Joel Anderson uses his computer to send his Kindle book files to his http://docs.google.com storage area and then uses his Kindle web browser to go to http://docs.google.com/m, the mobile version of that Google docs page, to just download the file(s) direct to the Kindle.
This will not work with a PDF file, but it will work with .prc, .mobi, or .txt files.
UPDATE - (Same day) This DOES NOT WORK with ORIGINAL Kindle 1 ("Kindle Classic") mode. It does work with the 6" Kindle ("Kindle 2") (released February 2009) and the Kindle DX (U.S. and Global on both Kindles). Apologies for not checking the Kindle 1 when I wrote this.
(I'll try one of the focused file-upload/download sites later. If anyone else does in the meantime and finds an upload/download site that works with the Kindle 1, please let us know.
As he said on the popular Amazon forum thread on unique use of the Kindle, "Don't know if this is unusual - but I've found it handy to upload .mobi files to my Google docs in order to download them to my Kindle. Handy when I've got files on my computer, but no cable to move them to the Kindle."
See the Google docs support page for information about how to use that page for documents. You can share documents or just store them or convert them to Google-docs format (where that is possible) to edit them.
UPDATE2 - Same day Correction for storage limits, which are 1 gig for free accounts vs info on sample-illustrations showing 10,240 MB (10 gigs). It's definitely 1-gigabyte storage for free + 25 cents per each additional gigabyte.
Apparently, you can store up to about
Here is the "In a nutshell" explanation by Google about file size limits.
' * Docs: Each doc can have a maximum size of 500K, plus up to 2MB per embedded image to be converted to Google Docs format.Not bad!
* Spreadsheets: Each spreadsheet can be up to 256 columns, 200,000 cells, or 100 sheets, whichever is reached first, to be converted to Google Docs format. There's no limit on rows.
* Presentations: Files in .ppt and .pps formats can have a maximum size of 10MB or 200 slides to be converted to Google Docs format; files uploaded from the Web can be up to 2MB.
* Stored files: Files that you store but don't convert to Google Docs can be up to 1 GB each. '
See the Size Limits page for more detail (file formats etc).
Here's the "Getting Started" guide and the "Take a Tour page."
Thanks to Joel on the tip for transferring files to your Kindle without needing to use the USB cable connected to a computer.
There's no charge for a transfer of Kindle-compatible file from a website page. HOWEVER, PDFs can't be downloaded direct to the Kindle.
See the ongoing Guide to finding Free or Low-Cost Kindle books and Sources
Also, a page of links that confine searches to mid-range priced e-books. Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
-- The Send to Kindle button works well only on Firefox currently.
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