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Here's a scenario: what if we told you that your next Kindle could be had for $25 less than retail? What if we told you it came from the rear of a nondescript white van? Or what if we told you that you'd first need to sign up for 842 email marketing scams? Thankfully, none of those scenarios are ones we're looking to tell you about. Instead, we're here to introduce you to the world's first ad-supported Kindle, going on sale within Target and Best Buy locations for $114. That represents a gentle $25 savings compared to the price of today's cheapest Kindle, but those 2500 pennies don't come free -- you'll be asked to endure "advertisements on the bottom of the device's home page and on its screen savers." Furthermore, it sets a new precedent in the gadget arena that could very well carry over to ad-discounted tablets, netbooks, PMPs, and who knows what else. At this point, Buick, Olay and Visa will be advertising, and we get the impression that said list will bloom in due time. It's hard to say just how intrusive they'll be, but Kindle director Jay Marine seems to think that "customers are going to love it."
http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/11/a...s-lot-of-enti/

Pretty cool idea! I mean, if it only replaces the screensaver and the home screen like they claim: then it's no big deal. In fact, I kinda want it because I HATE the default stock screensavers of the random authors and stuff.
I'm always rooting my kindle and spending an hour in photoshop screwing around with photos to put as my screensaver.
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nice find. but all me personally i cant stand ads. ill pay the extra for the add free
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I wouldn't be able to stand it.
    
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Can't a netbook, or tablet PC read book files?(or any device with a screen, heck a monitors board can read text files) Why do we need a separate device for this in the first place?
    
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How would this work if the kindle doesn't go online? I know I never use wi-fi on mine, only usb from the pc.

Obviously you could root it, but most people aren't going to.

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Can't a netbook, or tablet PC read book files?(or any device with a screen, heck a monitors board can read text files) Why do we need a separate device for this in the first place?
Smaller size, better screen for reading, better battery life, etc.
    
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I'd rather pay the $25 to never have to see the ads (since you're already paying so much for one anyways)
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only save $25 bucks? hell I might consider it if the whole thing cost $50, but $25 less isn't worth the annoyance of ads
Edited by Col. Newman - 4/11/11 at 6:43pm
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Make it half price and maybe we'll talk. I do like the business model though.
    
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that's a retarded idea,
who the hell would want flashing changing ads all over their reading
material 24/7 to save 25 bucks?
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I'd do it. Just because I'm sure there's a way to put reformat and remove the ads. Saves $25 for doing little work.
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