How Much Less Would You Pay For This Ad-Supported Kindle?

Want to save a few bucks on a Kindle and enjoy being told what to buy? Well! Amazon's set to unleash Kindle with Special Offers upon Best Buy and Target next month, a device that costs $25 less than a Wi-Fi Kindle—but makes up for it by cramming in ads.

The new ebook reader will retail for $114, and to be honest the ads don't sound all that intrusive; they'll be on the screen saver and on your home screen, but they won't show up in your ebooks. There doesn't appear to be a 3G Special Offers edition.

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Think of it like this: are you the kind of person who downloads the "Lite" version of an app, or do you shell out a buck or two to stay ad-free? If you're on a blogger's salary, you kinda welcome any opportunity to be the former. Kindle with Special Offers will be available at the retailers mentioned above, as well as Amazon.com, starting May 3rd. [AP]

DISCUSSION

darkslide
darkslide

I'd pay the $25 to have an ad-free ereader. Saving $25 is not worth it.

It would have to be a lot closer to free. Or free with ads. Or free with ads, and an agreement to buy 4 or 6 books a year or something. I don't know, but for $25 less I am not interested. I bet many of the sales will be from people who didn't know any better.

Edit: As Brian said, "Think of it like this: are you the kind of person who downloads the "Lite" version of an app, or do you shell out a buck or two to stay ad-free?"

I think that's an excellent analogy. I have always been OK with paying a couple of bucks to get rid of ads on my iPhone. However, my girlfriend will stick to the free stuff to the point where it annoys me! Partly because of that, I really think she would pick up the $25 off version seeing that the ads aren't really that intrusive. Yep, I'm almost sure she would.