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Old 07-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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how can i unsubscribe the kindle special offers and add custom screensavers for free

how can i unsubscribe the kindle special offers and add custom screensavers for free
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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You can't. At least not legally. I paid $40 to have the special offers/ads removed from my Kindle Touch. When you purchase a Kindle with ads/special offers, you pay a reduced price in return for allowing Amazon to put ads on it. There may be some techy people who have developed a way to remove the ads, I don't know. Even after that, if you want to run your own screensavers you have to do a hack to the Kindle.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:53 AM   #3
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Amazon gave you a $40 rebate for having ads and special offers, and now you don't want to abide by your side of the deal? Be honest. Pay the $40 (or live with the ads).
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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Personally I don't find the ads to be a problem. When I'm using my Kindle Touch, 99% of the time I'm reading a book so I don't even see them. My advice is to either pay the $40.00 to remove them or just get used to them. They really aren't that bad.

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Old 07-16-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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Yeah, the ads aren't bad. If you've got a cover, it will cover the screen when you put the Kindle to sleep.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:56 AM   #6
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Amazon gave you a $40 rebate for having ads and special offers, and now you don't want to abide by your side of the deal? Be honest. Pay the $40 (or live with the ads).
Actually, the Special Offers are no more. The last such offer was 30 Apr.

When I got my K3, the subsidy was only $25. Now Amazon wants $40 to turn the ads off. Talk about inflation! But since the ads aren't intrusive, I have no problem with them staying on my Kindles. It's not worth wasting $30 and $40 to turn them off.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:18 PM   #7
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i wanted to remove them for my adding my custom screensavers anyway thanks
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i wanted to remove them for my adding my custom screensavers anyway thanks
There are ad removal hacks posted in the Dev Corner forum (and wikis), but most developers here discourage going that route because amazon has been nice to us developers (until recent firmware updates). You can look in the Dev Corner indexes, or use the MobileRead search functions.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:30 PM   #9
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Actually, the Special Offers are no more. The last such offer was 30 Apr.
That statement is totally incorrect. It does not matter whether they are called "special offers" or "AmazonLocal offers" or "BS no one wants offers," they still get pushed to the SO Kindles and the Kindle menu still reads "View Special Offers." You can argue semantics all you want to, but the fact remains that we are getting special offers pushed to our Kindles.
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That statement is totally incorrect. It does not matter whether they are called "special offers" or "AmazonLocal offers" or "BS no one wants offers," they still get pushed to the SO Kindles and the Kindle menu still reads "View Special Offers." You can argue semantics all you want to, but the fact remains that we are getting special offers pushed to our Kindles.
Renaming "Special Offers" is rather like when Microsoft advertised heavily that there were "no more UAEs" (Unknown Application Errors) in the latest Windows 3.x, of which Windows had been infamously plagued with up until then. It was a big selling feature. It did not take long to discover that they had "eliminated" all the UAEs by RENAMING them as "Illegal Instruction Execution" errors. Nice marketing ploy!
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That statement is totally incorrect. It does not matter whether they are called "special offers" or "AmazonLocal offers" or "BS no one wants offers," they still get pushed to the SO Kindles and the Kindle menu still reads "View Special Offers." You can argue semantics all you want to, but the fact remains that we are getting special offers pushed to our Kindles.
When the program started, it was called Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers. Special Offers required ownership and registration of a Special Offer Kindle; and did so until the last offer on 30 Apr.

Sponsored Screensavers are open to anyone with an Amazon account; even people who don't own Kindles. The same thing with AmazonLocal offers.

Amazon needs to change the wording.
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Renaming "Special Offers" is rather like when Microsoft advertised heavily that there were "no more UAEs" (Unknown Application Errors) in the latest Windows 3.x, of which Windows had been infamously plagued with up until then. It was a big selling feature. It did not take long to discover that they had "eliminated" all the UAEs by RENAMING them as "Illegal Instruction Execution" errors. Nice marketing ploy!
"General Protection Fault" was the wording IIRC.
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"General Protection Fault" was the wording IIRC.
Ahh... you brought back memories. UAE became GPF (and "Illegal Instruction Execution Error"). UAE was more fun because we used to say "Windows UAE'd on me again!" (pronounced "yoo-ee"). Because UAEs were typically caused by programs writing on memory that did not belong to them, renaming actually made sense, but marketing made it sound like they actually fixed something...

You could also get UAEs by executing data (which was renamed to "Illegal Instruction Execution" error). Back in those days, the MS C compiler was horrendously expensive and often generated bad code, so everybody but microsoft used borland turbo C. Many windows errors were no doubt caused my microsoft using their own compiler to build it.

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everybody but microsoft used borland turbo C. Many windows errors were no doubt caused my microsoft using their own compiler to build it.
I learned with Power C because it only cost $19.95 including a textbook. I still have it.
Sorry for the drift....as you were.
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I learned with Power C because it only cost $19.95 including a textbook. I still have it.
Sorry for the drift....as you were.
We used Borland Turbo C for real work, but we experimented with each new update to MS C to see if it improved any. We always went back to Turbo C. It was not until Visual C came around (after the success of Visual Basic), that MS finally got their C compiler reliable enough to use for real work. The "WordStar" key layout of Turbo C really aided my "coding trance" sessions, while Visual C required to much "mousing" and the required eye-hand coordination interfered with my coding trances (you had to drop out of the "dream state" to operate move a mouse pointer on the screen, while key presses were pure reflex (when using the WordStar edit key definitions). After windows became popular, I did switch to Visual C 6.0, but I mainly used it from the command-line (no distracting GUI that way), and I still do occasionally.

Okay now... where were we? Oh yeah, special offers. Note to OP: You CAN remove them, and there are Dev Corner threads (and YouTube videos) that show you how. But you need to go find them yourself, because we do not encourage that.

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