Greetings everyone! Welcome to Part II of my article on the Amazon Kindle Blog Publication Service. As promised I obtained additional information concerning the clause specifying how Amazon uses the information that you publish on your blog.
So I sought the advice of the fabulous Ms. Victoria Strauss, co-founder of Writer Beware. For those of you who don’t know who Ms. Strauss is or Writer Beware, Ms. Strauss is an award-winning fantasy author. Writer Beware had been assisting authors be they published or not by provided informative articles and opinions on the various organizations, services and representatives an author may encounter in their pursuit of publication. I highly recommend her blog, Writer Beware Blogs! Read it, get to know it, live by it! Or at the very least, pay attention to it.
I wrote to Ms. Strauss and asked her to give her opinion on the clauses I mentioned in Part I. Go here to read it if you haven’t gotten a chance. The Amazon Kindle Blog service was brought to my attention on FaceBook so I checked it out but as previously stated there were clauses in the Terms and Conditions that made me a little wary. I asked Ms. Strauss for her opinion and this was her response:
“The language you're worried about sounds alarming, but you'll find similar language on many Internet platforms, blog hosts, content sites, message boards, etc. It's not intended to allow Amazon to tamper with your content, but to enable the company to transmit the content to others and to promulgate it online via its website and other technology such as the Kindle. The "adapt, modify, and create derivative works of" language applies only to metadata, which is identifying information about your book or blog (author, publisher, ISBN, file size, etc.)--not the content of your book or blog.
Bottom line: You are simply agreeing to allow Amazon and any third parties it contracts with to publish, sell, list, market, and distribute your content, and to allow purchasers to download and store that content on devices such as the Kindle. You retain copyright, which means that Amazon cannot alter your content…”
So it is good to know that Amazon doesn’t plan on using your content in any way they see fit. So it seems to be basically safe to use the service if you decide to partake.
Ms. Strauss did go on to voice her personal opinion about the service itself:
I have to agree with Ms. Strauss. Now I’m not saying (and I believe I can safely say neither is Ms. Strauss) that you shouldn’t attempt it but I seldom if ever pay for something I can get for free, despite convenience. I would really have to want the information.
So in order for this to truly work, you would have to be constantly updating your blog with useful information. It’s hard to say on what basis. Daily, weekly, monthly? And what would your readers consider useful? News about upcoming works alone? Personal news? Informative articles? All of the above? Would it have to focus on writing alone? Or other topics? I'm hoping to start doing DVD and game reviews soon.
I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who had tried this service, be you successful or not. I will print all your opinions here in a third article. In the meantime, I’m going to decide if I want to use Black Satin as a test subject. It wouldn’t hurt.