Well, I've been struggling with my Kindle for quite some time now. We both have the original Kindle model ....
and we love them, but we read a lot at night, and that model doesn't have a built-in light. We have to use a separate light to read at night and our lights have been acting up and we run through batteries like crazy. We've had those models since 2011, and I finally bit the bullet and paid the extra money to get the newest release - the Kindle Oasis.
The consensus is that the Oasis is a fantastic e-reader, but it is way overpriced, and previous models such as the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage do the job for less. But I held off long enough and there were features of the Oasis I liked, so I finally bought one.
The Oasis is far smaller and far lighter than our original Kindles, but the screen itself is exactly the same size..
It has 10 LED lights and the lighting is adjustable. It also has real page-turn buttons in addition to the touch-screen option. And there are several other minor features that I'm learning and have come to appreciate. One such feature is that it uses your reading pace to estimate how long it will take you to complete the current chapter or the book. That's handy to know.
The Oasis also comes with a "charging cover". When you charge the Oasis, you charge the cover. When you use the Oasis with the cover, the battery in the cover helps charge the Kindle, so the battery life is much longer.
So far, I'm very happy with the Oasis. And my guess is Linda is going to want one soon. :)
Also this week, I did a phone interview with Mike Wendland of Roadtreking.com. I did about 20 minutes which was included in his Podcast Episode 125. We had a great conversation, and his website is loaded with information. As he says at the end of our interview, we could have gone on for hours. I didn't get a chance to elaborate on some of my answers, but that was probably for the best. :)
On Wednesday, we flew to Dayton for the Cincinnati - Dayton RV Super Show. Yikes, it's cold. On Thursday, the high was around 30 and we had three afternoon seminars. We were quite surprised at the size of the crowd for a Thursday, and we had a great start to our seminars.
Friday was also a great day of seminars, and Linda got this photo as folks were arriving for our "Preparing To Full-time" presentation.
Unfortunately, the seminar area at the Dayton show is the worst of all the shows we do. Everywhere else we have a separate, quiet room, but at this current location the options are limited. So we're near the entrance/exit where everyone is coming in (noisy) and it stays pretty cold as the door is constantly opened. Still, we had great crowds and an enthusiastic group.
Friday morning before the seminars, I worked on financial stuff. We recently had to change our checking account and I'm going through the process of setting up automatic deposits and automatic withdrawals for all of our various monthly website fees and other general expenses.
A casualty of that change was the RV-Dreams Chat Room. We were paying about $400 a year and the use had dwindled significantly. It was in effect almost ten years and we had a good run, but the return on investment just wasn't there anymore. A huge thanks goes out to Dee W. who acted as our Chat Room hostess and did a great job welcoming everyone that wandered in. Thanks Dee!
Well, that's it for now. Have a great weekend and maybe we'll see a few of you here in Dayton. :)