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How to Save Money on Your Kindle

Keep on Saving With These 4 Tricks After You Splurge on a Kindle

The price of a Kindle is at an all-time low of $114, which is a steal compared to the first Kindle's $400 price tag. I bought my ereader in 2009 and have really made good use out of it. Here are some saving tricks I've picked up that I'm still using today.

  • Indie authors: This is probably the feature that saves me the most money. I've been downloading books by self-publishers on Kindle, which mostly go for around 99 cents or for free. Sure, I've come across some bad writing, but for the most part, the writing has been phenomenal. Some of the books I've purchased rival some bestselling books by contemporary authors. You can even download classics like Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations for free!
  • Accessing the Internet outside your home and overseas: Since I have the older model, it comes with the 3G or whispernet, which is really great when I'm outside of my home or traveling internationally. I don't have to pay a dime when accessing my emails or surfing the net in other countries. Sure, the Internet is slow, but it does get the job done and I can't complain since I don't have to deal with a monthly fee.
  • Using the Kindle charger for your BlackBerry: My friend shared this little secret with me — the Kindle charger actually works for our BlackBerry phones! My phone charger had died on me and I was dreading spending $15 to $30 on a new charger at the nearby T-Mobile store, but I quickly found out from my friend that the Kindle charger would work like a charm.
  • Don't forget the Kindle insurance: You have a one-year guarantee after you buy a Kindle so make sure to use it if your Kindle malfunctions. Mine started acting up so I traded my Kindle for a free one. The process was very simple and smooth, so keep your eye out and watch your ereader for any malfunctions.

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
I agree with the posters above; I am not that desperate to save money that I'd read amateur literature. That's not saying that there aren't talented people out there that haven't been published, but I'd at the very least need a few recommendations before trying any of that. I do love the free classics. How awesome is that? Yay project Gutenberg!
shannrose shannrose 4 years
I also love that Amazon has so many free classics for the Kindle. I am looking forward to Kindle e-book offerings at public libraries in the coming months!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 4 years
Definitely agree with the last three, but not the first. My time is money, and I'd rather spend my time (and money) on a book from an established author, or one who has the backing of a publisher, than gamble, even for free. Yes, I know not every book published by a commercial house will be a home run, but I feel like I have a much better chance of enjoying the book if it's gone through an editor, a sales department, a publicity team, etc. That's a lot of other people who have faith in this book!
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