I use my phone for a variety of things, whether it’s shopping online, keeping in touch with friends, or browsing news and RSS feeds. When it comes to long articles, editorials or even documents, I personally prefer to read them on my Kindle, thanks to its e-ink screen, light weight and larger size, not to mention the impressive battery life that he offers.
There are different ways to send those long reads to your Kindle, no matter how you get your news or what device you use. Fortunately, there is a simple option, which is quite affordable, and another that is completely free but requires a little more manipulation. Read on to learn more about them and see which one is right for you.
1. Set up your Kindle account
Before you can send articles to your Kindle, you must configure your account to accept incoming documents. To do this, head to Amazon’s Kindle Preferences console, scroll down, and click Personal document settings.
You’ll see a list of your various devices, as shown above, along with an email address next to each Kindle. If you haven’t personalized them, they will likely include your username in the email address. If so, click Edit, and change it to something completely random that includes numbers, uppercase, lowercase, and special characters.
This will ensure that the address is unique enough that no one else sends you unwanted content and will prevent Amazon from sending you a verification request each time you send content to your Kindle. Keep this in mind in case you receive such a validation request later, as it means that your Kindle’s email address is not random enough.
Now that we’ve set up a unique, secure address to send content to, we also need to add your email address(es) to the list of approved addresses. Just click Add a new approved email address below the table and add the ones you plan to send content from. To simplify the following steps, I also recommend add [email protected] to the list.
A final option on this page that you can play around with is Archiving of personal documents. It can be modified at any time, but this will impact the processing of your documents:
When the setting is to, sending a document to your Kindle address will also add it to your library, which means it will be available on all devices, including your phone or tablet. You’ll also be able to delete it from any of those devices, which will in turn delete it from all of your Kindle devices, including the Kindle apps on your phone, tablet, and computer.
When the setting is disabled, the document will only be available on the Kindle you send it to. Some people prefer this option, especially because it doesn’t require an internet connection to delete an article. However, keep in mind that you won’t be able to start reading something on your Kindle and finish it on another device with this option.
We have finished setting up our Kindle account to receive documents and articles. Now let’s see how we can feed it long reads that aren’t books.
2. Sending Articles to Your Kindle
a. Push to Kindle: send articles and documents in one click
Let’s start with the easiest method, which uses an app called Push to Kindle. It’s easy to set up and works like a charm on both your Android device and your phone, thanks to an app that lets you send anything to your Kindle using the Share menu on your Android or iOS device. , as well as a browser extension or bookmarklet that does the exact same thing on your computer.
The main advantage here is that you can send virtually any article or blog post to your Kindle without having to worry about formatting, because Push to Kindle will take care of that for you. It’s remarkably good at removing ads while keeping images in the post, making uploading and reading content an enjoyable experience.
To get started, you will need to download the Push to Kindle app on your Android device. Once installed, go to the app settings, select Send to: Kindle Email, and enter the Kindle Email Address you configured in the first step and press Done. That’s all you need to do!
The next time you want to send an article to your Kindle, all you need to do is open the Share menu and select Push to Kindle, no matter what app you’re using. The article will be sent to your Kindle in the next few minutes.
Since the Push to Kindle app isn’t necessarily at the top of the Share menu, you can Press and hold to pin it to the top of the Share menu, making it easier to find it the next time you want to message your Kindle.
Likewise, you can achieve the same process from any other device, either by downloading the appropriate browser extension, setting up a bookmarklet, or even emailing a link to your Push to Kindle. This is the same as your Kindle address; just replace @kindle.com with @pushtokindle.com – and in case you’re wondering: no, sending a link to your usual @kindle.com address won’t work.
There’s also an option to send posts by connecting the Push to Kindle app to the Kindle app on your phone, eliminating the need to set up an email address before that. Although it’s easier to set up, I don’t recommend this method because it involves two apps to send an article to your Kindle and makes it more difficult to email links to your Kindle without using the app .
You might be wondering if there’s a catch to a third-party service working so efficiently. There aren’t any per se, but the service isn’t free unless you send less than 20 articles per month to your Kindle. Once you reach this threshold, you will need to sign up for a paid subscription which costs $5/month. Although it may seem like a lot, the service is worth it if you read a lot of articles on your Kindle and saves you a lot of time compared to the second method explained below. That being said, I’m a bit upset with the recent price hike for the service, as it was only $12 per year not too long ago.
b. Amazon’s Send to Kindle: Free but capricious
Amazon has official apps and browser extensions that allow you to send content to your Kindle; however, their way of working is a bit different. Let’s start with the Chrome extension, which is easy to set up and essentially does the same thing as Push to Kindle, meaning it pushes a distraction-free version of the article to Kindle. This is great, especially since there is no associated cost.
Unfortunately, you can only do this from a full desktop browser, which means the app doesn’t support sending an article directly from your phone. Instead, it only allows you to send documents, which implies that you will have to save the article first before sending it. Although inconvenient, it works fine, as long as you don’t mind the extra steps:
- First of all, you will have to open the article in your browser to save it as a PDF file.
- Then click on the menu icon and select To share > To print > Save as PDF
- To safeguard the file on your phone
- If you have more than one item to send, repeat the steps above until you’ve saved all of your items.
- Send PDF files as attachments to your address @kindle.com and type “Convert” in the subject line. This will ensure that Amazon converts PDF files to Kindle (.azw) format, allowing you to read it like a regular Kindle book.
You can also open the PDF file, tap the menu icon and select To share > Light up, which will allow you to send the article directly to your Kindle. However, this option does not convert it to the Amazon file format, which makes it very unpleasant to read.
Although this method is free, it is only practical if you plan to send articles from your computer. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time manually converting and sending each article, which Push to Kindle does in a fraction of a second.
Now you’re ready to enjoy all those long articles on your favorite Amazon e-reader. For more on Kindle, check out our review of the all-new Kindle Paperwhite.
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