Blog Subscriptions on the Amazon Kindle

Amazon Blog Page I have broadened my Amazon experiment.  I learned that it’s possible to subscribe to participating blogs on an Amazon Kindle.  Being bold and daring – oh, alright, curious, I thought to myself: “Why not?”.  Of course, that question wasn’t aimed at me taking out one of these subscriptions.  No, I decided I’d put Imagineer-ing into the mix.  Of course, being Amazon, nothing is straightforward…

The first thing I discovered is that you can’t open a “kindle publishing for blogs BETA” account using the same information as you use elsewhere on Amazon.  You have to use a different email address!  Fan-bloomin’-tastic!  Ah well, Amazon wills it…  After that, it’s pretty plain sailing, surprisingly.  You do need a screenprint of your blog and a copy of your site’s ‘masthead’ or banner.  As a seller, in effect, you’ll also need bank details unless you choose payment by “check” (note the spelling!).  Not a problem!  You enter your name and address, and stipulate that you’re from whatever country – the UK in my case.  Move on to opt for transfer payments and discover that you need details of a US bank!  Let’s nip back and opt for “check”.  Everything’s done.  A few hours later (and I’ll admit it was vastly quicker than the quoted wait time) and your blog is there, in all its glory, on a Kindle blog subscription page.  You can dance for joy, now… but hang on!  You glance at the little box at the side, where it says: “This title is not available for customers from: United Kingdom (change region) Shop titles available for United Kingdom”.  Oh, good grief!  I’ve told it I’m from the UK and I still can’t subscribe to my own blog!

Right!  Simples (as a certain meerkat would say)!   Trot over to Amazon UK and set it up there.  Yeah, right.  One minor detail: you can subscribe to  blogs here, but just try to find a link that leads you to a way to set one up on it!  Send a request for help and – “we can talk on the ‘phone or chat live”.  I don’t do ‘phones, because of hearing difficulties, and I never use live chat features!  Result: the blog is available for subscription for all those who use Amazon.com but isn’t available to me, the owner and writer, unless I “Change location” to the US.

Such fun… not!

If you happen to be interested, you can subscribe to the blog on your Kindle.  I’ve no idea what it looks like.  I’m also not entirely sure that charging $0.99 for it (the price I see) is right.

Do you have a blog available through Amazon?  If so, is it worth doing?

Do you subscribe to a blog available through Amazon?  If so, is it worth the fee?

Finally, does anybody know how in blazes I can set it up in the UK?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have just bought a new brick wall to beat my head against – from Amazon!

~ Steve

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An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

10 thoughts on “Blog Subscriptions on the Amazon Kindle

  1. Had to laugh. Drives you mad! All this linking everything all the time. I’ve lost track of where I am or not. Linkedin, Google plus, twitter, goodreads…I am going the other way these days, getting rid of them all! Good look mate

    • Thanks Nick :) I must admit, it’s a real tangle! I cut back the amount of links between different social networks because you end up Spamming them all otherwise. Slimming down is a little more complex…

  2. Mine is on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077F0DFI
    but I didn’t try to subscribe to it! It is US though, so didn’t have the UK issues. I have not really seen anyone subscribe to it, but I understand that it can help with yet another SEO link! Need to change the picture to the more recent one, but it doesn’t eat anything, so will just leave it there! I think that they can feature these on a newsletter or something! It’s an Amazon mystery!

    • Thanks for the reply, Patrick. It’s nice to think that it serves some purpose! And yes, I guess it’s not hurting being there ;) LOL another of their mysteries, truly…

  3. I had never even heard of this! Agree on the comment/reply about over linking ending up to = spamming – I’m sort of paranoid about doing that. And the comment on cutting back on the social media platform resonated – eeekkkk – why is everything so complicated.

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