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Old 10-03-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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?n about special offers on PW Kindle

If I unsubscribe from the special offers on my PW Kindle will it also remove the row of recommendations on my home page? Yesterday it was "Editor's Choice" and today it's "Kindle Singles"
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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No, those operate independently from the Special Offers. (Amazon takes every opportunity to push it's content.) Unsubscribing will only remove the ads from the lock screen and the small ad at the bottom of the menu screen.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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If enough people turn out to not like the recommendations and complain maybe they'll let them be disabled in a firmware update like they're doing for the Kindle Fire's.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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I recall reading someone's posted response from Amazon (either here on MR or another forum) regarding this and it stated that a future update would allow enabling or disabling "recommended for you," etc. via menu/display options. Sure wish I had bookmarked a link now.
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Here's the announcement from Amazon:

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We wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks, free software updates will be coming to Kindle Fire HD and the latest generation Kindle Fire. These software updates will include Kindle FreeTime, a tablet experience just for kids allowing parents to set daily screen time limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child. We're also adding a setting to let customers control whether or not personalized recommendations appear below the carousel on the device homepage. In addition, customers will be able to set their device default language to one of six languages, including English (US), English (UK), German, French, Italian, and Spanish. These updates will be delivered automatically to your Kindle Fire.

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http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/r...x1GXPVHM7EPB0K
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:04 PM   #6
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http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/r...x1GXPVHM7EPB0K
Yes, that's for the Fire's. Hopefully there will be something similar for the Paperwhite's.

The recommendations aren't really personalized on the PW, just various generic lists that refresh when you access the home screen.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #7
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Someone started another thread on Amazon's Kindle forum about keeping "recommendations" optional on the Paperwhite.

Ads are ads, whether they're called "Recommendations" or "Special Offers". If Amazon wants to charge me even more than they did for the NSO KPW, then so be it; I just want my device to be a no-soliciting zone.
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If I unsubscribe from the special offers on my PW Kindle will it also remove the row of recommendations on my home page? Yesterday it was "Editor's Choice" and today it's "Kindle Singles"
Thanks.
These only appear in "Cover" view. If you change to "List" view you won't see them.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:30 PM   #9
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If enough people turn out to not like the recommendations and complain maybe they'll let them be disabled in a firmware update like they're doing for the Kindle Fire's.
That would be nice. I don't so much mind the Special Offers, sometimes, but I could really do without the recommendations (even though they're basically the same thing).
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:33 PM   #10
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That would be nice. I don't so much mind the Special Offers, sometimes, but I could really do without the recommendations (even though they're basically the same thing).
Make sure to send feedback so they will remove the bottom row. I will be using list view. I've never been bother with Special Offers banner but that is too space on my screen for stuff I will never buy.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:43 PM   #11
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As stated above, removing the special offers will not do what you ask. However, I found out what will remove the row of recommendations!

If you enable parental controls and disable access to the store, it will disappear. Just re-enable the store when you want to buy something. The rest of the time, your home screen is free and clear.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:47 PM   #12
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As stated above, removing the special offers will not do what you ask. However, I found out what will remove the row of recommendations!

If you enable parental controls and disable access to the store, it will disappear. Just re-enable the store when you want to buy something. The rest of the time, your home screen is free and clear.
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As stated above, removing the special offers will not do what you ask. However, I found out what will remove the row of recommendations!

If you enable parental controls and disable access to the store, it will disappear. Just re-enable the store when you want to buy something. The rest of the time, your home screen is free and clear.
I never ever use the store. So this is a great idea! If i buy something it's through my PC.
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A workaround mentioned on the Kindle forum thread I linked to earlier:
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I eliminated the recommended books in cover mode. I just set the parental mode to "store off" and the recommended titles will not be displayed. If you want to visit the store, you enter a password which you set when turning the shop off.
EDIT: Sorry, didn't see the last couple of posts in this thread!
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I never ever use the store. So this is a great idea! If i buy something it's through my PC.
Same here! I will definitely be using this trick when mine arrives! (Scheduled delivery date for my Kindle PW is 10/6!)
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