Its showtime for AmazonLocal. Well almost as a new software update to be made live within the coming weeks is all set to bring on the Amazon equivalent of Groupon to the Kindle with Special Offers while it is displaying the screen saver.
What is going to be special with AmazonLocal is that its only the deals that are relevant in the area that the reader is based in that would be displayed. Furthermore, readers won’t have to enter any of their account or credit card details and Amazon will complete the deal with the card that it is linked with. Once the deal is sealed, it will get reflected on the home screen of the Kindle e-reader, which in turn have to be shown to the merchant to avail the goodies.
[showhide type=’pressrelease’]AmazonLocal Coming to Kindle with Special Offers
SEATTLE – Sept 15, 2011 – (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Kindle and Kindle 3G with Special Offers are already the bestselling Kindles, and customers report that they love the money-saving special offers. Today, Amazon.com, Inc. announced that Kindle and Kindle 3G with Special Offers customers will soon start receiving special offers from AmazonLocal on their Kindle screensavers when they aren’t reading. AmazonLocal on Kindle with Special Offers is launching in New York City and expanding to all AmazonLocal cities later this year.
“Since we introduced special offers and lowered the price of Kindle to $114 and Kindle 3G to $139 earlier this year, customer response has been overwhelmingly positive – these quickly became our bestselling Kindles,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love the new lower price for Kindle and the money-saving special offers that display when they aren’t reading. We think customers are going to be thrilled with this new, convenient way to take advantage of AmazonLocal deals – you can view, purchase, and redeem the deals using only your Kindle – no computer, no printer, no hassle.”
Upcoming AmazonLocal deals for New York City Kindle customers in Downtown, Midtown, Uptown (including the Upper East Side and Upper West Side) and Brooklyn include:
– $7 for a one-hour bike rental in Central Park ($15 value)
– $5 for $10 at Dangerfield’s Comedy club
– $59 for one month unlimited yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Grand Central ($180 value)
– $5 for $10 worth of ice cream and ice cream cakes at Coldstone Creamery
– $45 for lunch at City Winery ($98 value)
Customers can view their city’s AmazonLocal deals and purchase the deal directly from their Kindle, without re-entering account or credit card information. Once a customer purchases a deal, they will receive a voucher directly on their Kindle’s home screen. Customers can redeem their purchase by simply showing this voucher on their Kindle to the local merchant or by bringing in a printed copy. Customers can print a copy of the voucher by visiting www.local.amazon.com/purchases.
The functionality for receiving AmazonLocal deals on Kindle with Special Offers will be delivered as part of a software update for latest generation Kindles in the coming weeks. To learn more about AmazonLocal, go to www.AmazonLocal.com. Kindle with Special Offers for only $114 and Kindle 3G with Special Offers for only $139 are available for immediate shipment at www.amazon.com/kindle.
For images of AmazonLocal deals on Kindle with Special Offers, visit www.amazon.com/pr/kindleimages.[/showhide]
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