Amazon’s Kindle Trap

Amazon purportedly loses money on each Kindle.  They do that to get you to buy e-books.  

Photo of a KindleA low cost, bare bones e-book reader you can hold with one hand?  Nice. But it’s a trap.

You can adjust the text size, read in bright sunshine, stick it in your pocket or beach bag, and hold War and Peace in your fingertips.

Sounds great.  But it’s a trick.

Are you ready for effortless, modern beach reading?  

That cute device is tempting bait to drain your bank account on equally tempting low-priced books.

Bought a printer lately?  Same kind of deal.  

Sure it’s a super cheap printer but you have to buy their ink cartridges.  Bought a shaver?  Free handle.  But cartridges cost an arm and a leg.  Unless you run out and try to reuse them.  Then you risk losing a leg (or a face).

These are marketing traps.  The low-cost Kindle is no different.  Or is it?

You can turn the tables on Amazon and really get a deal.


Pick up a cheap Kindle.  Amazon is paying you up front to get you hooked on e-books.  Great.  Fine.  Thank you very much.

Take the premium price.  Now beat them at their own game.

Get the low-priced Kindle and then read great books for free!  

Yes, there are literally millions of free books for the Kindle.  

Think you might find enough summer reading among millions of classic free titles?  

Check out this link.  Free eBooks for the Amazon Kindle

Amazon is so reckless, they’re gambling that you fall for the literary equivalent of buying ink cartridges when your printer still works!

But since you can get millions of books for free or almost free, you can escape their clever book-worm marketing snare.  

Take the bait and leave the cunning Amazon trapper empty handed as you head back to the briar patch for good read.

Trick Amazon.  a) Get a Kindle, b) get books for free, and c) read them without a sore wrist or squinting at tiny print.


Which of these weighs more?  a) Tolstoy’s 996-page masterpiece or b) the pencil-thin 6-ounce Kindle?  (Tip:  Photos not actual size.)

Photo of a kindle and a pencil

Answer:   I just checked the shipping weight on Tolstoy’s book.  Two pounds.  And that’s paperback.  

EXTRA CREDIT:  how much does two pounds of feathers weigh compared to the 6-ounce Kindle?  Answer below.

Now do the math for your cost.  

War and Peace paper edition, $11.16

War and Peace Kindle version, .99 cents.  

$10.17 goes in your pocket.  

EXTRA CREDIT ANSWER: Two pounds of feathers weighs 1.62 pounds more than the Kindle.  That’s a load off your wrist and uses less gas than lugging Tolstoy’s tome to the beach and back.

As You Lounge on the Beach Chuckling to Yourself, Think through Your Long-Term Master Plan.

Here it is.  Pay ahead for your Kindle.  Then start reaping the savings, one book at a time.  Repeat the winning formula outlined above. The faster you read, the sooner you break even.  

Then start reading for free.  

Keep track of your savings piling up in your pocket alongside your Kindle.  

That’s money you can spend on higher priced Kindle books.  

Ooops, you might fall into Amazon’s clever trap!

Okay, access to thousands of the latest bestsellers is pretty irresistible.  That’s the downside. But there’s another escape plan to foil Amazon.

Want to get bestsellers and popular modern books but still want to save money?  Did you know that many libraries lend Kindle books for free?  

Mwahahahahaha!  Is Amazon crazy?

But there is another downside with the cheap Kindle.  

Higher priced Kindles have more buttons, bigger screens, and more prestige.  

If you think you can you live without those perks, keep reading.

When you buy your incredibly cheap, low-end, and embarrassingly low-tech e-book reader now, you start saving before beach weather arrives.  

Start carrying out your marketing trap “escape plan” before Amazon regains its wits and raises the price!

Beat Amazon at its own game and then hit the beach.  

Extra extra credit:  Which weighs more, this sunbather or the paper editions of all the books stored on her Kindle?

Photo of a sunbather holding a Kindle