Kindle Price Drops – But There’s A Catch…

Amazon announced today that the price of the Kindle 3G would drop from it’s previous $189 by to $139 – but the price drop comes with a catch. The new, lower, price is for an advertiser sponsored version of the Kindle 3G.

So what is being highly promoted as a priced drop is actually a new version of the Amazon Kindle 3G. The original Kindle 3G is still priced at $189, and a new one is available – the Kindle 3G with Special Offers – at $139. The Special Offers version includes advertisements on the home screen and screen-savers. It does not interrupt the reading of e-books with advertisments.

That aside, the new, lower priced Kindle 3 is causing a lot of excitement. Amazon released the details this morning. Amazon credits AT&T for sponsoring the new version. “A big thank you to AT&T for helping to make the new $139 price possible,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com, in a statement about the price drop.

The Kindle 3G allows readers to download e-books from practically any location in the US. There is no monthly access charge for the 3G connection. Amazon also offers several other versions – including an ad sponsored version of the original, Kindle with Special Offers, for $114. The original Kindle downloads e-books via wifi.

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Faroh Sauder has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and educator. He has written on politics, international affairs, civil rights, and consumer education. Now mostly retired, Faroh continues to stay current on tech and consumer issues and reports on his interests here at News For Shoppers.