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  •  Yeah, I did a diary on this awhile back (4+ / 0-)

    Feel free to peruse [Self serving, I know]. I can certainly see why you like your kindle, and it does seem that e-readers are now here to stay, which up until a few years ago I doubted. I didn't know they read to you!

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Tue May 29, 2012 at 06:32:46 AM PDT

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    •  Text to speech option... (2+ / 0-)
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      Very useful thing. I've used it when walking between bus stops, and when I had a migraine.. also when I was getting a scan done during a heart attack/blood clot scare and was freaking out with claustrophobia. The Kindle saved me that day. Not all books have the option enabled, depends on the publisher, but a lot of them do.

      And sometimes you can appeal to the author and they'll get the publisher to turn it on. I know one of Patricia Brigg's books didn't have it on, and my other half emailed her because all of her previous books had it, and she's not out on audiobook... and she hadn't realized her publisher had turned it off, it was back on in a week and Kindle updated our copy so he could read it.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 29, 2012 at 07:10:13 AM PDT

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      •  Are you aware of Overdrive? (1+ / 0-)
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        I have an IPAD and with Overdrive, it connects me to my library. I can check out books or even audio books.
        Some authors have now made it so books can only be transferred to a Kindle, but you can still get the Epub books.

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        by snoopydawg on Tue May 29, 2012 at 09:26:50 AM PDT

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        •  Can't afford an IPAD (1+ / 0-)
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          But you can check out library books on Kindle now as well. Besides, reading on a back-lit screen gives me a headache after a while. I get enough of that on the computer, the Kindle gives me a break from back-lit screens, which is a good thing.

          I do believe Kindle has a free app for IPads as well, though I don't believe that one does text to speech.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 29, 2012 at 09:34:36 AM PDT

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