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The Early List – April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

It’s The Early List for April 12, 2011.  The list is pretty random this morning, but its an interesting day.

Ars Technica has an article on the Daily Mail story labeling Google a “parasitic monster” who is out to destroy content creators everywhere.  (Yes, its the Daily Mail, but its a fun article!)

Would you buy a Kindle that saved $25 off the cost, but showed ads in the screensaver and home screen? Amazon is trying it out. If they got it below $100, I would be on board instantly, though I have to say that Amazon’s claim of selling discounted books, music, and gift cards this way is appealing, as I am a huge Kindle reader on my phone.

Tony Campolo attempts to thread the gap between religion and immigration policy.  This is an issue that Christians have left to the politicians for too long, and perhaps its time for more voices to step in on immigration as a moral issue instead of a political one.

Finally, in honor of the 150’th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, I present a month old article from the author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” titled “Five Myths About Why The South Seceded” via the Washington Post.

And that ends the Early List.

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One Comment
  1. Ken permalink

    Finally read your blog for the first time today after being tricked into visiting by your Facebook post (kidding). Just wanted to comment on the Kindle with Special Offers as I just got one a few days ago. As far as I’ve read, it’s identical to the $25 more expensive model with the exception of the ads, so I’ll stick to those.

    I think on the other Kindle models, when your Kindle is in sleep mode you get some pictures (like of an author for example) as a screensaver. On this model, you’ll get an ad for a car, or olay, or an amazon ad etc. Also, when on the main menu, there is an ad banner on the very bottom of the screen taking up roughly 10-15% of the page. No ads show up when you’re reading or in the kindle store.

    Now for the special offers: After just a few days I’ve already taken advantage of two Amazon offers. The first was to buy one of a select # of NY Times bestsellers using a Visa card and get $10 Amazon credit. Since some of the titles were as low as $5, you can get a free book and $5 credit basically. The second offer was to buy a $20 Amazon gift card (digital delivery) for $10. So all in all, I’ve already gotten $15 in Amazon credit essentially free along with a new ebook. I assume these offers aren’t terribly frequent but even if one similar to these shows up every few months… it seems like a pretty good deal to me. Essentially paying $99 for a new Kindle + an ebook is enough.

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