I just got a Kindle Fire. I decided that I should take a look at my own websites just to see how they looked on the 7 inch screen. The sites appeared okay, but much to my wondering eyes did NOT appear… well there was no miniature sleigh or eight tiny reindeer, but neither were there any Adsense ads.
What to do? What to do? I could write an application that would change it to a different ad, maybe Chitika, when a Kindle browser shows up. In fact, I probably will do that for one or two of my sites, but so far Kindle web traffic is not high enough to worry about it too much. I have not seen too much traffic thus far from the fire, but it is sure to grow the way the item has been selling. On the other hand it seems to be a device more in tune with selling books, mags, music, and movies. The internet side will probably grow slowly. No doubt the situation can change as well.
In any case, I find Amazon’s approach interesting and also disturbing. Blocking ads on my websites is like stealing content from me. It is amazing how the big boys never play by the rules. The only way I can continue to create content is to get paid for doing so. Meanwhile I am sure the boys at Amazon think they are only tweaking Google.
It’s just one more development to react to.