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Flash! You can now add Special Offers to some Kindles!

November 19, 2011

Flash! You can now add Special Offers to some Kindles!

Thanks to PokerRun3 for commenting and giving me the heads-up on this!

When Amazon first introduced Special Offers, many people thought no one would want ads on their Kindles.

They were wrong.

I’ve seen more people wishing they could get them on their existing Kindles than wanting to get rid of them.

Well, I’ve many times directed you to the

page, and they do sneak things in there. 🙂

I’ve been busy with my Kindle Fire and with my Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi only (which arrived today, a couple of days late).  I’m going to write about the Touch soon…I need to find a book with X-Ray so I can test it. I also plan to take some pictures for one of these posts comparing the models.

So, I”m thankful PokerRun3 took the time to alert me to a change.

I wrote a while ago about the ability to buy yourself out of Special Offers.

It’s now possible to subscribe to them when you haven’t had them!

That only works on the Mindle, the Kindle Touch, and the Kindle Keyboard…not on the Kindle 2, Kindle 1, or Kindle Fire.

Why would you want to subscribe to them?

Special Offers, baby! 😉

Many people like getting them…they can be good bargains.

You will also be getting the “screensaver” ads.

Go to that Manage Your Kindle page and click Manage Your Devices.

You’ll see a choice under Special Offers to be Subscribed or Not Subscribed on eligible devices. I tested it by choosing to subscribe…it said it was “Subscribe Pending” (I don’t know why…may just take a bit, or I may need to turn the Kindle on and sync). I plan to unsubscribe that one again…hope I can. I’ll let you know.

So, if you paid for a Kindle with Special Offers and got a lower price, you have to pay to unsubscribe. If you have an eligible Kindle without Special Offers, you can just turn that on, if you want. That apparently will include AmazonLocal (special offers for your area).

For those of you who have been jealous of the Special Offers, now you can join the club. 😉 Of course, it’s a bit exclusive…no K2s or K1s allowed…they just aren’t hip enough to get past the velvet rope… 😉

If you do subscribe, feel free to let me know…I”m curious as to how many people may switch to that.

Update: when I turned my K3’s wireless on, it installed right away, not problem. I had the offers. I then unsubscribed, again, no problem…the original sleep mode pictures were back. So, you could turn it on once a week, get the Special Offers, turn it off again. 🙂

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


How do you feel about owning your KSO?

July 18, 2011

How do you feel about owning your KSO?

I recently wrote an article talking about one of the current offers for the Kindle with Special Offers (KSO).

Popular Kindle books for $1…if you have a KSO

I got a couple of comments from people saying it made them reconsider their anti-KSO stances, basically.

I really haven’t done a post focusing on people who already have KSOs (there are probably lots of them now), and getting what the experience is like. Emily, one of my readers, suggested doing some polls (thanks, Emily!), so here we are. 🙂

I did a poll before asking people who didn’t have ads on their Kindles under what circumstances they would accept them…you can see that poll in this

earlier post

This time, I’d like to address the questions to those of you have at least one KSO. That’s going to give people who don’t have one a better sense of it, and may help them decide if they want to get one.

The KSOs are more popular than Kindles without ads. In fact, and intriguingly, the $139 Kindle with Special Offers and wi-fi and 3G is ranked number one in electronics: ahead of the $114 Kindle with Special Offers with only wi-fi. Yep, people are paying $25 more for the 3G…so it isn’t just that the lowest priced one wins.

Roger Knights, a regular reader and commenter, has suggested that the special offers may become the raison d’etre for the Kindle…that the special offers are going to be the reason people buy Kindles (or what he calls “Kindeals”).

Hard to predict that without knowing what people who currently own KSOs think about them…so here are some questions for you KSO owners:

To let you know, we do have a KSO (in addition to non-KSOs in the family).

Do you have other questions? Comments? Feel free to comment this post. One tip: you can sometimes comment the polls, but I won’t see those as quickly and I don’t think as many other people will see it. I know that may happen when you get to the poll through my Amazon Author Central page…it’s up to you, but I just wanted to alert you to the situation…the conversation tends to be here. 🙂

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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