Amazon has opened up its Kindle platform to blog publishers allowing them to sell subscriptions in the Amazon Kindle Store. The Kindle Blogs service auto-delivers updates throughout the day via Kindle's Whispernet (the Sprint EVDO network).
The cost of a subscription currently costs between .99 cents and $1.99 per month with Amazon setting the price for a subscription. OF that Amazon keeps 70% and 30% goes to the blog publisher (one could argue it should be the other way around). Amazon doesn't provide any mechanism for publishers to alter the subscription price. In their Getting Started guide Amazon states:
Can I set the price for my blog?
No. Amazon will define the price based on what we deem is a fair value for customers.
Can I make my blog free?
No, Amazon will define the price based on what we deem is a fair value for customers.
The inability to set pricing for blogs in the Kindle store will be a limiting factor for some publishers.
Print CEO (Kindle Edition)As I mentioned on Twitter last night, Print CEO is now available on the Kindle. Print CEO (Kindle Edition). The process was relatively easy. It took about 30 minutes to setup and add the site.
Print CEO on the Web verses Print CEO (Kindle Edition) preview rendering.The Kindle Store also offers subscription to magazines and newspapers over Whispernet. Interestingly, publishing content to the Kindle Store's Magazine or Newspaper section uses a different workflow then the kindle publishing for blogs service. At this time it requires you to contact Amazon (via email) to request the ability to publish content through this channel.