So Christmas has come and gone for another year! Yay. It was carnage in our household. I was surprised that the kids went straight to sleep, I think it had a lot to do with Norad freezing on occasion, and daughter thinking that the freezing was a result of kids not sleeping so Santa giving those kids a miss.
Husband had to erect a 3ft Barbie house, this did not go down without a billion curse words, took him 2hrs to do. I arranged the furniture of the house, so, I did help!
On Christmas morning, my kids slept in! We actually had to go wake them up at 9am, son actually forgot Father Christmas was coming.
I turn into the usual obsessive compulsive with regards to mess. Following the kids with a black bin bag as the frantically rip off paper and tear open boxes, which, can I say, you need an instruction manual in itself. I mean, screwing in toys to cardboard!
I do have to say, I got my porn watch YAY, the Garmin forerunner 305, havent used it yet, snow and ice on the roads and I don’t fancy breaking my other leg. But, come Jan 10th, when kids go back to school, I am running again, I have a half marathon to run in March….I digress.
We did the in-law visit, then went to our neighbours house for a glass of champagne or 5! Then up to my parents, by which point I was very merry!
Had Christmas meal, I think I shovelled in eleventy billion calories, then the present giving.
The kindle, the dreaded 2nd kindle under my tree for mum.
I got my mother the wi-fi version as I thought it would be more worth while than the wi-fi 3G version. I like the 3G version as I use it for Facebook and twitter sometimes when I am on the go. Mum barely uses her computer, so I thought the 3G would be pointless for her.
What I did not guarantee was the fact that my mother does not have Wi-Fi….What The Frig!? I thought everyone has Wi-Fi.
As I had consumed copious amounts of alcohol on Christmas day, and, I had not taking reading glasses, I could not fathom my blind, drunk, little head around the manual. I did not expect I would require a manual. When I got my kindle, it was on, books on, done.
Why The Frig does she not have Wi-Fi!
I told my mother dearest that I would come round the following day to help her out.
Boxing day, not so fresh!
In the evening, I went back round to mothers to battle with her kindle.
I want to add a footnote, (even though its not actually a footnote) I have been a Kindle user since September, and I adore it, and the reason why I bought my mum a kindle was because she also loves books, and, she kept admiring mine.
If you have received a kindle as a gift, and the giver is also a kindle user, you may find that your brand spanking new Kindle is registered under the giver…..follow?
It’s easy to register your kindle under your own name.
If you have not yet got an Amazon account, just go to the Amazon website, Amazon.co.uk (if you are in the uk) or Amazon.com, if in the states. Once you have registered, you can then register your Kindle.
If you have Wi-Fi (unlike my mother!) Just go to Settings, then Register then register with your Amazon login details. If your Kindle is registered under another user, its Settings, Deregister then go back to register, and do so with your login details.
If, like my mother, you do not have wi-fi, (WTF!) login to Amazon, go to Your Account, scroll down to Settings and click on Manage Your Kindle, Under the heading ‘Your Kindle(s)’ Click on the link Register a new Kindle you need to enter your Kindle’s serial number.
To find this, on your Kindle, go to settings, and right down at the bottom, you will see your Kindles Serial number, enter this in the box, and voila your kindle is registered.
Simple, if you have wi-fi, just shop, find a book you like, buy now with one click, and transfer to ‘name’s kindle’
If you don’t have wi-fi, it’s also easy, although if you are anything like my mother, I suggest you have a few trial runs with free e-books.
Instead of transfer to ‘names kindle’ on the drop down, choose ‘Transfer via computer’ download the book and open the download folder.
Plug in your Kindle, go to start, computer and open the kindle drive, then open documents. copy or cut the book from your download folder and paste it into your document folder in the kindle. Unplug and turn on your kindle and there should be your book.
Now one thing I complained about was Kindle not allowing lending well, today, Amazon have announced that they have now implemented lending, but…woah there, if you are in the UK, like me, then don’t get to excited!! Amazon are Beta testing this, you need to be in the US, AND, there are only a few books they are rolling out. Also, the lending is for 14 days only. If you are a super fast reader then yay you, but, if like me, you are a busy mum, who works, runs a house hold and is generally frazzled, reading does not always fit into my day. I am lucky if I can finish a book in 4wks. Personally, I think 30 days is more reasonable.
Amazon are also only allowing lending a book ONCE, so not like a library, where, if I don’t happen to finish a book in 14 days, I can check it out again.
You can read more about Lending, here
All, I can say is Happy Kindling, once you get the hang of it, you will come to love it just like me. I wanted to give this rough guide as I have had a good few hits on my blog recently about Kindles, so I am guessing many have received one, just like my mother, for Christmas. Enjoy it, I promise, you wont miss the smell of books (which is what one of my friends said, her reason for not jumping on the Kindle bandwagon )