We’ve talked a bit before about ads in eBooks and whether or not it’s a good idea. Personally, I come down on the side of it being a good option – but you have to have both a free, ad-supported version and a paid, pure version of an eBook in order to make it a palatable choice, I think.
Amazon has now come out with just that. You can now get a discounted WiFi Kindle if you’re swilling to accept ad-sponsored screensavers and an ad banner at the bottom of your home screen. So far, the ads don’t intrude into your reading experience, and you probably won’t see the home screen ones all that often, anyway – I tend to spend very little time on the home screen, myself.
What do you all think about this?
I would be tempted to try the ad-supported/paid split if I could figure out how to get the advertisers/sponsors to sign on to the venture. But that’s something that would require a much larger company than lil’ ol’ Candlemark & Gleam. A company like, oh, Amazon. But I do think that ad-supported products need to be really cheap – $25 off the price of a Kindle isn’t enough to convince me to go ad-supported. A $50 or $99 Kindle, though? Then we might be talkin’.