Kindle 3 is Amazon’s all-time bestselling product. The latest in the range is the Kindle with Special Offers. It costs $114 and exposes you to sponsored screensavers and ads.
Why purchase a Kindle 3 at all?
Kindle 3 has a lot to recommend it – E Ink Pearl display that offers 50% better contrast for easy reading, a glare free screen for strain-free reading outdoors, crisper and darker fonts for better readability, 6″ reading area ensconced in a 21% smaller and 17% lighter body, 3,500 books storage capability, Wi-Fi, 25% faster page turns for unspoiled reading, enhanced PDF reader, Text-To-Speech, Webkit-based browser, downloads in seconds, and 1 month of battery life on a single charge.
With Kindle 3, you can access more than 900,000 books including 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers, audio books, periodicals and blogs from Amazon; and 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books such as Pride and Prejudice. Almost 610,000 of the paid books cost $9.99 or less. Share books, enjoy expertly narrated audio books, read your books anywhere, anytime on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, Android device, and Kindle, and lots more.
This is what the lowest costing Wi-Fi only Kindle 3 gets you for $139 and you get the same for even less with the Kindle with Special Offers.
What’s different about the Kindle with Special Offers?
First, it’s the same Kindle 3 Wi-Fi. For $25 less, Amazon will expose you to sponsored screensavers and ads. The ads will only appear in screen savers and the home screen, not eBooks. So your reading experience will not be affected. An app called AdMash will even allow you to select ads for screensavers and set preferences. Visa, Olay, Buick, and Chase are Amazon’s current ad partners.
The special offers are interesting – $10 for $20 Amazon.com gift card, $6 for 6 Audible books, $1 for an album in the Amazon MP3 Store, etc.; they will be sent regularly. You can view the special offers from a menu option on Kindle any time.
Is Kindle with Special Offers worth the $25 cut?
The answer to this depends on what $25 mean to you. The special offers are great if they add value and help you make purchasing decisions. They’re not intrusive and your reading experience remains unspoiled. However, if you hate ads, the $25 is a small price to pay.
The decision lies with you.
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