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Free Kindle from geek.com and Target

Geek.com and Target have put together foreheads and came up with a simple, but elegant strategy to ask the internet users, why they haven’t purchased an e-book yet.  The model is beautiful in its simplicity.  They are giving away one Kindle (kindly provided by Target) to a randomly chosen user.  In order to enter the contest, one has to leave a comment, explaining why he or she has not bought an e-book.  Randomly selected comment will be the winner and the future owner of the free Kindle.  Users have to leave their comments at http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/geek-com-holiday-giveaway-win-a-kindle-20101216/.

The contest ends tomorrow, Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

Some restrictions apply:

  • US residents only
  • Please use a working email in your comment. It won’t be used for anything aside from contacting the winner.
  • Only one comment per e-mail address, if we see more than one, you won’t be included in the draw
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond and after that time we’ll move on to the next person.
  • By the way – We’ll ship as soon as possible but no promises that this will arrive before Xmas!

via Geek.com

So far, I can divide the answers into three major categories.

The biggest chunk of the answers is about the price of an e-book.  In this category, people cannot find a good justification for paying over $100 for an e-book, and then continue to pay for the books.

Linda explains, “I haven’t yet purchased a Kindle because of the price. It’s not only a large initial outlay, but the cost of purchasing books is also somewhat prohibitive. I download and listen to audiobooks for free through my public library, and the price can’t be beat!

Also, Gary Blakesley writes, “The price of an e-reader does not make economic sense until the difference in price of the e-book versus printed book is such that you can easily make up for the e-reader price”.

“nascarfan09” says, “If you purchase an e-book you can’t resell or share like you can with a regular book.

In the second category, people are waiting for certain improvements in the world of e-books, such as color, faster e-ink, better text-book availability, etc.

Ashley Jellen says, “I have not bought a Kindle because I am waiting for the device to be more educational-oriented. Reading books on kindle are great but I want to use it for studying as well. I hope they will offer e-textbook on kindle and give the option to see e-books with page number.

The third category consists of the real-book-lovers.

User with a nickname “Tacoloft” comments, “I have not purchased an e-book reader because I am so fond of actual books. Also, the idea I could lose all of my digital books due to hardware failure makes me hesitant.

On one hand, this contest is a good advertisement for Target’s Kindle sales rack – Target sells 3G model for $189 and Wi-Fi model for $139.  On another hand, it is a quality outreach towards “e-book-less” internet users.  The only problem with the purity of the answers is the fact that those, who participate in this contest, are the ones, who do not have an e-book, but desiring to have it one day.  Personally, I would also like to hear the answers of the ardent e-book-haters – those who do not own an e-book and not planning to purchase it at this moment.

Kindle Edition Gift Suggestions

Once again, we have some last minute gift suggestions for the Kindle lover in your life.  We’ve got some old favorite, some new ones I’d never heard of before, and a good time all around.  Here you go, and I hope you find them both useful and enjoyable!

The Autobiography of Santa Claus – Jeff Guinn

This is a somewhat interesting holiday read bringing some history, some myth, and some imagination together to make an account of Santa’s “life” so far.  There are some criticisms that I can see the validity of when it comes to the exclusively Christian bent on the whole Santa thing, but to get really upset you’d have to be taking it seriously.  Taking fictional autobiographies seriously is bad, right?

Anyway, doing my best to avoid giving away the story, readers can expect reindeer, an impressive array of historic figures, lots of magic, some information about the usefulness of chimneys, and much more.  If you like a fairly light read, perhaps with the kids, I’d say you can’t really go too far wrong here.  The history seemed just a little bit spotty, personally, but it’s loads of fun.

The Kindle Edition is $10.99

World of Warcraft: The Shattering – Christie Golden

Normally, I’m not a fan of novelizations of games and movies.  They just tend to feel…half-baked somehow.  This one comes across as a little bit of a surprise, though.  I won’t claim that it’s among the best books I’ve ever read, as a book, but it was impressively thorough and well written.

Now, what makes this really stand out is the World of Warcraft association.  This is the most popular video game…well, ever, I suppose?  Chances are good that you, like me, know at least a few people who play at least as a guilty pleasure from time to time, if not regularly!  I’m told that the storylines in this add impressive depth to the new and amazingly popular expansion pack to the big game that really make it worth the investment.

The Kindle Edition is $12.99

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

This one actually got multiple hits on my recommendation request, so I jumped on it and read it right away.  I think that it might be an acquired taste?  Seriously, though, it’s a vampire romance book.  If that combination of words works for you, this is the book you want.  Same goes for if you or somebody you know is a fan of HBO’s True Blood series, since it is based rather closely on these books in the first place.  I’ll admit, it would never have occurred to me to name a vampire Bill, so it’s got that going for it!

It’s the story of a down to earth, but somewhat unusual, woman living in a version of the United States that has just started legally recognizing vampires as citizens, and her adventures. It’s also the start to a fairly long and popular series that I’m told only gets better as you keep going.  Definitely seems like a good one for the romance lover you’re buying for.

The Kindle Edition is $6.99

That’s what I’ve got so far!  Keep ’em coming and I’ll try to keep up.  Hopefully, this will give some ideas to help make the most of the shipping-free gifting option that the Kindle makes possible.