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PostSubject: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Fri May 31, 2013 12:08 pm

I'm having a blast downloading free Kindle books from Amazon. I don't have a Kindle, so I view them on our laptop. I just finished a great book entitled _Hostile Witness_ by Rebecca Forster.

I always swore I'd never own or use a Kindle, because I love the feel of a book in my hands. However, I've learned that it's easier to read a book on my laptop because I can adjust the font size to suit my ailing eyes!

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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Fri May 31, 2013 12:21 pm

I am addicted to audio books. Here in Jefferson County, Alabama there is an extensive system of large libraries that have tons of audio books.

I take the books, rip the CDs to my computer and drive with 6-10 books on a computer chip... ready to listen to.

It is a 4-hour drive from Hoover to Pensacola, and the drives are so much more enjoyable when listening to an audio book.

I have almost 100 gigs of memory on my phone and I load it up with audio books as well.

Since the retinas in both eyes have torn (and fixed with laser), I have floaters that make reading books less enjoyable... hence, the audio books.

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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:59 am

I'm sorry about your eye condition, Eric. That has to be tough. My husband has an appointment next week to have his retinas checked at the VA. I suspect he may have the same or a similar condition.

Fortunately, I'm still able to read regular books, but my eyes tire so fast these days. Sometimes I have to put on a pair of reading glasses over my normal glasses in order to continue to read when my vision starts to blur. I know, I know....I need an eye exam. I have noticed my eyes don't tire that much, if at all, when I'm reading the books on Kindle. It's a gift to me.

I don't know how I would do with audio books. I've never even tried one. That's something for me to consider, and soon.


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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:23 pm

After having Lasik in 2004, and retinal tears/fixes in 2004 as well, and a minor tear in 2007, my eyes are not really that bad. Lasik kills your "close-in" vision and reading glasses are needed. They want you to see perfectly at 20 feet, and unfortunately, computers and books are much closer than 20 feet away... duh! I was once nearsighted, but not anymore.

This doesn't work for anybody else that I can tell, but the 1.25 magnification reading glasses fine tune my distance vision almost perfectly. Lasik had my vision at 20-15 for a while, but it didn't last... especially with the retinal problems. No biggie. I order 1.25 magnification reading glasses over the net that are sunglasses and they are great for when I am driving. I pass the drivers exams without them, but wear the glasses to sharpen my vision.

When I am working "close-in", on the computer or whatever, I wear 3.25 magnification readers. They help tremendously. The 3.25's work great when I use the iPad in bed, as it is a foot or so away from my eyes. Actually, for a laptop computer, I find that 2.75's are better because the screen is a little farther away, but the 3.25's will do.

Just a suggestion... but you might want to visit a place that sells readers (like a drug store) and bring your kindle. Try on different magnifications without your glasses and see if any magnifications help you.

It is extremely ironic, because I had Lasik done so I could wear (like the ZZ Top song) cheap sunglasses... and instead of having one pair of glasses for distance vision, I now carry multiple versions of readers... GO FIGURE!

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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:04 pm

That's how I'm getting by now.....one pair for distance (1.50-2.00) and another for reading (3.25.) I have so many pair of glasses now I forget which is which sometimes.

I had a great pair of unfashionable glasses that were made for me, and I could see perfectly with those. I can't remember what they are called, but they don't have the line. My dog ate them. Well, in truth she just chewed them up, but that WAS that. I haven't wanted to fork out another $400.00 since.

A pair of gorgeous but cheap sunglasses fit over my regular distance glasses on car trips. I do look rather like a cicada, though. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:05 pm

I'm a little worried about my husband's upcoming visit for retina evaluation. Gosh only knows what they will suggest. The VA is paying a lot of attention to vision difficulties right now, so I expect he will have to have surgery, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:32 pm

The lineless glasses are called "progressive" lenses.

My laser surgery (on the retinas) involved a laser focused on the retina. Essentially, they spot-welded the retina to the back of the eyeball in dozens of "welds". Each pulse was probably milliseconds, but I gotta tell ya, it HURTS. Kinda like a bad ice cream (in my case Margarita) "brain freeze" of short duration, but there are probably 2-3 pulses per second.

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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:01 pm

That's the word, progressive! Sometimes my brain burps and I can't recall a word. Drives me bonkers!

Ouch on the surgery....I don't think I'll pass that on to my husband right now. :-(
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:51 pm

Melissa (PB) wrote:
I'm having a blast downloading free Kindle books from Amazon. I don't have a Kindle, so I view them on our laptop. I just finished a great book entitled _Hostile Witness_ by Rebecca Forster.

I always swore I'd never own or use a Kindle, because I love the feel of a book in my hands. However, I've learned that it's easier to read a book on my laptop because I can adjust the font size to suit my ailing eyes!


I don't have a Kindle either, P.B., but I swear by my Kindle for PC software. I will only read Kindle books from here on out, while sitting at my workstation.

What's cool is, if you see a quote or paragraph that you might like to save, you can block it, copy it, and paste it into an open word document, and the software will automatically add a citation below the portion you are copying.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody else into free Kindle books?    Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:11 pm

Melissa (PB) wrote:
I'm a little worried about my husband's upcoming visit for retina evaluation. Gosh only knows what they will suggest. The VA is paying a lot of attention to vision difficulties right now, so I expect he will have to have surgery, too.

I guess the retina review came out okay, Mel. When your retinas mess up, you see what looks like lightning (your retina tears and the nerves flash like crazy), and you'll see hairy, clumpy floaters and even individual blood cells (as small spots). If you ever see lightning and it isn't stormy outside, get to a retina specialist FAST. You don't have the luxury of making an appointment and wait for days... it must be fixed immediately.

On XM radio, we used to listen to Old Time Radio. SiriusXM has the same channel, but they changed the name to something else. They have tons of mysteries, old-time sci-fi, Gunsmoke, The Shadow, Dragnet, Sam Spade, Green Hornet... stuff like that. The difference between audiobooks and those old time radio shows was the sound effects... the old radio shows had plenty of sound effects, footsteps, car engine noise, etc.


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