When you buy a Kindle Voyage you have the option to choose between getting the model With Special Offers or No Special Offers. Keep reading to discover which is right for you.
Difference between With or Without Special Offers
The only difference between With Special Offers or Without Special Offers is ads. You can get an ad-free experience in the latter model but then you have to pay extra.
The ads do not show up when you are reading. They are only visible on the lockscreens and the bottom of the home screen. This also means they will not pop up suddenly and interfere with your reading experience on the Kindle. They are also called the Sponsored lockscreens because you will see the advertisers’ sponsored lockscreens instead of the default ones.
The ads are promotions from Amazon and the advertisers. In general, these ads make the lockscreens look less boring than the default lockscreens. Some reviewers on Amazon even stated that they find these ads make the cover interesting.
You may get the following from the ads:
- Daily deals on books. You will get deals on the types of books you like to read.
- Deals on merchandise based on your previously shown interests on Amazon.
Can You Switch between With or Without Special Offers?
It is possible to switch from with Special Offers to without them. Amazon basically treats switching to no Special Offers as an upgrade and you need to pay for it.
That said, you don’t get your money back if you decide to go the other way. That means you won’t get the refund, if later you decided to switch your Kindle Voyage from no Special Offers to having Special Offers.
As for whether one should get the Voyage with sponsored lockscreens or without, that depends on the buyers’ budget as well as how they like to shop.
If you choose the model with Special Offers, you will save some money. Some will like having deals appear on their Kindle, especially since no ad interrupt the reading experience. The fact that these ads are actually attractive screen savers is an added bonus really.
Choosing the model without Special Offers is a good option for those who are easily tempted to spend money on buying items they don’t need and those who really don’t want to look at any ads, even they are on the lockscreen and the bottom of the home screen. Just remember that the model without Special Offers cost extra than the one with them.