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question for those of you with kindles


Apr 19 2013, 12:32pm

Post #1 of 13 (224 views)
question for those of you with kindles Can't Post

throughout the past few years, i've flirted with the idea of getting a kindle.

every time i consider it, i review the reviews ... and a disproportionate number of them state that the kindles stopped working when the warranty ran out. i'd like not to invest in planned obsolescence, if i can.

what have been your experiences, ye kindle reader readers?

cheers --


aka. fili orc-enshield
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel

(This post was edited by Maciliel on Apr 19 2013, 12:33pm)


Apr 19 2013, 12:50pm

Post #2 of 13 (133 views)
I have a Kindle with keyboard [In reply to] Can't Post

Had it for a bit more than two years. I haven't had any problems with it so far - only once the charging took ages (I think about 11 hours, normally it i done much faster), but apparently that can hapen if the thing runs an internal reorg at the same time, or something like that. I haven't had any problems since. The only thing I have noticed - which is normal, it seems - is that turning pages becomes sluggish when I use it outside in the cold (waiting at the bus stop in winter, for example). As soon as I get inside, it speeds up again.

There are newer versions, of course, like the Kindle Fire (HD or not HD) and the Paperwhite. I don't know about those. I actually like my version *because* it is not in colour, not backlit and doesn't have a touchscreen. I find the writing to be very sharp, and it does look very much like a printed page. Before I got it, I also looked at a few other eReaders, but I didn't like any of them, so I was very sceptical about he whole concept. I didn't see the Kindle before I got it, but it was love at first sight when it arrived.

The only problem I have with it now is that buying books is far too easy. Just one click, and a minute later the book is there... I spend too much money that way Blush


Apr 19 2013, 12:56pm

Post #3 of 13 (134 views)
For what it's worth ... [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't use a kindle, but I bought my partner one for her birthday. She loves it - she probably reads more books/novels than me, while I'm bogged down with academic articles, rather than book reading.

Just after the warranty ran out, something happened to the screen so now there is a black splodge covering a couple of the words. I don't put that down to the fact that the warranty had run out a couple of weeks beforehand. I put it down to general wear-and-tear, or in other words (and don't tell my partner I said this) ... mis-use!

Negative reviews always prevail (and always put us off). People will always put down something breaking around the time of the warranty ending, because the warranty has ended. I don't think there is any internal conspiracy going on from the kindle companies. After all, we still have paper copies to fall back on! It's just a coincidence that things break around the time a warranty ends. Mis-use and general wear-and-tear will probably reduces the lifespan of anything significantly!

Either way, I would recommend you get one. If you will be using it a lot, and taking it outside of the house a lot, it might be worth taking insurance out on it (I can't remember if amazon et al. provide that service when you purchase one).


Apr 19 2013, 1:08pm

Post #4 of 13 (128 views)
I'm happy with the one I bought [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm surprised at those reviews. I've had a Kindle Fire for a few years now. I've been very pleased with it and haven't had any issues.

AlassŽa Eruvande

Apr 19 2013, 2:09pm

Post #5 of 13 (130 views)
The Eruvandes have two Kindles. [In reply to] Can't Post

I got Mr. Eruvande a regular Kindle, with the keyboard, for Christmas of 2010. He got me a Kindle Fire for Christmas of 2011. Both are working great.

We do have the protector things that you buy separately for about thirty bucks. That may have something to do with their good health. I also must add that my 12- and nearly-7-year-old-boys regularly play games on the Kindle Fire.

The only issue I had with the Kindle Fire was about 3 months after I got it, and I couldn't get the thing to turn on. The battery had just been charged. I called customer service, talked to an actual human, and he had me upload a file to my computer and email it to them. I don't really remember what the problem was, but it got fixed, and I haven't had a problem since. Every once in a while, it will sort of freeze up, and the tech guy told me to do a "hard reset" where you hold the on/off button for twenty seconds, and then turn it on. I'll see a message at the top about "Preparing Internal Storage" or something like that, and it works fine.

So, yes, I recommend a Kindle Fire. It's way cheaper than an I Pad and does a lot of the same things. (Well, it doesn't take videos.) I have read more books than ever before just because they are so conveniently tuckable into my purse. I have also spent very little money on books, because most of the classics that I'm interested in have passed into the public domain and are free of charge to download. Great for killing time at the doctor's office, or getting the oil changed.

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Apr 19 2013, 3:46pm

Post #6 of 13 (116 views)
We have three, and are happy Maciliel [In reply to] Can't Post

I have the basic reader, TDP has the keyboard reader and DH has the HD Fire. All three work great, and the one issue we had was with TDP's when last year it "froze" half the screen. Amazon replaced it free within three days, so cannot say I have any issues. Mine is the oldest at three years. And as prices seem to be coming down on the more basic readers the warranty might not matter as much as they are getting even easier to replace.

Love sharing books with my son through the site, and if he needs a book for school we have it in seconds. I was hesitant as I do like 'real' books but dislike storing and having them get damaged.

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Apr 19 2013, 5:14pm

Post #7 of 13 (116 views)
I've had my keyboard kindle for 2 years and no problems [In reply to] Can't Post

I have found it invaluable as a space saver indoors ( running out of book shelves) and when travelling it really comes into its own. The only problem is that it is just too easy to wantonly download loads of books!! I still read and buy physical books at times, if its something special, but am using the kindle more. I would definitely recommend.

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Apr 19 2013, 7:16pm

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We've had 4 of them for about 1.5 years, no problems // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Apr 19 2013, 10:01pm

Post #9 of 13 (90 views)
I got the cheapest one, with the keyboard. [In reply to] Can't Post

I got a discount for allowing it to put ads on the front page, which doesn't affect the text once you're inside the books. I paid about a hundred dollars for it. I've had it for--I'm not sure--a couple of years now, maybe. I love it. It reads text out loud, and I use that for reading during my commute, and also to put myself to sleep at night. I've had no problems with it, except for an occasional freeze-up, which can be fixed by turning it off and then on. I have about 500 books on it, mostly freebies from the Gutenberg Project.

One thing I don't like is that you can't set it to read out loud for a finite time and then stop. I used to wake up in the morning with a depleted battery and hundreds of pages passed. So mostly I get the free samples from amazon and listen to them as I drift off to sleep. They last about fifteen minutes. Occasionally I actually buy one of the books and read it all the way through.

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Apr 19 2013, 10:14pm

Post #10 of 13 (88 views)
I've had mine for a couple years. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's the basic black text on white screen version with a keyboard.

I haven't had any trouble with it at all.

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Apr 20 2013, 8:20am

Post #11 of 13 (75 views)
Love my Kindle Fire. [In reply to] Can't Post

Not the most recent version, but very wonderful. I use it to read at night without disturbing my sleeping husband. It's well past its warranty date, and has always worked perfectly.


Apr 20 2013, 6:21pm

Post #12 of 13 (72 views)
Running smoothly [In reply to] Can't Post

I've had a kindle for a few years, the one with a keyboard and have never had a problem, I think if you get a good cover for it, it helps to protect it. I'm considering upgrading to the paperwhite one though as mine isn't back lit and I hate the add on light I got for it as it doesn't quite work properly!


Apr 23 2013, 11:11am

Post #13 of 13 (58 views)
hi -- just wanted to thank [In reply to] Can't Post

.... just wanted to thank everyone for sharing. i really appreciate hearing the experiences, and this is +most+ definitely helpful.

again, many thanks. : )

cheers --


aka. fili orc-enshield
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel


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