When Amazon announced this week that it would be selling a new Kindle model "Kindle with Special Offers," one with advertisements, for $114 ($25 cheaper than the standard Kindle), the news was greeted enthusiastically by some. But not by all.
The Kindles themselves are appalled and disgusted. Head Kindle Hedda spoke up for her colleagues, saying, "It's disgusting and tawdry to add to our work by demanding that we hawk ads. How would you like to spend your life walking around with a sandwich board of ads hanging around YOUR neck? How blatant can you get about promotion?"
The Kindles are unappeased by the fact that the ads will only display on screen savers (they appear while the Kindle is in the "Off" position) and on the home page -- not interfering with the reading of books. "Let me make it perfectly clear," Head Kindle Hedda announced, "I can say without qualification that we are not at all happy to welcome the new member of the Kindle family."
Quoting the late Mollie Sugden in her role as Mrs. Slocombe in "Are You Being Served?" the little Kindle added, "And I am unanimous in that."