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aug 4, 2008, 4:39pm

Where have you all gone??I am missing the helpful comments and good suggestions.

aug 5, 2008, 11:58am

Just sitting here, hibernating in 106 degree temps and waiting to see if Eduord is going to pay me a visit!
I'm so glad Kindle is battery operated!

aug 5, 2008, 2:41pm

Question regarding that battery, though. I am currently recharging my battery with the Kindle on, chiefly because the original instructions with it indicated that one could plug it in and use it mmediately even as it was getting its initial charge.

My question is (and forgive me if this is repetitive but search didn't help me) can one charge this device while the button is switched to "off"?

My cell phone must be turned off in order to charge; I just want a definitive answer if the Kindle must be on in order to charge.

Thanks in advance.

Redigeret: aug 5, 2008, 3:24pm

I'm only posing as a "technical expert" but I always charge mine in the "off" position. I figure it would take longer to charge if it were left on. But, if you want to use it while charging it, I would think that would be acceptable.
You probably also read that you should not let it run down too low before some devices do recommend. In the case of Kindle, recharging before it gets very low adds length to the life of the battery.

aug 5, 2008, 3:44pm

I think the difference between a cell phone and the kindle is that the cell phone uses more power when it is on (and not being used) compared to the kindle when it is on (and not being used). I have charged the kindle when it is off, when it is on and in sleep mode, and when it is on and being used. It works all 3 ways, although when it is being used, of course it takes longer. I haven't noticed a difference between off vs. on in sleep mode, but I haven't really paid attention. I have the charger next to my bed, so I plug it in whenever I have a spare half hour.


aug 5, 2008, 8:51pm

you can charge it whether it is on or off. Amazon suggests you recharge often vs. letting it run down to preserve battery life. I bought an extra battery just to be safe, but no problems so far!

aug 6, 2008, 9:45pm

kerrim, you are right. I see there are 124 members! Seems like just a handful of us are writing - what about the rest of you??? let us know what you are thinking and doing with your kindle!!!!

aug 7, 2008, 8:43am

I'm spreading the word!
Two of my dearest friends are now proud owners. I tried to be objective in describing mine...very difficult to do! I certainly didn't want to mislead them but they are absolutely delighted with them.

aug 7, 2008, 10:10am

I've been very busy reading my Kindle. I got it in February, and to date I've read 108 books.

aug 7, 2008, 4:08pm

Wow, garrybuck! you are a reading demon. You must be top reader in our group. From anonymous on Mobile Read, I enjoyed the short essay Rules for Being Human. Wisdom in concise form. My first books byAlexander McCall SmithI didn`t find very rewarding.
Thinking it over, I realized this guy is a wonderful philosopher and has a good take on life as it should be lived. In Espresso Tales, I had to chuckle when even the dog`s thoughts were voiced and he couldn`t resist taking a nip of an impossible woman`s ankle. Haven`t you had a similar wish sometime?
Post American World is a slow read for me, but very helpful in trying to understand the world as it really is.

aug 10, 2008, 7:05am

Wow! So many new faces since I've gone into the hospital! welcome ALL! HELLO! And NICE to "meet" you! Garry! I wrote that I knew you'd be reading in my post on Thursday at TOP SPEED STILL! You NEVER disappoint!


aug 10, 2008, 9:57am

I'm reading a recent trilogy of titles:

Forty Signs of Rain
Fifty Degrees Below
Sixty Days and Counting

The three ought really to have been a single tightly edited volume, but as a meditation on our current environment and the calamity of climate change on that daily environment, it's quite interesting. The trilogy is closely focused on the National Science Foundation (NSF) and how the handling of science in that agency both hinders and helps research.

aug 11, 2008, 10:51am


I'm retired and my wife still works, so I'm at loose ends. I read pretty much all day. Thank goodness for, or I'd be broke!

I get an RSS feed from Gutenberg that lists all the new books they add each day. They typically add about a dozen and I'll find 2 or 3 of those interesting enough to download. I've got a backlog of over 300 books on my Kindle, so I'm never at a loss for something to read.

It's good to hear from you again, I'm glad you're back.

okt 23, 2008, 10:14pm


You state that you download from Gutenburg. Do you download directly? Do you have to change the format of the downloads in any way?

Star I hope you are getting better.

okt 28, 2008, 1:12am

I download Gutenberg files to my PC for conversion before I transfer them to my Kindle. Files in .txt format can be read by the Kindle, but they tend to have hard returns, so I use MobiPocket Creator to fix those. HTML files must be converted before the Kindle can use them. I use Creator for that as well.

Given a choice of Gutenberg formats, I always choose HTML. I like HTML because it often includes pictures and a hot-linked table of contents. Text files don't have that.

Redigeret: okt 28, 2008, 1:54am

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I use Gutenberg a lot more than I purchase from Kindle store, and I download to my PC too. If you know some HTML and a little bit of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) you can make some adjustments to the .txt file in Mobipocket Creator to create your own table of contents. Also, using Mobipocket Creator you can add some metadata, including the author's name. If you just put a .txt file onto your Kindle, you yourself will appear as the author, but adding the metadata in Mobipocket Creator lets you include the real author's name, which can be helpful for sorting by author name on your Kindle.

Mobipocket Creator, incidentally, is freeware so you don't have to pay for the software.

By the way, here's a good basic explanation of how to create Kindle books using Mobipocket Creator. It's pretty basic, but if you know HTML and CSS at a more advanced level you can figure out how to do even more with Mobipocket Creator.

okt 28, 2008, 2:18pm

Another thing, many of the files at Gutenburg are also at and they have a "kindle" format for their downloads so you shouldn't need to do any work on them. Could save you some time. Also they have a version of their site for cellphones at and it works well on the Kindle browser and will allow you to download books directly to the Kindle.

okt 30, 2008, 6:25pm

Yeah, using ManyBooks eliminates the conversion hassle, but they strip out the illustrations. If you want illustrations, you'll have to get the HTML version and convert it.

okt 30, 2008, 9:24pm

You can also download catalogs from MobileRead and Feedbooks, to your Kindle. These are Gutenberg books that have been revised to remove typos and other problems often found with Gutenberg. I like the MobileRead catalog best, because they describe the books, add Tables of Contents and images. Feedbooks may have more consistently formatted Authors & Titles. Not sure. You can download books directly from the catalogs onto your Kindle. Very convenient. The catalogs are updated weekly.

okt 31, 2008, 1:54pm

When MobileRead is good, it's VERY good. But I've also had some where the author wasn't listed on the Kindle homepage correctly. They're a little inconsistent at times.

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