Thursday, February 16, 2012

Read Your Personal Documents on Kindle

This is such a great idea - send your personal documents to your registered Kindle device (or supported Kindle app) and read them on the Kindle.  If you're like me and really hate printing things (unless absolutely necessary) and don't really like to read documents on the computer, this is a great alternative.  Save paper, save ink, and still take your documents with you!

Kindle Personal Documents Service supports multiple file types, including:
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
  • HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • RTF (.RTF)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (.PDF) 
There are a couple ways to add documents to your Kindle.  The Send to Kindle application for PC lets you right-click on files in Windows Explorer and select Send to Kindle or, from any Windows application that can print, select Print and choose Send to Kindle (documents are delivered in PDF format). You can also email personal documents to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address. If you want other people to be able to send you files, add them to your approved contacts and give them your Send-to-Kindle email address.

The Kindle Personal Documents Service is available for Kindle Keyboard (with the latest software update, version 3.3), Kindle, Kindle Touch, and Kindle for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (running Kindle app version 2.9 or greater). Kindle Personal Documents Service is currently not supported on other free Kindle reading applications - which makes me very sad, because I'm using Kindle for Android.  I downloaded the Send to Kindle PC app and tried sending a Word file to my Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud, but that wouldn't work either.  I guess I'm just going to have to be patient... or buy a Kindle!  *grin*