Month: January 2011

How to Download Word Files to Your Kindle

Have you ever wondered how to download a Word file to your Kindle? This was one of the reasons I wanted a Kindle in the first place – so I could stop printing out drafts to read them. I wasn’t sure if reading them on the Kindle would be the same as paper, but it’s close, for me at least. I can make notes and easily navigate through the manuscript. I can also send the manuscript to other people’s Kindles – to beta readers, for example.

If you’re unsure how to do this, follow these steps to send your .doc or .docx file directly to your own Kindle:

(1) Make sure you’re using the email address associated with your Kindle/Amazon account. Let’s use youraddress@gmail.com, for example. Pretend that’s your address.

(2) Attach the .doc file to your email.

(3) Address the email to your own email address, but change the last bit: youraddress@free.kindle.com. This will send the document to your kindle FOR FREE. If you put youraddress@kindle.com (without the “free” in it), it will cost you a fee. You must have WiFi enabled on your Kindle in order to download it for free. 3G wireless will not work unless you use the @kindle address, and that’s when it costs you a fee.

(4) Hit send. Your document will arrive to your Kindle soon – formatted as .mobi file! Sweet, huh?

To send a .doc or .docx file to someone else’s Kindle, follow these steps:

(1) Make sure the person has enabled you on their Kindle/Amazon account. Tell them to go to their Amazon account online, click on “Digital Services”, then “Manage My Kindle”, then “Your Kindle Approved Email List” and add your email address to the list: youraddress@kindle.com.

(2) Send your .doc file to the person’s email address associated with their account: yourfriendsaddress@free.kindle.com. Read the above information about free vs. fee-charged files.

(3) Hit send.

Tada! You’re now able to read .doc files on your Kindle. Enjoy! If you  have questions, please ask them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Posted by Michelle D. Argyle in Writing Process, 24 comments