Kindle: The Next Blogging Distribution Platform?

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-05-14 Print this article Print

Amazon will format and distribute your blog through its Kindle Store, giving you a channel to deliver marketing messages, technology tips and business observations to your customers and prospects. There's a catch, of course. Amazon will charge for the blogs, and you only get a small portion of the proceeds.

The Kindle is rapidly doing for digital books what the iPod did for music - transforming the medium by making the electronic form-factor simple and efficient and the acquisition of content easier. What Amazon hopes to do next is incorporate popular blogs into the digital reader, including those of technology enthusiasts and solution providers.

Beginning this week, Amazon is accepting public blogs through its Kindle Publishing for Blogs Beta program, where it will format the content for the Kindle device and distribute it to subscribers through the Kindle Store. In theory, solution providers can leverage this channel to disseminate its corporate and technology blogs to customers, prospects and anyone else interested in their messages.

Amazon says the conversion process takes 12 to 48 hours before its ready for distribution. And, with the new wireless Kindles, blog subscribers will get their updates automatically pushed to their devices.

But there's a catch. There's always a catch.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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