Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Where Are You Now?

For those of you who are followers you are probably aware that these last two years have been beyond difficult for me. In fact since you last heard from me I became homeless. Being a stubborn lady I refused to give up my yarn OR my books. I stored them in the tree house I was living in. I recently managed to get back into a house and times are still very hard - but I have another blog that is connected to my Etsy store.

I will try to come back to you with more bookish gadgets and doo-dads but for those of you who are interested, while you wait, you can find me now posting on the new blog.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Where Have I Been and What Else Do I Have to Say About the Kindle Text-To-Speech Function

Well I do have some things stored away to post about and I did indeed give the Kindle text-to-speech a spin. But first an explanation of where I was. AT first I was just gloriously buried in knitting but a few days ago my husband received a FedEx from the military. He is being called back and then sent to Iraq. Things have been a bit hectic here - trying to figure out what will happen to me when he leaves, canceling any contracts that need to be canceled, and trying to still manage to enjoy each other in the time we have left.

Now about that kindle:

I tried to listen to The Torture Garden and all was fine until I realized that the kindle does not realize when to pause. Which really affects the tone of the story. The voice itself is not so bad but perhaps I chose a bad first book to try with this.

I also have the conundrum of when I go out needing access to my knitting patterns. What on earth does this have to do with the kindle? You can upload music, audio books, and in my case - knitting patterns to it. At first I thought I would need to buy the proper adapter. Not so! For any of you who have one or as considering one - you can remove the outlet plug-in to reveal a USB connector. The Kindle comes up like any other removable drive and you can drop and drag to the correct folders.

More specifically about loading knitting patterns. Since so many of them are PDF's you should know it is best for you to open the pattern and save as text instead of copy. When you save as copy your pattern isn't viewable. I do not recommend loading any pattern that requires a chart. I haven't tried to do it yet but I cannot see how that would fair well.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

And I Didn't Even Need to Skip School!

Well darlings, it's here. It's finally here - and I nearly skipped class to insure that I did not miss the delivery man. Have I read with it yet? If you count the first page of The Wasteland then yes. I wanted to give the K2 the time it deserves so I am finishing the audio book I am listening to on my laptop while I knit. I should be finished with it tomorrow. My first K2 test drive will in fact be the audio. I want to know how well it performs.

Since I do not have any of the Kindle goodies I mentioned in a previous post I will need to knit myself a K2Cozy (just as SOON as I finish this honeycomb sweater.)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies

Let's face it - all I've been able to say or think about right now is Kindle, Kindle, Kindle. And the worst part was I didn't know if I had even gotten it because it was first come first serve - well I believe I can rest assured I probably have it from the e-mail I received today from Amazon.


Dear [Petit ver episurien de livre],

Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to Amazon Kindle 2.

We built Kindle 2 with the goal of creating an exceptional and hassle-free reading experience. As such, we wanted to point out a few details before you get started.

Your Kindle is automatically registered to the same Amazon.com account you used to make your purchase. This enables you to shop, purchase, and download books, newspapers, magazines and blogs wirelessly from your Kindle right out of the box.

If you purchased Kindle as a gift for someone else, you should de-register this Kindle from your Amazon.com account. You can de-register Kindle from the Settings page on the device or at Manage Your Kindle on Amazon.com. The gift recipient can then re-register the device to their Amazon.com account right from the Settings page on the Kindle.

Protect your Kindle for an additional year and guard against one-time accidental drops and damage with a 2-Year Extended Warranty for Kindle 2 . Visit the Kindle 2 Accessories Store on Amazon.com to shop for great Kindle 2 covers and accessories.

You can start building your library before your Kindle even arrives by shopping for books, newspapers, magazines and more at the Kindle Store on Amazon.com. Amazon's unique wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, will auto-deliver your purchases directly to your Kindle. Once you receive your Kindle, you can also shop the same great selection directly from your device.

Your Kindle purchases are made using your existing default 1-Click payment method at Amazon.com. To view or change the current payment method associated with your Kindle, please visit Manage Your Kindle on Amazon.com. For general information on 1-Click, please visit the 1-Click section on Amazon.com help.

To get more information about your Kindle before it arrives, please visit the online Kindle Users Guide.

We hope you enjoy reading on Kindle and look forward to hearing about your experience. Send us your feedback at kindle2-feedback@amazon.com.


The Amazon Kindle Team

Thursday, February 19, 2009


It was only a matter of minutes after my last post that I decided to purchase the new Kindle. IF I was not too late and will be sent one it should be arriving February 26th.

In the meantime for those of you who already have one or are waiting on yours as well, here are some Kindle items for your consideration:

M-Edge items

The Executive Image Jacket for Kindle 1

The e-luminator book light for Kindles 1 & 2

The Platform jacket for Kindle 2

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

K-Day (like D-Day or V-day - yeah I know . . . I kinda suck)

The day SO many of us has waited for - is here. And I am sooooooooooo glad I held out.

The kindle 2 is now available for pre-order with a price tag of $359. I will be spending the day deciding to pre-order or not to pre-order.

For those of you who did not receive the same e-mail as myself. Here is the announcement:

Dear Customers,

I am proud to introduce Kindle 2—the next generation of our wireless reading device.

Since launching the original Kindle a little over a year ago, the customer response has far surpassed our highest hopes—and were grateful and appreciative for that. More people are reading more books, periodicals, and blogs on Kindle sooner than we ever imagined. We kept everything readers love about the original Kindle—the convenience of reading what you want, when you want it, the immediacy of getting book wirelessly delivered in less than 60 seconds, and Kindles ability to disappear in your hands so you can get lost in the authors words.

Improved battery life means you can read up to four days on a single charge. Its new, streamlined design makes Kindle 2 as thin as a typical magazine and lighter than a paperback. We added more storage, allowing you to carry over 1,500 titles. An advanced display provides even crisper images and clear text for an improved book-like reading experience. Our new new Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you.

At Amazon, weve always been obsessed with selection, and we know that even the best reading device would be useless without the books you want to read. Today, the Kindle Store has more than 230,000 books, including 103 of the 110 New York Times Best Sellers, plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs. We added over 40,000 new titles in just the last three months. Our vision for Kindle is to have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds.

We hope you enjoy Kindle 2.

Jeff Bezos
Founder, Amazon.com

P.S. If you'd like to have Kindle 2 ship to you the day it becomse available, we recommend you preorder today to reserve your place in line.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thank You

Thank you SO much to those of you who have contacted me with your condolences and well wishing. I will try to come back to you once I have an arsenal of goodies for you.

In the time that I have been gone I have been mostly knitting to deal with the grief so once I am back there will probably be the addition of knitting tidbits or knitbits as well.

For any of you who ARE knitters - I am now on ravelry as VAChickWithSticks