Our 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.
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.
When you find a website you want to read later, click the Send to Kindle button on Chrome’s toolbar and select Preview & Send.
You’ll see a preview of how the article will be formatted on your Kindle. If everything looks good, click the Send button.
The article will appear on your Kindle within a few minutes, assuming Wi-Fi is enabled on your Kindle and it’s powered on.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to the list. This allows Readability to email webpages to your Kindle.
Next, locate the email address for the Kindle device you want to send websites to.
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.
You won’t have to provide this information again – just click the button to send a web page to your Kindle in the future.
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.
How do you save websites to read later? Do you prefer another service? Leave a comment and let us know!