The Kindle 3 at $189 and Kindle WiFi at $139 are still far better options in my opinion.
However, if you want the free 3G and can afford $159 but not $189 then the new refurbished Kindle 2 is available for $119.
Refurbished Kindle 2 vs Kindle WiFi
Just some quick notes -
- Refurbished Kindle 2 is $20 more expensive.
- Refurbished Kindle 2 has free 3G in US and outside (for US customers).
- Kindle WiFi has WiFi instead of 3G.
- Kindle WiFi has eInk Pearl screen and a lot of other improvements. The entire list is in my Kindle 3 Review.
- Refurbished Kindle 2 is refurbished and the Kindle WiFi is brand new.
Unless you really need 3G and really, really can’t afford the extra $30 to get a Kindle 3 would not recommend getting the refurbished Kindle 2. Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi have a lot of improvements - if you had Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 (or Kindle WiFi) to choose from the eInk Pearl screen and other improvements would probably result in you choosing to read on the Kindle 3.
4 Kindle Free Books
Amazon continues its free book madness with 4 kindle free books -
- 33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence, and Run a Successful Business with Social Networking by Juliette Powell. Rated 4.5 stars on 22 reviews.
“Juliette knows her way around a social network; she regales us with tales and practical advice from the plastic porous mediascape of today.”
—David Thorpe, Global Director of Innovation, Ogilvy & Mather
- How McDonald’s Got Its Groove Back by FT Press. Wan’t even aware that McDonald’s went through a mini-crisis - Were they using the wrong sort of oil for the French/Freedom Fries again?
McDonald’s hit bottom early in 2003. Sure, it was still the biggest fast-food provider in the world. But the stock collapsed after the company reported its first-ever quarterly loss. Battered by critics, nibbled at by new competitors (Subway, Sonic, Quiznos), undermined by overbuilding and a failure to adapt to changes in consumer habits and tastes, the giant was out of breath and sagging over its belt. Behind the scenes, though, a turnaround had begun. A new team of leaders was out to rejuvenate the core brand, shed irrelevant activities, and adjust McDonald’s operations to what the customer really wanted.
- The Personal Credibility Factor: How to Get It, Keep It, and Get It Back by Sandy Allgeier.
Learn the secrets of personal credibility that make trust possible.
Use the plan to earn trust and respect from those you encounter in your daily life.
Enable others to have confidence in you by following the 7 easy steps.
Follow the Personal Credibility Factor’s steps to repairing credibility when you’ve lost it.
- So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience by Mark Magnacca. Rated 5 stars on 7 reviews.
It’s tough, but true–the people you’re trying to communicate with, sell to, or convince don’t really care about you. Nor do they care what you’re offering them–until they understand exactly how it’ll benefit them. If you recognize that one hard, cold fact–and you know what to do about it–you’ll make more money, achieve greater success, and even have more fun!
The last one seems particularly interesting as it’s tiring to hear the recent wave of ‘everyone loves everyone else’ type of books. It’s much more interesting if you view everyone as competing autonomous corporations always looking out for their own genetic interests (or something of that sort).
Look at things from the ‘Competing Autonomous Corporations primarily interested in their own genetic self-benefit’ perspective and this part is sheer genius -
the people you’re trying to communicate with, sell to, or convince don’t really care about you. Nor do they care what you’re offering them–until they understand exactly how it’ll benefit them.
Do Reviews become more important in the absence of other factors?
Consider the 4 books that are free today – If you had to pick one to read you’d probably choose the one that seems most interesting and seems the best value for your time. There are 4 options -
- The McDonald’s book which is unrated.
- The Personal Credibility book - its credibility is in tatters due to the sole 3 star review.
- The 33 Million People book which is rated 4.5 stars on 22 reviews. Yet another social networking book featuring Gary Vaynerchuk - Perhaps social media experts can just construct a Church in his honor and move on to other examples.
- The So What? book which is rated 5 stars on 7 reviews.
We know very little about these 4 books – sales ranks aren’t relevant at this point as they’re free, the authors are relatively unknown, the book genres will probably not be terribly exciting for most people.
That leaves just the reviews – the easiest shortcuts to deciding which book to read. The less well-known the author and the less main-stream the subject the more important the reviews.