The Amazon Kindle is not just a device for reading paperless books and newspapers. It’s also an ecosystem for writers who want to publish their works without dealing with book publishers.
In a recent CNet report, I found out that authors worldwide can now self-publish Kindle versions of their books or documents. The self-publishing digital text platform, which allows writers to upload electronic versions of their books to Amazon’s e-book reader store, was previously limited to English and to authors based in the United States.
There’s a cost of course, and only 35% of the sales revenue ends up in your pocket – plus Amazon reserves the right to sell your book at a discount. Ouch!
Blogs and newspapers can also be read on the Kindle, but as yet there’s no self-service way for bloggers to put their work on the Amazon store. Just as well!
Still, an interesting development don’t you think?
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I thought about adding my class blog on the kindle store, but with the web browser it can be visited for free. I would love to have more ed blogs download automatically, but it is hard to pay for something that can be had for free.
It’s true – we’re all looking for flexibility. But it does signal change (again) so possibilities must might emerge. Let’s see 🙂