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.
- 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:
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.