I love my Kindle, but I hate having to use that twenty foot long cord (or that ridiculous e-mail system) to manually send non-Amazon ebooks and documents to my reader. (Personally, I love using my Kindle when preaching. It’s a pain to have to plug it in every time I want to update my sermon.)
Well, we’re all one step closer to the wireless future we’ve been dreaming about. Amazon has just announced a new Mac/PC app that will send ebooks/files to your Kindle wirelessly.
Send to Kindle
The simply named “Send to Kindle” offers some pretty nice features:
- Drag-and-drop with automatic title/author detection.
- The option to select which device (Kindle or iPhone) should receive the file; plus, you can choose to archive the file in the your Amazon Kindle account.
- And what I love the best: contextual menu support. Just right-click and select “Send to Kindle.”
The app can be downloaded and installed within seconds, and the initial setup/registration is quick and painless. I downloaded the app as soon as I found out about it and began to test it soon after. First, I sent a .mobi file to my Kindle Keyboard (née Kindle 3). I waited approximately ten minutes and then manually had my Kindle “Sync & Check for Items.” My .mobi promptly downloaded. Next, I tried a .docx file. This time, I only waited about five minutes before manually checking for new items. Boom. The file downloaded, and it was even nicely formatted!
The only thing that I wish Amazon would have done—I know, I expect a lot from a FREE app—would have been full Kindle management. The web interface is fairly lame. Plus, it doesn’t support the creation or maintenance of collections, which I use to keep my Kindle tidy.
Have you tried Send to Kindle? Do you like it? What’s it missing, if anything?
Download Send to Kindle if you haven’t already.