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On my way to publishing a Kindle book
By Dave Winer on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM.

A picture named wallyOfficialSpokesperson.gifThis morning I published a book for distribution via Kindle. I took the full content of Scripting News for 2009, formatted it according to their rules. That was the hardest part. You have to render it as simple HTML and all the images have to be included in the zip archive you upload. That meant writing a parser that went through the text, pulls out the images, downloads them locally, and patches the URL in the HTML. permalink

I couldn't figure out how to price it at $0. The lowest price was $1.99. Hope that isn't a problem. Of that, I will get 35 percent or about 70 cents. I don't expect it to amount to a lot of money. permalink

I want to write a book, and I have some people I'm brainstorming with. By starting to publish to the Kindle, even in a rough format, I start to get my feet wet. For me, a veteran bootstrapper, this may be a necessary first step. permalink

Anyway, it may take a few days for it to make it through their approval process. When it's available for purchase I'll post a pointer here.  permalink

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If you want to download it now, here's the archive. permalink permalink

Let me know what you think (and please think before you comment).  permalink

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PS: Wonder if I'm going to have to pay $1.99 to see what my stuff looks like on a Kindle? That would totally suck.  permalink

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