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In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011 11:02:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2011 11:25:32 AM PDT
EC, I am saying that it would sell a lot of Kindles, which in turn, providing ebook prices are reasonable, sells more e-books. That will make AMZN share holders happy and should in turn reduce the cost of e-books so everyone is happy.

I am glad that you feel so strongly about the environment that you eschew paper books in favor of electronic books. That's right the "e" in e-book stands for electronic which means electricity. Hopefully, you have your house prepped with solar array and wind turbines to charge your device. Also, better have a good recycling plan for that battery when it needs to be changed. Where does the material for that battery come from and how does it impact the environment. There are pros and cons to how everything effects the environment. Just because a marketing firm sells an item as environmentally friendly doesn't mean that it is better for the environment than the item it replaces.

Apple is another story altogether. Their customers will pay a premium for what they have while others want more bang for their buck and flexibility. That is the great thing with the free market system when people have the ability to choose what they want and how much they are willing to pay. You have made your choices and are happy with the results. Just like I am making my choices and suggesting how I feel the market could be improved. Not saying I'm right but at least I have the right to express myself.

Thanks for the dialogue.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011 11:08:25 AM PDT
EP, I don't even have a solar heater for our pool, but I do recycle......does that count?

We all have our opinions on everything, and I respect almost everyone's opinion, unless it is so out there that it is not socially acceptable.

I think that e-readers are a wonderful invention. Unfortuntely for me, I was a hold out of the technology for 3 years. I wasted 3 years and much reading enjoyment.

Posted on May 9, 2011 11:08:42 AM PDT
Ravynn says:
I went to best buy to buy my Kindle, and they only had the one for 114.00 and i am happy with it, the ads are not bad and only on when the kindle is sleeping, for my first one, i am not upset, and the person that got one as a gift, just remember retail stores sell them, and they do not carry everyone there is. plus with mine i have a warranty that amazon could not match.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2011 3:21:01 PM PDT
Venesa says:
Okay, wow, I feel bad that I even mentioned my gift at all. I really was grateful for it, trust me, the giver heard screams of joy on the phone, but since I didn't know about the ad thing I was sort of irritated by the ads and thought it was Kindle spam. (I also fast-forward through commercials and change the channel when an unwanted ad pops up during a TV show and blocks part of the screen. Unnecessary annoyance.) I only had the Kindle a day when I went in search of how to delete the ads. Now that I've had it longer I don't mind them as much b/c I read and don't look at the menu much. I purposely avoid looking at the ads, like other owners of the S.O. Kindle have stated. I also hold the button the extra seven seconds to turn off the ad when the Kindle is off, but the same four ads do keep coming up and I'm guessing most people could see how that could be irritating. The only reason I posted at all was so that people could see how it might not be a great idea as a gift. Give the person a gift certificate and let them decide, that's all I'm saying. I would have gladly paid the extra $25 to avoid the ads, but that's just me.

I loved that I read that someone gave this version to her best friend so that she could spend the extra $25 on books for the Kindle. That was very sweet. I think if the person says, hey, heads up, there's going to be ads on this and explain what the deal is. I was just ignorant to the ad version.

The person who gave this to me would never read a post like this, not computer savvy at all. I would never have posted if I thought she would see it. I'd be insulted by that comment, but you guys don't know me, and think I'm being ungrateful for a discounted gift, so it's understandable. As-a-matter-of-fact I have already emailed the giver twice telling her how much I'm enjoying my gift. I'm not a mean person, just stating what I felt about it in hopes that other people might benefit from my experience and perhaps go with the gift certificate idea. My niece wanted a Kindle for her graduation, I sent her a $100 check and said "put this money toward your Kindle!" Nothing wrong with that.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 7:15:27 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 15, 2011 7:21:56 PM PDT
Jeanna Wenke says:
I think that this is a kindle discussion forum not a lesson in telling people how to act and if yall wanna discuss stuff like that yall need to take it elsewhere. She simply voiced her feelings it is no ones place to tell her how to feel. I'm 20 and I know this is stupid. I came to this forum to find out about a kindle not read people trying to reprimand someone they don't even know.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 7:27:45 PM PDT
Jeanna Wenke says:
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Posted on Aug 28, 2011 12:05:47 PM PDT
I love the ads, i have saved a lot on books for $1 and other items. My kindle just broke, does anyone know where i can view the special offers online while my kindle is being fixed?

