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Kindle on the beach

Yesterday was mercifully lovely in Ocean City, MD (Sunday was flash floods and lightning… apparently a tornado touched down a few towns over!) so we were able to test out the beach.  The water was FRIGID.  So obviously I settled down to read because I have approximately 800 pages of Infinite Summer to read…

I was, of course, concerned for the well-being of my Kindle 2.  After all, he has a name and you just can’t throw something around if it has a name.  (Take my poor env2, for example.  I never bothered to name it so it is often thrown to the bottom of my purse and I don’t pay attention to it unless I receive a call/text or need a makeshift flashlight.)  I decided to stick Guy, with the front cover folded back, inside a gallon-sized Ziploc bag to protect him from the elements.  Another anecdote (AKA evidence of my irresponsible behaviour towards electronics) – my dear old pink Sony Cybershot met her untimely and inglorious demise after I took her to Wildwood Crest with me last summer and happily took photos right and left.  She got a lot of sand in her no matter what I did and eventually the zoom lens was ruined and would’ve cost a lot more money to fix than I was willing to spend.  Sad, sad story.  So you can see why I was worried for Guy’s safety.

Long story short, the Ziploc-ed Kindle worked; the on/off switch and buttons were all accessible!  Sure, it wasn’t attractive, but who wants to be attractive on the beach?1  I did notice, however, that the Ziploc bag perspired a little bit on the inside – definitely not enough to damage anything, and I suspect it still kept out more humidity than it let in so I feel certain Guy was all right.

I also took Guy out of the bag to check to make sure the screen was still easy to read in the brightest sunlight – and I promise, it was really freakin’ bright out – and it was!  There was no glare and I could read it just as well as a paperback.  In fact, I’ve had problems with reading paper books in bright sunlight before because of how white the pages are, but not so with the Kindle because the background is a bit grayer!  I got a fair bit of reading done, worked on my tan (being an untanned Filipino in the summertime is shameful!), and didn’t have to worry about ruining Guy!

Of course, you could avoid my conundrum completely by getting a case that’s more meant to withstand the elements – I unfortunately have nothing to recommend because I haven’t really seen anything that I think would be ideal.  Something like the Leisure Jacket by M-Edge would be perfect, except it’s only compatible with the Kindle 1.  I am also quite certain that I’d never pay for two different cases for my Kindle, but maybe I’m just cheap like that.  I’m much more of a Ziploc kind of person.

1 *smirk* See what I did there? That’s a literary device called irony. I’m sure you know that because you’re reading a blog devoted to literature right now.


Online Kindle Notes & Highlights

I woke up to a sweet little email about Kindle’s new online feature. Now you can access all your notes & highlights by simply logging in on your Amazon account at http://kindle.amazon.com. All your purchased content (so nothing from Feedbooks or anything you made yourself, just your Kindle store purchases) are listed. You just click on each book and all of your notes & highlights are there, with locations and everything.

While it’s not terribly useful to me, I think that on the rare occasion that I quote something from a book it’ll be so much more convenient than having to hook up the device to my computer, open up the txt file “My Clippings” and scroll down until I find the quotation I wanted. (Actually it would have been useful while I was writing my thesis and using Kindle books for sources… but I’m done and won’t really be writing papers for a while now.) Or perhaps since it’s so much easier I might start posting quotes more often!

Like this lovely one from Atonement!

Finally he spoke the three simple words that no amount of bad art or bad faith can ever quite cheapen. She repeated them, with exactly the same slight emphasis on the second word, as though she had been the one to say them first. He had no religious belief, but it was impossible not to think of an invisible presence or witness in the room, and that these words spoken aloud were like signatures on an unseen contract.
(Location 1892)

Yes, I think I like it! New goal: post more quotations!

Handy Dandy M-Edge

New reason to love my M-Edge cover: I keep my school ID in my Kindle case now so when I go for lunch (or breakfast or dinner) at school I just grab the case and run to the caf with no worries about a wallet plus Kindle plus whatever. It might not seem like a big deal but I am always misplacing my ID (which not only lets me into the residence halls but also contains my meal plan!) since I don’t use a purse at school (just a backpack) so for me it’s helpful to have one place to keep it without having to shuffle through my backpack or worry about it falling out of my coat pocket1. How handy!


