Amazon discontinuing Kindle store blog publishing on August 19, 2019

Amazon discontinuing Kindle store blog publishing on August 19, 2019

It’s the end of an era.

On August 19th of this year, less than a week away, Amazon will stop (at least in the USA) publishing blogs through the Kindle store.

While this affects me considerably, my first priority is to thank all of the paid subscribers who have supported this blog, and my other two blogs (The Measured Circle and 221B Blog Street).

Seriously, I’ve really appreciated it!

This blog started on August 28th, 2009…so it won’t quite be a decade when they end it.

During that time, I’ve had great discussions with readers. I feel like I’ve helped a lot of people. I think I’ve written some good things.

It’s also been a source of income for me. While that went down a lot over time (the number of people paying to subscribe to blogs has always been a small market), it’s still significant.

I’m an anomaly on that, though. I doubt 99% of blog publishers through Amazon make, say, $20 a month.

That’s why they are stopping it, I’m sure.

Why did people ever pay?

Really, the reason why is to get it on Kindles…people reading on tablets, phones, or computers, read it through a browser.

Let’s start there.

I expect to keep writing the blog. While the money has been nice, and I’ve been able to use it to buy Amazon products to test for you, that’s never been the main reason.

The site on the web for this one is here:

https://ilmk.wordpress.com/

There are a lot of ways to subscribe to a blog like that: it’s available through RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

I’ll write more about this, maybe give you some specific apps.

I really wanted to get this out tonight, and at least hit the high points:

  • If you subscribe through the Kindle store, no new posts will appear starting on August 19, 2019
  • They’ll refund any prorated money you have coming out of the $0.99 month
  • This blog will continue to be published through WordPress…although the nature of it might change a bit

I may have to think about another way to earn money from my writing. One way would be to start doing ads on this blog…not my favorite. Really, this is affecting me emotionally. I’ll think about that another time.

Thank you. Thanks especially to the subscribers, but also to everyone who has read and hopefully will continue to read this blog.

Special than you to reader Karin, who alerted me to the e-mail received from Amazon about the discontinuation. That’s what I got…just an e-mail, with no special features to call it out. The subject line? “Notice About Your Kindle Blogs”.

I’m thinking about the other bloggers…maybe there’s a way for us to get together to do an oral history kind of thing…


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All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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

 

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15 Responses to “Amazon discontinuing Kindle store blog publishing on August 19, 2019”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’m sad to see the Kindle blogs go, but Amazon has made it harder and harder to find them, so I’m not surprised. Over time I’ve seen several of my favorites drop off. This was the last one left.

    I was surprised that you say you were considering ads. There are already ads. Right above where I’m typing is an ad for vimeo. On the main blog page was one for Salvation Army. I assumed you received compensation for those ads. Does revenue from those ads go to WordPress? If you do go with ads, and if you have any choice on the kids of ads, the less animation the better! Some sites have such aggressive ads flashing side top and bottom of the page it’s hard to read the content. For folks like me, with trouble tracking, it drives me off the site. Some even lock up my computer!

    Thank you for creating and maintaining this blog. Without your help, I don’t think I would have ever navigated the new touch screen generation of Kindles! I don’t think Amazon realizes what an asset, advocate and influencer you have been for not only the Kindle but the Alexa voiced products and Amazon in general!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      No, I get nothing from those. I didn’t even have much awareness of them…what I’ve seen is something that says something like, “From time to time, your readers may see ads here.” It might be more assertive than that, but not a whole lot.

      If I do have ads, I don’t think I get much control over them unless I sold them myself one at a time, which is a lot of complication (contracts, taxes). I like the idea of Patreon, which Karin suggested. I need to look into it first. Google has an ad program, but I haven’t looked at anything for some time.

      It might also be possible to monetize my Alexa apps…have to look into that, too.

      I won’t do much looking until the weekend at least. Things are super busy at work right now: my team is at half what it should be.

  2. Karen Holsten-Coleman Says:

    I’ve been with you since I bought my first Kindle in ’09 and will be following you to your web site. You were the resource for hundreds of my novice Kindle solutions and still alert me to interesting Amazon developments, well worth your subscription price. Best wishes for a sucessful transition. Thanks for your great advice and entertaining work over these past 10 years!

    Karen (Princeton, NJ)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karen!

      I really appreciate that! It’s been fun, and helping people is the most fun part!

  3. Special note: Amazon discontinuing blog publishing August 19 2019 (this blog will continue) | 221B Blog Street Says:

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  4. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Yours is one of 3 blogs that I subscribe to. It’s not going to affect me much as I also get yours, and the others via daily emails. When I finished reading a book on my kindle, I would always check the blogs before I start the next book. It was mostly just a heads up — all my serious interactions are via the emails. It did give me a quick scan of stories (the other two blogs are basically lists of technology and science papers published that day) that let me kind of pre-screen before I hit the emails.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Good to know!

      You should keep getting ILMK via e-mail…looking forward to more comments from you!

  5. Special note: Amazon discontinuing blog publishing August 19 2019 (this blog will continue) | The Measured Circle Says:

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  6. Karin Says:

    Hi Bufo, I feel like since we don’t have much time left for the blog, I will get right to the point. Think about Patreon.com. I support several Youtube channels through this, and I would love to continue supporting your content. Like Lady Galaxy, I have been reading your blog since 2009, In fact you are the only blog I subscribe to through the Kindle. I have learned so much about the Kindle through you.

    I will also let Amazon know how displeased I am that they are doing this, particularly with so little notice.

    Karin

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karin!

      I looked at Patreon a while back, but not in depth. I will look again!

      I do understand why they are discontinuing them…I have some sense of the size of the market, since I know how many paid subscribers I have, and I know where my ranking is in the store…it’s definitely contracted over recent years. However, I do think that giving the publishers/authors like me more than a week’s notice would have been warranted. I think 30 days would have been nice, to give us one payment cycle to look at alternatives.

      Oh, and though the blog won’t be available through the Kindle store, I’m still planning to keep it going! We can chat more in the future. 🙂

  7. Karen Says:

    Thank you, Bufo.

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  9. Harold Delk Says:

    So sad AMZ is cutting off the blogs, especially yours. I shall continue to follow you on WordPress (which will actually be easier for me anyway) and if you decide to monetize it will be happy to become a financial supporter as well. I frankly do not recall when I started reading your (note the Grammarly wants me to use “you’re” rather than “your”) fine words, but it has been for many years as gauged by the age of my dog who is now fourteen. I’m sure you will make your decisions wisely and whatever path you choose will be a good decision for all of us. The only input I have is that you can lighten your daily load a bit by canning the “birthday” stuff which I seldom read … seems like the same people have their birthdays on the same date every year.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Harold!

      Thanks for the kind words!

      I’m going to look into some possibilities…I appreciate the support.

      As to the birthdays: 🙂 I do check most of the time, because other people become famous. The tweets of them get some attention, and if people click from there to the blogpost and then purchase something from a link, well, that helps…and it doesn’t take long each day.

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