Earlier today I submitted my blog for publishing on the Amazon Kindle. The blog should be reviewed and approved by Amazon.com within 48-72 hours. has been approved! Kindle users can now subscribe to my blog and read it on the go.
I’m not a Kindle user (yet) but my understanding is that Amazon.com charges a small fee for users to view/read blogs on the device. There is a free 14-day trial for each blog, after which the price varies but is usually around $0.99-$1.99 per month. (EDIT: Looks like they have priced my blog at $1.99/month.) Unfortunately as the blog owner I have no control over the pricing, it is set entirely by Amazon. I’d offer my blog for free if I could. Frankly I’m not sure if this is going to be a good strategy for Amazon since readers can follow blogs for free on just about any other device (iPhone, Blackberry, laptop, etc.). But as of now its the only option available.
(Full disclosure: Blog owners, including me, receive 30% of the subscription price for each blog. However, I’d rather offer it for free if I could and gain more readers that way. It’s not like I’m gonna get rich off of the Kindle.)
Still, the first 14 days are free so if you are an avid Kindle user and like to follow blogs you may want to give it a try. The Kindle is only black-and-white and the resolution is not great so I’m guessing its far from the ideal way to read an art blog. But if you follow a lot of blogs the Kindle is one more way to stay on top of it all.
Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how it goes.
Even if you’re not a Kindle user, I’d be grateful if you could take a brief minute to review/rate my blog on Amazon.
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Here’s another Christmas illustration I’ve been working on as part of a self-promotion campaign. It’s really fun to be able to noodle something up just for me without any restrictions based on client’s needs.
One of my all-time favorite stories is Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Recently I’ve been getting inspired by watching and re-watching some of the film versions of the story. My favorites are the TV movie starring George C. Scott and the musical “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney. With all those Victorian-era images swimming around in my head I decided to doodle up this character. My wife thinks he looks like a chestnut vendor. I kinda like that.
Merry Christmas one and all!
This afternoon I finished up my 2009 Christmas card. The files have been uploaded and I should have them back from the printer later this week.
Warm Christmas wishes to all you blog readers!
The Christmas shopping season is in full swing. If you are an artist, or you are shopping for someone who is, I invite you to take a look at the “Recommended Resources” list I’ve compiled on Amazon.com. It’s a few of the very best books, DVDs, and other resources I’ve found on topics such as art, illustration, animation, character design, and freelancing. Items are divided into categories for easy navigation, and I only put items on the list that I have personally used and found helpful. I’ve got two tall bookcases in my studio crammed with books. This list boils down a few of my favorites.
You can also access the list through the “Recommended Resources” tab at the top of my blog.
Full disclosure: Amazon.com pays me a small percentage of each order that is placed after you click on the link. If enough of you place orders I might make enough money to buy some more .99 cent apps for my iPhone.