Baen has just sent an email to its customers noting a change to one method of Baen e-book downloads. At the moment, Baen has a form on its web site where you can fill in your Kindle’s Personal Document Service e-mail address and have the e-book emailed to your Kindle with the click of a button. However, that feature is soon going away.
The rest of the email includes a list of instructions for a fairly complicated workaround: Baen will e-mail the MOBI format e-book to you, then you can forward that email to your Kindle’s address.
Of course, for those who know how to plug cords in and drag files from one folder to another (or run a management program like Calibre), plugging your Kindle in is still the simplest method of adding external content to it.
For that matter, it’s not really clear just how many people even used the email-to-Kindle method in the first place. It seems that any method other than clicking the button on Amazon to buy the e-book is beyond most e-book buyers these days. Baen got so many requests to make its e-books available for Kindle (even though they already worked just fine on it!) that it finally had to cave and drastically change how its own e-book store worked so it could get the e-books onto Amazon.
I’ve seen the grumbling start about how Amazon doesn’t want any competition with its own e-book store, but frankly, I think the effects of this change will be minimal. Anybody who even realizes they can buy Baen e-books from somewhere other than Amazon will probably be tech-savvy enough to deal with sideloading e-books already.