Tech Luv Thursday: Send To Kindle App / #techluv / @StephanieKeyes

Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to a new feature that I’ve started, called Tech Luv Thursday. Did you peeps know my undergrad degree was in Information Systems? Yeah, networking, which I have pretty much done nothing with. I’m still a techie at heart, though, and I love writing about gadgetry. So why not share it here on my blog? Here’s the deal, though. Since this is a book blog above all things, I’m going to be focusing on tech for writers and readers. So check this space for apps, tech advice, and more.

Send To Kindle App

For this first post, I’m focusing on the Send To Kindle app. This is not a new app at all, but it’s one I use constantly. If you have a Kindle or use a Kindle App on any device, you’ll get a Kindle Email Address. In the past, we’ve all given out the address to people to send documents, ebooks, etc. directly to our device. The drawback? You have to add the email of the sender to the approved sender’s list–aka a whole mess of extra steps that no one needs.

  • Get the sender’s email.
  • Actually locate the screen to add them to your approve sender’s list.
  • Google the screen to add them to your approve sender’s list when you can’t find it.
  • Add the sender to the approved sender’s list.
  • Lookup your kindle email address again since you forgot it.
  • Contact the sender and get them to email the document to your Kindle email address.
  • Wait for them to send the document.

Get the idea? Yeah, confusing and time consuming. Enter the Send to Kindle app. They email, you upload the file, it goes on your Kindle. Everybody’s happy.

Installing the Send To Kindle App

To install the Send To Kindle App:

  1. Click HERE to access the Send to Kindle page.
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  2. Click on the link that best applies to you. There are options available for Chrome, Mozilla, Mac, PC, and Android at the moment. For the remainder of this post, I’ll choose Mac.
  3. Choose the Download Now link.
  4. The file will download. Double-click on the file in your Downloads folder or wherever you’ve chosen to download to.
  5. Follow the prompts to download the file.

Uploading Your First File

Send To Kindle DragTo send a file to your Kindle

  1. After installing the Send To Kindle app, open the app.
  2. Drag the file on top of the Send To Kindle window. Kindle considers any document that you upload a personal document by default. Here are the file formats that you may upload:
    • Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
    • HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
    • RTF (.RTF)
    • Text (.TXT)
    • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
    • Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
    • GIF (.GIF)
    • PNG (.PNG)
    • BMP (.BMP)
    • PDF (.PDF)

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.32.20 AM 3. Drag the file on top of the Send To Kindle window. Kindle considers any document that you upload a personal document by default. Verify:

    • The Title
    • The Author
    • What devices you’d like it delivered to. Mine have shown here by default for my account. Yours will display based on your own log on.
    • Whether or not you would like the file archived on the Amazon Cloud Drive. This means that you would be able to download it to other devices from your Amazon archive at anytime.

4. Click the Send button to send the file. You will receive an email confirmation once it’s been uploaded.

Why I’m a Fan

As a Reader: This is a great solution for uploading ARCs (Advanced Read Copied) or giveaways. You don’t have to bother asking others to email you or emailing it yourself. Just drag and drop.

As a Writer: I love the Send To Kindle app even more as a writer. I use a tool called Scrivener to write my manuscript in, then I compile it as a MOBI file for the kindle, and upload it. Then my MS can go with me for read-throughs, critique groups, etc.

Thanks for joining me for this week’s Text Luv. Next week, I’ll be talking the pros and cons of Dropbox vs. Google Drive and sharing my favs.