People who do not have a Kindle sometimes feel disenfranchised from the whole eBook revolution. The fact of the matter is that they just need to be educated on the various platforms that they can consume Kindle content. Most smart phones have a free Kindle app. Anyone can start a Kindle account for free from the website and use the "cloud reader" to interact with a Kindle book. There really are a variety of ways in which readers can handle Kindle books (without buying a Kindle Reader or Kindle Fire - by the way, I am astonished at how many people think the Kindle Fire is the only way to read a Kindle book. Even if I did not have the apps across all my devices, I would still prefer my good old Kindle Touch over the Kindle Fire).
- What if a high school English class was tasked with writing fanfiction for the book they are reading? Kurt Vonnegut has some stories that scream for the creative writer to add to. There is some collateral learning here, too. Students can actually post their stories online, and family and friends could purchase them for their own Kindle devices. Perhaps each student writes their own version, and the English teacher aggregates them all into one package.
- A creative writing teacher could have all their students write fan fiction for a topic of their own liking (pop-culture, literature, etc.). Each of these could be published to the Kindle Worlds store.
I recognize this could be a point of contention, but offer it as a viable option that students could opt out of. I also recognize that there is a limited selection of licensed worlds currently, although that will most likely grow in the future.
Kindle Direct Publishing
Wider than the scope of Kindle Worlds, Kindle Direct Publishing is a method for authors (aspiring and established) to convert content to the Kindle platform. The toolkit is easy to use, and most content can be converted in ten or twenty minutes.
Again, this gives the student the opportunity to actually publish content. And design their own author page. It's empowering and also purposeful.
Leveraging existing tools (and a phenomenal marketplace) to assist students as they emerge into authorship is something that has not existed in the past; educators should take advantage of the opportunity Amazon has created. I'm afraid I'm not knowledgeable enough about how to write books, but I bet you could find one somewhere at Amazon.