1 Oh, and sometimes I don’t HAVE a pocket because I’m not wearing a coat, and that’s just a tragedy!

Class readings on the Kindle

So the thing is, I have a LOT of reading to do for my courses. Many of them are PDFs or Word documents that my professors post on the online Blackboard we use at my university. I try to read as much as possible; often I’m one of the few prepared to actually discuss, but if I think back over all four years of printing PDFs… my heart hurts a little bit. I recycle all my paper but I feel like I shouldn’t have printed them in the first place. I try to read on the computer when I can but it really does make my eyes hurt terribly, so when I print I usually do “Multiple pages per sheet” AND double-sided, using recycled paper. But now I can put all my PDFs on the Kindle, avoiding printing altogether! Lately all I’ve printed are papers that I write and submit, when my professor explicitly states that he/she wants a paper copy.

Rather than use the free conversion service that Amazon does (and certainly NOT paying ten cents for it either!) I’ve taken to converting my PDFs using the Mobipocket eBook Creator. You just download this program and you can upload PDFs, Word documents, HTML pages, text documents, and probably more, which you can then convert to .prc files (whatever that is, but it’s compatible with the Kindle) and it saves directly to your computer and you can just drag it into the E: drive when you plug your Kindle in. The part that I actually find most appealing over the Amazon free conversion service is that you can go to “Metadata” and specify the Title and Author, for sorting purposes on the Kindle. My biggest gripe when I used Amazon to convert was that the title was fine, but the author was my e-mail address! So annoying. Just wanted to let people know that it doesn’t have to be that way!

Win a Kindle 2 from Reason magazine!

If you’d like a Kindle 2 and can’t afford one (ok really, who can though?) try your luck with Reason magazine! You just have to sign up for their newsletter – whether you agree with what they say or not! – and you’re automatically entered into their contest. There are ten winners: the grand prize is the Kindle 2 and the nine runners-up receive a one-year subscription to Reason magazine or a gift subscription. The winners will be announced on March 31. Good luck!

Here’s the link: Reason March Madness Contest

Kindle Clippings, Young Werther

I decided to figure out how to upload the notes and highlights I made in Sorrows just to see what it’s like. I plugged my Kindle in, opened up the E: drive under My Computer, and there’s a txt file under Documents called “My Clippings”. I opened it up and it contains all the notes and highlights and bookmarks I’ve made on the Kindle! Fabulous! This is too exciting for me! No more retyping favourite quotes again! Oh this Guy is spoiling me…

This is what it looks like for Sorrows:

The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
– Highlight Loc. 82-84 | Added on Tuesday, March 03, 2009, 10:32 PM

The human race is but a monotonous affair. Most of them labour the greater part of their time for mere subsistence; and the scanty portion of freedom which remains to them so troubles them that they use every exertion to get rid of it. Oh, the destiny of man!

The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
– Highlight Loc. 282-83 | Added on Tuesday, March 03, 2009, 10:51 PM

and O Wilhelm, I vowed at that moment, that a maiden whom I loved, or for whom I felt the slightest attachment, never, never should waltz with any one else but with me, if I went to perdition for it! — you will understand this.

The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
– Highlight Loc. 602-9 | Added on Wednesday, March 04, 2009, 10:51 PM

“That is quite another thing,” said Albert; “because a man under the influence of violent passion loses all power of reflection, and is regarded as intoxicated or insane.” “Oh! you people of sound understandings,” I replied, smiling, “are ever ready to exclaim ‘Extravagance, and madness, and intoxication!’ You moral men are so calm and so subdued! You abhor the drunken man, and detest the extravagant; you pass by, like the Levite, and thank God, like the Pharisee, that you are not like one of them. I have been more than once intoxicated, my passions have always bordered on extravagance: I am not ashamed to confess it; for I have learned, by my own experience, that all extraordinary men, who have accomplished great and astonishing actions, have ever been decried by the world as drunken or insane. And in private life, too, is it not intolerable that no one can undertake the execution of a noble or generous deed, without giving rise to the exclamation that the doer is intoxicated or mad? Shame upon you, ye sages!”

The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
– Highlight Loc. 804-10 | Added on Thursday, March 05, 2009, 01:48 PM

For we are so constituted by nature, that we are ever prone to compare ourselves with others; and our happiness or misery depends very much on the objects and persons around us. On this account, nothing is more dangerous than solitude: there our imagination, always disposed to rise, taking a new flight on the wings of fancy, pictures to us a chain of beings of whom we seem the most inferior. All things appear greater than they really are, and all seem superior to us. This operation of the mind is quite natural: we so continually feel our own imperfections, and fancy we perceive in others the qualities we do not possess, attributing to them also all that we enjoy ourselves, that by this process we form the idea of a perfect, happy man, — a man, however, who only exists in our own imagination.