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Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindles To Wounded Veterans

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the time-to-read dept.

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destinyland writes "Amazon's just announced that they're donating 2,000 Kindles to a charity for wounded soldiers and their families. They're also promising to hire at least 1,200 more veterans within the next year at fulfillment centers around the country through Amazon's Military Talent Program."

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Arm Or Leg For Kindle (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961497)

So, they're saying you have to pay an arm or a leg for a Kindle?

Seems high.

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (2, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#41961519)

That isnt even the best part. They still have to pay for books to read.
Probably more of a profit for them than anything. "Donate".... please, it is nothing more than a scam anymore.

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (5, Informative)

DM9290 (797337) | about 2 years ago | (#41961601)

That isnt even the best part. They still have to pay for books to read.

Probably more of a profit for them than anything. "Donate".... please, it is nothing more than a scam anymore.

or they can just download any of the thousands of free classic ebooks that are in the public domain and even available on the amazon store?

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (1, Troll)

Master Moose (1243274) | about 2 years ago | (#41961753)

All the non-techys I know that have kindles have no idea how to put books on it that aren't on the Amazon store and think that it sounds too hard.. . . I have months of reading ahead of me on mine thanks to Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/ [gutenberg.org]

But I think that expecting the average Joe to know and find out about this stuff is a stretch. Amazon has made it too convenient.

  Not being a regular on the Amazon store, I have only just learned that they offer free books (thanks to your post).

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961829)

All the non-techys I know that have kindles have no idea how to put books on it that aren't on the Amazon store and think that it sounds too hard

Is it really that hard to send an email with an attachment? Is it really that hard to put an ebook on an external drive? I'm not really sure how Amazon could have made it much easier to get non-Amazon files onto the device. Yes, it's easier to get e-books from Amazon, but they're not exactly making it hard to get other e-books onto a Kindle.

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (0)

Master Moose (1243274) | about 2 years ago | (#41962457)

I am not denying it is easy. Of the handful of people I know with the device (4). Most (3) were unaware that you could use anything other than the Amazon store and then thought that it sounded like too much work.

And while this may be a small sample - so too is my world. . Please excuse me while I put my head back in the sand :)

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41969063)

So, then HP 'donating' a bunch of printers to Veterans has an ulterior motive too?

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#41969435)

or they can just download any of the thousands of free classic ebooks that are in the public domain and even available on the amazon store?

Provided that they don't mistakenly download the same public domain books that people are selling and appear earlier in the list over the free ones.

Kindle revolutionized book buying and reading - there were earlier e-readers ,but the process of buying and reading books on them was very complex. Kindle made it simple - a PC was optional - you could buy books and read them without needing anything more than a power connection to charge it up.

Most of the kindle/nook/etc using population probably already only uses their store.

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (4, Informative)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 years ago | (#41961713)

I don't think I've paid for a book since I got my Kindle a year ago. Even if you could somehow exhaust the tens of thousands of books at Project Gutenberg [gutenberg.org] , they now loan eBooks at your friendly neighborhood library. If the veterans are even a tiny bit technically inclined, they can run Calibre [calibre-ebook.com] and convert almost anything into a Kindle-friendly ebook.

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41963289)

Gutenberg has lots of company -- here are just a few :

Heritage History Library http://www.heritage-history.com/www/heritage.php?Dir=
E-Books Directory http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/
Open Library http://openlibrary.org/
Internet Archive Texts http://archive.org/details/texts
Plough eBooks http://www.plough.com/en/ebooks
Global Christians E-Books (Free) http://www.globalchristians.org/
Christian Classics Ethereal Library http://www.ccel.org/
Free Christian Ebooks http://www.newtestamentprayer.org/ebooks/
Inspirational Stories http://www.consciouslivingfoundation.org/InspireStory.htm
Marble Tower JPublishing FREE Ebook DOWNLOADS http://www.marbletowerpublishing.com/

Re:Arm Or Leg For Kindle (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962853)

Way to look a gift-horse in the mouth. There's tons of free content out there for them, plus, if they don't feel like buying any books and don't want the free ones, then they can just sell it for some extra cash.

The sense of entitlement these days is astounding. Even when companies are giving out free shit people are complaining that it didn't come with enough accessories.

Do they give them content, too? (1, Insightful)

stox (131684) | about 2 years ago | (#41961509)

I hope so, kinda useless otherwise. Of course, only one place to buy that content from.

Re:Do they give them content, too? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961653)

http://www.gutenberg.org/ is all these soldiers need, e-ink screens are great and there's no need to pay Amazon if they want great classics.

