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June 29, 2009

bookofjoe MoneyMaker™ — literally


You know how they always tell you to vote for yourself in an election in which you're a candidate?

Reminds me of one of my favorite fridge magnets, it shows some crazy line drawing of a guy saying "Vote for Change!"

Then below it says, "Vote for me and I'll give you 25 cents."

It's amused me for decades.


Now that bookofjoe's available for the Kindle (you could look it up), it seemed to me obvious that I should subscribe so as to have at least one person on my Amazon roll.

Beside which, I could finally give the idiot who writes bookofjoe my two cents worth — on a daily basis.

But I digress yet again.

Problem is I don't have a Kindle, just an iPod touch with the Kindle reader app, quite nifty but "... newspapers, magazines and blogs are not available for iPhone [or iPod touch] at this time."

But I already knew that.

What I was thinking was that it would be nice for Amazon to let people subscribe regardless of whether they had a Kindle or, for that matter, any interest in reading on a Kindle as opposed to online.

No, what I'm thinking is that subscribing is a nice way to support someone's blog or website, even if you access it on another platform.

I've never liked the "Donate" button PayPal offers as a way of bringing in money; it seems too needy and off-putting, as if you really don't think the recipient deserves it on merit.

I got the subscription-as-a-gesture idea from a blog post by reader Joel Ordesky.

Maybe I'll forward this post to Amazon's Kindle store and see if they have any thoughts on it.

June 29, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Wow! So if I had a Kindle you would be famous? Jeez and to think I stumbled on this site accidentally while I was looking for porn.

Posted by: Anne | Jun 29, 2009 8:57:26 PM

I assume Amazon is trying to avoid frustrated customer support calls in which people say either (1) they've learned reading blogs is free on the iPhone, and want their money back, or (2) asking why they would ever pay Amazon for something they can get for free on the same device with just a couple of touches.

Posted by: Phillip Winn | Jun 29, 2009 4:51:47 PM

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