Popular in Brazil since its launch, the Kindle is a device that, in addition to e-books, allows you to read several other types of documents, such as PDFs and internet links. For those who were curious about these possibilities, below we explain which extensions are compatible with the e-reader and how to transfer files to it via email, Google Chrome and the Send to Kindle extension (Windows and Mac) from Amazon.
One of the most common ways to send a document to your Kindle is via email. Any user who owns an Amazon e-reader can set up an email address for his device, so that when he sends a file to him, the document automatically appears on the device.
Below, we explain how to create or edit your Kindle e-mail address and subsequently send a document to it using a previously authorized e-mail address.
Set up your Amazon account
To configure your Kindle e-mail address and authorize the desired emails, follow the steps below:
- Access the “Amazon Content and Device Management” and log in (or make sure you are logged in) to the Amazon account your Kindle is linked to;
- Click on the “Devices” tab, find and access your Kindle;
- On the next screen, under the device information, you will find out what your Kindle email address is. If you want, you can click “Edit” and change it to a more memorable name. For your security, however, it is important that it is different from other email addresses you already use. After that, click on “Save”;
- Now that you have your Kindle e-mail set up, it is important to assemble a list of e-mail addresses that you authorize mailings to. To do so, still under “Management of Amazon Content and Devices”, click on the “Preferences” tab;
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the “Personal Document Setup” option;
- At the end of it, you will find the “List of emails approved for sending personal documents” section. In the “Email address” list, click on the “Add a new approved email address” option;
- Enter the email you want to authorize. After that, click on “Add address”;
- Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary to register all the emails you want to enable. If you added an email by mistake, click “Delete”. Once you’ve added all the desired emails to the list, your Amazon account is fully set up.
How to Email Documents to Kindle
To send a document to your Kindle via email (already authorized), follow the steps below:
- Open the email you want to send the document via. Make sure that this e-mail is registered in the “List of e-mails approved for sending personal documents”, as we taught in the tutorial above (step 6);
- Create a new message. In this message, attach the document(s) you want to send and, in “Recipient”, put your Kindle’s email address, which we teach you to find out in the tutorial above (step 3). Note that it is not necessary to add a subject or write a message in the email;
- Attached the documents and filled in the recipient, click on “Send”;
- Open your Kindle and wait. In a few seconds or minutes, the attached files will automatically appear in your Kindle library.
How to Put PDF and Other Files on Kindle Using Google Chrome
If the file you want to send is, however, on a web page, you can use Amazon’s Send to Kindle extension made for Google Chrome. Through it, you can directly send the file in question to your Kindle or, if you wish, even edit it in advance, making some color and font adjustments before sending.
That said, to download and use the “Send to Kindle for Google Chrome” extension, follow the steps below:
- Open the extension page and click on the option “Use in Chrome”;
- In the window that will open, confirm the operation by clicking on “Add extension”;
- You will be informed of the extension’s features. Read the information and click on “Start Now”;
- On the next screen, confirm that the “Deliver via” option is marked as “Wi-Fi (FREE)”. Once this is done, choose which of the listed devices you want to send the documents to. Select your Kindle (or the Kindle application you want to read from). Keep the “Archive in your Kindle Library” option enabled if you want the uploaded file to be archived in your device’s library. Once the adjustments are complete, click on “Save”;
- Once the installation is complete, a “K” symbol will appear in Chrome’s navigation bar. If it doesn’t appear automatically, open your computer’s extensions and pin the “Send to Kindle for Google Chrome” extension on the bar;
- The next time you come across an article that you prefer to read on Kindle, with the text screen open, click the “K”;
- Click on the “Send to Kindle” option, if you want to send it directly to your e-reader; 8. If you want to edit it first, click on “Preview & Send”. Wait for the screen to load for the file to open in plain text format. Use the top bar to change the text title or use the “Aa” button to edit its color or font. After making the adjustments to make it easier to read, click on “Send” to send the file to your Kindle;
- Open your Kindle and wait. In a few seconds or minutes, the article will automatically appear in your library.
How to Send Files to Kindle with Send to Kindle on PC
Another option, especially interesting for those who have a lot of files saved on their computer and need to send them to their Kindle, is to use the Amazon extension made especially for Windows. Called “Send to Kindle for PC”, it makes sending documents directly from the desktop much faster and more convenient.
For those who were curious about the possibility, it is important to point out, however, that the Amazon extension is only compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. In tests carried out with Windows 11, it did not work.
That said, to send files to Kindle using “Send to Kindle for PC”, follow the steps below:
- Access to Amazon page made for “Send to Kindle for PC” extension;
- Tap the “Download now for Windows” button located at the top of the page;
- After downloading, click on the extension and install it on your computer;
- Once the installation is complete, a window will open for you to login. Fill in the email and password information for your Amazon account linked to the Kindle;
- Once your account is registered, “Send to Kindle for PC” will already be fully enabled on your computer;
- To send any file from your desktop, click on it with the right mouse button and find the option “Send to”. If it is not visible, tap “Show more options” to view it;
- Under “Send to”, notice that the “Kindle” option now appears. Click on it to upload. Ready, the file will automatically appear in your device library.
Kindle supports and can read the following file formats: Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX); HTML (.HTML, .HTM); RTF (.rtf); Text (.TXT); JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG); GIF (.GIF); PNG (.PNG); BMP (.BMP); PDF (.PDF) and EPUB (.EPUB).
It is worth noting that the AZW and MOBI formats are not compatible with the latest Kindle features.
How to Manually Convert ePub Files to Kindle
Although EPUB files can be read on Kindle, the format is not natively recognized by the Amazon device. This means that it is necessary to first convert the document in EPUB to another compatible format, what can be done by the CloudConvert extension, in a few steps.
Once the conversion is complete, the user simply sends the adjusted document to the Kindle, using any of the sending methods taught in this article.
How to Reset Kindle to Factory Defaults
If you are experiencing some issues with your Kindle, such as the device’s Wi-Fi not working, you may need to reset the device to factory defaults.
Before doing so, however, be aware that all content transferred or downloaded to the device will be erased and all your settings will be reset. Which makes it necessary for you to make a backup before the operation (cloud files will obviously be safe, but files saved only locally will be gone).
Once that’s done, just follow a few steps to yourself restore your e-readerthus resetting all your settings.