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Initial post: Aug 4, 2011 9:09:23 AM PDT
Ellie says:
Hi- I'm a newbie trying to understand how these "special offers"might work. Can anyone please explain how frequently they appear, how difficult it is to ignore them, do they get in the way of reading, etc?

My guess is it will probably be worth the fifty dollars to avoid them, but it's for my jr. high school aged child, and since my guess is I will eventually want the DX, I wonder about saving the money invest later.
Oh- btw, we're interested in the 3G model ($139 or $189.)

If you could explain how they work, I would be so grateful!
Thanks in advance!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2011 9:14:10 AM PDT
if you look at the product page information it will answer your questions

: )

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 9:14:31 AM PDT
emb says:
You see the special offers as a screen saver when you put your Kindle to sleep. You also see them at the bottom of the home page where all of your book titles are listed. They never appear while you are reading. That is, they are NOT popup ads. I feel that they are not a problem at all. To me it was well worth the $50 savings.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2011 9:32:13 AM PDT
I have a K3 G3 SO and a K3 WiFi and I much prefer the ads on the So than the Dead Authors on WiFi. Same price $139.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 9:59:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2011 9:59:33 AM PDT
Amanda_M says:
I love my K3 3G SO too, Like emb said. You only see the ads as the screensavers (instead of pictures of authours) when your Kindle is asleep and at the bottom of your home page, just a small bar type ad. I actually really like the offers because they have some great savings on things from and even some good deals for e-books! I think it is definitly worth saving the $50!

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 10:03:15 AM PDT
I love my Kindle with Special Offers. The ads never interfere with my reading but some of the offers are really good and they are only available to people who have this Kindle. Right now there's a special on humorous books... a list of about 100 humor book and you can get one of them for $1

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 10:09:57 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Just picked up a nice HP printer with AirPrint (to support my iPad) for $60 through a Kindle Special Offer. The SO was a $40 discount off the regular selling price (which was already discounted).

I prefer the advertising screensavers to the standard ones. Besides that, the only other impact is that there is one less entry on the Home Screen (to make room for the current SO at the bottom), and the addition of a menu item that lets you look at all current SOs.

I also just got PJ O'Roarke's latest book for $1 through a KSO.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 10:12:12 AM PDT
Ravenskya says:
Yeah I jumped on the humor book for $1, if the ads continue to offer great things like that then I'll be thrilled I picked this version. I chose it initially because I'm a broke med school student, now I'm thinking the benefit will be greater than the $50 I saved

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 10:56:25 AM PDT
Daisy says:
We have two KSOs. One of them has already paid for itself with the money we've saved on special offer purchases.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 3:41:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2011 3:43:50 AM PDT
Ellie says:
Thank you, thank you, everyone!! I really appreciate you taking the time to fill me in. really helped me make a choice! 3G with ads, coming my way next week. I'd do it sooner, but we have 3 HUGE men here for the weekend, putting a new tranny in my 27 yo's car. Boy, can they eat!! lol The beer alone...sheesh! :)

I really was just worried the ads would be in the way of using the Kindle. Now that I understand how they work, I feel quite comfortable with the idea. Even looking forward to trying it!

Really, I am very grateful for your help. Thanks again! :-)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 3:52:51 AM PDT
Ellie says:
I must add: this is the loveliest group of people! (well, okay- for the most part. I'm sure you must occasionally meet up with someone less lovely...)
Strangers helping one another! It's like the world when I was a kid in the 60s! Nice to know you're still out there, somewhere.

Thanks, too, to everyone who posted a review of their Kindle. Those things are amazingly useful!

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 10:36:35 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 10:57:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 10:58:27 PM PST
And now, they save you no money at all and you have to fork over an extra $15 to get rid of them.

Gee, who could have guessed that was coming?

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 11:04:55 PM PST
It reminds me of Progressive Insurance giving people a discount for installing spyware into their car. Then your discount gets smaller as they learn that you brake too hard and go 5 MPH over the limit sometimes.

Then eventually you get no discount, but they have tons of information that you never would have otherwise given them.

Then they will change their policy and start charging you more, because the information that you gave them says you're "11% riskier than the average driver, so your rates will go up 11%".

Amazon got people to passively accept adware by initially offering a $50 discount, but then they took away the discount and started making people pay more to get rid of the annoyance.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 9:16:19 PM PDT
Can you add new screensavers on the kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2013 9:29:27 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 3:16:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2014 3:24:52 AM PDT
abra100pro says:
"if you look at the product page information it will answer your questions : )"

This is the kind of help that makes my toenails curl. Please place at least a link to that mentioned page and save time instead of trying to be smart.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 5:31:37 AM PDT
Since you are responding to a post that's 3 years old, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a link.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 5:39:24 AM PDT
we need to post a link because you are too navigate to the product page? A person navigated here to get others to do the work for them.... why? We aren't getting paid to help.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 6:52:46 AM PDT
King Al says:
Sheesh. Type "Kindle Paperwhite" (or whatever you are looking for) in the search box at the top of the screen on any Amazon page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 7:48:42 AM PDT
But that would involve people having to do actual work, and we all know most of them would rather be spoon fed information rather than actually have to try to find that information themselves.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 8:03:32 AM PDT
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Or something like that. It's better that you learn HOW to find the answers you seek as that is a skill that will serve you well in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 8:04:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2014 8:05:01 AM PDT
I think it's give a man a fish and he well eat for a day; teach a man to fish and you will never see him on a weekend again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 8:23:20 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2014 8:25:09 AM PDT
I need to start using semi-colons more.
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