book is in an HTML file, not Word. I'm going to use kindlegen to convert it. Everything is working great, except I can't figure out how to include the cover, start page, and table of contents. Amazon's directions are spectacularly opaque. Where can I go to find out what to do?
posted by markcmyers on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Kindle Classic vs Paperwhite

Back in the day I owned a regular kindle (it died), and I'm considering getting a new one. Since Amazon recently came out with their new Paperwhite e-reader, it seems the big rage with all sorts of praise. I'm trying to understand what the real advantage of the Paperwhite is over the regular kindle and all I can come up with is that Paperwhite lets you read in the dark. I have no interest in reading in the dark so this isn't an issue for me. Am I missing something? Should I just go for the regular Kindle?
posted by aarondesk on Sep 17, 2013 - 36 answers

Help feed my Kindle! Books for a long time away

I've been in South America for six months and running out of books to lose myself in. I read a lot of big long books-do you know of some more? [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Sep 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Balzac's Benchwarmers

Recently, I purchased a complete set of Balzac's Human Comedy for my Kindle. At roughly the same price as my morning coffee. Balzac was a infamously productive writer. So I'm asking for some recommendations to help me navigate this hyoooge corpus. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Can Kindle Paperwhite handle RSS Readers?

I don't own a Kindle Paperwhite yet but I do read a lot off my rss reader (currently using feedly). In an ideal world I'd be able to read my rss feed on an e-ink screen. Can the Paperwhite do this well? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jul 28, 2013 - 7 answers

best kindle book ever

Kindle book recommendations: I'd like to get my sister a kindle book for her birthday (she has the kindle. I'd like to send her a kindle edition of a book). I'd love recommendations! [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Jul 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Magazines: what's the best way to get both print and e- subscription?

Ideally, I'd like to find a way to get subscribed to BOTH the print and electronic versions, under one subscription charge, through one platform. (e.g. Buy a print subscription through Amazon and get the Kindle version free, or v.v.) [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jul 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Summer reading recommendation please!

I need a new book to read for my upcoming trip (including long flights). It must be available on kindle. Details inside, of the kind of book I am looking for. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 10, 2013 - 31 answers

Medium-sized tablet. You know, for the kid(s).

After spending about two weeks using a relative's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a video playing device to distract our young son, my wife and I are interested in getting a mid-sized tablet of our own, to double as a video player and portable computer. The Nook HD+ is comparable, and right now, much cheaper. Is there something I'm missing about the Kindle Fire, or are most mid-sized tablets fairly similar? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

How to Manage Two Kindles, One Account, and Multiple Wishlists

I own a Kindle associated with my Amazon account. For his birthday this year my son received a Kindle Fire, which we decided to also associate with my account so that he can share access to the books I already own. All was well until he realized he could add things to a wish list. I took his first round of wishes and added them to a new "Son's Wishlist," and when he's shopping for books my son can choose which wishlist he wants to add them to. But physical items can apparently only be added to the default wishlist (mine) and I haven't found a way on the Fire for him to move them. As a result I regularly find myself sorting dozens of collectible cards and other items from my list to his. Have any of you found a better way of dealing with this?
posted by Songdog on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD?

Which is better for my non-technically inclined mother? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Jun 14, 2013 - 14 answers

organizing ebooks on Kindle Fire

How do you all organize your ebooks? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jun 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Which illuminated E-reader for me?

Time for a new e-reader, and of course nothing will give me everything I want, but maybe ebook-loving Mefites can help me choose. I'm currently looking at the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kobo Glo, and the Kobo Aura HD. Because I'm reading for work online all day (on my laptop), my #1 priority is ease on the eyes when reading for pleasure on an e-reader. I have a first gen Kindle, but I'm currently reading on iPad with retina display, which doesn't seem to strain my eyes, but battery issues and weight are a problem. All other details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by taz on Jun 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Publishing adult/erotic pulp fiction on Amazon KDP?

I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on May 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Best Bible for Kindle?

I am going to give my old Kindle 4 to a friend, who thinks it will be useful in her Baptist bible study meetings. What bible should I recommend to her?
posted by WhackyparseThis on May 29, 2013 - 5 answers

I want to learn to use an oscilloscope. What book should I buy?

I recently started working part-time as a tester at a small start up and quite enjoy it. I am about to go full-time over the summer and will, for at least a short time, be the only tester at the company. I am trying to learn as much as I can to do the job well. [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Is upgrading from a Kindle Keyboard to a Paperwhite worth it?

I've had a Kindle Keyboard with lighted case that I've been pretty happy with for a couple of years. However, I'm thinking of upgrading to the Paperwhite for the improved display. Is it worth the price, and is there any trade-off in battery life? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Kindle Screen DIY Fix

I was wondering if there's a DIY fix for a kindle screen (e-ink, not touchscreen). Mine's broken and out of warranty.
posted by outlandishmarxist on Apr 27, 2013 - 5 answers

How to best repair a cracked kindle casing

Like many people with a kindle keyboard, my casing is cracked at the lower corners of the screen. I would like to fix these cracks. By 'fix' I mean make them structurally better at the expense of aesthetics. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Apr 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Gramma's got a brand new tablet.

The family got my grandma a Kindle Fire HD for her birthday, and I have the weekend to load it up with apps before mailing it off to her. I know positively zip about the Kindle, and I'm looking for recommendations and tips. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 11, 2013 - 9 answers

True Author Revenue Share on Amazon

I recently read a blog post / article written by a best-selling Amazon author who noted that after all of Amazon's small print, he was only getting about 20% revenue share on the sale of his work (comparable to the traditional publishing industry) rather than Amazon's frequently lauded 70%. Can anyone find the post / article in question?
posted by whimsicalnymph on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Kindle for the iPad - something's been bugging me for years...

Why hasn't Amazon implemented "collections" or "folders" in the kindle for the ipad application? [more inside]
posted by mscottveach on Mar 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for free Kindle books

Which websites list Kindle-compatible books which are free for a limited time? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Mar 20, 2013 - 18 answers

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