Have you ever wondered how to publish your blog to Kindle? Nickie from Typecast has recently listed hers and shares some tips.
Amazon have recently allowed blogs to be self-published on their Kindle store. This facility allows you to upload your blog for sale to all Kindle users. Once you have completed this process your blog will be reviewed by Amazon and available for download within 48-72 hours.
Before you create an account, make a few preparations. You will need a .jpeg of your banner/header and a screenshot of your blog. You will also need to know your RSS feed address as it requires validation. The Kindle pulls in your RSS feed to provide to subscribers. Also take a few minutes to compose a good description of your blog as this is what will draw the potential subscribers in.
On the main Kindle Publishing page create an account. This does not have to be the same as your Amazon account. Once your account is verified click “Add Blog” and complete all the necessary fields. At the bottom of this page you will find three buttons. SAVE allows you to save your progress and return to it at a later date. PREVIEW allows you to see what your subscription page would look like if you published immediately. Only when you are completely satisfied should you click the PUBLISH BLOG TO KINDLE button.
The next page will ask you to confirm the terms and conditions and to agree a payment method. UK users will have to choose “International” and “Check payment” from the drop-down menus. The fee for check/cheque payment is waived for international users. Once you have completed this page you are done. You can sit back and wait nervously for a couple of days. Amazon will decide how much your blog subscription is to be. I have seen this range from £0.99 per month to £1.99 per month. This cost can also alter after publication dependant on popularity. Once live, your blog will be available to all Kindle users across the world. The link that you are given on the Kindle Publishing page is the US link. Have a search for your own link on your country’s Amazon website by selecting “Kindle Store” from the drop-down menu on the main page and typing in the name of your blog.
• Look at this as a marketing tool rather than a get-rich-quick scheme. Your commission is 30%. This isn’t going to make you an overnight fortune.
• Kindle is the new toy for adults. Popularity is rising and people are looking for new ways to access online media.
• Each blog subscription has a 14-day trial period. You may find that your new subscribers will cancel after that initial period especially if they realise they can access your content for free on the internet. But it will have gained you another reader in the long term.
• Ask everyone to review your blog. It is free to review and it gives subscribers an idea of what to expect.
You can find the Kindle version of my blog here. If you already read my blog please feel free to submit a review.