Amazon’s Send to Kindle Makes Sending Files to Your Kindle EasyJanuary 23, 2012
There are two ways to transfer documents to your Kindle device. You can either plug your Kindle into your computer and copy files over or you can email files to your Kindle email address and let Amazon deliver them to your Kindle over Wi-Fi or Whispernet. Neither of these methods is as convenient as I’d like, so I am happy to see that Amazon has now made the process much easier with Send to Kindle.
Send to Kindle is an application for Windows (a Mac version is promised soon) that makes transferring files to your Kindle easier than ever. You no longer need to connect your Kindle to your computer in order to transfer documents or pictures. Instead, you can easily send one or more files to any of your Kindles in one easy step. Here’s how it works.
First select one or more files that are compatible with Send to Kindle. (Compatible file types are Microsoft Word .doc and .docx, text files, RTF files, JPEGs, GIFs, PNGs, BMPs, and PDF files.) Right-click on the selected files and choose Send to Kindle from the menu as shown below.
Once you select Send to Kindle, you’re given an option to specify the author’s name (useful when transferring documents and PDFs), a delivery option of Wi-Fi or Whispersync, and which Kindle device you want to receive the files. Wi-Fi delivery is free. Whispernet may end up costing you a conversion fee. Your choice of Wi-Fi or Whispernet will dictate which Kindle devices are available. For example, because the Kindle Fire doesn’t have a 3G data connection, you won’t see your Kindle Fire listed if you choose Whispernet.
You can also send documents to your Kindle by using the Print function within a Windows application such as Microsoft Word. Simply choose Send to Kindle as your printer and print as usual. You’ll see the Send to Kindle interface when you print.
It’s never been easier to send files to your Kindle device. You can give Send to Kindle a try by downloading it from Amazon.