How to publish your blog to Kindle

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.

Nickie O’Hara

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13 Comments

  1. 20 January 2011 / 13:10

    Thanks for this Nickie, it’s a great practical guide. Once your blog is available on Kindle, do you have any tips on promoting it? Do Amazon do any promotion for you? How do people find which parenting blogs are available?

  2. 20 January 2011 / 13:12

    Great article, I never knew you could do this – thanks so much for teaching me something new. Your reviews are excellent on Amazon too; well done you!
    Like you say, even if people unsub after the trial, you’ve still gained yourself a new reader.

  3. 20 January 2011 / 14:55

    I haven’t really made it as far as promoting the Kindle version. I think it does no harm to share the link on your blog though – or even in your email signature. You could look into a free Kindle logo maybe and create a button for your blog/website?

  4. 20 January 2011 / 14:56

    You’re welcome. I’m glad it was of useful reading for you.

  5. 21 January 2011 / 18:43

    You wrote a post on publishing your blog on the Kindle and you didn’t credit me with the idea? I’m mortally offended… 😉
    Excellent post x

  6. 21 January 2011 / 20:44

    *dies a little*
    You know me – carpe diem 😉 You can publicly flog me at Cybermummy – that’ll make a good workshop or some entertainment during the after-conference drinks!

  7. 24 January 2011 / 14:36

    I’m just wondering why people would pay to read a blog that’s already out there on the Internet? I know I’m missing something here…

  8. 25 January 2011 / 19:31

    I did mention that in my article. I totally agree with you but there are some people out there who may like the convenience of having reading material delivered direct to their Kindle – especially if going away on holiday and not having direct access to the internet. There’s always the option of try-before-you-buy too – the 14-day trial gives you plenty of leeway with that.

  9. 25 January 2011 / 21:42

    Thanks. I’ll try following your instructions and see if it works. When I tried following someone else’s guidelines to publish my blog, nothing happened, so hopefully your instructions will work better!

  10. 26 January 2011 / 15:21

    Thanks SO much, Nickie. I’ve just published mine – awaiting approval.
    Just a quick note about the guidelines – your “header” or masthead image needs to be max 430 x 50 pixels, which is really tiny. Take the time to create a new one rather than just trying to squash your blog header into that space or it will be unreadable.
    The screen grab needs to be at least 800×600 but UNDER 1 MB, so you’ll probably want to crop, export and compress it.
    If anyone wants a hand, I’m happy to pimp myself out in exchange for reviews of my Kindle blog, reviews of family days out on my site or links back to my website!

  11. 22 August 2011 / 08:45

    Nice post… thank you so much for sharing.
    This would be helpful.
    Cheers!

  12. 20 January 2012 / 14:09

    Thanks for this – just filled it all out with Kindle and await approval. I got a Kindle for Christmas and i’ve been 14-day trialling stuff, so like what’s been said before even if people do sign up to you just for the trail they may continue to follow you elsewhere afterwards.
    Thanks again
    Michelle