I came across a fascinating ‘How to…’ blog post during Talent Seekers’ first free day. In Is Your Blog On Kindle? A Quick ‘How To’ Get Your Blog On Kindle, Ruth Nina Welsh describes how to register your blog via Kindle Publishing for Blogs, and set it up so that every post you do goes straight to the subscriber’s kindle.
At this point, it is probably worth your while to go to her post and read it. Please come back again!
My first thought was ‘That’s a nice idea’ which was quickly followed by recognition that Amazon charges subscribers for the service while the blog owner gets – more visitors, possibly. This could be important if they are affiliates for Amazon.
My second thought was… if I put all my blog posts on kindle, apart from having to have the complete post on the home page (some like this, I don’t – since I don’t like having to scroll down lots of text to find the post I’m interested in), I would be putting my short stories out into the kindle world free of charge. Now I know you get them free of charge on the blog as it is, but like a lot of people I rather like the idea of collecting them together and putting them out as an ebook (or even a paperback) at some stage in the future. In fact I thought very early on that I wanted a ‘Chronicles of Marsh’ to catch up on short stories and novella-sized ones that wouldn’t make a full book. The way things are going there will be a ‘Chronicles of Hattan’ as well.
But the connected society is developing in leaps and bounds and even I start to think I might need a whatever pad (as some conference organisers charmingly put it), so am I being a fuddy-duddy? Or is it really just a superb bit of Amazon taking over the world by stealth? They are very clever guys, you know.