Amazon.com is now offering a new service (well new as far as I know) where you can publish your blog on Kindle. I first heard of it on FaceBook via a post by my buddy Gina Kincade, when she shared an article from the blog Live Your Love
This seems like a great opportunity for my fellow writers to showcase and make money from their blogs via Kindle. Yes, Kindle readers pay $1.99 a month to subscribe to blogs of which the owners get 30%.
My first question was did they accept blogs from erotica writers? I had other questions as well so I went ahead and opened an account. That seemed to be the only way to learn more information.
First I looked up their Content Guidelines, seeking information about what they accepted. I came up with this, so far on their community forum:
Titles made available through the Kindle Publishing Platform must follow our content policy and guidelines, detailed below. Publishers are expected to conduct proper research to ensure that the titles made available through the Kindle Publishing Platform are in compliance with all local, state, national, and international laws. If we determine that the content of a title is prohibited, we may summarily remove or alter it. We reserve the right to make judgments about whether or not content is appropriate. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with some examples of prohibited content:
Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. We reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of titles made available through our platform.
These are the first two. Now my fellow writers we know there are some who just think of our work as porn or find it offensive. We know Amazon in the past attempted to remove our work from their site, so one has to wonder what they consider “pornography” or “offensive” and how much support will be received if someone complains, although you figure if a person chooses to download a blog, it’s their choice alone.
Here’s a suggestion, it anyone owns a Kindle check and see if there are any blogs that present writers or adult content and let me know and I’ll print your comments in another article.
There is also this paragraph for Grantor of Rights:
5.5. Grant of Rights. You hereby grant to each Amazon party, throughout the term of this Agreement, a nonexclusive, worldwide right and license to distribute Publications as described herein, directly and through third-party distributors, in all digital formats by all digital distribution means available, such right to include, without limitation, the right to: (a) reproduce and store Publications on one or more computer facilities, and reformat, convert and encode Publications; (b) display, market, transmit, distribute, sell and otherwise digitally make available all or any portion of Publications through Amazon Properties (as defined below), for customers and prospective customers to download, access, copy and paste, print, annotate and/or view online and offline, including on portable devices; (c) permit customers to “store” Publications that they have purchased from us on servers (“Virtual Storage”) and to access and re-download such Publications from Virtual Storage from time to time both during and after the term of this Agreement; (d) display and distribute (i) your trademarks and logos in the form you provide them to us or within Publications (with such modifications as are necessary to optimize their viewing), and (ii) portions of Publications, in each case solely for the purposes of marketing, soliciting and selling Publications and related Amazon offerings; (e) use, reproduce, adapt, modify, and create derivative works of and use and distribute, as we determine appropriate, in our sole discretion, any metadata that you provide in connection with Publications; and (f) transmit, reproduce and otherwise use (or cause the reformatting, transmission, reproduction, and/or other use of) Publications as mere technological incidents to and for the limited purpose of technically enabling the foregoing (e.g., caching to enable display). In addition, you agree that we may permit our affiliates and independent contractors, and our affiliates' independent contractors, to exercise the rights that you grant to us in this Agreement. “Amazon Properties” means any web site, application or online point of presence, on any platform, that is owned or operated by or under license by Amazon or co-branded with Amazon, and any web site, application, device or online point of presence through which any Amazon Properties or products available for sale thereon are syndicated, offered, merchandised, advertised or described.
Several people have posted on the forum that they have asked questions. I won’t reprint them verbatim here because of rights issues but the most simplistic answer I’ve seen as to what this all means that Amazon owns the rights for the Kindle version of your content. That they can redistribute and/or alter your content and use it to advertise services on Amazon and making your content a part of said services.
I could be wrong about this, so I’m going to see if I can’t ask someone more knowledgeable about such things. It doesn’t appear that they’re saying they own the rights to your work, just the right to use it in ads and various services any way they see fit.
Now I’m not saying this is a bad idea. I’m still thinking this seems to be a good way to advertise your blog and obtain more readers for your work. One of the services they offer to advertise that your blog is on Kindle? It’s called a Chicklet. From the Amazon Kindle Getting Started Page Under General Topics:
To promote your blog, you can place a Kindle Chicklet next to your other RSS chicklets or elsewhere on your site to let Kindle customers know your blog is available on Amazon Kindle. Since the chicklet is brought to you by the Amazon Associates program, you’ll also receive referral fees for all qualifying purchases on Amazon.com, including 10% on the Kindle device.
So another plus, you can make a few dollars more (no pun intended) by placing a widget on your site or blog. You have to have an Amazon Associates Account which had to be different from your Kindle Blog account, which has to be different from any other accounts you have with Amazon like Author Central. So be prepared to have a couple of different passwords.
Well I have to get to work now. When I come home tonight I’ll do some more research and see what else I can find. In the meantime as stated above if anyone can get information on this please drop me a line and I’ll place it here. Stay tuned….