You may think of your Kindle and Kindle apps for reading ebooks, but you can read a lot more than ebooks on them. You can read almost anything on your Kindle and Kindle apps including website articles, blog posts and personal documents. Recently, Amazon made sending content to your Kindle device and Kindle apps a whole lot easier.
What Is “Send to Kindle”
“Send to Kindle” gives you the ability to send content to your Kindle and Kindle apps from websites and from your computer.
You don’t need a Kindle to use Send to Kindle.
You can send blog posts, websites articles, and your personal documents to your Kindle and Kindle apps on your mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and Android. Content sent using this service will be downloaded to your Kindle or mobile device so you can read it later, even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
How to Use Send to Kindle
Send to Kindle can be used with:
- Send to Kindle button
- Send to Kindle browser extension
- Send to Kindle from your computer
- Send to Kindle from Android
- Email to Kindle
Send to Kindle Button
Amazon recently launched this feature so you will be seeing more Send to Kindle buttons on websites. Click on the button and log into your Amazon account. You’ll then be shown a list of Kindle devices and Kindle apps where you can send the content. Choose where you want to send the article and click Send. The article will appear on your device the next time you turn it on and connect it to Wi-Fi.
The Wonder of Tech recently added a Send to Kindle button at the end of each article so you can send your favorite articles from here to read on your Kindle or Kindle apps.
Send to Kindle Browser Extension
You can now get a Send to Kindle browser extension so you can send articles from websites to your Kindle or Kindle apps, regardless of whether the site has a Send to Kindle button. Extensions are available for Chrome and Firefox. Here are the links for you to get the Send to Kindle as a Chrome extension and Firefox Add-on.
After you add the extension to your browser, you’ll see the Send to Kindle icon on your toolbar. Click on this when you visit a website to send the content to your Kindle device or app. You’ll be asked to sign in to your Amazon account and choose the device where you want the content to be sent.
Send to Kindle from Your Computer
You can send any document from your computer directly to your Kindle. Go to the Amazon Send to Kindle page and download software for your PC or Mac. Log in to your Amazon account and follow the instructions to send files to your Kindle from your computer.
Send to Kindle for Android
Download the latest version of the Kindle app onto your Android phone to send documents and website articles from your phone to your Kindle. Log into your Amazon account on your Kindle app. Then when you press the Share button using other apps, you’ll be offered the option of Send to Kindle in the Share menu.
More information about Send to Kindle on Android is available from the Send to Kindle for Android page at Amazon.
Send to Kindle via Email
You can email documents to your Kindle and Kindle apps. That’s right, your Kindle and Kindle apps have their very own email addresses. Amazon assigns an email address to each Kindle and device using a Kindle app. You can find your Kindle email address by going to amazon.com/myk and clicking on Manage Your Devices. There you will see the email addresses for the Kindles and devices with Kindle apps that are registered to your account.
You can change your Kindle email address by clicking on the Edit button and choosing a different one. You can choose any email address you want, so long as it isn’t taken. The email address will always be [name]@kindle.com.
Before you send a document to your Kindle device/app, you must add the email address you’re using to send the document to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List. This step is to avoid nasty spammers emailing documents to your Kindle. You can find this list at the bottom of the Manage Your Devices page. Click on Add a New Approved Email Address to add an email address to your approved list.
If you send PDF documents as email attachments to your Kindle’s email address, add the word “convert” to the subject line. Amazon will convert the PDF to a format compatible with your Kindle so you can use Kindle features such as Whispersync with your documents.
Documents are delivered when you connect your device to Wi-Fi. Amazon has a size limit of 50 MB per document
If you have a 3G Kindle, you can email documents to your Kindle to be downloaded even when you’re away from Wi-Fi but Amazon charges a fee for this service. The fees increase according to the size of the file, up to a maximum of $2.50 per document.
What Else You Need to Know
Send to Kindle is free if you use Wi-Fi to download your content. After the download is finished, your content will be available on your Kindle/mobile device to be read even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
You can send content to more than one device and use Whispersync to sync your reading, highlights and notes between devices.
Not all file formats are supported for all methods of Send to Kindle. Check the Send to Kindle page at Amazon to learn which formats are supported where.
You cannot use Send to Kindle to send content to your Kindle app on your PC or Mac.
If one of your registered Kindle devices or Kindle apps isn’t showing as an option to receive the content, check to make sure that your device has been updated to the latest version of software or app.
Note to Bloggers
If you want to get a Send to Kindle button for your blog, you can get the code from Amazon at their developer’s page. The Send to Kindle button is also offered as an option in the Share Juice Pro plugin. Update: This feature of Share Juice Pro will be available in an update coming soon!
You can also find out about setting up a Kindle subscription to your blog from this article on Squidoo, Kindle My Blog: How to Publish Your Blog on the Amazon Kindle.
Your Kindle devices and Kindle apps aren’t just for ebooks. You can easily send articles, blog posts, documents, and other content to your Kindle and Kindle apps to read when you’re on the go and off-line.
Have you used Send to Kindle? Do you enjoy reading content on your Kindle and Kindle apps? Have you ever emailed a document to your Kindle or Kindle app? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Update to Kindle App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Amazon recently updated its Kindle app for iOS to make Kindle books available for those who are blind or visually impaired. Readers can now use the VoiceOver accessibility feature of their iOS devices to read Kindle books aloud, navigate, highlight, and look up words using the Kindle dictionary and Wikipedia. Readers can also use X-Ray, highlighting and bookmarking using the accessibility features.
To use these features, enable VoiceOver in Settings on your iOS device.
Settings => General => Accessibility => VoiceOver => On
More information about the iOS update can be found in Amazon’s press release about the iOS update.
* Tablets and phones image by Zak Mensah