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Initial post: Sep 29, 2012 9:57:32 AM PDT
Claudia says:
Trying to figure out whether or not to get the kindle with special offers or no special offers.

Do the special offers distract from the reading?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 9:58:58 AM PDT
Beth says:
No they do not. They are the screensaver and a row at the bottom of the menu but do not appear while you are reading. At least on the e-ink kindles and I would think not while reading on the Fire either.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 10:00:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2012 12:04:02 PM PDT
JC says:
They don't intrude on your reading. On the e-Ink Kindles, the special offers are in the screensaver.

Since you can remove them by paying a $20 fee after purchasing, I don't see any reason not to buy with special offers and get rid of them if you don't like them. Some people prefer having them.

ETA: Wrong price. Thanks, Craig.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 10:02:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2012 10:03:25 AM PDT
I would always buy the With Special Offers. As posted above, you can pay to remove them later so why not see if it is worth paying to remove them before you do.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 11:16:19 AM PDT
Craig says:
Actually, the fee is $20 for the e-ink Kindles. I've had a Touch with SO since it was launched and barely notice the screensaver anymore.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 11:24:23 AM PDT
I don't even notice it and have never ever considered paying to have it removed....sometimes the offers are for new books that I'm actually interested it.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 12:01:18 PM PDT
bookcrazy says:
I am the opposite of the above posters. I do NOT want special offers, regardless of where,when,and for how long they appear. There is hardly a minute that goes by in my day that I am not bombarded with some type of advertising. The kindle is the one place that I can count for the break.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 1:07:34 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 1:11:32 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
You are not paying a premium for a no ad version. You get a discount for agreeing to have ads on your Kindle. They did not raise the price of the Kindle without ads to gouge you. They gave those on a budget a way to save a few dollers on a Kindle.

If you don't like the ads then purchase the no ad version for full price. Don't care about ads then save $20 and purchase the ad version.

It is not a big deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 1:16:08 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I will buy whatever device I want with or without ads. The ads save you money on the device. If you are upset about them why not tell whoever bought you the Kindle that they shouldn't have been so cheap with your gift.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 1:24:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2013 1:27:29 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
I will gladly take a Kindle with Special Offers to get a discount. I only see the offers when I open the cover to my kindle and then only long enough for me to push the power button to turn it on. Okay, upon reflection I suppose I see them at the end of my "reading session" but only after I push the power button and then only as long as it take me to close the cover.

In addition, I would never complain about a gift that anyone gave me. I might choose not to use the gift but I realize that some people can afford expensive gifts and some need to save their money a bit and cannot afford to give the most expensive version of the gift item.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 7:37:55 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 4, 2013 8:18:40 PM PST
"The fact that they are leveraging ad content into the price is just a distasteful thing to do to a book."

There is no "ad content" in the books. You saved money buying the ad-supported version but if it's as distasteful to you as it is to me to have someone who can't comprehend that ask me not to support a company for giving us choices, pony up the bucks, remove the ads, and get on with your life already.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 2:21:20 AM PST
saraf says:
Debased it how? The screensaver (screensaver, mind you, which DOES NOT APPEAR AT ANY TIME IN A BOOK) shows offers you can save money on. Sometimes it's an ad for a book or movie but often it's a special price on books or other items I'd have bought anyway. The ads are NEVER in the books or appear while you're reading. I don't know about you but I rarely hold my Kindle and stare at the screensaver. If I'm holding my Kindle, I'm reading, and the screensaver doesn't show. There's also a narrow bar at the bottom of the menu page. Not obtrusive, and again, doesn't show in the book. If you feel "debased" then pay to have the ads removed. We actually saved enough on items in the ads we paid for our Kindles with the savings.

Boggles the mind how many people pi§§ and moan about the ads. Just don't read 'em, or pay to have them removed.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 2:48:48 AM PST
Yep, ads are inside the buses. And because the advertisers pay to have their ads there, the bus company can set cheaper bus fares than they otherwise would.

I bet you'd whinge fast enough if they removed all the ads and doubled (or tripled) the fares!

(PS. I'll take your word for billboards not being on golf courses - without advertisers sponsoring them, I can't afford to join a golf club.)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 4:03:31 AM PST
Maybe you're not old enough to remember when paperback books usually came with several thick stock pages of ads in them ;)

I have a Paperwhite that I love and use constantly. I've added a skin and have bought a few? cases for it. There is no way I would have ads on it!

I also have a K3 and a Touch. I keep the K3 for backup and for travel -- free 3G browsing in a pinch when I'm out of my Sprint coverage area. The Touch is the ad-supported version; I'm going to be giving it away, so I've now subscribed to the ads on the K3. That way I can check the special offers occasionally (although there are now very few good offers) and not have to see the ads constantly.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 4:21:48 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Pay the extra money and have the ads removed then if you can afford it. I personally love having the option to save money. The ads in no way affect the reading of the book.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 6:27:31 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 6:31:39 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Then pay the $20 and you don't have to see the ads anymore. Easy peasy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 6:40:41 AM PST
"We are defining the format of new media and our future right now, and by accepting this bargain we are telling them that we are okay with paying one price for ads and more for ad-free."

Yes, that is what we are saying. I, for one, am ok with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 6:51:47 AM PST
Robin Pritchett says: "I do remember the several pages of ads in the back of paperbacks. I read old paperbacks all the time. This is different."

You are right... it is different. They are NOT in the books. Also, the ads were not at the back of paperbacks, they were in the middle of them. It's only now that they have moved them to the back of the books.

"We are defining the format of new media and our future right now, and by accepting this bargain we are telling them that we are okay with paying one price for ads and more for ad-free."

We told them that a LONG time ago. Subsidized products have long been around and it has never affected the price of the non-subsidized models.. for the main reason is that is is SUBSIDIZED. They have a base price and work out how much of that base price can be SUBSIDIZED by whatever it is that you agree to, be it a 2 year contract for something or to have ads show up. You have the entire process backwards.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 6:54:29 AM PST
"It is what it is."

"This is different."

Which is it? Your wife screwed up but you chose to come here and attempt to rally the troops to stand behind you. The fact remains that we can make our own choices, thank you very much. The fact remains that no non-SO Kindle has gone up in price and the Special Offers versions are even lower still. So, basically, you're not even objecting to the price you might pay for a non-SO Kindle, but rather what others stand to save by choosing the one with special offers; yet you wonder why others are also passionate. Sheesh.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:34:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013 7:35:10 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I am with you. Ads don't bother me at all. I have actually saved money a couple of times because of the ads.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:36:55 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Robin Pritchett says: I fear that the ad-free products are going to get much more expensive and the amount of ad content on the subsidized products will become much greater.

Actually the price has come down since the first units were introduced....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:40:49 AM PST
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