Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20

In 2013, Jason Kottke wrote a prediction for Nieman Lab’s year-end roundup: “The blog is dead, long live the blog.” Kottke was then (and still is) owner of one of the longest continuously running blogs on the web: kottke.org, founded in 1998. “Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice,” he wrote. “Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent for many years to come. But the function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs.” Kottke.org, however, is decidedly still a blog. It also celebrates its twentieth birthday this year. I spoke with Kottke about the Continue reading "Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20"

Amazon will pay developers referral fees for selling products through their apps

Amazon has introduced a new way for app developers to make money: The Amazon Mobile Associates API for Android, which lets them sell both physical and digital products from Amazon’s catalog within their apps, earning up to 6 percent in referral fees.

On Amazon’s developers blog, the company’s Mike Hines laid out the ways that this can work:

Sell a single item from Amazon in your app or game: The boss at the end of a stage in your game is a giant three-headed wolf, sell the popular ‘Three Wolf Moon’ t-shirt from Amazon

Showcase a category of goods from Amazon in your app or game: Your app is based on improving nutrition over time, offer health-related products like vitamins, supplements, etc. or the Kindle edition of The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss from within your app

Bundle a purchase of a physical product from Amazon with digital content within your app: Sell a toy version of one of the characters in your game, then automatically enable them to play as that same character”

The Mobile Associates API is an extension of Amazon’s web-based Associates program, which lets blog owners and others earn referral fees for linking to Amazon products.