Refurbished Kindle 2 price drop to $119, 4 kindle free books

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 –

  1. Refurbished Kindle 2 is $20 more expensive.
  2. Refurbished Kindle 2 has free 3G in US and outside (for US customers).
  3. Kindle WiFi has WiFi instead of 3G.  
  4. Kindle WiFi has eInk Pearl screen and a lot of other improvements. The entire list is in my Kindle 3 Review.
  5. 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 –

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 –

  1. The McDonald’s book which is unrated. 
  2. The Personal Credibility book – its credibility is in tatters due to the sole 3 star review. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Refurbished Kindle 2 drops to $119

Thanksgiving 2010 Update: Refurbished Kindle 2 available for $119.

Wow! The refurbished Kindle 2 US price has been dropped to just $109.99. Amazon must really want to get rid of them.

Quick Refresher on what you do and don’t get with the Refurbished Kindle 2 US

What you don’t get – international wireless, international book downloads via wireless (you have to use your PC outside the US to download books and then transfer them to the Kindle 2 US), the slightly better screen of the Kindle 2 global.

What you do get – Kindle Store, Wireless browsing and 60 second downloads in the US, Free Internet and Wikipedia in the US, Kindle features, the Kindle 2.5 upgrade with Folders and improved fonts.

The Kindle 2 US is basically the Kindle 2 global without the global wireless and with a slightly lower screen contrast. It may also be a tiny bit slower though it’s hard to say for sure. You can read up all the other benefits at the Kindle 2 product page.

Why drop the Refurbished Kindle 2 US to just $109.99?

Thanks to MobileRead for the heads up. No idea why the price was cut by $30. It’s a huge price-cut and it hints at Amazon clearing up stock for something.

It very, very strongly hints that a Kindle 3 is arriving soon. It also makes you wonder how Amazon has so much Kindle 2 US stock – Didn’t Amazon stop making these a year ago? Perhaps it is still making these to cater to people who don’t need international wireless.

$109 is a ridiculously low price for a device that comes with free wireless Internet access – all the mobile websites work as do the mobile versions of Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and GMail. Lots of people would gladly pay $109 for email access – the eInk screen and the eReader are free bonuses.

If you’re interested please make a quick decision – the refurbished Kindle 2 US may sell out soon at this price.

Refurbished Kindle DX US drops to $249, back to $349

Update – Price is up to $349.

The Refurbished Kindle DX US is now just $249. This is a super impressive price.

Update: Amazon doesn’t seem to be willing to ship this to Canada or UK so it might be a US only deal.

It also brings up a lot of questions –

  1. How can they afford to sell it for just $249?
  2. Did they have a lot of stock left over from 2009?
  3. Did the Kindle DX not sell much last year? Or is it that there were a lot of returns last year.
  4. How can they have enough Kindle DXes to sell given new US ones are no longer being sold and presumably there are little to no returns.
  5. What does this do to the used Kindle DX market?
  6. Will the refurbished Kindle DX global edition also see a price drop from $369? 
  7. What about the Kindle DX itself – Why is it still at $489?
  8. Why is this limited to the US?
  9. Why the huge drop from $349 (or was it $329) to $249?

It’s amazing to think that a few days ago you had to pay $259 for a Kindle 2 and today you can get a refurbished Kindle DX US for just $249.

$249 Refurbished Kindle DX US strongly hints at Kindle DX 2 being around the corner

There’s no way to rationalize a half-price refurbished Kindle DX. Yes, it’s the US version – but if you don’t travel much that’s not an issue. Also, it isn’t that hard to download books via PC if travelling internationally.

Amazon are probably clearing out their stock of the Kindle DX US . They are probably also trying out different prices to figure out the price at which they can sell their existing stock of Kindle DXes (both US and Global). We might soon see the refurbished Kindle DX Global at lower prices. 

What possible need would there be to do all this other than to prepare for a Kindle DX 2 that is better and possibly cheaper?

How soon before it sells out?

Absolutely no idea – it’d be better to get it sooner rather than later. At $249 it’s an absolute steal – especially if you’re in the US. You get a 9.7″ screen, you get free wireless downloads and free wireless Internet, and you get all the benefits of the Kindle ecosystem.

Plus you can read all the Kindle books you already have on it. Perfect for buying it for a family member. If the $249 refurbished Kindle DX US seems appealing – make a decision quickly. At this price it wouldn’t be a surprise if it sells out rather quickly.