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Amazon introduces cheaper, ad-supported Kindle

By Jos
Apr 12, 2011
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  1. Amazon is making its popular Kindle e-reader more affordable for anyone to enjoy as long as they can put up with the occasional advertisement. The hardware is identical to the standard $139 model, but the new Kindle with "Special Offers" shaves $25 (18%) off that price down to $114 in exchange for showing you some publicity. It's worth noting that these ads aren't popping up in the middle of reading a book -- they're just replacing the Kindle's screen saver while the device is idle and a small strip at the bottom of the home screen. For many, that will be a fair trade off.

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Nope. 25$ off in exchange for seeing ads every day during the entire life of my purchase. Absolutely not. At least, not unless those periodic deals were really super duper sweet (like 20$ free per month cheap).
     
  3. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    No, not worth it. Anyone who's willing to pay 115 on a device, is more than willing to spend 25 more to not see annoying ads for the life of the device. Like really. Now if it was 99, it would make more sense, but 25 bucks? Not worth it in my book (is there a pun here?).
     
  4. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    i agree that it should be a bit cheaper though I do like the $10 for a $20 gift card deal shown.
     
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    And with the money you save, you can buy one e-book.

    Wouldn't it be possible to somehow hack into the Kindle and remove these "options"?
     
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,178   +72

    I don't understand the anti-ad comments here and elsewhere. What's the big deal about having ads on non-book pages? Are you worried you might be tempted to buy something advertised?
     
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I agree, as long as it isn't affecting a book I would be reading I'd be all for it > If its placing adds in-between paragraphs I could understand the comments, but that isn't the case as far as I am aware?
     

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