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New Kindle 3G replaces fees with ads

Would you subject yourself to ads and interruptions while reading if it meant $50 off your Kindle and no monthly fees?

It seems like a tough choice, but Amazon and AT&T seem to think people will give it a go. The new ad-sponsored Kindle 3G will be sold for about $90, with no data plan, contract or monthly fees. But I imagine it’s going to take a lot of ads to gain back the money they’ll be losing on 3G fees. I don’t know about you, but when I flop down on the couch to read Nietzsche or Dickinson, I don’t really want to be bombarded and interrupted with messages from AT&T’s highest bidders begging me to go out and waste my money on garbage. That might interrupt my train of thought.

Then again, some people might be so desensitized to advertising on the internet (and everywhere else in our modern world), it might not be a big deal to them. We’ll really have to wait and see what the verdict is once people start using these things.

Would you consider it? Let us know in the comment section below.



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  1. I just purchased a Kindle 3G with ads for $139 at Staples, and I am extremely impressed. The key to getting the most from it is in understanding what the Kindle 3G is and, more importantly, what it is not: It is not an iPad or Xoom-class device. It is not a video-watching, multi-media-playing device (though it does play MP3s.) It is not a game playing platform (though there are some basic games.) It is not color. It is not a heavy-duty Web browser. It does not have a touch screen. Those who pick one up expecting an iPad or a Xoom will be sorely disappointed. 

    But these shortcomings are completely offset by the fact that as an e-content reader and an e-content delivery platform, it is hard to beat, especially for the price. And the free 3G really seals the deal!The ad-supported version saved me $50, so I can justify the cost of a decent cover, and the ads (so far) are not intrusive, and they never display while reading. Stop waffling and just go buy one.

  2. I’m sorry, but you don’t really know what you’re talking about. The ad-supported kindle 3G is $139, no $90, and NONE of the kindles (with or without ads) has fees.

    • Also, none of the ad-supported kindles have “interruptions” as the ads are on the home page on a bottom banner and the screen saver, not during your readings…

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