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 12:49:31 PM PDT
ssjenny1 says:
You can't see the special offers anywhere other than on the Kindle itself. I tried to find out if there was a way to get the ads on my normal Kindle or see them online so I could take advantage of the offers but its not possible. I was told if I want the special offers I would have to buy the Kindle that has them on it. A bit of a bummer because I would rather have the ads then screen savers of some old authors so that I could take advantage of some of the deals, but since I have a Kindle already it doesn't make sense to me to buy another one that doesn't have 3G when mine works just fine. It is sometimes tempting though, especially with the recent deal of 20% off laptops (including the Macbook Air which is what I want) that would pay off the Kindle in and of itself.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 3:24:10 AM PDT
When "viewing" the "add" on your kindle, it asks you if you want to have the add emailed to you. Once recieveing the email you are given the opportunity to "buy". There is always a limit. I did a $1 for 1 book program. When you decided to by from the add, from the email, you click on a link and are taken to the shoping cart section of your account on There you are told of all the restrictions that apply. No two adds are the same based on their restrictions, though many are similar.

Adds show up as a "turned off" screen saver, and one add at a time on the bottom of your screen on the "home" page. Not at any other time.

If you don't want the product you don't click on it and you don't get the email telling you about it further. Every few weeks the adds are changed, so if you see an add and you want to take advantage of it.... do so, for it will dissapear.
I know 'cause I just missed out on a really good deal on the Keurig K-Cup special they were having, Spend $25 on K-cups any flavor and ger $25 in K-cups in any flavor free.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 12:12:23 PM PDT
Jory Ledman says:
Vanesa, thank you for this honest post. It is exactly what I needed to read as I am considering buying this as a gift and needed to hear from an actual owner. Thank you again!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 9:10:34 AM PDT
Why would you think they would do something wouldn't create more profit for them?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 9:13:44 AM PDT
It's apples and oranges. The content you view on your TV is free to you (outside of cable subscription) but is subsidized by advertising.

But it's not unlike the subsidies for cell phones, satellite dishes, etc which you get far below "retail" because you sign up for service or they have ads. A lot of websites are free but funded by ads. That's a more fair comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 7:24:07 AM PDT
You really should read the ads. The last time I checked -- about a month ago -- my kindle with ads had saved me about $500. Groceries saved $200 in one order. Books for $1. Camping equipment. Back to school supplies, household items, backpacks... ALL things I needed to buy anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 7:25:50 AM PDT
Ads. I missed the ad for keurig too.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 10:08:08 AM PDT
kurt says:
I agree. The codes have saved me some $$$ too. I've been able to pump up my book library on the cheap with the great $1 book deals. If you dont' crack your Kindle enough, you can still keep up with the codes here:

I'd get the $114 special again.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 10:17:40 AM PST
Phenix Ruan says:
If you receive one with special offers as a gift, you can always graciously accept the gift, and then disable the ads.

There is a fee to do so, the difference between the regular model and the special offer one.

Yes, you will have to pay $35, but that's easier than feeling angst against your well intentioned friend or relative.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 2:41:57 PM PST
C. Gilbert says:
your wrong...the ads do appear while reading. Happened twice while reading my first book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 2:58:26 PM PST
ice grizzly says:
Ads only appear as screensaver and at the bottom of home page. Never while reading.

