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Liz Woy Liz Woy's picture

At this writing, my Kindle and I have spent about ten days together. It's a period of adjustment. I just traveled out of the country, and couldn't figure out the need for a new Wi-Fi connection. Fortunately, I was staying with people who know their way around technology. But the super-good thing about my new Kindle Is MAYDAY. Just tap the icon and a human being's face appears on the screen. They're never grumpy or impatient, and it appears that no question is too elementary for their patient careful response. Best of all, when they're instructing you to tap on a spot that spot is circled in blue. I haven't begun to use my Kindle as much as I'll be able to when I learn more. For me this acquisition has been a big step, and I would welcome guidance from FitC folks who can help me get to know and use this device.

Pamela Freyd Pamela Freyd's picture

I was given a Kindle a year and a half ago. It took me almost six months to start using it but once I did, I prefer it to reading any other way. The contrast and ability to change font size for me means I can read much longer without tired eyes. It is lightweight so I can stick it in my purse and open it whenever I have a minute to spare. I would never give it up. What kind of guidance do you need? Have you downloaded a book yet? If yes, start reading and write when you stumble.

Liz Woy Liz Woy's picture
me and my Kindle

Hi Pam-the-Wonderful -- Right now I'm puzzling over emails. Re books, already have three never-read classics loaded for a trip next month. Don't yet know all the ins-and-outs of Kindle's other wonders. Comforting to know that you're a fellow Kindler. Still at the stage where I don't know what I don't know, and really pleased to learn of your availability. Liz

Heather Speirs Heather Speirs's picture

I love my Kindle, too. I read the Inquirer on it every morning. One thing I haven't tried is checking out library books. I know that we can take our Kindles in to the Free Library Central branch and find help with getting started.

Mignon Adams Mignon Adams's picture
FLP E-books

The e-books catalog from the Free Library is kind of a pain to use. The easiest way I've found to get one I can read is from the main online catalog. I enter the name of a book I want to read and when it lists an electronic version (doesn't indicate if it's audio or readable), I click on "online access." Takes me to the e-book catalog, and the directions then are good, and you'll find out if it's the readable book. You'll need to know your library card number and password.

Just put a hold on Goldfinch.

Bonnie E Bonnie E's picture
Borrowing Kindle books from the Free Library

There is a reference librarian at the Free Library Phila City Institute branch (on Rittenhouse Square) who got me started borrowing Kindle books from the Free Library. I think his name is Lee. (He isn't there every day.)
The website for electronic resources is (Not all electronic books are Kindle format.) I find it's best to borrow the books from my regular computer. There are a couple of easy steps to get them downloaded to your Kindle.

Susan Perloff Susan Perloff's picture
Help for Kindle

Free advice on all tech devices every Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 6, in the lobby of the Main Library.