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Old 04-27-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Amazon begins shipping Ad-Supported Kindle

" Kindle with Special Offers" is an ad supported version of the Wifi only model and retails for $114 in the US

In return for that super-low price the customer will receive Advertisements in the form of screen savers and banners on the home screen.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/27/a...advertising-r/
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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I was surprised to hear that 4 people in the office had jumped on this offer. I wonder how well they'll like it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:20 PM   #3
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I really don't see myself permanently opting in (can I opt out by paying back the 25 bucks?) to advertisements for a one-time reduction of 25$. If this was limited to a year, or there was some other ongoing incentive that'd be another story.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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I said this was going to happen about a year ago....it was just too easy to get them in there, and I believe that books will be next
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:52 PM   #5
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What surprised me was the price for this. I expected them to do it, but figured this would come in a $99 USD instead of $114. Honestly, I can't imagine buying this one for a mere $25 differential. Even if they NEVER put ads in books, it's still nothing I want for that price differential.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:08 PM   #6
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What's the pool on how many days it takes for the hackers to come up with a modification to remove the ads?
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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What's the pool on how many days it takes for the hackers to come up with a modification to remove the ads?
I've got $20 on 5 days
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:21 PM   #8
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I jumped. It should arrive Friday.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:51 PM   #9
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If the ads are only on the screensavers and home page, would they ever really bother anyone?

Granted, it isn't much of a discount and I do like having custom screen savers a great deal... .
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:53 PM   #10
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It's not enough of a discount to entice me into an ad supported platform. If I didn't have a Kindle, and the price was $99, as CRussel suggests, then I'd probably jump on it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:56 PM   #11
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If the ads are only on the screensavers and home page, would they ever really bother anyone?

Granted, it isn't much of a discount and I do like having custom screen savers a great deal... .
I would've paid full price ($139) for one. It's not the discounted price, but the offers that are exclusive to this device. I expect to save at least $140 from the initial offers for products I already planned to buy at full price.

It's the offers
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:56 PM   #12
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I hate them while browsing my favorite forums, you think I want it in my e-Reader!? Heck no!! In the forums I know they help pay for keeping the forum going... but on my reader!? I rather pay a little more and not have the hassle of ads...
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:00 PM   #13
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If the ads are only on the screensavers and home page, would they ever really bother anyone?

Granted, it isn't much of a discount and I do like having custom screen savers a great deal... .
I don't use screensavers, I always switch it off when I've finished. But the ones on the home page could be annoying, depending on how big they are, if you have a lot of different stuff on there to read.

Presumably you would also need to have the wifi on all the time so that it can download new adverts?
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #14
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If the ads are only on the screensavers and home page, would they ever really bother anyone?

Granted, it isn't much of a discount and I do like having custom screen savers a great deal... .
Will look forward to hearing about it and how it's working out for you.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:23 PM   #15
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Uh, this was announced and discussed ad infinitum a week or two ago.
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