Blogs on the Kindle, FeedJournal, and Kazutomo Hori

At interface – a technology centric blog focused on great design, there’s a great post (the link before) about using FeedJournal and Amazon’s mailing service to get blogs over to your Kindle for free. Now, I did post the list of blogs with direct URLs and bloglines previews – however if that doesn’t work for you, this is a good method to try out. Be¬†kind, rewind¬† let us know with a comment if one of the methods works for you.

BTW, the more I think about it, the more I feel that Amazon is missing a big opportunity with the subscriptions model it’s currently using. I can’t get the Time website to work (the doubleclick ad feed is blocking it from loading) so will have to write from memory – Kazutomo Hori (Cybird) was recognized as one of Time’s global influentials in 2002 for a subscription model for getting online content on cellphones. This included ringtones and such. However, the beauty of the model was that having a subscription model that was very reasonably priced led to huge growth (5.5 million subscribers is what i can find) and lots of revenue. At $1.99 per blog I doubt Amazon has tons of people subscribing. At 1$ for any blogs you want, pretty much everyone would subscribe. Of course, what do I know about making money ;)

I’m thinking about figures and I think 1$ or 2$ a month for as many blogs as you would like OR 5$ a month for as many magazines or newspapers as you would like makes sense. thoughts? what would you be willing to pay for each?

2 Responses

  1. Part of this probably has to do with how much Amazon has to pay Sprint for every chunk of data that comes across the Kindle’s Whispernet system. Since Kindle owners don’t have to pay a monthly connection/service fee on this, Amazon is forced to meter it instead. I’m sure Sprint isn’t doing this out of the kindness of their heart, so an all-you-can-eat subscription model would probably be a tough sell for everyone but customers like you and I!

  2. I hear that the Feedjournal will be working to get its Reader customized for the Kindle. A work around for the subscription blog thing would be to simply be able to update the Kindle via a hardwired or wifi internet connection that doesn’t rely on Amazons system?

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