I know some people are hesitant to buy a digital reading device that comes with “commercials”, like the Kindle with Special Offers, even though it’s only $114. So here’s what the addition of Special Offers means to the Kindle 3.
The regular K3 has an author on the screensaver. The KSO has an ad:
The home screen of the K3 lists the books. The home screen of the KSO lists the books and has a small banner ad across the bottom:
A close-up of the ad:
That’s it. Those are the only differences. There are no ads inserted into the books themselves.
I could have bought a plain Kindle 3. I chose to buy the KSO because I’d already seen several Special Offers I would have taken advantage of. If I was going to buy a second Kindle for the household, why not buy the one that’s cheaper and will offer me bargains in the future? Now, if they change the rules in the future and decide they’re going to put ads IN the books somehow, or an ad will display every 20 pages or something, then I might chuck it. I don’t want commercials in my books. But, as of right now, the Special Offers are unobtrusive and sometimes possibly lucrative.
If you’re interested in seeing previous Special Offers, you can check them out at Books on the Knob, an awesome blog that highlights free and bargain digital books (and more). (That link will take you to the entries tagged “KSO”, by the way.)
And if you get a Kindle, with Special Offers or not, don’t forget the Kindle Lighted Cover because it’s perfect for the Kindle and worth every penny.