I am sending this post out to each of my blogs, so if you get it more than once feel free to skip on over the second time you see it.
Several times a week, I get asked a question via email along the lines of “…are you the same person who does the other Kindle blog named…?” The answer is probably, “yes,” as I publish a total of six blogs that are available on the Kindle.
I believe one of the neat things about the Kindle “experience” is your Kindle is much more than an eBook reader – I use the free wireless service to check email, follow the scores for my favorite teams via ESPN’s mobile website, and check the weather forecast. As I type this, there are 13,346 blogs available to be sent directly to your Kindle. Some of them update several times per day, just once a day, a few times per week, or a couple of times per month.
At this time, the only Kindle device you can read a blog on via a paid subscription is an actual Kindle and not, for example, any of the Kindle applications on an iPad, nor can you get a blog subscription on the Kindle for PC application. Why? I don’t know: it seems as if it would be fairly easy to program in the Kindle application, and Amazon (in my opinion) is missing out on one heck of a monthly revenue stream. Amazon really doesn’t promote the Kindle blog arena, and they rarely reply to a question blog publishers pose to them – I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they shut it all down, but that is a topic for another day as well as another blog format.
You can receive blogs on your Kindle Fire, just not as a paid subscription like you can on a “regular” Kindle. I will send out instructions on how to receive this blog on your Kindle Fire for free in a separate post.
A blog subscription to be sent directly to your Kindle costs anywhere from 99 cents to $1.99 per month – I don’t know how they come up with the pricing as Amazon sets the pricing on the blogs. With respect to each of my blogs on the Kindle platform, they are priced at 99 cents each per month: of that amount, Amazon gets 69 cents and I get 30 cents. As you can probably guess, I am not getting rich off of this but it does allow me to purchase a few woodworking tools on occasion, and is helping to pay for a few things here and ther! Hmm, with Amazon receiving 70% of the revenue, it makes me wonder even more why blogs are not allowed / available on other Kindle applications such as the Kindle for iPad / PC / Droid, etc.?
Amazon allows you to check each blog out for free on your Kindle for a two-week period, and you can cancel within that two-week period at any time with no cost to you. There are quite a few blogs out there I think are pretty interesting, and I subscribe to a few myself.
In no particular order, here are the six blogs I have available for reading on your Kindle.
Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips
Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips is my largest blog in terms of Kindle subscribers as well as the number of people who either read it on the web, email subscription, Facebook, and Twitter. I’ve been very fortunate with this blog as it has been the #1 bestselling Kindle blog since 2010, and is consistently ranked in the Top 100 for all Kindle titles (473 days and counting). What is it all about? As new free titles become available in the Amazon Kindle store or places in addition to the Kindle store, I provide a brief synopsis of the book as well as the link to download it to your Kindle for your enjoyment.
Based upon my own experiences as well as what I have been able to find out from others, I also provide reviews of and information about the numerous sites that offer free material, tips on how to maximize your Kindle experience, and various other Kindle-related information I think is interesting. Maybe you will think it is interesting, also If you would like to check it out the free two-week trial of this blog, you can just type in www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser: this shortened web address will save you from typing in a really long series of characters and will take you right to the blog’s Amazon page.
From the blog page on Amazon, just click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page. You have two weeks to try it out for free (and free is the name of the game).
If you have a Kindle Fire, you can’t subscribe to this blog via the Amazon interface – that’s not my decision but an Amazon decision. As a workaround, I’ve developed a free app for your Kindle Fire or Android-based phone or tablet computer that you can get if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/freefireapp into your computer’s web browser.
Bible Verse of the Day
If you did a search for my name in the Kindle Blog section of the Amazon store, you will also see the Bible Verse of the Day blog I also publish: you can check out the two-week free trial if you type in http://tinyurl.com/bvoftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.
Any receipts I receive from Amazon for this blog (again, after Amazon’s cut) are donated to The Nehemiah Center of Houston, a Houston, TX based charity which is a Christian-based organization that offers academic, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual enrichment to the children and families in the MacGregor Elementary School Area just outside Houston’s Third Ward. I have visited this facility, and they are making a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of at-risk children. You can find out more about the Nehemiah Center of Houston by pointing your web browser to www.nehemiah1.org
Thanks to the generosity of this blog’s subscribers as well as their direct contributions, collectively we have donated just over $6,000 to this charity in a little over two years.
Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less)
This is a supplemental blog to the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog mentioned above. Each weekday, I spotlight a book in the Amazon Kindle store that costs all of a dollar or less (sometimes free) with an emphasis on the independent author.
The main purpose of this blog is to focus on the many independent, self-published authors that typically fall under the radar screen amidst all of the noise from the “headline” authors I have really enjoyed. I think you will enjoy it, too, as you will come across recommendations of many genres – plus the purchase price of one dollar (or less) is a pretty easy price point vs. throwing down ten or more bucks for something.
You can check out the two-week free trial if you type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.
Trivia of the Day
This blog features random trivia and facts hand-picked and designed to give you a “leg-up” on your friends, relatives, and co-workers…you should know this stuff! If you read this one for just a week, you will know a heck of a lot of random trivia and people may think you are like Cliff from “Cheers.” To try out the two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/toftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.
Quote of the Day
This blog features inspiring quotes from famous and everyday people to start your day – sometimes wise, sometimes humorous, you are sure to find something that will inspire you in your walk of life. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/qoftheday into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.
On This Day in History
Have you ever wondered what happened on a particular day, such as historical events, birthdays, deaths, worldwide holidays, etc.? Well, the On This Day in History blog will tell you – every morning you will receive the unique events of that day directly to your Kindle. The listed events are not just USA-specific, but worldwide. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/otdhistory into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.
That’s all for now!
Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in http://amzn.to/seDbUq into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!