Re:Do they give them content, too? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962101)

Although if they want something written this century, they're SOL...

Re:Do they give them content, too? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 2 years ago | (#41965889)

Although if they want something written this century, they're SOL...

Yeah, and Amazon didn't throw in a free pony either, the bastards.

Re:Do they give them content, too? (2)

jwilcox154 (469038) | about 2 years ago | (#41969931)

Odd, I have downloaded quite a few free ebooks for my Kindle, directly from Amazon. Guess what, they were from this century. Just go to these two websites and they will point anyone in the right direction.

http://www.daily-free-ebooks.com/category/free-kindle-books/ [daily-free-ebooks.com]

http://ereadernewstoday.com/category/free-kindle-books/ [ereadernewstoday.com]

Re:Do they give them content, too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42096029)

But were they completely free, or were they free in a similar manner as Starbucks' so-called "free book". [seattlepi.com] I would have to say it is most likely the latter knowing scAmazon. Figures a fat fucktarded piece of shit like you [johnbwilcox.net] would shill for scAmazon like you do for M$ hoping for more cock.

Re:Do they give them content, too? (4, Insightful)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about 2 years ago | (#41961771)

Just as devil's advocate for the moment, since my preference is for the Sony readers, but...

You can download content from all sorts of places, and if you use Calibre (a great program, BTW) to manage your library, I understand you can use pretty much whatever device you want, and it will convert the format (if required) to whatever device you have. There are ways to strip any DRM if you have to. (Who cares if that's legal? If you've paid for a book, it's yours, just the same as if it's printed on paper.)

It doesn't do to spit on Amazon here. Sure they may have ulterior motives, but there was nothing forcing them to make these donations, and they're certainly not hurting you or me.

Free books for the KIndle. (3, Informative)

westlake (615356) | about 2 years ago | (#41961989)

I hope so, kinda useless otherwise. Of course, only one place to buy that content from.

The are hundreds of thousands of free e-books available for the Kindle.

Free Book Collections [amazon.com]

Baen Free Library [baen.com]

Munseys [munseys.com]

The chances are quite good that you can borrow e-books formatted for the Kindle through the online services of your local public library:

Nioga Digital Home [overdrive.com] [Western New York]

Re:Free books for the KIndle. (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about 2 years ago | (#41966195)

The chances are quite good that you can borrow e-books formatted for the Kindle through the online services of your local public library:

Nioga Digital Home [overdrive.com] [Western New York]

No they aren't.

If your library is like mine, there's only ONE "copy" of that book for the entire CITY, and the line to read it stretches all the way into the next millennium. So lots of luck there.

If they're going to attempt to control access on replicable items, I wish they'd at least take a page from ASCAP and allow as many concurrent readers as possible, with royalties distributed per-read instead of artificially restricting the distribution.

Re:Do they give them content, too? (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#41962115)

I hope so, kinda useless otherwise. Of course, only one place to buy that content from.

Kindles can accept ebooks from various sources, one of them being via usb from a computer. I own a kindle, and I have never bought an ebook thru amazon. Free legal ebooks are plenty and if you are like me and don't care about downloading copyrighted material, there is a ton of ebooks you can download and find very easy.

But yes, Amazon's hope is that the people will buy ebooks via Amazon, but no kindle is restricted to that only.

I like my kindle, it does what I got it for, to read ebooks. And it's not a walled garden either.

Re:Do they give them content, too? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962141)

Amazon doesn't own any content, but they could partner with publishing houses who do and at least offer a complimentary, translation of Mein Kampf.

News for Nerds? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961515)

Are Amazon's PR people posting on Slashdot now?

they need the PR quickly, check the news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962287)

because they just got ripped by the UK gov, their name is mud right now (its bad in *every* UK paper) and there are serious questions to be asked about their tax avoidance.
Next up the SEC are going to be looking hard at them in the next few months (the UK gov tore them apart about their SEC filings) so they need as many friends as they can get.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=uk&tbm=nws&q=amazon+tax+avoidance [google.com]

DRM prisons for our soldiers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961535)

How can this be considered a good thing? The Kindle is essentially a prison for your mind, with it's digital restrictions management that they use to keep you from legally backing up, lending, or selling your books. I don't think its fair to do this to our troops.

Amazon might as well be Al Queda.

Re:DRM prisons for our soldiers (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about 2 years ago | (#41962133)

Amazon might as well be Al Queda.

You're not over over-reacting at all, are you?

