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Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle 210

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the make-me-an-offer-i-can-refuse dept.
awyeah writes "Amazon will soon be offering a discounted, ad-supported Wi-Fi Kindle called 'Kindle with Special Offers.' The price will be $114, a $25 discount from the $139 wifi-only device. Note that the advertisements will not appear during reading, only on the screen saver and home page. Will that be enough of a discount to get readers to purchase an ad-supported device?"
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Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle

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  • by metrometro (1092237) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @09:29AM (#35792422)

    Other than pinging the radio once in a while (which it could do while charging, if you wanted to be nice about it), putting ads on the e-ink screens do not draw extra power. The Kindle already flashes the screen once to show a "screen saver" image.

  • Re:Not even close (Score:4, Informative)

    by HelioWalton (1821492) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @09:32AM (#35792456)

    (you can't read an eBook from any vendor other than Amazon on a Kindle),

    And where exactly did you come up with this? The main problem is that it can't read ePubs, but you can load anything in a format it supports (txt, mobi, html, pdf if you are masochistic, etc....) via USB, and with some (txt, mobi I think are the only two), you can even download them using the experimental web browser from any store or website.

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