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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.

During the second step, you can choose to send your content directly to Kindle, see a preview of what the story will look like on your Kindle, or save a selected snippet of text from the article to Kindle.

Services such as Instapaper or Pocket also offer read-it-later buttons featuring one-click functionality. That lets you save content more quickly, but you lose the extra options on Amazon's service.

Desktop to Kindle

Desktop users can also download apps for Windows or Mac that let you quickly send documents to Kindle using Amazon's Kindle Personal Document Service (KPDS).

KPDS is compatible with many common file types, including Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), HTML, RTF, and PDF, as well as image formats including JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP.

The Windows version of Send to Kindle for desktop installs an option inside the right-click contextual menu of Windows Explorer. You also get an option to select "Send to Kindle" from apps that have print functionality, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader. Mac users will see a Send to Kindle icon in their dock for drag-and-drop functionality, as well as a print option similar to Windows.

If that wasn't enough, Amazon also lets you email documents and web pages directly to your Kindle library and Android users can send documents to Kindle using their Android device's share menu.

If you're a big Kindle user, Send to Kindle is a good way to keep all your reading in one spot. If you'd like to keep your articles separate or just can't stand Amazon's annoying two-click process to save articles, then services such as Instapaper and Pocket are better alternatives.


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