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How to Publish Your Blog on Kindle

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I have been toying with publishing my blog as an ebook. I found a site that will convert the blog into a pdf book at Blogbooker. It’s a start, although would require some work to get it ready for prime time. The problem is, as a pdf, I can’t easily edit it to fix the formatting problems.And, the pdf/ebook is my blog at a point in time. It per force doesn’t include my newer (and sometimes most scintillating) blogs.

Amazon has solved that. It has a new ebook service that will sell your live blog on Kindle for a subscription fee of $1.99 per month. It’s called Kindle Publishing for Blogs. Here’s how it works.

  • set up an account
  • upload your blog rss feed, a screen shot and a banner heading
  • describe the blog in a brief paragraph
  • categorize it

About 48 hours later, your blog is live. That’s it. Simple. Readers get a trial period before signing on for the subscription. Here’s what mine looks like:

kindle edition

WordDreams--Kindle Edition--click to view on Amazon

No problem. Each of my blogs took about ten minutes. Amazon prices it for you–between $.99 and $1.99. Mine’s $1.99. I don’t know how they differentiate pricing. Am I flattered mine costs more? or not? Hmm…

My question is, why would people pay for something they can get for free? Here’s what I came up with:

  • Most people don’t carry computers with them to read their favorite blogs. Kindle blogs can be read on a book reader (Kindle or one with a Kindle ap), making them more portable.
  • There isn’t a second

I spent about an hour searching the internet for reasons to pay for a free blog and really, couldn’t find any. There was a bit of hubbub when it started a year ago, lots of complaints from bloggers about the 70/30 split (we get 30) and the rights given to Amazon for our work, but nothing recently.

I guess it boils down to, hard to predict what people will pay for. I’ll let you know how I do.

BTW, if you’ve ever purchased a Kindle blog, would you let us know what inspired you? Thanks.

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  4. I can’t disagree with you, but every month when I get that Kindle blog check, it buys a tank of gas or a celebratory dinner. I did publish a group of articles from my blog which I’m selling (through my Ask a Tech Teacher blog). I’ll do more of those also. They’re all part of my revenue streamlet until I Get Discovered


  5. Hello again, Jacqui!

    Now this would be a blockbuster concept if the blogger could maintain her rights to the blog content. It screams of Amazon being a tad bit greedy there—the lion’s share of the split and the rights? For what sort of rights do they ask?

    My thought was simply to format my blog for an e-book and self publish it. Same as one would publish any other e-book. But I know. Some would say that is a one time sale, not a “monthly prospect.” Yet even that could be seen as a Win-Win Situation. Think: publish but so many blog entries and wha-la! It’s on-going, like the Kindle blog.

    Curious and curiouser…



  6. This is such an interesting concept, & even though most of us struggle to reason why someone would pay to subscribe to a blog when you can get them free, there clearly is a market for them. And I suspect that “the future” will hold something in store for us on this story – I can only imagine that at some point there will be great benefit for someone to host their blog on a Kindle.


    • So far, I’m not selling a lot. Even selling a lot isn’t a lot of money when Kindle markets them for $.99 and takes 2/3s. I did it mostly to see what happened. Now, a year later, I should see if there’s any more chatter about it on Google, see if it’s changed in twelve months.


    • I had the same response–who would buy what they can get for free? I guess it’s about convenience gifting. I hope someone who’s purchased a blog will stop by and let us know the motivation.

      I love your website, Lorilyn. And your two books–great stories. Thanks for visiting.


  7. You’re so funny, Zak. That’s exactly the way I felt when I discovered it. Wow–look at this! So easy! I’m still waiting for my first sale (it’s only been a week), but I have friends who sell a lot. ‘A lot’ being relative because you only make $.50 or so per sale per month.

    I like that ‘per month’, huh?!


  8. Exciting stuff and thank you for being you, Jacqui.

    And thank you again so much for this latest post.

    How do you handle flattery? I hope you like it because I have to say, no holes bared, you’re the best, greatest – awesome in fact!

    I’ve gone over to the site you suggested and set up my blog, Kindle-style, and wow, what fun.

    Not quite sure what to do next but at least playing with the concept opens up a whole new way of thinking about blogging and e-readers.

    What’s next?

    *Zak Writer, jumping up and down, here*




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