Publish Your Blog for Kindle
I know, I’m late to this party. Amazon has been allowing bloggers to make their content available in the Amazon marketplace for over a year now. Nevertheless, I got a brilliant idea yesterday (or at least it felt brilliant). Why not make my blog available on the Kindle? I couldn’t think of why not to do it, so I did it. It took about 10 minutes, and that’s 10 minutes that I think were well spent. I may never see a dime of revenue, but it is one more place that my name is visible, and it’s free. Again, why not? Plus, it’s nice to see your blog there on Amazon. For 10 minutes of your time, bloggers, you can have your blog available and formatted for the Kindle. What do you have to lose (a few reasons I listed below)? My suggestion to all of you who think you might have something worthwhile to say is invest your 10 minutes each and engage in some self publishing. And, for you aspiring writers out there who need a little motivation to start your magnum opus, this is a small stepping stone to greater things.
Two good reason to do it:
1. The rules are so lax (it’s still in Beta after a year) that virtually anybody can steal your blog out from under you if you don’t claim it. There is no verification in place during the sign up process that proves your blog is actually your own. TechCruch wrote an article over a year ago about the problem, and I think even now, a year later, anybody can publish your writing and make money off your name if you aren’t paying attention. Amazon will take down fake postings, but only if you inform them. Thus, at the very least, you should check. If your blog hasn’t been hijacked yet, you might as well publish it yourself, and if it has been then you’ll want to fix it.
2. There are roughly 7,000 blogs available on the Kindle now. That’s not many considering how many there are total. Getting in now might be a good idea if only for a small degree of exposure.
Some Good Reasons to Have Reservation:
1. I’m not thrilled about selling my blog for $1.99 a month. I think reading blogs should be free. But, I see where Amazon wants to make money, so whatever.
Some screen shots of the process and the result:
Go to amazon.com and go to the kindle store. Click on blogs, and you’ll see a link to follow to publish yours.
This is Almightydad (Kindle Edition) showing on Amazon. Go ahead and write me a review while you’re there!