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Old 10-11-2017, 11:26 AM   #46
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:39 AM   #47
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I realize it is not out yet and so this may be a premature question, but do you think we'll be able to drag and drop MP3's or other audio files over to it? I think the KK let us do that.

Also, how big are typical Audible books? I'm thinking of just getting the 8gb Oasis and hoping it has enough space for a couple hundred ebooks and 6-8 audio books at any given time.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:40 AM   #48
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Is the aspect ratio of the screen different? Looking at the pictures in the model comparison chart, it looks "wider".
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:43 AM   #49
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I realize it is not out yet and so this may be a premature question, but do you think we'll be able to drag and drop MP3's or other audio files over to it? I think the KK let us do that.

Also, how big are typical Audible books? I'm thinking of just getting the 8gb Oasis and hoping it has enough space for a couple hundred ebooks and 6-8 audio books at any given time.
You can fit several audiobooks in 8GB, at least the MP3s I have, which are 150-300 megabytes.

But I'd also like confirmation of your question, whether we can drag and drop MP3s into the audible folder like on the old models. (Although the syncing with ebook feature would probably not work.)
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:45 AM   #50
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The firmware coming today for newer Kindle models should help with font boldness.
Thanks. 5 levels of bold and more font sizes. It's like they want me to buy it or something!

I paid $120 ($130?) for a voyage refurb and I'm really happy with it. This will be twice as much. It's a toughie. Initiating justification procedure...
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:49 AM   #51
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Any clue when the update will come to Kindle 8? Will it get the new fonts?
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:51 AM   #52
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Checked the PW--nothing so far. I bought it in 2015 so it should be one of eligible models.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:53 AM   #53
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Lighting is the issue. The larger the screen, the less well the light diffuser works. I don't expect the frontlight on the 7" to be as good as that of the 6", for that reason, but an 8" would definitely be a lot worse. I know of no 8" devices with good frontlighting.
Suppose some Kobo Aura One owners may have a word here.

Though after hearing of so many lighting issues with the KAO, you may have mass agreement on your statement!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:57 AM   #54
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Whoa.... a 32GB option.
I wonder what happens when somebody tries to fill it with 32GB of books converted from project Gutenberg, or a converted Wikipedia or something similar. The indexing will keep eating battery forever.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:04 PM   #55
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Re jailbreaking alas it seems all the devs have moved on and only knc1 is left manning the help desk. I really need it for the custom font because the default ones are too light (and the bold one is too bold and ugly). And reducing the margins. I can't do serial.
Ture, but the Lab126 division is not yet perfect.
We can probably count on them to make useful to us mistakes.

As a matter of fact, it seems today that there are several that we haven't even noticed until some of our members mentioned them.

The jail break instructions are moving to the Wiki, where anyone can fix up errors and add information about exceptions and special cases to them.
(no, I am not doing it, coplate is doing it).
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Also, how big are typical Audible books? I'm thinking of just getting the 8gb Oasis and hoping it has enough space for a couple hundred ebooks and 6-8 audio books at any given time.
The following is from the Amazon product page:

"8 GB holds thousands of books or over 35 Audible audiobooks; 32 GB holds thousands of books or over 160 Audible audiobooks; Audible audiobook capacity based on average Audible audiobook size."

FWIW, I've pretty much decided to go with 32 GB. I never listen to audiobooks, but for the additional $30 would rather have the added storage.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:07 PM   #57
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Ordered one up in 32gb cellular no offers. I've been wanting to be able to read in the tub for a while along with getting more storage. I read a lot so it's very worth it to me to not compromise on Kindles.

Fine print: the cover isn't included in the box anymore so you have to order separately. Went with blue water-safe. I'm OK with the battery being included in the Kindle - that way third party covers don't lose functionality over the original cover.

It's probably doable for this Kindle because batteries are getting better (the new iPhones have a smaller battery, too, but similar battery life) and because the Kindle itself is slightly wider, creating more space for a battery to fit into.

I hope that rumored solar cover will come along. Maybe now that the cover doesn't have to contain a battery for the best battery life, it will become available for this Kindle as an add-on.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:11 PM   #58
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Lighting is the issue. The larger the screen, the less well the light diffuser works. I don't expect the frontlight on the 7" to be as good as that of the 6", for that reason, but an 8" would definitely be a lot worse. I know of no 8" devices with good frontlighting.
That's generally true, that a larger e-ink display has less effective lighting, but only when comparing the same LED location. Remember the Oasis has the LEDs running along the side rather than the bottom, resulting in a more even lighting effect because those LEDs are not "firing" across as great a distance as the Voyage or Paperwhite. With 12 LEDs to cover the full height of the display, the Oasis could theoretically have better lighting than any other Kindle model.
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Now I have a reason to buy the Oasis. I'll get one in January, when I visit the USA!
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It seems (at least initially) it does not support Immersion Reading (synchronized text + audiobook playback), or at least there’s no mention of it. Will it at least play in background so you can read along? Probably not. The Audible player on previous Kindles was horrible, and hard to imagine even an improved player for Kindle would be preferred to the smartphone app.

I do hope they deliver ‘traditional’ TTS in the future to all audio capable Kindles (latest gen PW, Kindle, Voyage), and that they add support for other languages. VoiceView is great if you need accessibility, but if you don’t it gets in the way and turns off some reading features.

It’s great that the covers are not bundled. We should see third party covers as well.

It is hard for me to imagine the utility of inverted color (white text on black background). I use this all the time on my Fire, but not sure it would work as well with eInk (but then I haven’t actually been able to try it). Presumably this will also be an option on other Kindles as well.
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