Top 10 blogs in the USA Kindle store
I last reported on the top ten blogs in the USA Kindle store in July of last year…and I’m a bit surprised at how much they are the same as they were.
I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me too much…I don’t think this is particularly a dynamic and growing part of the Kindle store.
For me personally, it’s a very important part of my life! I’m thankful for my subscribers (thanks, subscribers!) every day. I (or I should say, “we”, since you are part of what makes this possible) have been doing ILMK for over five years now, and it is certainly my biggest creative focus.
I can’t say, though, that it is much of Amazon’s marketing or technical focus. You still can’t subscribe to blogs directly through Amazon on their tablets (or phone, for that matter)…and I don’t think there is any particular technical reason why they couldn’t do that.
I think strategically, they may just figure that blogs are a low profit item for them..but come on, when has Amazon ever cared about profit? 😉
It makes me wonder how much the EBR (E-Book Reader) market is growing, in terms of new people entering it. How many people are buying their very first EBRs?
My guess is that we bloggers in the Kindle store are largely coasting on the people who have already subscribed.
The new Kindle device product pages don’t even mentions blogs.
I’m not complaining about any of this. 🙂 I really enjoy writing this blog, and I enjoy the communication I get with readers out of it. I do feel like I’m often helping people, and that’s the best feeling for me.
Well, let’s take a look at the list:
3. (last time: #3) Free books OnKindle — bestsellers, top movers, new (at AmazonSmile*)
2.6 stars, 20 reviews
As you can see, the top three are unchanged, in terms of title or rank. Only two out of the ten are new to the top ten. There has been a bit of shuffling, but it’s really much of a muchness.
I’m very proud to have the highest star-rating out of these bestsellers! I know I don’t please everybody every day, but I think there are a couple of strengths.
One is the amount of output, honestly. 🙂 I told myself that I’d average a 1,000 words a day in this blog, and I do that. I think that people appreciate the sheer volume. 🙂
Also, I really strive to keep it eclectic…to cover different types of things. I want it to be that at least every few days, you feel like you are getting your money’s worth (if you are a subscriber…your time’s worth for everybody else). I can’t always avoid it, but I try not to write the same sort of thing two days in a row.
For example, I know some people don’t like the “mathy” posts. I know others don’t like the humor posts. Still others aren’t really interested in reading about devices other than the EBRs (the non-Fire Kindles).
Hopefully, what happens is that somebody might see one that is “meh” to them, and the next day or the day after, see something that they particularly like.
I’m pretty confident those aren’t the only two reasons, but I do think they are something which sets this blog apart from a lot of the other excellent blogs out there.
Well, there’s the list! I’ll probably check in on this in another year or so…
As always, I’m interested in what you think. Are you reading blogs on your EBR as much as you used to do? Why do you think there are some blogs in the top ten which are so poorly reviewed? Before blogs, did you read fanzines? I know, not quite the same thing, but I think there is a line of evolution there. Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.
Update: I also noticed something interesting when looking at the blogs. Amazon has a listing for hot new blogs…and erotica certainly seems to be a significant part of that. I’m warning you ahead of time: the listing contains images that are NSFW (Not Safe for Work), featuring nudity.
One of these blogs’ images (without nudity, but with what would certainly have been considered a risqué shot at one time) appeared on the blog store homepage.
Amazon runs into people concerned about that from time to time. There are some pretty explicit images that can appear when you are shopping at Amazon. There used to be a way to turn off images entirely when using Google, which was a sort of workaround, but I’m sure that is still available…and it doesn’t stop explicit text, of course.
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