Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Kindle, Meet Kindle
1. It wasn't hard to set up. I had de-register it (since my husband didn't specify it was a gift), re-register it to my account, and enable it for our home's WiFi. Once I remembered the correct password, I had no problem.
2. I have a lot of samples and sideloaded items (from Smashwords and Kickstarter) that aren't part of the official library on Amazon. In order to transfer them to my new Kindle, I wound up copying the contents of my old Kindle to my laptop and then pasting them onto the new Kindle. So far, it seems to have worked.
3. I don't mind the ads at the bottom of the screen; in fact, I used one to save on a cover for the new Kindle. However, I'm not interested in seeing part of the Amazon store on my Kindle. Since it only shows up when the covers are displayed, I just switched to the list view.
4. The toughest part so far was figuring out how to organize individual items. I was able to import my collection folders after transferring over my books, but not all of my books were sorted properly. To make matters worse, I couldn't figure out how to select a book and put it into a collection. On the Kindle Keyboard, you can select a book by pressing right on the five-way controller. Here, there's no such thing. Every time I touched the book title, the book opened for reading instead of giving me a way to work with it. The official FAQ from Amazon didn't address this problem. I finally found the solution on the Kindle Help Forum; you can bring up the menu options for individual books by "long-touching" the title. It's a little trickier than what I'm used to, but at least it works. I was obsessing about this so much I couldn't read anything on my new Kindle!
I need a couple more weeks of playing around with it before I deliver my final verdict. So, has anyone else bought one of the new Kindles? If so, what do you think of it?