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JenBee
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We're being used

I've heard that advertisers are cashing in on the popularity of e-reading. And based on what we're reading, ads are filtered in that may or may not be closed until finished. It's sad to take a good thing and ruin this way. Who's responsible for allowing readers to be taken advantage of?

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CasperAZ
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JenBee, it is a shame.  It's greed at work but unfortunately greed shows its ugly head in any type of media or electronic communication.

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Haleakala_LKB
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JenBee wrote:

I've heard that advertisers are cashing in on the popularity of e-reading. And based on what we're reading, ads are filtered in that may or may not be closed until finished. It's sad to take a good thing and ruin this way. Who's responsible for allowing readers to be taken advantage of?


 

Filtering in to what?

 

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JohnP51
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My question too. I have no idea what the OP is referring to.

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RSC_Nook
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Re: We're being used

is he saying you will turn a page of a book and there will be an ad you must read before closing?

 

if I have to read an ad every 20 pages or so for a book I piad $14.99 (or whatever) for then I will promptly switch ereaders and kiss B&N bye bye

 

I doubt this is true though. 

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Jasini
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Suppose you had the option of paying $14.99 or whatever for a book without ads, or getting one free with ads?

 

I don't see it happening, either.

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I'm still trying to figure out the original message... My head is spinning.

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JenBee wrote:

I've heard that advertisers are cashing in on the popularity of e-reading. And based on what we're reading, ads are filtered in that may or may not be closed until finished. It's sad to take a good thing and ruin this way. Who's responsible for allowing readers to be taken advantage of?


First, the very bad grammar here makes it very difficult to figure out what you're on about. "ads are filtered in that may or may not be closed until finished" is meaningless.

 

However, like others, I'll assume you're upset about ads being placed in eBooks. Well, first of all, that's not the case in general. I've read about some attempts to generate revenue using ads in eBooks that are free or very cheap, but no one expects such attempts to result in you not being able to purchase ad free eBooks. Secondly, even if the "dire world" you think is coming did, the only one responsible "for allowing readers to be taken advantage of" would be the readers themselves. If (that's a big if) one thinks that ads take advantage of consumers, you as a reader still have the option to simply not read the books.

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My head is spinning as well.

 

PERHAPS this thread should of been sponsored by Tylanol (ha ha...)

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ABthree
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And I've heard that publishers are pushing thousands of books by notorious literati on an unsuspecting public, attempting to undermine our society by increasing the number of shameless, self-confessed savants and adepts, and expanding proficiency and comprehension in general to levels that can definitely be considered sinister.  Not only that, but they hope to profit from their behavior.

 

Who's responsible for THAT, I'd like to know!

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JenBee wrote:

I've heard that advertisers are cashing in on the popularity of e-reading. And based on what we're reading, ads are filtered in that may or may not be closed until finished. It's sad to take a good thing and ruin this way. Who's responsible for allowing readers to be taken advantage of?


You've heard.  Have you experienced that?  I've not seen any ads in any of the free books I've "purchased."

 

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NookManager
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Ok.  I work in B&N's digital department and I must say the odd speculatory nature of this thread is amazing.  B&N and it's partnered publishers are NOT planning filtered advertising or selling marketing schemes.  Period.  End of story.  Have a great day.

 

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I'm confused...  It might have to do with going on Day 5 of being snowed in but I doubt it. 

 

Here are my questions...

 

1) How are the ads being filtered in? 

 

2) How do they know what we are actively reading since most of us keep our NOOKs on airplane mode.  Yes, we have to purchase the book online but keeping the NOOKs in airplane mode also raises the issue of how the ads are being filtered in.

 

3) Conspiracy theorist much?

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NookManager wrote:

Ok.  I work in B&N's digital department and I must say the odd speculatory nature of this thread is amazing.  B&N and it's partnered publishers are NOT planning filtered advertising or selling marketing schemes.  Period.  End of story.  Have a great day.

 

-Ryan


Seeing as how you logged onto this board for the first time today, stick around. You ain't seen nothin' yet. We have some real kooks on the boards.:smileywink:

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gstone
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@NookManager

This a well known issue with Nooks. B&N should be shipping units with properly fitted colanders to protect the users. If I don't recieve my colander within 30 days I am going to switch to Kindle!

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@gstone: Thanks for clearing up the mystery as to why my local B&N Nook person insisted on measuring the circumference of my head prior to allowing me to purchase my Nook!!  :smileyhappy:

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Darkkin
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You mean its not for a giant spaghetti party?...:smileysad:

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I didn't get mine with either NOOK!  What am I supposed to do?  The colanders in my house are plastic!  I shouldn't have to go [ay for one myself just because I have NOOKs!  Covering them with tin foil is nothing more than a band-aid and I shouldn't have to do it!  That's it!  I'm getting rid of these crappy devices and buying from a company that gives out the colanders like it's supposed to!

 

 

!!!!!!!!!!

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Ya_Ya
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I had to remove my colander last evening so I drain the pasta.  :smileysurprised:

 

Good thing the JRT's is still solidly in place; poor mutt, he doesn't have one, though.  :smileysad:

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@Nallia

 

Better stay away from Amazon's.  Judging from some of the things that the Kindlings post here, theirs aren't on too tight.  Could be a problem with fit.   :smileywink:

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