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Kindle Fire to have ad-free option

NEW YORK — Amazon says buyers of its new Kindle Fire HD tablet will get the option to turn off the advertisements that appear on its standby screen for $15.

The online retailer showed off the tablet last week, and said there would be no option to turn off the ads. That was a departure from Amazon’s previous policies. It has shipped Kindle e-readers with ‘‘Special Offers’’ ads on the standby screen, but users could pay to have them turned off.

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