A bit self-serving, isn't it? (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 2 years ago | (#41961541)

This would be like Microsoft giving away X-boxes under the hope you'll go out and buy games. They're loss-leading new customers.

Re:A bit self-serving, isn't it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961577)

Yup, Kindle is even worse because you need to buy books directly from them, not even used on the XBox.

Re:A bit self-serving, isn't it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961689)

Except you can download free public domain ebooks or use your kindle with any ebook from anywhere in mobipocket format?

Re:A bit self-serving, isn't it? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961799)

These are veterans not virgins. They want good content, not crap or pirated stuff. If you want this might as well give them a proper pdf reading open source tablet.

Re:A bit self-serving, isn't it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962501)

The Kindle Fire and Amazon are awesome at varying purchase points. It's an awesome book reader, awesome hand held T.V., an awesome little hand-held websurfer, and a very awkward mp3 player.

Re:A bit self-serving, isn't it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41965169)

Wow ... how many times have you posted on this story?

Who are you? Jeff Bezos?

Working Conditions (4, Informative)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | about 2 years ago | (#41961557)

Hopefully they improve working conditions [huffingtonpost.com] (beyond just installing air conditioners), or their offer to hire veterans takes on a less impressive light.

Re:Working Conditions (3, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 years ago | (#41961859)

Au contraire, that's the reason for the program: what other talent pool is better prepared to make the best of shitty working conditions?

Re:Working Conditions (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962317)

how many veterans are high school dropouts, prison bait, or just other types of flunkies that only function when being told exactly what to do, and have gathered no other skills than "point n click" with a gun?

veterans with brains and skills usually go on to do fine, private pyle installs air conditioners as a charity case

Please don't (4, Insightful)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about 2 years ago | (#41961563)

They're also promising to hire at least 1,200 more veterans within the next year at fulfillment centers around the country through Amazon's Military Talent Program."

Amazon's warehouses are the closest thing the US has to Foxconn-style conditions. Obviously there is no serious comparison to be had but I wouldn't wish that job on anyone, much less a veteran. Make with the robots already and let's find a better way to make sure seniors and the disabled have money and work.

Re:Please don't (2)

Kotoku (1531373) | about 2 years ago | (#41961847)

Seriously, I know Bezos isn't a fan of the war but it'd be more humane to give them a new job in Afghanistan than put them in a warehouse that people regularly heat stroke out of, are berated all day, and fired for not keeping up with untenable quotas.

Maybe veterans are used to "hard work" (2)

drnb (2434720) | about 2 years ago | (#41962509)

Seriously, I know Bezos isn't a fan of the war but it'd be more humane to give them a new job in Afghanistan than put them in a warehouse that people regularly heat stroke out of, are berated all day, and fired for not keeping up with untenable quotas.

Heatstroke.
Pressured to perform all day.
Untenable quotas.

Sounds like a typical day in the Navy.

On a more serious note. Perhaps veterans are used to pretty hard work, and I'm not talking combat. Training, maintenance, logistics, etc ... I don't think many people posting around here have a clue what a normal workday in the military can be like. When a vet says he is sore after working at Amazon I'll be more concerned than when a keyboard jockey says he is sore after working at Amazon.

Re:Maybe veterans are used to "hard work" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41966225)

I don't think many people posting around here have a clue what a normal workday in the military can be like.

Either way you're still working your ass off and putting your health on the line for a bunch of greedy billionaires. And either way your peers have been conditioned into telling you that you're lazy if you don't want to submit to this.

thanks but no thanks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961583)

Working in Amazon's fulfillment center is probably the worst job I've ever had. (I quit after two days and still had pain a week later). And I've had jobs cleaning crime scenes where children were raped to death. Or one time when a woman drowned in a septic tank.

Besides, who wants a job when Sugar Daddy Obama will let you suckle on his tits?

Re:thanks but no thanks (2, Funny)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 years ago | (#41961669)

That's it, I'm skipping dinner tonight.

Once upon a time works had muscles ... (2)

drnb (2434720) | about 2 years ago | (#41962657)

Working in Amazon's fulfillment center is probably the worst job I've ever had. (I quit after two days and still had pain a week later).

And a veteran recently returned to civilian life would probably have thought that an easy day.

Our (great-)grandmothers who had assembly line jobs and our (great-)grandfathers who had factory jobs would probably laugh at you. A lots of blue collar workers in the 40s, 50s and 60s had muscles and it was not from going to the gym. It was from going to work.

