I'm not quite sure what the appeal is to signing up with Amazon's "blogs on Kindle" program. Is anyone seeing an upside to this?
It just seems like the latest attempt to play middleman for the internet and sell Amazon's little machine. You pay a monthly subscription fee to read a blog on your Kindle. But isn't this absurd? You can already get my blog for free online. What's the point? This makes as much sense as that toll booth in Blazing Saddles.
Companies want to make money from the internet, especially if they trade in digital media - print, music, movies, tv. But the internet itself is opposed to this. All Digital Media is Free in the age of the internet. And this is something that is inevitable; this beast is far, far too big to be stopped now. Perhaps if those in charge clamped down on the world wide web 15 years ago, they would have been spared. But it's too late now; that genie is out of the bottle.
And this is the great crisis for producers of digital media. How do you make money on this? Why pay $15 for a CD when you can get it for free? Once "free" becomes accepted as a given, especially by the younger generations, the business model is doomed.
Which comes back to Kindle and Amazon's blog program. Who's going to pay a subscription fee every month to read a blog that you can easily get for free? It seems to me that you have to go out of your way to play this game. First buy a Kindle, then pay the fees. But everyone has a computer, and cell phones are practically universal in 2009. Which means everything is available to you for free. And that's how it should be.
I think at some point, there's going to be a realization that the internet, by its very nature, is diametrically opposed to corporate capitalism. And that is going to be a very interesting future to play out.