Fargo Newspaper Experiments With Kindle Publishing

A Fargo North Dakota newspaper is experimenting with publishing feature content through Kindle. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, a 50,000-circulation daily newspaper, has just released its first feature-length series as a Kindle Edition called Vistas and Visions.

Visions and Vistas: Microsoft in Fargo, is the first title in the series, which focuses on Microsoft’s presence in the Midwest. The piece ran in the paper’s print and online editions, as well as in the Kindle store as a $.99 download.

The results so far have been small, but it is simply an experiment. Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab reports: “There have been around 76 downloads of the story for Kindle Editions since it went up two weeks ago. After factoring in Amazon’s cut, that amounts to about $27 for The Forum. But, hey — it’s $27 they didn’t have before. ‘It’s a very, very small revenue stream, but nonetheless it an opportunity to be in that world and show that we’re there,’ Von Pinnon said.”