Dummies are giving away a Microsoft Surface tablet ... really

A couple of weeks ago, everyone at Microsoft got word from Steve Ballmer that they would be getting a free Microsoft Surface tablet. Now one lucky person will be able to feel a little bit like one of those Microsoft team members, and its all because of some "Dummies."

In this case, it's the folks behind all those Dummies "how to" books with the yellow covers that you see in bookstores (if you still go to bookstores, that is). The Dummies brand has been around since 1991 and reached its peak in the late 1990s, thanks in part to sales of books that attempted to teach people how to use their PCs.

The Dummies team is coming out with two new titles very soon: Windows 8 for Dummies, and Surface for Dummies. To promote the books, the company is holding a contest where the grand prize is not only copies of both books but a Microsoft Surface tablet itself. The giveaway started earlier today and will run though December 31.

The contest is open to residents of the US, Canada, and the UK. People can submit an entry once a day until the end of the contest and a winner will be drawn at random in mid-January. The contest states that the approximate value of the prize package is about $350, but we wouldn't read too much into that number, since we suspect that's more of a guesstimate as to the Surface's real price than any kind of confirmation from Microsoft.

Source: Dummies.com | Image via Dummies.com

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I have very fond memories of reading my first "For Dummies" book.......Computers for Dummies. With it I was able to teach my daughter all about them when she was only seven, when ever other kid needed a menu system so as to play different games (this was pre win 95) she didn't. And she never looked back from there.

Have you noticed that in the "Dummies" contest the Approximate Retail Value of the prize is $350.00 USD?

I believe this means that there is a really big chance that the simplest surface device (probably 16GB one) will cost about ~300$.

yossistarz said,
Have you noticed that in the "Dummies" contest the Approximate Retail Value of the prize is $350.00 USD?

This should get its own article. It looks like the Dummies site has possibly revealed the Surface RT price (by accident?).

trip21 said,
In Microsoft land Australia rarely exists (and when it does prices are always high) :8

Microsoft isn't running the competition, taken from the Official Rules:
The Dummies.com Sweepstakes
The Sponsor of the Dummies.com sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 ("Sponsor").

Nashy said,
Australia doesn't exist again.

I'm not going to try it, but Australia and a huge list of other countries are in the dropdown box when you go to register to win... strange, because if you look at the official rules they only list 3 countries.

trip21 said,
In Microsoft land Australia rarely exists (and when it does prices are always high) :8

That's because of the price to send stuff via rocketship to the other planet Australia is on.

Woz isn't with Mapple and I believe they also jack up prices above US (not that Mapple aren't overpriced to begin with)

tkaw220 said,
Is it Surface RT or Pro?

The Surface Pro isn't out for 3 months after the RT is released. Also, this gives it away that its not the more expensive Pro...

"Approximate Retail Value: $350.00 USD"

Have they just revealed the price of the Surface RT?!

NoClipMode said,

"Approximate Retail Value: $350.00 USD"

Have they just revealed the price of the Surface RT?!


and then subtract $50 for the two books, and you get Surface RT = $300