As I promised, I started to read the previously stored e-books on my Amazon Fire Tablet this morning. I began with the very impressive ‘Yeshiva Girl’, by American blogger, Rachel Mankowitz. Here’s a link.
The Book is Ready
I got into this very good book quickly, helped by the fact that I was reading it tucked up in bed, after waking up far too early today. I was soon 45% into the book, (yes I know, impressive) when the ‘issues’ began. I must have touched something without knowing, as the book morphed into a tiny square in the centre of the Fire Tablet’s screen. After numerous attempts to ‘spread’ the text with my fingers, I finally got back to full size, and continued to read.
But as I flicked the screen to the next page, I was confused. This didn’t seem to follow on from the page I had just read. Sure enough, I soon discovered that the Tablet had moved me on three pages, instead of one. I flicked back three pages until it made sense again, and continued for a minute or two. Then I sneezed, which the Tablet apparently does not compute. After using a tissue, I returned to my reading, to discover that the book was now back to the cover page! I had to scroll though the entire 46% of the beginning of the book, to get back to where I had started.
Happy to be back on the right page, I read it, thinking that I might finish the book completely, at that rate. That made me very happy.
But then the auto-alignment feature decided that I wanted the screen to be in landscape format, instead of portrait. Twiddling it around eventually solved the problem, but then it started to fast forward three pages instead of one again. Every time. I had two options. Fling the annoying device out through the closed window, (it was cold this morning) or put it down for a while, until I calmed down. I made the sensible choice, and plugged it in on charge next to the bed, (the battery warning had also come on) before getting up and forgetting the rest of the book for today.
I will be going back to Rachel’s book, (if it lets me) as it is most enjoyable. But in the meantime, if any of you very experienced e-readers have any tips about using the things, please let me know in the comments. (With screenshots, if possible. 🙂 )