Amazon Kindle -- A Year Later?

They are bigger screens than the 2017 models, too, I think. 6.8" now vs 6" then.

I think the screen may be cracked inside? Smooshed on something in my bag this week maybe? It doesn't look like the ghosting that most people mention for e-ink, but like a cluster of dead pixels.

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Yeah, that looks very much like the corner got crushed, a bit.

Well prime day Kindle deals are up, to replace my old Paperwhite, damaged above.

$160-something for the Signature Edition Paperwhite bundle. Extra storage, no ads, leather case, wireless charger.

Trade in my old broken Kindle. Gets 20% off the new one. The 20% comes off the retail price of $210 or whatever, not counting the prime deal discount.

So $111 with taxes and I had a $100 gift card.

Yoink.

Be here Wed, so I can finish reading Leviathan Falls in style

The newest Paperwhites are really good, you’ll be happy.

My Oasis has already had one battery exchange (it's 4 years old) and it's starting to quickly lose charge (20% a day, maybe?) even on airplane mode, so I'm considering a new Paperwhite instead. I love the Oasis but that last update was minimal and I don't think the cost is warranted any more, really.

Looks like a lot more bundles available today. Still happy with the price I got yesterday but today you can choose from essential, signature, ads, no ads, whatever, there's a bunch of options

Not for me. No way am I sending my functioning Kindle back more than a month before the new one ships...

Not finding anything worth buying on the Amazon garbage sale. Discounts aren't spectacular and it looks like most of the items are house brand or might as well be.

Samsung tablets are on sale. I bought one figuring I can delete or hide most of their bloatware.

Robear wrote:

My Oasis has already had one battery exchange (it's 4 years old) and it's starting to quickly lose charge (20% a day, maybe?) even on airplane mode, so I'm considering a new Paperwhite instead. I love the Oasis but that last update was minimal and I don't think the cost is warranted any more, really.

I went from an Oasis (the model with the side buttons and smaller screen) to the current Paperwhite. Pretty much the same reason as you because the battery was failing and would only last like 4 hours. I have been happy with the change and it was a good upgrade. The only thing I really miss is the side buttons so I could hold it with either hand and easily turn the pages one-handed. The touchscreen on the Paperwhite works really well, it just isn't quite as convenient.

I vastly prefer the current Paperwhite over the Oasis but the model I really loved and miss is the Voyage.

I am seeing red I'm so pissed right now. I usually keep my Kindle (of which I've been a faithful and happy patron for years) in airplane mode to preserve battery life. I typically only flip it into wifi mode to download a new Kindle Unlimited book. I did that this morning, and after the book downloaded I hit the Library screen to see 45 books listed. Which would be fine... except before downloading the KU book I had nearly 200 books in the library. Those books included ones I'd purchased from Amazon as well as ones I'd gotten from other sources such as Humble Bundles, public domain downloads, other book sellers, etc. Some of these books had been downloaded via Amazon, some had been loaded via USB from Calibre.

After some research, it looks like this has happened to a lot of people. The best explanation I'm finding is that Amazon has decided that the .azw format is being discontinued, and has helpfully deleted all .azw files from your Kindle, even the ones that it itself was not responsible for putting there.

I had nearly 200 books on that device. Some of them were firsts in series, and have lived on the Kindle for years as a ready-to-read new-series queue. Some were middle books in ongoing series, and were a way of me keeping track of where I was in that series (e.g. read the next book in the series, delete it, whatever's still on the Kindle hasn't been read yet). All of that is now lost.

Don't get me wrong, I still have access to the books themselves as they all live in Calibre or can be redownloaded from Amazon. But Calibre has well over 1,000 books in it, and while the more recent have been categorized and rated as a way of tracking progress, that's something I only started late last year. Everything before that I have no idea if I've read or not, how far into the series I am, etc. That's not necessarily a huge deal or hard to recreate for a memorable three book series like LotR, but for a twenty book series that I've been pacing out over years where the titles and stories are all pretty similar (e.g. the Mitch Rapp series) it's a bit more difficult to remember where exactly to pick back up.

This has seriously got me looking to move off of Kindles altogether. Does anyone have any experience with the recent Nooks or other ereaders? The three most important factors for me are: 1) the easy on the eyes paperwhite/backlight feature, 2) decently long battery life, and 3) ability to easily load most formats of books onto the device.

Somebody needs to change the title of this thread to "...fourteen years later".

Teneman, that sucks. Proprietary stuff just means you're controlled by the platform owner.

That sucks.

I thought it was nice that Kindle finally embraced epub. And they changed the web upload, so you can just drag and drop files into amazon and send them to your device. No more weird email12345@amazon that you had to remember or look up to transfer things.

A shame they screwed up other things in the name of improvement though.

Stele wrote:

That sucks.

I thought it was nice that Kindle finally embraced epub. And they changed the web upload, so you can just drag and drop files into amazon and send them to your device. No more weird email12345@amazon that you had to remember or look up to transfer things.

That's because they killed all their competitors to the point they are no longer threats.

<---still own a Nook

MannishBoy wrote:

Teneman, that sucks. Proprietary stuff just means you're controlled by the platform owner.

Yeah, that's part of why I'm so pissed to be honest. I'm angry at myself for letting myself get into this position, as I know what you said above is true, and let myself get caught anyway. Not sure if I'm going to be able to remove myself from the Kindle entirely, as the device itself works so well. So I'll likely just end up putting in some serious time on Calibre, going back and rating/categorizing the entire library, and use that going forward as my organizational system rather than relying on a book's presence or lack of presence on the Kindle as an organizational tool.

Teneman wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Teneman, that sucks. Proprietary stuff just means you're controlled by the platform owner.

Yeah, that's part of why I'm so pissed to be honest. I'm angry at myself for letting myself get into this position, as I know what you said above is true, and let myself get caught anyway. Not sure if I'm going to be able to remove myself from the Kindle entirely, as the device itself works so well. So I'll likely just end up putting in some serious time on Calibre, going back and rating/categorizing the entire library, and use that going forward as my organizational system rather than relying on a book's presence or lack of presence on the Kindle as an organizational tool.

Most of us make those choices. It's much more convenient most of the time.

I used to think Android was my stand, but not sure that really buys much these days.

Yeah that sucks. I recently did some research into alternative eInk readers and concluded the Kindle Paperwhite is still the best one for me. Kobo has some alternatives but they didn’t line up with what I hoped.

I picked up a Kobo Clara 2E a few months ago, primarily for its Pocket integration. PDFs, epub, mobi, and plain text all render cleanly, with the exception of some mobi files warning that their fonts aren't available (consequence is that certain characters simply won't render, but it says there's a way to add the font manually), and it made a mess of one epub file I tried until I turned the default font size down.

It's decent hardware, made from recycled materials, smaller than my Paperwhite but with a nearly identical screen featuring the same 300PPI density, and waterproof. I couldn't tell you anything about the bookstore that supports it, but that's in the plus column for me.

Hello fellow kindle enjoyers. My partner is joining the kindle train and I was wondering if there is a best way to set the account up. I have the dreaded family Amazon account with prime and a family music plan. Do I just assign it as another device in that or is there any value in separating it out?

Use the family one if you will share it and don't mind the recommendations encompassing everyone's reading tastes. Break it out to one of you if you want the recommendations to be more limited to their taste.

If you're into Kindle Unlimited, then the maximum number of books you have downloaded is counted across all devices. So adding additional devices could dilute that for you.