Supercharge Your eBook Reading With IFTTT

Yaara Lancet 27-12-2013

Remember when finding a good deal on books required sifting through piles of used or on-sale paperbacks? As fun as that was (and still is), it’s pretty time consuming. In the world of eReaders, we’re now used to thinking of a book one moment, and reading it the next. Unfortunately, finding eBook deals can still be time consuming. Unless you find a hack.


As you probably already know, IFTTT is just the hack you’re looking for. This great automation service can be used for anything from superpowering Google Calendar 9 IFTTT Hacks To Superpower Your Life With Google Calendar Your calendar is a big part of your productivity, and managing it right can make a real difference. The right IFTTT recipes can help you take charge of your Google Calendar, and make it perform... Read More to making money Use IFTTT To Save & Make Money Perhaps the best way to stay informed of special offers online is to embrace IFTTT, the popular data combination service that allows you to process data from websites and RSS feeds into something useful for... Read More , and yes, it can also be used to supercharge your eBook reading. From finding eBook deals to automatically sending articles to your Kindle, these are all the recipes you need.

Find Free Amazon Kindle Books


This recipe is based on the website FreeBooksHub — a website dedicated to finding Kindle deals. FreeBooksHub is not only for free Kindle books, it also includes a wide section of $0.99 books —still a very decent price for an eBook. Activate this recipe to get notified of new items in FreeBooksHub’s feed. When something interesting arrives, you can hop in and buy it from Amazon.

Send RSS Items To Kindle


Did you know your Kindle has its own email address? This is a personal (and free) email address you can use to send files over to your Kindle. In order to use this recipe, you’re going to need to know your address. If you don’t know what it is, go to, click on “Manage Your Devices” and look at your Kindle information. The address you see might be listed as, which should work just the same as long as your device is Wi-Fi only.


This recipe takes any RSS feeds you’re interested in, and sends any new items to your Kindle. Who said your Kindle is just for books?

From Dropbox To Kindle


This is another recipe that makes use of your Kindle email address, this time using Dropbox. In this recipe, you get to define a Dropbox subfolder in your Public folder (for example, public/kindle), which automatically transfers files to your Kindle. This is done using your Kindle email address.

From Pocket To Kindle



Similar to the two recipes above, this recipe takes new tagged items from Pocket (default tag is #kindle, but you can change that), and sends them to your Kindle using your Kindle email address.

Feedly To Kindle Through Readability


If you’re a Feedly user, you can use this recipe to send any article you save for later to Readability. What does this have to do with your Kindle? Readability has a feature that lets you connect your Kindle to your Readability reading lists. You can check out this help page [Broken URL Removed] to find out more about setting it up.

Scour Amazon Gold Box For Kindle Deals



Amazon Gold Box is a good place to find all sorts of daily and hourly deals, but what if you’re only interested in Kindle related deals? This recipe monitors the Gold Box feed for the “Kindle” keyword, and emails you only when a relevant deal appears. When using the recipe, you can change the keyword to anything you want, so if it’s not Kindle you’re interested in, the recipe is still very useful.

Get Notified Of Nook Free Friday Deals

Yes, I am aware of the fact that not everyone uses a Kindle. This recipe is made for Nook users who want to stay on top of Nook Free Friday offers. It monitors the Nook blog RSS feed for the keywords “Free Fridays”, and emails you when a new matching post goes up. The Nook blog RSS feed is quite busy, so if you’re only looking for those Free Friday deals, this is a great way to filter them out.

Watch Woot! For eReader Related Deals


There are several IFTTT recipes that can help you find those elusive eReader deals. The first is the Woot Kobo recipe, that monitors the Woot feed for anything Kobo-related, and sends you an email when those appear. A similar recipe, the Woot Nook recipe, monitors the deals for anything Nook related, and a third monitors Woot for Kindle deals, although I’m not really sure how often those actually appear.


Get Alerted On Discounted/Free iOS Books

eBooks are not just for eReaders. What about those of you reading on your iOS device? There are many iPad books and book-related apps on iTunes, and this recipe hunts for just such discounts and freebies and lets you know about them immediately. The recipe uses AppShopper’s RSS feed to locate those deals, but you can change this feed if you have one you like better.

Most of the free iPad books are children’s books, which is great if you have kids, but there are other interesting finds every now and then.

Did We Miss Any?

If you know of or use great IFTTT recipes that boost your e-reading experience, be sure to share them in the comments below.

If you’re just getting started with IFTTT and the recipes above confuse you, or if you’re not sure how to activate some of them, head over to our ultimate IFTTT guide The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use the Web's Most Powerful Tool Like a Pro If This Then That, also known as IFTTT is a free web-based service to get your apps and devices working together. Not sure how to build your applet? Follow along with this guide. Read More . It’s free, and it will answer all your questions. Happy reading!

Related topics: Amazon Kindle, Ebooks, IFTTT, Reading.

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  1. Bea
    March 21, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I use pocket recipes to add online articles on my kobo which has pocket in it. I don't know if there is a way to send entire EPUB books via email on your kobo, it would be nice!

    My main recipe is something like this:

    if i share a link to an article with #pocket tag, save it to my pocket account.

    I think the same can be done with twitter, tumblr, email, links of pdfs, and so on.

  2. Caroline W
    December 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hi, I've just created an IFTTT Recipe for the site to send an email as and when new Free Kindle books make it into the Top 100. (Read on if you don't have a Kindle like me). The recipe is at

    I personally, as I'm sure others too, do not have a Kindle. But here is a MUO article that shows you how easily Kindle ebooks can be read on any E-Reader and in any format: //

    The converting works, as does my recipe!

    • Yaara L
      December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am

      That's awesome Caroline! Glad you liked IFTTT and thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

    • Caroline W
      January 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Yaara! Here is a new, better put together recipe I created to receive, again - but better, Free Kindle deals: "All Freebies found in the past 7 days |" and the recipe is at: .There are book thumbnails, synopsis and direct links to the free Kindle book page. And, again, it is for Hope you all like it, it's much 'cleaner' looking than my first recipe for ebook lovers :)

    • Yaara L
      January 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thanks for sharing, Caroline! I'm glad you're being so productive with IFTTT. :)

    • Caroline W
      January 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Your welcome! And this is now 2 shared recipes I've made which others are even using!! And both dedicated to using IFTTT for ebooks! :)

      (A bit off topic) I'm right on this IFTTT deal now, thanks to you and the article - seriously, I never understood IFTTT and how it could work for me, but I am finding new ways to automate things all the time; and there is so much scope.

      It's funny how one person's explanation of something doesn't quite help, yet another one makes something effortlessly understandable. Thank You!!

  3. Caroline W
    December 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Yaara. Well, you have just introduced me to IFTTT!! I love ebooks and have just set up a couple of the recipes you mentioned, so Thank You! It will be great and easier to get ebook deals in my email than having to visit individual sites when I remember to. I'm very intrigued by IFTTT now and hope to set up some recipes of my own. And thanks to MUO's articles on it, I'm finally getting the idea! :)

  4. Peter
    December 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This article is very Kindle-centric. What if I own a Kobo?

    • Yaara L
      December 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      The article is Kindle-centric because most IFTTT recipe are too. I looked high and low for good recipes for the Kobo and Nook, and the ones I found are included in the list. Unfortunately, there just aren't that many to choose from.