How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle

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kindletouch   How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your KindleOur computers aren’t made for reading long-form articles, but Kindles are. You can send websites to your Kindle and read them later, just like you’d read eBooks on your Kindle. This lets you use your Kindle to read long articles in comfort, outside in the sun on an e-ink Kindle or sitting on your couch with a Kindle Fire.

If you’ve got a Kindle Fire, you’ll also want to check out Pocket, a great application for saving webpages to read later. Unfortunately, Pocket doesn’t support e-ink Kindles – but if you have a Kindle Fire, Pocket is a compelling choice. Pocket also works on the web, on iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets.

Send To Kindle Browser Extension

Amazon provides an official Send to Kindle browser extension, although it’s only available for Google Chrome at the moment. Amazon’s website promises that Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari versions of the extension are coming soon. After you install the extension, you’ll see an Amazon sign-in page – you’ll need to sign in so the extension can associate itself with your Amazon account.

Once you’re signed in, you can modify your delivery settings. You can have Send to Kindle deliver the web pages over Wi-Fi (which is free) or via Whispernet. Whispernet delivery uses cellular data to deliver the articles to a 3G Kindle even if it’s not on Wi-Fi, but you may be charged for this service.

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If you have multiple Kindles or devices using the Kindle app, such as smartphones and tablets, you can also choose the device you want to send the web page to.

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When you find a website you want to read later, click the Send to Kindle button on Chrome’s toolbar and select Preview & Send.

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You’ll see a preview of how the article will be formatted on your Kindle. If everything looks good, click the Send button.

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The article will appear on your Kindle within a few minutes, assuming Wi-Fi is enabled on your Kindle and it’s powered on.

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You may also be interested in the Send to Kindle application for Windows and Mac, which allows you to send documents from your computer to your Kindle.

Readability

Readability is another good choice – it’s not an official application from Amazon, but Readability provides browser extensions for Firefox and Safari, as well as Chrome. With Readability, you can send websites to your Kindle from the browser you prefer.

After installing the extension, you’ll see a Send to Kindle button on your browser toolbar – click it to send any website straight to your Kindle.

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The first time you send a website to your Kindle, you’ll have to set up Readability. First, visit your Kindle settings page and log into your Amazon account.

Click the Add a new approved e-mail address link in the Approved Personal Document E-mail List section and add kindle@readability.com to the list. This allows Readability to email webpages to your Kindle.

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Next, locate the email address for the Kindle device you want to send websites to.

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Type this address into the Readability dialog. Use the free.kindle.com option to receive websites only over Wi-Fi, which is free. If you use kindle.com instead, you may receive documents using Whispernet, which will cost money – however, you can receive documents even if your Kindle doesn’t have Wi-Fi.

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You won’t have to provide this information again – just click the button to send a web page to your Kindle in the future.

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Both the Send to Kindle extension and Readability provide a good representation of the source webpage, as you can see above – headings and images are both preserved.

We’ve also covered some other ways to send articles to your Kindle, including Instapaper and Klip.me.

How do you save websites to read later? Do you prefer another service? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Mac Witty

I’m a Readability user – both for read it later on Kindle and on computer. Nice and easy service. I like to be able to have the same app for both types of reading

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Ahmed Khalil

what about ipad, is it same or not

Chris Hoffman

iPads will need different apps, but you might try Pocket. I love it on my Nexus 7. Some people swear by Instapaper. I think Safari also has some sort of reading list feature, but I’m not an iOS person.

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Jack Arnold

Good things to know about. Thanks. However, not really ready for prime time. What I got when I tried it with a newspaper column was a PDF with all of the ads and graphics. The column itself was not comfortably readable on my e-ink Kindle. I did find that if I downloaded the web page, and then opened it in Word, and edited away all of the extraneous stuff, and then enlarged the font, that then it was quite readable. But that was more work than I would often be interested in doing.

Chris Hoffman

That’s too bad. It will depend on the site and how well these services can clean it up — pages here on MakeUseOf worked nicely with no tweaking needed.

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Keith Smith

Nice one, but it would have been useful to have a comparison between the “send to Kindle” option and using the beta browser on the Kindle.

Chris Hoffman

Well, the Send to Kindle method puts a file on your kindle works offline, so you don’t have to be connected. It will also format the page to look better on your Kindle. You also won’t have to manually type in addresses into the browser.

They’re very different features, I think. The browser is useful when you’re already on your Kindle, and the extension is useful if you’re on a PC and want to read an article later on your Kindle.

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