If you don't flip the page for a longtime.. It will switch to screen saver mode.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 4:18:41 AM PST
Danny S says:
Haha , that's a great comment. Nothing better than starting off the day with a laugh. Well done Ed. Touche.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 11:14:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2012 11:17:01 AM PST
Vincent Hou says:
I got my Kindle as a gift for this past Christmas. I have to say when I realized it did have the special offers ads I was really annoyed. In fact, I was ready to "unsubscribe" from the ads (you can do so by paying a 25-50$ fee, which is the difference in price between the sponsored and non-sponsored versions depending on your model) and updated my Kindle's software so I could do it (the software it shipped with didn't give me the option).

I've used the kindle for 2 weeks now... and man I have to say I never thought I'd enjoy it so much! What's even more shocking for me is that the ads don't bother me AT ALL. I've almost forgotten they existed. I had bookedmarked this thread and a few other pages in my "get ready to unsubscribe" moment - but now I think I'm just going to leave it as is.

1. Have not seen any ads while in a book
2. Only ads I notice are when looking at:
a. my list of books on the Home screen - and they're at the bottom and not obtrusive
b. on the screensaver when your Kindle goes to sleep

What's really crazy is that the screensaver ads are SUPER tame. Like, it's as if Amazon said "On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) make sure your advertisement is not anywhere above a 2 in annoyance factor and we'll let you advertise with us."

In a world bombarded with advertisements - take for example, the New York Times on the web - I think the Kindle advertising is barely noticeable. Sometimes I forget the screensaver ad is actually an ad, and think it's just a random picture. If only all ads were like this...!

So, knowing what I know now...

1) If I were to buy a kindle in the future for myself, I'd probably go with the sponsored version to save a few bucks.
2) I'd buy a sponsored kindle or the non-sponsored one DEPENDING ON THE PERSON I WAS GIVING IT TO.
3) I'm super grateful my friend got me this kindle because I love it, even with the ads.
4) I think, sometimes people buy sponsored kindles because they're short on cash (and you may not realize this). It's the thought that counts. So don't be too harsh, and appreciate it - because you really don't notice the ads. If they are rich mofos but cheaped out because you're not worth the money, and don't know you well enough to know that you'd be really *itchy about it, then perhaps you're not as good friends as you thought you were, and you should be grateful that someone spent 75-135$ on you anyway. Go reevaluate your friendship or something.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 12:53:11 PM PST
The special offers are not as good as they were before thanksgiving. I hope they start picking up again, I saved a lot of money on deals May-Nov.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 11:21:13 AM PST
Dave says:
I just randomly found this thread via Google. Not to be a troll, but you guys posting in this thread are some serious whiners. I have the Kindle with Special Offers. The ads do not pop up at all, or get in the way ever. So far, thanks to the special offers, I got a $9 ebook for $1, and I got a free $3 Amazon Instant Video credit with which I watched a movie at no cost. They're not just ads, they're actually special offers. I look forward to checking every day to see what kind of free stuff they're going to offer me next. I wouldn't disable the option even if it was free. I hear that in the past one of the offers was a straight up $10 credit towards video games (not some kind of deal, just a free $10). Damn whoever bought this for me I am so pissed at you for getting me the special offers and forcing me to get cheaper books, free movies, and video game discounts at no inconvenience to myself WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 10:01:25 AM PDT
If you don't have 'kindle special offers' go to and on your kindle page, click 'manage your devices.' There is a 'special offers' tab and click 'edit.' follow directions. It didn't say anything about the service having a price, so I assume it's free. and then when your wireless is on, the special offers (or ads, as some refer to them as) show up on the bottom of your home screen. If you no longer want this service, do the same, only unsubscribe.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 10:20:56 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
" Kindle was flooded with ANNOYING ads..."
I don't understand the above phrase. Sorry. I have the Kindle WSO. In order to even SEE the list of special offers you need to go to a menu and click on a list to see the SO. The screen savers? You see ONE. Does that constitute a flood? I don't see them any other time. Certainly not when I'm reading!

I think you either need to upgrade or get a life. Apparently you don't need the bonuses that the rest of us look forward to with the special offers. So turn in your Kindle and stop whining.
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