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Old 06-17-2011, 05:23 AM   #16
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It would be possible if I lived in new york where it was bought as a gift for me and not in greece... too many kilometres, aren't they? and of course no receipt etc

There is no option of returning it.
I will have to live with the ads and wait for some hack... or turn it wireless but then no possibility of buying books... of course you can always download some for free or not?
any good sites for kindle books, please?
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:38 AM   #17
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Well, you only see the ads when you're not reading. You could just keep the cover closed. You do have a cover for your Kindle, I hope!
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:42 AM   #18
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maybe it is not such a big problem practically, but it is a big problem in its logic...
until registration Kindle was a nice little device full of books and knowlwdge... now it looks more like a mobile advertisement than an e-reader...
this is why i feel it is a shame that amazon has created! the KSO has nothing to do with books! it doesn't even advertise books! it is all about face creams and luxury hotels! it is fucking insulting, isn' t it?
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:58 AM   #19
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maybe it is not such a big problem practically, but it is a big problem in its logic...
until registration Kindle was a nice little device full of books and knowlwdge... now it looks more like a mobile advertisement than an e-reader...
this is why i feel it is a shame that amazon has created! the KSO has nothing to do with books! it doesn't even advertise books! it is all about face creams and luxury hotels! it is fucking insulting, isn' t it?
No. You made the voluntary choice to save $25 and get the ads in exchange. Nobody made you. You could have paid $25 more and got the normal Kindle instead. The choice was entirely yours.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:11 AM   #20
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It was not my choice, it was a gift!

However, be careful with all this "free choice" analysis, because:

1. my boyfriend, who bought it, was told in the store, that it just pops now and then some ads, not that it has them as screensavers! where is his "free" choice? on what real facts? other people were fooled too by the "free" companies!

2. it is called special offers! how ridiculous! does it advertise any books or relevant offers? not really... basically it advertises an olay face cream! sorry, i am not that kind of woman, i find it insulting to have such an ad on my kindle!
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:37 AM   #21
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1. my boyfriend, who bought it, was told in the store, that it just pops now and then some ads, not that it has them as screensavers! where is his "free" choice? on what real facts? other people were fooled too by the "free" companies!
With respect, though, the fact that the store gave your boyfriend the wrong information is not Amazon's fault. Amazon make it perfectly clear what form the advertising takes. They say:

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New, Lower Price
Get the same bestselling Kindle for $25 less—only $114.
Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
Receive special offers directly on your Kindle. Example special offers include:

* $10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card
* Save up to $500 off Amazon's already low prices on select HDTVs
* $1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands of books
* Spend $10 on Kindle books and get a free $10 Amazon.com Gift Card

Special offers and sponsored screensavers display on the Kindle screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen—they don't interrupt reading.
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2. it is called special offers! how ridiculous! does it advertise any books or relevant offers? not really... basically it advertises an olay face cream! sorry, i am not that kind of woman, i find it insulting to have such an ad on my kindle!
There are, from what other people have said, a number of offers which have been of interest to MR members. One recently mentioned was a low-cost subscription to Audible, and many people who do read eBooks also listen to audiobooks.

I'm sorry that you're not happy with the ads, but in all fairness that's not Amazon's fault.

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Old 06-17-2011, 07:41 AM   #22
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this is why i feel it is a shame that amazon has created! the KSO has nothing to do with books!
You said all this in the other (current) thread, so was it really necessary to resurrect this year-old thread to say it again? Give it a rest already.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:19 AM   #23
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i have a question for NiLuJe. i did the jailbreak and screensaver hacks from a previous post of yours....i believe the ss hack was .22.N and i got your screen saying that the screensaver hack was successful so i went to put picture files (created by someone specifically for the kindle) into the linkss/screensavers folder when i plug in the kindle...after restarting the kindle, i still have ads =[ i'v backed up all my books so my computer so that i can "restore to factory settings" my kindle....it still doesnt show...only ads =[ yea, i have the 3.2.1 i also know theres a youtube video with someone explaining how its done...that didnt work either XD yea, i tried several methods...nothing seems promising though...is there anything i can do?
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:46 PM   #24
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Return it and spend more money for the WiFi model?
Better Idea....

Contact Amazon and just pay to upgrade it. ($30-40?)

I just received a replacement Kindle (my K3 3g wifi got a bad screen)
the new one was the same, except it was a K3 3g wifi w/SO)

I was NOT a happy camper. Gave them a Big No on the Satisfaction survey, and they sent me a follow up e-mail...

At Amazon they "Turned off" Special Offers on my Kindle account and had me do a Factory Reset. My kindle software went from a 3.2.1 to a 3.3 and there are no more Special offers....

So I have no doubt that if you want to get rid of the SO on your Kindle, you may be able to do it by paying an Upgrade fee, and they can disable SO on your Kindle. Try contacting Customer service and asking them.

Be advised that doing a Factory Reset will delete your documents, so back up any side-loaded books. Anything you downloaded from Amazon can be re-downloaded easily and is not a problem.
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It was not my choice, it was a gift!

2. it is called special offers! how ridiculous! does it advertise any books or relevant offers? not really... basically it advertises an olay face cream! sorry, i am not that kind of woman, i find it insulting to have such an ad on my kindle!
One thing I noticed, you CAN go on the Amazon website to your Kindle account and Tailor the adds to give you what you want. You can tell it among a dozen different categories which you prefer, (want more of) and which you dislike, (want less of)
Cant remember all the categories now, but they included travel, books, movies, beauty, electronics, etc.
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maybe it is not such a big problem practically, but it is a big problem in its logic...
until registration Kindle was a nice little device full of books and knowlwdge... now it looks more like a mobile advertisement than an e-reader...
this is why i feel it is a shame that amazon has created! the KSO has nothing to do with books! it doesn't even advertise books! it is all about face creams and luxury hotels! it is fucking insulting, isn' t it?
You can remove the special offers from the Manage Your Kindle page on amazon. Look for a column labeled "Special Offers" and then click on the "Edit" link. You will be charged $40.00 and the ads will be gone.
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Does anyone actually have the dead authors screen savers in a file somewhere? I love them a lot but unfortunately own a KSO 3G. I love the ads and the discount and am not looking to cheat the system.
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How do you propose to display the dead author screensavers without disabling the ads?
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