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How to save stories now, read them later on your Amazon Kindle

Ian Paul | March 21, 2013
There is never enough time to read all the interesting news stories and blog posts you come across in a given day, which is why read-it-later apps such as Instapaper and Pocket can be so handy.

There is never enough time to read all the interesting news stories and blog posts you come across in a given day, which is why read-it-later apps such as Instapaper and Pocket can be so handy.

In addition to saving articles to read during your spare moments, Instapaper and Pocket offer a text-focused uniform layout for each article making them easier to read on tablets and smartphones.

But did you know Amazon also offers a similar read-it-later feature for Kindle e-reader devices and mobile apps?

The online bookseller recently upped its game for its service with a new Send to Kindle button that website owners can stick on their sites right next to share buttons for Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post, Time, and BoingBoing were the first sites to offer the new share buttons online on Tuesday.

Web developers who want to get in on the Kindle action can create their own buttons or Wordpress users can install the new Send to Kindle site plugin.

Kindle it later

Let's say you came across an interesting post on Boing Boing about the ongoing Brian Krebs SWATting drama.

Tapping the Send to Kindle button on the site brings up a pop-up browser window asking you to sign-in to your Amazon account. The first time you use the service, you can specify which of your Kindle devices you'd like to send the save article to. If you prefer, you can also send it to your Kindle library to download later.

You can also choose to have your saved content downloaded over Wi-Fi or Amazon's Whispernet service for devices with wireless data access.

After you've saved your settings, you are shown a preview of the saved article in a stripped-down format, then you have to hit "Send" to save the article to your Kindle device. The next time you want to save an article, it will be a two-step process where you hit the Send to Kindle button and then hit the "Send" button in the pop-up window.

Using Send to Kindle for Websites is not an easy, one-click process. If the Kindle is your preferred reading software, however, that may be less important to you than just getting content into your Kindle account.

Amazon's new button also depends on site owners to offer the service, but there are many other ways you can send content to your Kindle for later consumption.

Firefox and Chrome

If you use the Firefox or Chrome web browsers, you can install a Send to Kindle add-on that lets you save content from any website.

Similar to the Send to Kindle button for websites, you have to sign-in to your Amazon account to use the add-on, and Amazon's Firefox and Chrome buttons require a two-click process to save content.

 

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