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Old 10-05-2011, 04:12 PM   #16
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Would have been interesting if they offered $30 for converting old Kindle to WSO
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:56 PM   #17
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I want amazon to give me $30 to turn my regular kindle into an ad machine

Oops I saw somebody beat me to it ^^^^

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:06 PM   #18
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I wonder if there a time limit on this 'upgrade' offer? Or can we assume it's available for the life of the device?
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:02 AM   #19
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Nice article on this:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394197,00.asp

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Old 10-06-2011, 02:10 AM   #20
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Sometimes I think about 90 percent of the info we read in blogs about the Kindle comes from MobileRead members. I'm glad this article gave credit to the forum this time.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:56 AM   #22
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Amazon's Special Offers are full-page ad screensavers, plus a small ad that takes up part of the screen while reading.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:13 AM   #23
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I'm hoping the SO turns out to be a good thing for me (haven't gotten my kindle yet). HOPING. I'm not a big purchaser of anything except books and the offers don't seem as good as at the start...but we'll see. I know I can't change my mind after 30 days with the older model; it's kind of cool that they allow that with the K4!
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #24
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I wonder if they'll ever do something to allow you to add the offers to non-SO models.
Maybe this is a trial towards cutting their number of models in half. There would only be "special offer" models and people that don't like it can pay $30 to make the ads go away.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:36 AM   #25
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Why would I pay 30 bucks to get rid of a great deal?
As a non-Kindle person (for now) the Special Offers deal looks to me like there's a small negative (ads below the screensaver) and a large positive (discounted Kindle, many discounts on products carried by Amazon that I'd buy anyway).

My Garmin GPS has some non-intrusive ads but in return I get free real-time traffic - a worthwhile tradeoff.

I see the Kindle Special Offers deal the same way.
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Maybe this is a trial towards cutting their number of models in half. There would only be "special offer" models and people that don't like it can pay $30 to make the ads go away.
I suspect SO is turned On/Off when Amazon staff assign a name and email address to a K4 prior to shipping. That way it is all software controlled and the same hardware can ship as either SO or not SO. That's a pretty smart business model!
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As a non-Kindle person (for now) the Special Offers deal looks to me like there's a small negative (ads below the screensaver) and a large positive (discounted Kindle, many discounts on products carried by Amazon that I'd buy anyway).

My Garmin GPS has some non-intrusive ads but in return I get free real-time traffic - a worthwhile tradeoff.

I see the Kindle Special Offers deal the same way.
The ad is so tiny on the home screen I don't even notice it and I hate Ads and use blockers when I can on my PC. It's a thin strip really not really what I call a standard ad banner and it isn't animated. The screensavers are pretty even though it's an ad they are nice to look at. I don't miss the dead people at all!
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Nice article on this:
I found it misleading:

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Amazon's Special Offers are full-page ad screensavers, plus a small ad that takes up part of the screen while reading.
(relevant misinformation in bold)
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That seems to be too common these days. People no longer check their facts. Instead they repeat what others say without verifying whether it is true, and they often misquote and/or misunderstand those they are quoting. i use the term "quoting" a bit liberally here, mostly they just repeat what they have heard or read and don't bother to credit the source(s).
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