The top 10 blogs in the USA Kindle store

The top 10 blogs in the USA Kindle store

I haven’t looked at the top blogs in ILMK for a while, so I thought I’d share them with you.

First, I should say…thank you subscribers! πŸ™‚

I think the overall number of people actually subscribing to blogs in the Kindle store has probably gone down. Since Amazon does not make them available as a subscription item for the Kindle Fire line, that simply may be reducing their market availability as more people switch to those as their primary readers.

I really wish Amazon would make them available. In fact, Amazon could self-create an app that “magazined” blogs, the way that Flipboard does it with your Twitter feed. The app could be free, and could work with your Kindle store subscriptions…and you should be able to subscribe right through the app. That might work especially well with the free introductory trials that they do…it might result in a lot more sales.

That’s not the way it works now, though. πŸ™‚

This blog, and I think many others, are substantially supported by the Kindle store subscriptions. Some blogs survive mostly on advertising, and that’s one way to go…but I don’t sell advertising here.

So, it’s interesting to me which blogs and news feeds are at the top.

One thing that ties them together: they’ve all been in the top 10 for at least 1,200 days…that’s more than three years. Thanks to you, ILMK has been there for 1,403 days as the time of writing…hmm…I think that means it made the top ten list within a month or two of starting, and (knock virtual wood), has been there pretty much since. We’ve been as high as number 1, but there is some shuffling around of order…and it’s possible we’ll drop out and come back into it in the future.

Otherwise, it’s probably worth noting that half of the titles are about Kindles and/or e-books. No question, these sorts of blogs can be an investment. πŸ™‚ You may easily save the amount that you pay (ninety-nine cents a month for each of the Kindle/e-book related titles) with the information they give you.

Here’s that list:

Best Sellers

Kindle Store : Blogs & News Feeds
Updated hourly

1. 1331 days in the top 100
Free Kindle Books and Tips
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
4.5 out of 5 stars, 153 reviews at the time of writing

This one is by Michael Gallagher. As you can tell from the reviews, people like it. πŸ™‚ Congratulations, Michael!

2. 1512 days in the top 100
The New York Times – Latest News
Kindle Edition
$1.99 / month
4.1 stars, 71 reviews

This is the most expensive of the top ten…and tied for having been a top-tenner the longest. I think it was there at launch of the blogs.

3. 1208 days in the top 100
Free books OnKindle — bestsellers, top movers, new
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
2.2 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews

The reviews on this one are not good (look at the average), but some of that comes from people not understanding the product, I think. You have to figure there is some reasonable retention by subscribers, or this wouldn’t have been in the top ten for so long. I don’t think there can be that much turnover with new people subscribing and dropping it the same month.

4. 1206 days in the top 100
Free books for Kindle
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
3.7 stars, 18 reviews

For Kindle, on Kindle…obviously, this one is positioned similarly, in terms of market, as the one above it.

5. 1512 days in the top 100
Huffington Post
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
2.8 stars, 35 reviews

Hm…the review average isn’t very good for this feed from the popular website. I don’t think very many people actually write blog reviews on Amazon, so they may not be very representative of what subscribers actually think about a blog.

6. 1463 days in the top 100
Kindle Nation Daily
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
3.6 stars, 46 reviews

This is be Stephen Windwalker, who is also a bestselling author of Kindle books. I should mention that we have some correspondence, although we’ve never met in real life

7. Ranking has gone up in the past 24 hours 1403 days in the top 100
I Love My Kindle
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
4.5 stars, 39 reviews

You get credit for the success of this blog! Looks like I’m also tied for the third highest stars (with Michael Gallagher) in the top ten…that’s cool! Not quite so cool: I see they have the language of the blog listed as German. I’ll have to check into that…danke, abonnenten! πŸ˜‰

8. Ranking has gone down in the past 24 hours 1207 days in the top 100
National Review Online: Articles
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
4.8 stars, 10 reviews

I think this one is particularly substantive, out of the group.

9. Ranking has gone up in the past 24 hours 1342 days in the top 100
Joke of the Day
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
2.5 stars, 21 reviews

I will say that the reviews are…interesting. Humor is tricky: I’ve actually taught people about using humor. It’s very tough to do if you don’t know your audience and can’t seem them react. Certainly, funny books can work, but people buying them often know what to expect of that particular book. If that’s not the case, you need to keep it pretty middle of the road. That appears as though that might not be the case here.

10. Ranking has gone up in the past 24 hours 1466 days in the top 100
George Will
Kindle Edition
$0.99 / month
5 stars, 2 reviews

Will is a very well-known commentator, and this does have a perfect five stars (although only two reviews).

Well, there you go! There are 14,508 blogs in the USA Kindle store at the time of writing…and I think that the significant sellers are concentrated at the very top. I don’t know, of course, but it wouldn’t surprise me if 90 percent of the subscriptions come from the top ten percent of the titles. I’m sure lots of them have basically no subscribers…blogs are often more about getting your thoughts out there, rather than about making money. Also, as I mentioned, some of them may be supported more by selling advertising and by advertising fees.

What do you think? Do you have any favorite blogs (in the Kindle store) that you would recommend to people and aren’t on this list? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theΒ I Love My Kindle blog.

7 Responses to “The top 10 blogs in the USA Kindle store”

  1. rogerknights Says:

    I think the overall number of people actually subscribing to blogs in the Kindle store has probably gone down. Since Amazon does not make them available as a subscription item for the Kindle Fire line, that simply may be reducing their market availability as more people switch to those as their primary readers. I really wish Amazon would make them available.

    It looks as though Amazon is trying to downplay their attractiveness and sales for some reason. Or someone is asleep at the switch.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Roger!

      I don’t really know why. πŸ™‚ I suspect one reason might be the cost of Customer Service connected to a ninety-nine cent or $1.99 a month item. The bigger the market, the more likelihood you get people who don’t know how blogs work…but that’s just a guess.

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Out of the top 10, I get the NY Times blog as well as this one. I also get AP News, TV Guide Breaking News, and NY Times Wellness. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. The AP news sometimes only has one or two articles when it downloads. The NY Times blog has a bad habit of changing the titles of their articles so that when I click the new title, I end up rereading an old article. The TV Guide blog has links to videos which, of course, don’t work on a K3. It also repeats most of the articles from the magazine, which makes me wish they would offer a “twofer” price to dual subscribers. Occasionally the Times Wellness blog will repeat an article in the regular Times blog, but not often enough to make me feel I’m not getting my money’s worth. I also get the Amazon Daily blog just because it’s free. I wish that blog would make up its mind what it wants to be. I find too many articles about cars and not enough about books.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      That thing about changing article titles can lead to some interesting information. I’ve seen ones where they name of the page is much more…risky for the publication than the headline on the page, suggesting to me that they moderated it.

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  4. Michael Gallagher Says:

    Thank you, Bufo! You know, your blog is one I read with regularity – your humor shines through the lines, and you provide some great insights and help to your readers. Best wishes for you while Amazon continues to change their Kindle model!

    Best regards,

    Michael

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Michael!

      Thank you also for your kind words!

      Fascinating times are ahead…as always. πŸ˜‰

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