Turn off Kindle Ads, Free Kindle Books, Kindle Screen Mystery, Kindle Book Deals

First, for your Kindle, some free kindle books and kindle book deals.

God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours (The Story) by Max Lucado. Price: $0. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Rated 4.5 stars on 2 reviews. 208 pages.

Fatal Destiny by Marie Force. Price: $0. Genre: Romance, Novella. Rated 4 stars on 25 reviews.

Kindle Daily Deal – Celia and the Fairies by Karen McQuestion. Price: $1. Genre: Ages 9 to 12, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Children’s Books. Rated 4.5 stars on 45 reviews. 190 pages.

Just The Way You Are by Barbara Freethy. Price: $1. Genre: Contemporary Romance. Rated 4.5 stars on 25 reviews. 459 kb in size.

Bermuda’s Triangle by Karen Jones. Price: $0. Genre: Musical Adventure, Ages 8 to 12. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. 488 kb in size. Thanks to Irish for finding this.

Toxicity (Georgia Davis Prequel) by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Price: $1. Genre: Hard-Boiled Mystery, Police Procedural. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 919 kb in size.

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors. Price: $1.99. Genre: Angst-Ridden 17-year-old Manhattan actress, Shakespeare inspired. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. 256 pages.

Let’s look at some other Kindle stuff now.

Kindle Update that lets you choose Screen Refresh Frequency

If you have a new Kindle 4 you can now get Kindle 4 Update 4.0.1. This will give you the option to refresh your display every single page turn (in case every 6th page turn doesn’t work for you).

Turn off Kindle Ads on Kindle 4

There are reports at the official Kindle Forum that people are beginning to see the option to turn off ads on their Kindle 4 when they go to the Manage Your Kindle section at Amazon. I don’t see it yet. Supposedly, you can pay $30 and turn off ads. Not a bad option.

If you find the option at your Manage Your Kindle section – please leave a comment.

There are probably going to be a ton of people this Christmas surprised at finding Ads on their Kindles (Amazon doesn’t exactly highlight the fact that there are Ads). Wonder how they will react to the fact that they can pay $30 to turn Ads off.

Is the Kindle 4’s screen better or worse?

It seems we are having a repeat of what we had with Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 – a wide disparity in the quality of screens. Opinions vary widely -

  1. Most people agree that Kindle 4 screen has a whiter background.
  2. Most people are finding the screen quality and font quality the same (apart from the whiter background).
  3. Some people think Kindle 4 has slightly better contrast.
  4. Some people think Kindle 3 has better contrast.
  5. A few people think Kindle 4 has 50% better contrast. Something that even eInk makers would find hard to believe.

This suggests that eInk has a lot of variation in quality across screens. If you got a particularly good Kindle 3 screen and a bad Kindle 4 screen – you will find the Kindle 4 screen terrible. Additionally, you might miss the screen being refreshed every single page turn – in which case you should get the Update linked to above. An increasing number of people are bothered by the fact that the screen doesn’t flash until every 6th page. Which probably explains the quick update sent out by Amazon to enable screen refresh on every page.

At my Kindle 4 Review I’ve included side by side photos of Kindle 3 and Kindle 4 and apart from a whiter background on the Kindle 4 there is no discernible difference. It’s interesting that this happens every single time a new Kindle is released – people running into wide disparities in screen quality.

10 Responses

  1. I broke the story about the ads. Trust me, it’s legit. I turned them off and Amazon charged me $30.

    http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2011/10/05/amazon-charged-me-30-to-get-the-adverts-off-my-k4/

  2. The book God’s Story by Max Lucado, is it only free to those in the US. As i am in South Africa and its showing me a Kindle Price: $11.99 includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
    You Save: $13.00 (52%)

  3. When someone buys a Kindle without special offers, they pay $40 more for the device. When someone buys a Kindle with special offers and then decides to turn the offers off, they should have to pay for doing without the offers. Either that, or Amazon should refund the premium that those of us who chose the “without ads” version in the first place had to pay. To do anything else would be unfair.

      • I should have read your article on Digital Reader first as I thought that you were complaining about having to pay. I’m sorry about that. Your article is well written.

        @switch You asked for someone to post if they find the unsubscribe option in MYK. Nate’s article accessed by the link above contains a screen shot of the option.

    • Well that is just weird. As i have the Kindle downloaded on my PC Laptop and have always downloaded the books that are for free without a problem. Since now…..

    • On K4, the difference between WSO and without is $30, so $30 makes sense as a payment — but how about the Kindle Keyboard? Are Kindle 3 or Kindle Keyboard WSO getting that option? And on those the difference is for K3 $25 (I think both for 3G and WiFi), and for KK $40, KK3G even $50. Will they charge the respective amounts?

      (Note that I am treating the K3 and the KK as separate products mainly because they revamped the price points completely along with the rename, so it’s convenient to do so.)

      • They might. They should.

        It’s all very confusing now with so many versions.

      • That might be why they’re only offering it on K4 so far — can’t figure out a way to do it fairly for K3/KK and also communicate the policy clearly.

        I suppose maybe a year or so after KK stops being sold they’ll be able to just put the ability up at $30 — by that time there’ll have been $20+ worth of ads on there anyway.

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