Round up #62: bad day for our Kindles, acceptgift, KT page numbers
Giving a Kindle gift book without e-mail
One nice thing about my life (and there are many): I get to serve as a guinea pig for all of you. I do think that’s nice, actually…since I live the Kindle life, I can share experiences with other people, and sharing that information hopefully helps those others.
A sibling got me the first two books in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy for the holidays:
I have been wanting to read these…before the movie comes out on March 23rd of this year. I like books and I like movies. Given a choice, though, I’d rather read the book before I see the movie. Why? I think that books, by the nature of the medium, tend to have more depth than movies and may be more cerebral based versus the emotion/visual based nature of the visual media. A book doesn’t spoil a movie for me…but a movie could reveal a plot point that would “spoil” the book. That may have to do in part with something I’ve written about before, that I generally don’t visualize when I read. I know that’s a problem for some people…when the actors don’t “look like” the characters in the book.
Even though we’ve recently gotten the ability to choose a date when a Kindle book gift is delivered via e-mail, well, it’s hard to be sure I’m not going to see that e-mail before the gift giving occasion.
So, my sibling chose a “print” option, and gave me a paper with the gifts printed on it.
It looked similar to the e-mail we get, with that big bow.
When you are e-mailed a Kindle book as a gift, it’s easy…you just click a link, and the book opens on the computer, then you can choose to accept the gift.
I went home and looked at the paper…hm, tapping on it with my finger didn’t do anything. There was a claim code…I went to where we redeem gift certificates in “Your Account” on my computer. That didn’t seem like it would work to me, but I thought I’d try entering the (long, complex) code. Nope.
So, I went to
The only information I could see there
was how to redeem it by e-mail.
I asked my sibling to e-mail the thing that they had printed and was going to redeem them that way.
I also checked at
where you can see the gifts you’ve sent (under Pending Deliveries)…nope. I didn’t really expect them to be there, but I do want to try what I think other people may try.
Then, I looked more carefully at the print out. There was a URL (Uniform/Universal Resource Locator) there I hadn’t tried:
There it was!
Yes, I probably should have seen that. I would think, though, that it would also explain that on the help pages…
That’s the information that may help you…you don’t have to e-mail a Kindle gift book (even though everybody who has an Amazon account has an e-mail address, I think)…you can give somebody a print-out so they get a physical object.
If you think that made me feel stupid…
Friday, I was working in one of the medical centers. I had my Kindle Fire with me, so I could take notes. That’s one of the main reasons I have it. When I’m walking through a clinic helping people, I can’t carry around a laptop very well. With the Fire, I can just pause for a few seconds and jot a note. It’s a lot easier than on the small screen on my phone.
I sat down for a minute or two before heading out. I was in a chair in the lobby. I read some, and did test out the Free App of the Day (FAOTD) I’d gotten…
It was definitely something different on the Fire for me…you tilt the device to steer a spaceship kind of thing to avoid obstacles and pick up triangles. It worked, using the Fire’s inclinometer. That’s a different interaction with my Fire, and I like that idea. It’s not free any more, but I did think it was fun.
I had to text somebody, and my phone wasn’t connecting in the building. I also had a bag with me.
I negligently stepped out of the building to get a connection. I realized in less than five minutes that I’d left my Kindle Fire on the seat! I ran back inside, but it was gone.
Yep…I know that doesn’t help my credibility, but I lost my Kindle Fire.:(
I haven’t ordered a replacement yet, but I will today if it doesn’t show up. There are some reasons it might.
First, Friday was the day before a three-day weekend for many people. Somebody might have just turned it in at one of the reception areas and that person might not have called it into Security immediately.
Second, there is security video of that entrance, and they’ll review it probably today (the security staff there knows me, incidentally). Unfortunately, the person who normally reviews the video wasn’t there on Friday at that time. We know very close in time when it happened, and sent them a picture of me as I was dressed (I took it that day), so they can identify me. I’ve also sent them pictures of a Fire and of the Boxwave sleeve it was in.
I’m not too concerned about somebody having gotten it and doing bad things with it, by the way. I was able to call Kindle Customer Service from my Samsung Captivate and have them “blacklist” it. That means it can’t be registered by someone else (but I can register it again if I get it back). Could somebody have bought items on it? Maybe…but they would have had to get to a wi-fi area first. I’ll check my charges, but as soon as it was deregistered, it couldn’t do much. I didn’t have confidential information on it (except maybe e-mail…I’m not sure if the local copies of my e-mail could be read when deregistered). I should have had a recovery service sticker on it, but I really didn’t expect to lose this one. I shouldn’t expect to lose any Kindle, of course, so that’s not a good excuse.
I do think there’s a chance it is recovered today. If I don’t hear about it by the end of the work day, I’ll order another one with Prime. My Significant Other loves the Fire, and wants one anyway. Even if the first one shows up later, it probably makes sense for us to have two (I like to have Kindle models as a reference for when you ask questions*…and I did like my Fire. I’m expecting to get a second model of Kindle Amazon tablet when it’s released, and my guess is that it is announced soon).
Do you want to know how much my Significant Other loves me? That same day, my SO squished a Kindle Keyboard in a weight machine at the gym…just so I wouldn’t feel so bad about the Fire. It was an accident, but I’m going with the empathy thing (it was our anniversary yesterday). Fortunately, I had another Kindle Keyboard (we’d both owned them at the same time), so that transition was easy. I’m reading on my Kindle Touch most of the time anyway.
* I’ve very happy I did my book, Love Your Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet. I did a walk-through of every menu item, and updated it when 6.2.1 came out. So, if I forget where something else, I can just check the book.
Kindle Touch and page numbers
I think there is a bit of a tendency to presume that there are things missing on the Kindle Touch compared to the Kindle Keyboard. That is true on some things…landscape mode, the ability to highlight across pages. A lot of games designed for the Kindle Keyboard don’t work on the Kindle Touch (not surprisingly, given the different interface).
That made it interesting to see this
asking about the lack of page numbers on the Kindle Touch.
The page number thing can be tricky, because not all books have them.
One thing that got me was something from ShirleyKat, who has earned the “Kindle Forum Pro” badge (I don’t have one of those) from Amazon. That means ShirleyKat is a helpful person in the forum…another Kindle owner like me who answers questions.
ShirleyKat is knowledgeable and nice…a great combination.
Anyway, SK posted this, reportedly from Amazon Customer Service:
“”I’m sorry,currently the feature to display page numbers is not available on Kindle Touch. “
That was part of the post.
Well, that seemed odd…and I do intuitively believe ShirleyKat’s post is an accurate reproduction
I checked my KT, and posted this:
“I’ve tested this on my Kindle Touch with Water for Elephants.When I tap the top touch area (so I see the Menu), I get the page number. Prior to that, I see the location and percentage. Oh, and with the menu displayed, the location also shows me total locationsThat does make ShirleyKat’s e-mail a bit odd.Miss Eve, let’s go through a little bit about how the page numbers work, and why they aren’t automatically available for every book.Rather than just making up a page number, Amazon actually maps it to a specific print edition (and they cite which one they used on the book’s Amazon product page). The page numbers can be different in a hardback and a paperback, for example (the pages are different sizes), and can be different with different additional material.
That “map” is a separate file (the publisher doesn’t provide this, I believe, so it isn’t part of the book file) with an extension of APNX (presumably, Amazon Page Numbers “X”). They are apparently still creating these map files…and of course, some books have never had a a paper edition (that’s increasingly true), so they can’t be mapped.
You might have the same book on two different Kindles (same model or not), and not yet gotten the APNX on both. Syncing with Amazon (Home-Menu on any current model except the Fire) can help with that.”