Flash! My replacement K3 is here
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my K3‘s screen failed Saturday night.
I called them that night: my replacement is here today.
I try not to make this stuff just personal, and hope that it helps people, so I want to give you some of my experience with setting up the replacement.
Oh, personal thing first: this new one’s name is Pete, after Pete Best. I consider Pete Best the fifth Beatle, although I know there are other candidates for that title (Stu Sutcliffe, Brian Epstein, George Martin). I’ve just always like the story (true or not) that Pete was replaced because they wanted Paul to be the “cute one”, and “chicks dug” Pete. Yes, I know he may have refused to wear the suit or do the hair thing or may not have been musically flexible enough…but I kind of like “cute” being a negative. Oh, and I’m not going to say what that might say about Ringo. ;)
Here was the most interesting thing: this Kindle came deregistered (not sure why, but probably because it was “ordered” by Kindle Customer Service). While it was deregistered, I could still use my wi-fi (after I set it up). With a strictly 3G Kindle, I believe you can’t use the Whispernet without registering it. Thanks to one of my regular readers (and a Bezos Street Irregular…BSI), tuxgirl, for the heads up to this possibility.
This also changes a recommendation I used to make, that deregistering a Kindle you give to a child would make it so it couldn’t connect to the Whispernet. Some parents worry about that, because they don’t want their minor children going to inappropriate sites. That can be controlled to a large extent on a computer with so-called “nanny” software. This becomes more of an issue with the K3, since the browser is so much better. You still don’t see color or video, but you could see some very adult pictures. Now, even if the Kindle is deregistered, it can still surf the web through wi-fi. Worth noting, for those of you who want parental controls.
How did I know it wasn’t registered? I couldn’t do a sync & Check for New Items. I needed to do that to connect to my Archives.
I registered the Kindle at
Interestingly, I used to be able to get my serial number off the back of the device. It may be there in teeny tiny print, but I didn’t see it. Instead, you get it from
I store that serial number off the device, by the way.
If a Kindle wasn’t charged, though, does that mean you couldn’t register it since you couldn’t get the serial number? Intriguing.
I suppose that doesn’t make much difference, actually. If you can’t power it up, why do you need to register it? On the other hand, what happens when somebody finds a Kindle and the power has discharged? How would you identify it to Amazon?
That’s another reason for using a label from TrackItBack*.
I was glad my label hadn’t arrived quickly enough for me to put it on D’Artagnan, the little Kindle that failed. ;) That would have been about twenty dollars out the door. :)
I had backed up my personal files and such, and synced the old Kindle (see that other post for details). That made it easy to put all of that on the new one.
Oh, a key point: don’t deregister the old Kindle until you get the Collections off it, if you want to import them. I believe they won’t be available after you deregister.
Otherwise, just download the titles you want from the archives, import the old device collection from the archives, and you are good.
The one big thing I’ll have to do is recreate my internet bookmarks, but I hadn’t had time to do too many of those.
The new Kindle was a bit more communicative. When it was installing the updates, it would tell me what stage it was on…1 of 4, 2 of 4, that kind of thing.
I reset my text size, and my text-to-speech options (I like the fastest setting).
When I went to charge it, it went into USB mode…but then showed me a symbol and told me that the Kindle wasn’t currently charging. I accidentally plugged it into an improperly powered USB port for charging. That’s nice! Both of those things certainly might have been there before…I think the “stage information” came in with the 3.0.1 update.
So, nothing much to say on this one…which is pretty impressive. :) My notes were there, even my position in an “audiobook” (an MP3 of an Old Time Radio show in my Audible folder) was there. I’ll go visit my internet sites and bookmark them again, and then it will all be set.
Welcome, Pete! ;)
* Full disclosure: TrackItBack sent me some free stickers after I wrote about them the first time. I didn’t ask them to do that, and didn’t know they were going to do it went I wrote the article. It hasn’t affected how I feel about them…I still would have bought the last few I bought.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.