Advertising Supported 6″ Kindle: Is it Worth Putting Up with The Ads for the Lower Price Tag?

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The Ad Supported Kindle – featuring special offers and screensavers – is exactly the same as its respective non-ad supported version and comes both with and without 3G connectivity. The only difference is that Amazon have agreed to lower the price of the Kindle by $25 for the permission to show you ads.

So how do the ads display on the Kindle? Amazon say that the ads won’t interrupt your reading at all. Ads will only be shown at the bottom of the home screen (so not while you’re reading), through a “special offers” menu that you can choose to view, and on screensavers when you leave your Kindle idle.

What Kind Of Ads Can You Expect To See?

Amazon are pushing the Ad Supported Kindle on the premise that the ads will even be desirable, based on the fact that they’ll be special offers relevant to you. Some of the examples of potential ads Amazon give are:

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

Amazon also say that users can download a free Kindle app (AdMash) that will help users to pick relevant screensavers, so that they only get the kind of offers they really want.

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The Kindle DX: Is This Bigger eBook Reader Worth The Price Tag?

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Pros Of The Kindle DX The larger screen means you’ll get a lot more text on the page, making the DX far easier to read and easier on the eyes. It also means that books are displayed more as they were intended to. Although this doesn’t always matter, when it comes to things like poetry, layout is key to getting the feeling of the words on the screen. The Kindle DX is perfect for this.

The newest Kindle DX also has far better contrast than any of the other previous models. This takes it one step further into being just as easy and as comfortable to read as a real book – something that Amazon pride themselves on with all their Kindle models.

Cons Of The Kindle DX

Because of its large size and extra features, the Kindle DX costs a lot more than the regular Kindle. In fact, it costs around twice as much as the 3G + WiFi version of the Kindle! This is certainly not within the price bracket of most casual users.

In fact, the high price of the Kindle DX means that it is barely cheaper than buying a more multifunctional device such as the iPad 2. The latter can perform a huge range of different functions through the use of apps, where the former is for reading. However, it’s important to bear in mind that, as an eBook reader, the Kindle DX still has the edge in terms of the screen being easy on the eyes, readable in sunlight and more like a “real” book.

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