The regular Kindles display a book ad if you don't press a button after 5 minutes. You can buy ad-free versions for about $20 or $30 more but since you can banish the ads and return to reading with a single button push most people, including me, go with the cheaper model.
Usually Amazon is fiendishly clever about serving up targeted ads. It remembers what you've searched for in the past and what you actually purchased and displays ads for related products. That can often be useful and is rarely annoying. The Kindle is different. The ads it displays are random and often perversely mismatched with my taste.
On my Kindle I'm currently reading the second volume of a Churchill biography and a Cold War thriller set in Moscow in the early 1960s. For variety I'm weaving in some Nero Wolfe mysteries. Last night my Kindle went into sleep mode and displayed this.
Who kidnapped Nova's father? She vows to get him back, but where does she turn?
Nova runs away, but before she can save him she's taken prisoner by sky pirates. She has a secret, a secret more dangerous than any blood-thirsty marauder. And the pirates will do anything to learn the truth.
Now, she must trust two men to help her escape before her family is torn apart forever. One wants her dead, the other would follow her anywhere.
Perhaps Amazon has sensed something about me that I don't know yet.
"I don't understand what's wrong with thinking of correlation as a pricing convention the way one thinks of Black-Scholes vol. I mean, vol curves aren't "real" anyway, but nobody uses local vol models to price vanilla options." - Taion
"But this is blatant ultracrepidarianism on my part." - Taion
I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.
"once the penis came out, there was discussions as to why we didn't order the testicles" - Daniel describing a meal in China