Re:Once upon a time works had muscles ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41970379)

I used to do this work, it is not bad. I came from the lumber mills and it was a step towards a cushier existence for sure. The military guys are always a boon on the line cause they're generally in good shape and look at feeding the line as something to accomplish rather than something to fear. Doesn't mean none of the military guys weren't dead weight either, some of them were, usually they realize that the 65yr old guy/gal that got hauled out on a stretcher last summer is out producing them and they step up to the plate.

Haven't they suffered enough? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961709)

I think wounded veterans deserve a Nexus 7 and the chicken-hawks (like Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney) who never pass up an opportunity for war should get a Kindle Fire shoved up their ass.

...and here we all are talking about it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961773)

Mission accomplished, I'd say.

Library (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41961843)

My understanding is that in the usa kindles work with the overdrive system used by most public libraries so they should be able to get some free books. As well as all the public domain ones.

On e-readers (5, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 2 years ago | (#41961853)

I was a skeptic about e-readers for a while. I thought the Kindle was a bit overpriced when it first came out, I didn't understand why they weren't selling them at a loss to encourage more book sales. I also kinda liked the concept of the printed page and the traditional look and feel of it. But lately my curiosity got the better of me and I got the Kindle app for my phone and was blown away by the convenience of being able to download a book and start reading right away. Then I ended up getting a Nook.

Man, my view of books has changed overnight! I've been reading books at a rate of knots compared to before. It's just so damn convenient to carry this little thing around with an entire library stored in it, and it's way more robust than the printed page in terms of being resistant to dog ears and the like. (I wouldn't like to drop it, but still...) I've taken delight in taking the train to work even though it takes twice as long because it gives me an opportunity to indulge in novels. The convenience of being able to instantly download any book you feel like getting/buying makes the shipping of printed books look like pigeon post. My shelves full of books are now starting to look like my old CD collection: obsolete, wasteful and space-consuming. And the e-ink is very easy on the eye.

Now I'm a believer!

A question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962073)

Does Amazon have a British equivalent of this program?

lol... (1)

Bensam123 (1340765) | about 2 years ago | (#41962291)

The way these devices are made they make hand over fist back in money. I'm guessing these also have the ads on them.

They could give these away for free to everyone and they'd still make plenty of money back on them simply through sales and ads on the device. Consumers seem to feel the need to still pay for them though.

strange (0)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 2 years ago | (#41962517)

Wounded vets? How do you use a touch screen with no arms?
Thanks, I'll be here all night.

Re:strange (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 2 years ago | (#41962569)

How do you use a touch screen with no arms?

it can be done, but its a bit RISCy.

Re:strange (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41963793)

You're an asshole

When i was in the hospital (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41962861)

Someone donated a art work you build from string and tacks on a velvet background.
At the time it was the most wonderful thing to take my mind off things.
Helped me pass the time, I still love whom ever gave it.

No family or friends no cell phones back then. I hope others will do what they can this Veterans Day.

2nd ACR

Kidneys (1)

zennyboy (1002544) | about 2 years ago | (#41963119)

I read "donates kidneys".... Changes the reading completely

Amazon doesn't know or care ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41963147)

Evidently Amazon doesn't know how many wounded veterans there are (2,000,000) nor do they care ...

hire ... at fulfillment centers (1)

Skapare (16644) | about 2 years ago | (#41963467)

Why not hire a veteran in IT development? At my previous job where we have about 7 developers, one was a veteran. OK, he had both arms and legs. But I don't think that having them was how he was able to do development. Of course had he been severely wounded, it might take him a few seconds longer to get to the meetings.

shut your pie hole and make a donation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41963779)

Instead of bitching about Amazon's efforts or working conditions, why don't you say thanks to a wounded warrior or make a donation to help them out making the transition back into society.

Not all veterans (1)

rtobyr (846578) | about 2 years ago | (#41967459)

are soldiers. Are airmen, sailors, and marines excluded from the offer?

In this thread (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41968215)

A bunch of losers whining about what other people choose to donate.

Illegal Hiring practice (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 2 years ago | (#41970711)

So Amazon's got a special hiring push on just for veterans? Sounds like Affirmative Action! (horrors). Can't wait to see some non-vet sue for reverse discrimination on this one!

Re:Illegal Hiring practice (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 2 years ago | (#41970843)

omg etc. etc. - little did I suspect that invalid html tags would be removed from the Subject line.

Anyway, just to be explicit: parent post (mine) is 100% sarcasm, plus whatever legally amount of toxic chemicals leached from the container.

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