It is just distasteful to me, and the extra 30$ was worth it to me to avoid the ads. I do not like to read with a case on, and it would be cumbersome to remove my Kindle from its case every time I want to read.
That being said, this version of Kindle does seem quite fragile, as mentioned before, so when I carry it with me in my purse, I am covering it with a knit beanie hat for now.
Kindle has the ability to store thousands of books, so you shouldn't have to worry about running out of storage.
If you do, however, the overflow can be stored on Amazon's Cloud service, so you never have to worry about giving up any of your old favorites.
It is NOT as dark as these bad reviews make it seem. The paperwhite had a grey hue to them and I didn't feel like I was reading a book.
I bit the bullet and bought one without the special offers.
I do not want ads intruding my Kindle experience, even if they only show as the screensaver or on a bar across the bottom of the Home screen.
Eventually I will buy a small soft pouch to store it in; I have seen them for sale here on Amazon.
Even though the Kindle seems fragile, the size and weight of the device is a definite advantage while reading.