KINDLE COVERS

Joy loves having a reading light on her Kindle 4. Sure it’s great that you can read the Kindle’s e-ink screen in bright sunlight, but sometimes you want to read it under the covers. We bought the Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover for $60. It weighs only 4.8 ounces, comes in four colors and works well.

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BOOK BORROWING ON THE KINDLE

When Joy showed Bob an advanced yoga move at the dining room table, she broke her Kindle 3 when her heel slammed down on the screen. Whoops. So we replaced it (the gadget, not the foot) with a new $79 Kindle, which is so light it nearly floats. It was a roundabout way of doing it, but that’s how we discovered what’s new with book borrowing.

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APP HAPPY ON THE KINDLE FIRE

You just got a new Kindle Fire or Android tablet for Christmas. What apps might you consider first?

Any.DO is the web site for a free to-do list that includes voice recognition. Tell it to remember to get some milk and it stores that to your list. It also listens and captures any other task you need to do. You can collaborate with others in creating a list of tasks or objectives. It’s available on Android tablets and phones and is coming “soon” to the iPhone, iPad and the web. (When we signed up, there were 18,485 people ahead of us on the waiting list.)

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WHERE’S THE FIRE?

Now that we have a Kindle Fire and an iPad, we’ll add our own opinions on which to get: Should you spend $499 or more for the iPad 2 or will the $199 Kindle Fire be enough?

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LOTS OF FREE BOOKS

A storehouse of three million free titles from the Google digital library may tempt us to get the new iRiver EBook reader. Target is selling it for $140.

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A KINDLE WITH ADS IS A BEST SELLER

A new Kindle eReader that has ads sells for $114 and is handily outselling the $139 Kindle 3, which does not carry ads. Is it because people want to save the $25? Maybe not.

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THE KINDLE MILLION CLUB

John Locke, a well known author of sex and violence thrillers, is the first person to sell a million self-published books on the Amazon Kindle. He joins Steigg Larson, James Patterson and Amanda Hocking, a 26 year-old woman whose Kindle sales, while under a million, were high enough to get her a $2 million book contract with St. Martin’s Press.

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NEVER ANNOY A LIBRARIAN

We stupidly questioned the quota limitations on downloading electronic books at libraries and quickly heard from every librarian in the known universe.

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INSTANT BOOK CLUB AND BEYOND

Rethink Books has a new app called “Social Books,” for sharing text from books with friends.

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LOANING KINDLE BOOKS ON AMAZON

You can loan your Kindle books to friends, and they don’t even need a Kindle to read them.

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