So you bought a $79 Kindle and you’re suffering pangs of regret. You wish you could be looking at beautiful faux woodcut art on the screen saver, and you wish you hadn’t sacrificed those bottom few lines of the home screen menu. Sure, you never see these ads while reading books, which is about 99% of the time you spend using the device, but that 1% may be small but is still pretty jarring. Ah well, what can you do?
Used to be that the answer to that question was nothing. Nothing at all, short of buying a different Kindle. Not so anymore. Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle screen apparently now allows you to turn off the advertising for $30, or the same price difference you saved in getting the Special Offers Kindle in the first place.
The question has come up as to whether Amazon will ever allow the reverse—take a regular Kindle and offer $30 (perhaps in store credit) to enable ads. So far there’s no indication that that’s in the works.
This ability to unsubscribe from Special Offers is only available for the latest generation of Kindle owners; sorry, those of you with ad-supported Kindle 3 units!
Have you purchased a Kindle with Special Offers? Do the ads bother you? Is this a tempting offer? Let us know in the comments!