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A Kindle is a great document reader. There are several ways to get your document over there to read it.
Is it possible to transfer a personal paper to my Kindle second generation? Does this cost anything? How do I do it?
In this excerpt from Answercast #45, I look at several ways to get a document onto your Kindle so you can read a portable version comfortably.
The short answer is yes, absolutely. Depending on how you do it, it may or may not cost.
So, you have a personal paper... You haven't indicated what format it's in? If it's a .doc format, or a .txt format, or a .pdf format, or some other random format – I don't know. It depends on what application created the file.
So, I'm going to reduce this to a lowest common denominator and say PDF.
PDF is a great way to go; particularly since the second generation Kindle is really just a viewing application anyway.
So, the thing to do is to create a PDF out of your document.
Print: You can use CutePDF to print to PDF (if the document is not already in PDF format.)
Scan: Or, if you're actually talking about a true paper document, you can scan it and have the scanning software create a PDF for you.
There are generally two ways to get the document (or a file in this case) from your computer to your Kindle. The first way is free. And that is to:
Connect your Kindle using a USB cord to your computer.
The Kindle has to be on and, I believe, it has to be unlocked (if you have it password protected.)
At that point, the Kindle's memory will appear on your computer as a separate drive, much like a thumb drive.
In fact, that's what it looks like to your computer. It looks like a random USB thumb drive. You can simply copy files to the appropriate folder (which I think is called "Books" in the older Kindles). That folder contains all of your books, all of the things that you read on your Kindle.
Just copy the PDF to the Kindle.
Do a "Safely remove hardware,"
And, then, the Kindle will come back up – and you should find your document in the list of documents (the list of books that are available to be viewed on the Kindle.)
I believe Kindle version 2 supports PDF natively and it just works.
The other approach to getting your document to your Kindle doesn't involved the cable. In fact, it doesn't really involve much of anything on your part other than:
What's the email address? I don't know. The place to find out is: to go to Amazon.com: login and then go to Manage my Kindle. There you will see a list of your Kindle devices (if you have more than one), and the email address that is associated with each.
What happens is:
You email your document as an attachment to the email address that is assigned to your device.
Amazon takes your document (does maybe a little bit of magic to convert the document to a Kindle compatible format);
And then delivers the document to your Kindle just like it delivers books to your Kindle.
In other words, at some point:
It just shows up!
It gets delivered wirelessly through Amazon's so-called "Whisper net".
The downside to this approach is that it may cost a few cents. I believe it's on the order of 15 cents or so. Check with your Manage Kindle information. It will tell you exactly what the cost will be per document.
The nice thing about emailing the documents to your Kindle is that you don't have to worry quite as much about file formats. If you have a .doc format, or a .docx format from Microsoft Word, Amazon will actually convert that on the fly into something that will be readable on your Kindle.
There are other formats that they support: also listed on the Manage my Kindle pages. Have a look.
It's not that hard and I actually recommend to a lot of people that they go ahead and start using their Kindle this way. It's a fantastic reading device:
If you've got a document that you do plan to be spending some time reading;
It becomes nice and easily portable when it's put on your Kindle device.
As a side note for Kindle Fire users, one of the neat things about the Kindle Fire is that it is an Android-based device.
I'm not sure if Dropbox is available directly in the Amazon store or if you have to side-load it, but I believe the information is available on the Dropbox.com website.
Once you have Dropbox running on your Kindle Fire, then transferring a file to your Kindle is as simple as:
Dropping it in your Dropbox folder on your PC;
And then waiting a little while for the transfer to happen magically;
And it shows up on your Kindle.
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