Here is something I did not know existed until recently, Kindle blogs. You can publish and read blogs via Amazon Kindle. The question; is this is worth doing for a blogger like you?
The short answer is no, don’t bother.
I have had a brief look into Kindle blogs from a publishing viewpoint and identified one crucial issue. You have to charge money for your blog. There is no option to download the blog for free.
This goes against the principle of my blog in terms of ethos and marketing. The same is probably true of yours.
I do not want my readers to have to pay (even if it’s as little as $0.99) for the stories, reviews and writing tips published here. It also makes no sense to market my books through a paid blog; asking readers to pay twice will only reduce the total number of visitors.
If you are tempted to use Kindle to bring your blog to a wider audience or generate extra revenue, there is an alternative. Something that I have been considering for a while is compiling my short stories from the Useless Book Club and publishing them as a Kindle anthology.
This adds value for readers as they can access all of the stories in one place, and in an easy-to-navigate format. You could do the same if your blog contains poetry, advice or other content.
The important factor is that by doing this you have changed your content by editing and compiling it. Selling your blog on Kindle seems to me like nothing more than fixing a price tag to it.
Until they allow free blog publishing, I will declare Kindle blogs to not be worth the trouble.
Find Kindle’s blog publishing page here.