A lot has been said about this recent Amazon development, and from my read of the forums, many are confused by it.
The newish feature is titled Send to Kindle for PC (similar name as a popular Google Chrome add-on), and a paragraph I saw in the Help pages for this feature gives the essence of it.
The "for PC" part means that the feature isn't ready for Macs yet but it's expected to be, soon. What caused some confusion is that the most popular Amazon Kindle app is named "Kindle for PC" and some are not quite comfortable with the concept of a PC-Windows or Mac program that works on your computer, rather than on the now many Kindle devices that Amazon is offering -- where they are called 'apps' whether a Kindle app, an Android app, a Kindle Fire app, iOS app (Apple), etc.
First, read the description of and download Send to Kindle for PC
From the Help page mentioned, a Question and Answer:
' I installed Send to Kindle on my PC, how can I start using it?
From Windows Explorer [ TWO options ]
[ This is done wirelessly, without a cable. ]
- Right click on one or more documents and choose Send to Kindle
- From any Windows application that can print, select Print and choose Send to Kindle (documents are delivered in PDF format). '
Many at the forums are finding this very useful. Others don't know where to download it to or how to use it. But it's essentially as simple as the above paragraph, modified from the Amazon Help page.
The one drawback is that PDFs are hard to read on a 6" screen. The older way of sending these documents via email to your Kindle email address (see the ManageYourKindle page will get them on your Kindle in normal Kindle (not PDF) format.
See How to send documents to your Kindle for more detail on the steps to take.
. You no longer have to email a a personal document to your Kindle.
. It's free if, as most will, you use WiFi for the action
Those with 3G-only Kindles (all models prior to Kindle 3 (UK: K3)) would either:
1. Pay a small fee: 15 cents per megabyte (U.S. residents), (non-US):$0.99
(calculating SIZE: most novels are under 1 megabyte)
2. Forget wireless delivery like this and use a USB cable to transfer the file instead.
NOTE: Kindle Personal Docs Service is not available via Whispernet (3G) in Canada.
Tip: you can set the Maximum Charge that you allow for delivery of personal docs by 3G:
1. Visit Manage your Kindle
2. Select Personal Document Settings from the left hand menu.
3. Scroll down to the heading "Whispernet Delivery Options."
4. Select "Edit" on the right hand side of the page
5. Enter your preferred personal document charge limit.
[Could be $0.00 to avoid 'accidents']
6. Click "Update."
"You can also store your personal documents in your Kindle Library
and download them conveniently to your Kindle device AND
[to] supported Kindle reading applications when connected wirelessly.
Additional bonus of this feature
Essentially, this means that if you have a Kindle 3 or later (which means WiFi is always an available option) AND you have an older 3G-only Kindle (3G transfers are more expensive for Amazon because they pay AT&T or Sprint for that), you can now:
. transfer a personal doc on your PC wirelessly to any Kindle you have that uses WiFi
. download from your Amazon Library to your 3G Kindle that personal doc,
with no personal doc fee involved.
Compatibility at this time
"Send to Kindle for PC is compatible with your Windows-based personal computer running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (64 or 32 bit).
At this time, the only Kindle reading application supported by Send to Kindle for PC is the Kindle App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch."
Supported file types
. Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
. TXT (.txt)
. RTF (.rtf)
. JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg)
. GIF (.gif)
. PNG (.png)
. BMP (.bmp)
. PDF (.pdf)
Update: Commenter Julie quickly and rightly noted that they didn't include *.mobi or *.prc files, but these are always supported file types, as they are Amazon's own, so they may have just forgotten to list them. [End of Update]
Amazon's main description of what Send to Kindle for PC does
- Send personal documents to your Kindle from your PC.
- From Windows Explorer, simply right click on one or more documents and choose Send to Kindle.
- From any Windows application that can print, select Print and choose Send to Kindle (documents are delivered in PDF format).
- Choose to archive documents in your Kindle Library, where you can re-download them conveniently anywhere at any time.
This feature is different from other tools previously discussed
. The Google Chrome add-on, sendtokindle
. the original, Instapaper.
These 3rd party web to Kindle tools are helpful in other ways, mainly for sending documents from web pages without ads included, to your Kindle.
Kindle Touch 3G Kindle Touch WiFi Kindle Basic (UK: KBasic) Kindle Fire
Kindle Keybd 3G (UK: Kindle Keybd 3G) K3 Special Offers K3-3G Special Offers DX
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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