Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blatant Promo: Get Oprah's $50 off on the Amazon Kindle

Oprah, says "I'm telling you, it is absolutely my new favorite thing in the world." and now you can get it for $50 cheaper because of that endorsement.

I've got the Amazon Kindle in my INet Media Source store and if you use the coupon code OPRAHWINFREY at checkout, you can save $50, making this revolutionary (okay that is marketing speak for cool) gadget, yours for $309. Update: Coupon code is good through the end of Oct.

Join the Kindle revolution and help support my blogging habit.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled eBay bashing and Amazon pumping -- that was for you Chris. :)

Just my 15%


Cliff Aliperti said...

I still like holding a book and can't see that changing anytime too soon. I have abandoned CDs, and while I love the way my DVDs display I could foresee a time where I let them go too, but I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to books.

I like their smell, whether they be new or old, I like the way they look on a shelf, I even like taking the time to dust them and rearrange them on a shelf, though I surely don't do that enough.

I can imagine Oprah's being sincere here (never thought I'd type the name "Oprah" on your blog!), as it's probably great for her lifestyle. And I would think it's hugely popular for mass commuters in major cities.

But are other people buying this? Amazon obviously knows what they're doing, but I've questioned this since it's release, likely just because something about it rubs me wrong. I've never used one, never even seen one, (not on the LIRR or even on any trips to the city), so I guess I have to reserve some I could be totally wrong.

But am hoping some users post here and tell you (and me!) what's so great about the Kindle. Would I like having one, or being someone who's chained to their desk in a home office most days a week am I better staying old school and buying old-fashioned books?

Thanks, Randy, hope I didn't cost you any commissions :)

Randy Smythe said...


I think it may be a generational thing and Bezos is way ahead of the curve with this. Amazon has the patience and commitment to see this through, just like Prime, FBA, webstore and more.

I'm a lot like you, but now that I'm traveling more and on a plane for 2-3 hrs. It looks like something I may just have to purchase.

Right now you have the early adopters buying it, but it should go mainstream now that Oprah gave her endorsement.

Cliff Aliperti said...


I'd like to see what the next version looks like too, because at least flat on my screen, it looks pretty ugly too on top of my other feelings!

Yes, I can see if you're traveling more like that then yes, probably worth a try.


Randy Smythe said...

Yeah, it is pretty plain, so I'm sure next years version will be cooler looking. Can you imagine when students can get their Textbooks on the Kindle? They could get rid of their backpacks.

Cliff said...

That's a hell of an idea actually. Yes, if I was a student I think I'd give it a shot. Of course, if I was a student again I wouldn't be able to afford it!

Randy Smythe said...

That's what parents are for. :)

Anonymous said...

Oprah gets behind winners. I'll be checking it out. And buying some cheap Amazon stock on Monday.

Christy Pinheiro, EA said...

I agree with Anonymous-- Oprah DOES get behind the winners. Amazon really is doing a better job than EBay. Ebay seems intent on Self-destruction, bu what do I know? I've been watching the community boards over there and things aren't looking good. People are PISSED OFF! and I don't blame them!

Henrietta said...

I like books. As long as I can see I can read my books, how long before the Kindle is upgraded to a format that can't read the old ones? Do you even get to keep the downloaded book files or is it the ultimate eco-friendly disposable?

I have books I have carted all over the world they are old friends. Someone else can chuck them when I get put in my wooden box.

Randy Smythe said...


Amazon is sure making the right decisions now, hopefully they will continue to do that.


That's why I say it is a generational think. The younger generation isn't as attached.

Anonymous said...

I'll buy one with this discount. I travel for work a lot and get sick of toting books around. I would really like it if I could read my own PDFs on it for work & shool as well, but I am sure that is coming soon.

Randy Smythe said...


I think you can do that. This is long so bear with me.

Personal Files
Eliminating the need to print, Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you. Each Kindle has a unique and customizable e-mail address. You can set your unique email address on your Manage Your Kindle page. This allows you and your contacts to e-mail Word documents and pictures wirelessly to your Kindle for only $.10. Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft Word, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC and MOBI files.
PDF conversion is experimental. The experimental category represents the features we are working on to enhance the Kindle experience even further. You can email your PDFs wirelessly to your Kindle. Due to PDF’s fixed layout format, some complex PDF files might not format correctly on your Kindle.
If you are not in a wireless area or would like to avoid the $.10 fee for wireless delivery, you can send attachments to "name" to be converted and e-mailed to your computer at the e-mail address associated with your account login. You can then transfer the document to your Kindle using your USB connection.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with Kindle, but I've been noticing that McCain isn't mentioning Meg Whitman's name anymore. In fact, CNN put up a list of possible candidates McCain was looking at for Sec. of Treasury and she wasn't one of them.

I suspect it's because he's at war with overly paid CEOs and Meg certainly was one of those.

Not trying to stir anything up politically. Just an observation.

Anonymous said...

Oprah get behind winners? True. But she also uses Skype.

tula said...

I like the idea of a Kindle. When I was commuting to work ~2 hours each way on the commuter train and subway, it would have been a great thing to have. I never had room (or energy) to lug books along to read on my commute. Traveling by plane is even more difficult, especially with all the new baggage restrictions. I also read very fast and would need to have 2 or 3 (sometimes more) books to keep me occupied on a long trip. A Kindle seems like a perfect fit in these situations.

Much as I love the tactile component of opening up a book, I would definitely consider a Kindle, especially if it supports multiple formats and isn't strictly proprietary (I'm a big fan of open source). I'm not an Oprah fan, so I can't speak to her endorsements, but Bezos has shown in the past that he's a savvy guy, and this is a great PR move, especially since Oprah already has he book club recommendation thing going. Kindle ties in nicely with that, I think.

I wish the folks at eBay would take a page out of Amazon's book and revisit their marketing efforts, which have been sadly lacking lately.