If you own an Amazon Kindle, you’re probably more than familiar with buying books from the Amazon store. Did you know that you can also send other files to your Kindle, like text files, Word documents and PDF’s, as well as free books from other sources?
We show you three simple ways of doing this by email, USB, and using Amazon’s own app.
1) Sending documents via email
You may not know, but your Kindle has a unique email address assigned to it. This means that you can simply email documents straight to your Kindle, and they’ll show up alongside your library of books.
- The first step is to work out what your Kindles email address. To do this, log into My Kindle, and select ‘Personal Document Settings’ from the menu on the left:
- On this page you’ll see your Kindles email address – it will follow a format that’s similar to 'email@example.com'
- Before we can send anything to the Kindle, we need to register the personal email address you intend to use. On the same Amazon page, you’ll see ‘Approved Personal Document Email List’. Click on ‘Add a new approved email address’ and enter the email you want to send your documents from:
- The last step is to make sure you send your document to the right email address. To do this, enter your Kindle’s email address in this format: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your file is not Kindle compatible (a Word document, for example) enter the the word ‘convert’ in the subject line of your email, and it will automatically be converted into the correct format for you. Your document will now be sent directly to your Kindle.
2) Sending documents via USB
If you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, sending documents to your Kindle via USB is quick and easy.
- Use the USB cable that came with your Kindle to attach it to your PC. You PC should recognise that a Kindle is attached:
- Once your Kindle is connected, open the Kindle folder, which you’ll finder under My Computer’. It will be displayed in the same way as an external hard drive.
- Next, simply drag the file you want into the ‘documents’ folder of your Kindle:
- Once you disconnect your Kindle, your file will be available in your library. You can transfer Kindle compatible files this way, like .asz, .mobi, .txt files or even PDF copies of your favourite magazine.
3) Using the ‘Send to Kindle’ app
The Send to Kindle App is available for PC, internet browsers and Android devices. We’ll focus on the PC app here, but they all work in the same way. The benefit of the app is that it converts some file formats, like Word, on the fly, so they are readable on the Kindle.
- Download the app from Send to Kindle. Once downloaded, run the program. You’ll be prompted to log into the app with your Amazon details.
- Once installed, it’s simply a case of finding the file you want to transfer to your Kindle, and right-clicking on it:
- From here, click on ‘Send to Kindle’, and you’ll be presented with a pop up box asking you to confirm. Here, you can change the title of the document and author, if you wish. Make sure you check the box of the Kindle you want the document sent to:
- Once you click send, the document will be sent to your Kindle via Wi-Fi.
The app is easier to use than manually emailing documents to your Kindle, and it also has a few other smart tricks up its sleeve. For example, if you’re in Word, you will find that you now have the option to ‘Print’ documents directly to your Kindle.