Blogs to Ebooks | How To Get Your Blog on Kindle

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blogs on ereadersU.S. sales of e-books are set to almost triple to $2.8 billion by 2015, according to Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kindle sells 2.4 million e-readers in 2009, projected to sell 8 million in 2010.

Apple sold 7.46 million iPads from debut through September 2010. (via sfgate.com)

Samsung sold 1 million tablets in 2months (via unwiredview.com)

I shared the numbers above because I am a nerd and love data, I don’t think that there are many people that would dispute the popularity of e-readers and tablets. What I may find some resistance to is my next statement: Get your web content on these readers now!

First it was desktops, then laptops, smartphones, netbooks, e-readers, iPads, tablets, and now…. all of the above. I am sure my time line is debatable but the important thing to look at is the trend, it is mobile. We want information at our fingertips and we do not want it to make us hunchbacks to access it. Smaller, lighter, and faster that is what we want.

If you are trying to get your web content or your business in front of these on-the-go consumers you need to be where they are. According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) as of October 2010 book (print) sales were at $3.9 billion and ebooks reached $345.3 million. (publishers.org)

So, if you can’t get them to come to you well by all means go to them! Or at least go to where they can get to you.

Syndicate, Syndicate, and Syndicate.

1. Kindle This Widget

Kindle-This is a sidebar widget that displays a button for sending a blog page to a user’s Kindle using free.kindle.com automatic conversion.

The contents of the current page are extracted and the title, post date, and content are formatted into a simple page that is sent to the kindle service for conversion into a kindle file. The results are not a web page, but a Kindle document so that links, images, embeds, javascript, etc may not appear.

Amazon Kindle Publishing for Blogs is a self-publishing tool that lets you add and sell your blogs on the Kindle Store. Kindle Blogs are auto-delivered wirelessly to the Kindle and updated throughout the day. They are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so they can be read even when you’re not wirelessly connected. And unlike RSS readers which often only provide headlines, blogs on Kindle contain full text content and most images.
In 2009 we wrote about turning your blog into a book with Blurb, this tool lets you turn your blog into a published book . Blurb is still a great tool however, now that Amazon has reported ” its Kindle e-book sales are three times larger than they were last year, and it sells 43 percent more Kindle e-books than hardcover books on average.” (pcworld.com) turning your blog into an ebook might be your first step.

How do you turn your blog into an ebook? Bookbrewer.com is a service that allows bloggers and aspiring authors to self publish an ebook. They have recently partnered with Borders but can help you distribute through all the major e-book platforms.

Any questions?

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Bridget is President of The Get Smart Web Consulting Group, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in San Diego County California and Collier County Florida. But more importantly she is a web, tech, and Twitter addict!

  • http://twitter.com/startupbiztalk Cheryl Isaac

    Great info Bridget! I’m assuming the Kindle-this widget can be added to any WP blog?

    • http://thegetsmartblog.com BridgetAyers

      Cheryl, yes you would be able to use it with any WP blog. If there is an issue it maybe a coding issue with your template. Let me know if you try it out.

  • http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com/ Lara Love

    Thanks for this great information & for such a well-written, concise article. Really helped. Thanks & God bless you! Lara Love, Walk by Faith Ministry, http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.