We have two free kindle books this morning courtesy Happy Reader “Joyce” –
- Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier. It’s rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews.
In Meier’s disjointed 13th Lucy Stone mystery (after 2005’s New Year’s Eve Murder), the Tinker’s Cove, Maine, newspaper reporter has a whole subdivision of peculiar neighbors around her once peaceful farmhouse, and anonymous letters are arriving at her office.
The unknown penman alleges that the new football coach, Buck Burkhart, is condoning unsavory behavior by the high school’s senior football players toward the junior players and the cheerleaders, one of whom is Lucy’s daughter, Sara.
- Demonfire by Kate Douglas. Seems to be a mix of romance, adventure, and the paranormal.
Eddy is a no-nonsense reporter who leaves stories of alien races to her father and scoffs at such notions as the town statue coming to life. Until said statue attacks her home.
According tothe mysterious Dax, demons are crossing over to Earth, determined to disrupt the balance between it, Abyss, and Eden, and to destroy them all. Eddy and Dax know they can’t stop this catastrophe on their own, and luckily for them, alien races aren’t merely the stuff of fairy tales after all.
6 books on Monday and 2 today – quite nice.
Modifying my Kindle 3 Review with the caveat of Freezing
One of the things no Kindle reviewer seems to have picked up on is the fact that the Kindle 3, for some people including me, freezes more than the Kindle 2 does.
Not quite sure how to describe it but there’s a freezing/crashing problem with the Kindle 3. It’s not common enough or frequent enough (if your Kindle 3 has it) to be a deal breaker but it’s noticeable enough to be a bother.
Updated my Kindle 3 Review to include a reference to the sporadic freezing.
Here are a few of the situations that lead to freezing or a crash/restart (also including a bug in there that might be related) –
- Certain websites, especially complex ones, lead to a crash or freezing (freezing usually). This is somewhat rare.
- Certain websites lead to the url bar being left behind as an artifact on the screen – you can see it on the Kindle home page. This is pretty rare.
- PDF files sometimes freeze the Kindle 3. Am also getting this strange bug where any PDF crashes the Kindle 3. Have only heard of one other case of it so it’s probably an edge case bug picked up due to opening up all types of PDFs and testing them.
- There have been days when it didn’t crash (mostly days focused on reading) and days when it crashed multiple times (mostly testing days focused on browser and PDFs).
- It crashed once when testing photos for manga on Kindle 3. There’s one menu item that is clickable though there’s nothing there and either that or all the changing of options caused the crash.
It’s enough days and haven’t loaded very many books on to the review unit so am reasonably confident this is not a ‘first few days’ bug or indexing bug and is in fact a software error (perhaps related to WiFi or to handling very complex tasks) that needs to be fixed in the next update.
Here’s a thread at the official kindle forum trying to figure out what the culprit for Kindle 3 crashes is. Well, it’s releasing a ton of great features in one release which guarantees there will be some issues. It’s the nature of software and as long as Amazon fixes it in the next upgrade it’s not a deal killer or even a big negative.
Note: Most of the crashes have happened when testing out really complex websites and strange PDFs. There also seems to be a thread of using WiFi though some people are seeing crashes on 3G too. So you might not run into the freezing/crashes – However, do let us know if you’re seeing crashes too so we can ascertain whether this is a common complaint.
It’s not like the freezing on the Nook (which was more frequent and was accompanied by bugs and sluggishness) – However, it’s big enough to warrant a downgrade in my Kindle 3 review score from 8.9/10 to 8.7/10. If it’s not fixed in the next release would probably drop the review score down to 8.5 because it really should be a Priority Zero fix. Kindle 2 didn’t see crashes/freezing and Kindle 3 shouldn’t either.