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The Trouble with Tribbles: The Story Behind Star Trek's Most Popular Episode
The Trouble with Tribbles: The Story Behind Star Trek's Most Popular Episode
Price: $2.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see this one back in (digital) print!, February 2, 2014
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I first read the paperback version of this book as a very young kid newly aware that this "Star Trek" thing was growing much bigger than the 6pm reruns shown on local television. Recounting the creation of one of the best episodes of the original series, Gerrold writes in a conversational style well suited to his tale. Like his "The World of Star Trek", this is a vintage title every Trek fan will enjoy. Very highly recommended.


The World of Star Trek
The World of Star Trek
Price: $2.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good to see this book available again!, January 28, 2014
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My older brother owned David Gerrold's "The World of Star Trek" when I was a little kid, and like so many of his books and comics I read it several times. It's a well-written overview of Star Trek as it was in the years immediately after the show's initial run. Gerrold has a lot to say both good and bad about the show and notes a few things he would have done differently - some of which we many years later saw incorporated into "The Next Generation". There's also a fascinating and now very nostalgic look at Trek fandom as it existed in those days.

This is a greatly entertaining book well worth the attention of any Star Trek fan, and for the price a rather incredible bargain as well.


Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation]
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation]

11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Returning It, October 9, 2012
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I like almost everything about my Paperwhite, and don't mind the mottled lighting at the bottom - getting used to that was very easy and, as many have said, the display is certainly a huge improvement over external book lights. However, this unit exhibits a very distracting bright bar of white light at the lower left edge of the screen, so I'm returning it. It's sad that I'll have to wait until well into November for the new one to come along but maybe I'll get lucky and find one at Best Buy before then.

UPDATE: Called Amazon customer service this evening to see about possibly receiving an expedited replacement. Explained that it exhibits the expected light banding at the bottom of the screen (no problem there) but the "glow bar" at the lower left of the bezel seems a bit much. The woman with whom I spoke was extremely courteous and helpful, and the upshot was a replacement unit should arrive Friday. I'll update this review soon as the new Paperwhite is tried out and evaluated.

UPDATE: The replacement unit arrived as scheduled. I'm returning it and the original unit. Same weird bar of bright light at the lower left and in low light the display's uneven shading really does prove distracting, and rather more so over time than less. Purchased a Kindle Fire HD the other day and am very happy with it - its screen is simply beautiful and reading on it for long periods of time is easy on the eyes (or at least mine). The Kindle Paperwhite is a great concept but it's sadly not quite ready for prime time. Maybe next year... in the meantime I'll enjoy the Fire and my old Kindle Keyboard.
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The Roots of Obama's Rage
The Roots of Obama's Rage
by Dinesh D'Souza
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.77
98 used & new from $1.45

8 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More pitiful, tired agitprop from a long outdated "writer", September 23, 2012
Just finished this unfortunate check-out from the local library. It's nothing more than a series of willful lies and distortions by one of the least talented right-wing media hacks. Here "Distort D'Newsza" is up to his by now expected tricks - offering for sale misleading rightist propaganda wrapped in elegant phrases that might have worked back in the 90s but can't possibly hold up in this age of instant information verification. Nice to see how today Dinesh = Dinosaur.
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MoKo Slim Cover Case for Asus eee Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 / TF700T and Multi-Functional Docking Station, Black (Tablet and Dock not included)
MoKo Slim Cover Case for Asus eee Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 / TF700T and Multi-Functional Docking Station, Black (Tablet and Dock not included)
Offered by BSCstore
Price: $16.99
2 used & new from $9.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False Advertising, July 21, 2012
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At the time this was ordered the images of it shown on the product page depicted a case properly designed for use with both the tablet and the dock, with straps for use in securing the latter. What arrived is the very different item now pictured - an ugly, poorly fashioned thing unsuitable for use with the dock. I'm returning it.
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Saul Alinsky:The Evil Genius Behind Obama
Saul Alinsky:The Evil Genius Behind Obama
Price: $2.99

27 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More ridiculous ravings from a partisan uber-hack, March 1, 2012
Jerome Corsi continues with his lucrative scam here, smearing and distorting and outright lying for all he's worth. Which isn't much. Ditto-heads will love this "book". Anyone capable of critical thought will instead laugh out loud.
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Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
12 used & new from $72.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Varying Screen Quality, Indeed, November 26, 2011
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A number of early reviews feature complaints about the KT's screen contrast - how there's less difference in shading between background and print on this model than was usually seen on the Keyboard. I was ready to dismiss these concerns (why would Amazon allow a step back in quality for a new version of its flagship product?) until my own Kindle Touch arrived. Lo and (sadly) behold, for that particular device at least those concerns were proven true. The lettering was noticeably less distinct against the background than the display on my older Kindle and somehow seemingly "thinner", less robust. This was in marked, um, contrast to the units I'd sampled at local brick and mortar stores, all of which had very impressive displays.

Decided to return this one after speaking to a customer rep and hearing that they'd never heard of such a thing (does no one there read these reviews?). Went on to try again with a purchase from Target and - Yay! - the screen on my second KT looks MUCH better, superior even to that of my old model.

I suppose the contrast issues seen by me and some others could be due to poor quality control; perhaps in Amazon's rush to release these some inferior screens were approved to go. Whatever the case, the best advice I can give to anyone unhappy with their new KT's screen is to try again with a different unit. That worked very well for me and I'm entirely satisfied with this second purchase.


Kindle Leather Cover, Black (Fits Kindle Keyboard)
Kindle Leather Cover, Black (Fits Kindle Keyboard)
2 used & new from $25.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, were there only right corner straps for this excellent cover!!, September 1, 2010
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I bought the lighted version of this sweet little cover early on, only to discover the only flaw in the design was... the light. Returned that and now encase my K3 in this - an almost identical, elegantly simple leather cover happily sans Amazon's poorly configured light.

I quite like this. Had an M-Edge Prodigy jacket for the K2 and was fond of that, although it was a good deal heavier and more bulky to the touch. My fave thing about the Prodigy was how its use of the standard Kindle securing clamps on the left side of the device was coupled with corner straps on the right. That level of security was more than worth a little excess weight.

Given that, I still highly recommend this cover. The left clamps tightly hold the Kindle and the Amazon logo attachment attached to the front of the securing cord clearly indicates which side of the cover is the front side - which with reasonable care should all but eliminate opening the cover from the back and accidentally cracking the Kindle. The leather is nicely grainy to both sight and touch, and if it at first seems a little stiff that's entirely in keeping with any quality leather product. It soon loosens up.

Better covers may appear, but for the price this is an excellent choice that should serve you well and do a fine job of protecting your Kindle.


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