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How to fix a Kindle Fire that won’t charge

OK, OK, OK, this title might be a misleading.   I don’t know how to “fix” this problem. Well, I do, but I’m not gonna open the thing up.   I did, however, discover a way to get min to start charging again.  It might work for you too. Back in December, my Kindle Fire, [...]

Fix for Kindle Fire no longer configured to stream video error – Why can’t I play or download?

Of course I had to get a Kindle Fire as soon as it came out. And of course I had to root the device just a day later, as soon as an exploit was discovered. Everything went well, or so I thought. I popped into bed and thought I’d watch a little Arrested Development before [...]

My Kindle’s Screen is Broken! But Amazon is Replacing It – For Free

I can’t believe it happened to me. I was settling into bed, and I grabbed my Kindle for a little bedtime reading. But boy was I in for a shock. ACK!  The screen was broken! Turning it off and on didn’t fix the problem, nor did doing a reset or gently massaging the screen with [...]

Changing the Margin Size on the Kindle

I’ve always thought that the Kindle has way too big of margins.  So much of the screen seems wasted on huge margins.  Yeah, it produces a prettier pictures when photographing the Kindle, but if you prefer a little bit larger text size, these large margin cuts down on the number of words-per-page significantly. I wanted [...]

How Amazon’s Kindle is Revolutionizing the Publishing Industry with 99-cent eBook Titles

I recently ran across a story about a young Minnesota-based author who’s having tremendous success selling her books in eBook format via Amazon Kindle’s web store. Her name is Amanda Hocking, and she’d collected hundreds of rejection letters from publishers before turning to self-publishing. Unlike traditional publishers, she offers her eBooks for about $1.00 per [...]

GWB’s “Decision Points” Kindle eBook more expensive than actual printed copy

I’ve been hearing a lot about George W. Bush’s new book, Decision Points. I’m not normally one for politically-themed reading, but I’m a sucker for presidential history, so I thought I’d pick up a copy. I went to Amazon & was shocked to see that the Kindle edition is actually more expensive than the print [...]

How to Buy US/UK-Only Restricted eBooks on Amazon Kindle

Imagine that you wanted to give me $10 for reading this blog post. You saw it, you liked it, and you thought, “Hey, I want to hit that Eddie guy’s tip jar for $10.” Good for me, right? Now imagine if, upon seeing your $10 in my PayPal account, I refunded your money with the [...]

How To Tell If Someone Is Lying About Their iPad Experience

OK, maybe that title is a little harsh. Perhaps a better title would be “When someone tells you they love their iPad because it functions as an eBook reader, you should be a little suspect of their claims, because they’re starting to sound like a fan-boy, simply parroting the ad-copy dreamed up in Cupertino, and [...]

Getting a List of All Books in Your Calibre Library

Who wants a nice listing of all of the books in their eBook collection? I needed a list to share with a few friends, and even though I could have generated a simple directory listing, I wanted something a little nicer. I found this tip over at the MobileRead forums. If you use Calibre to [...]

Viewing the Clock on the Kindle 2

The Kindle 1 has a couple of nice “clock hacks” that will show you the current time. For instance, on the first generation Kindle, if you hit “Alt-T” on the main screen a clock will appear in the lower right hand corner. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work on the Kindle 2 – hitting “Alt-T” does nothing. [...]

Recently Read Documents Appearing at End of List on Kindle

Had the strangest problem with my Kindle today. All of a sudden, my Recently Read Documents started showing up, well, backwards. Not all of them – only the books I had recently read. So after I would read each book, it would disappear from the first page of my document listing. At first I thought [...]

Use Custom Background Images as Screen Savers on the Kindle

Kindlerama pointed me to an updated version of the old Kindle Screen Saver hack that lets you replace the boring stock screen saver images with images of your own. Not that I object to the default Kindle screen savers – I rather like them, actually. But after staring at the same cycling images for over [...]

Customizing the Calibre Associated Press (AP) Recipe

I’ve been using Calibre to manage my eBook library and download daily news to my Kindle.   It’s great.  If you have a Kindle or other eBook reader, I recommend that you check it out. Calibre comes stocked with a number of “recipes” for popular news sites.  One of those is the Associated Press (AP). [...]

Calibre Recipe for Minneapolis Star Tribune (StarTribune.com)

I love my Kindle. And I love the Calibre eBook management software. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Calibre, you’re missing out – it’s kinda like an iTunes for your eBook collection. In addition to storing, converting, updating, and categorizing your eBook collection, the software will also download news from any website, [...]

How To Fix Your Kindle 2 When It Won’t Charge

Egad! My Kindle stopped charging! I settled in to bed the other night and grabbed my Amazon Kindle, looking to pick up where I left off in The Hades Factor. I was met with a familiar “Your battery is running low” message, so I plugged the Kindle in to the charger for the night and [...]


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