I love reading Jane Austen Fan Fiction from online sources, but I dislike being tethered to my computer while I am reading it, and sometimes, I just need my stories to be portable for when I am reading on the go! Discovering new authors, new characters, and new storyboards has become a tremendous passion for me. When I discovered I could send Word documents to my Kindle reader (thank you to my dear Goodreads friends) and read JAFF from my computer on my Kindle, I was hooked!
Over the past few months, I have received emails from readers asking various questions about technology tools that readers frequently use, which set into motion the idea to do a series of posts centered on answering various technology questions and discussing tech tools that I have found helpful as a reader. This series will be titled Tech Tools for Readers and I’d love for readers to offer suggestions about technology related questions and ideas that they would like more answers about in future posts.
Today I am going to try to describe how you can send a document to your Kindle using your Kindle email address. This will allow you to take a Word doc, and send it to read on your Kindle, which is a great way to read a piece of fan-fiction that’s published online, once you’ve turned it into a Word document.
The first set of directions I will list here is a numbered list. The last two images in this post will show Amazon’s directions from their web page.
1.To View or Modify Your Send to Kindle Email Address:
Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
From Settings, scroll down to Personal Document Settings.
Under Send-to-Kindle Email Settings, your Send to Kindle email address will be listed.
If you would like to change this email address, click Edit next to your device, enter a new email address, and then click Save to save your changes.
Note: If your device or Kindle reading app is not compatible with Kindle Personal Documents Service, a Send to Kindle email address will not be listed for that device.The page below can be found on Amazon’s website. This page describes how to send documents to your kindle.
2. You’ll need to do some setup next to make sure your Kindle will know which email address to accept documents from when you send them to your Kindle. Go to Manage Your Content & Devices on Amazon, click on Settings on the far right, and scroll down to find your Send-to-Kindle email settings. (Click on the picture below to enlarge it.)
This is where you’ll find a list of your devices that you can send content to (only physical Kindle devices, the Android app, or the iOS app), each with its own email address that you can edit. (Click on the picture below to enlarge it.)
Please note that you can only send content to these email addresses from an approved email. This helps you avoid spam emails. Scroll down a bit until you find the “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” section. Add only the emails that you want to send content from and remember which emails you added here. These will be the only email addresses that you’ll receive an email from on your Kindle. I typically only use one email account to send documents from to my Kindle.
This is the list of files you can send:
- Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
- HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
- RTF (.RTF)
- JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
- Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
- GIF (.GIF)
- PNG (.PNG)
- BMP (.BMP)
- PDF (.PDF)
Personally, I have only sent Word documents to my Kindle. Please note that epubs, such as iBooks, aren’t supported on Kindle devices.
Amazon’s support page will tell you that typing “convert” in the subject headline of your email to your kindle will convert the document, however, most file types automatically convert — you need to specify only with PDF file formats. For all other file types, you don’t need anything in the subject or body. I never send PDFs to my kindle, so my experience is not with PDF documents. I typically leave the subject line in my headings empty and Amazon converts the document I am sending on it own.
3. So once I convert a piece of fan-fiction into a Word document, I email it as a separate attachment from my email address to my kindle address or forward an existing email with the document attached, to my Send to Kindle email address.
4. Then, on my kindle, I go to the sync and check for items tab and see if my new email attachment loads into my Kindle This may take several minutes, especially for larger documents. Once it’s there, I press it and it downloads onto my Kindle.then, I am happily reading my new fan-fiction story.
The pages below show the directions from Amazon that describe this process. The first picture doesn’t have notes, and the second picture has some notes from me to help describe the order of the steps to take.
This link will take you to Amazon’s help page, where there is a list of these directions to select from when looking for more supportfor this process.
Now that you have your Kindle email address and you’re ready to read on your Kindle, do you want some suggested JAFF titles? Of course, you do and I won’t let you down here…
This site, A Happy Assembly, require passwords to sign in, which you can obtain from these sites. My suggestions for some really great online JAFF are:
- “Being Mrs. Darcy,” by Lucy S.- This is a very long story at nearly 1,000 pages. Yet, I wanted more when I was finished with this story. Sounds crazy, right? Well, check it our for yourself
- “A Lady’s Reputation,” by Alex 9903- This has about 25 chapters and isn’t as angsty as some of her other stories. I love Alex’s writing style and her range of stories.
- “His Choice of a Wife,” by Dolly 1981- This story slowly grew on me and before I knew it, I was captured by its intense romance and the clever twists, particularly in Wickham’s story, that kept my attention the rest of the story.
I hope I’ve brought you some information that will help you enjoy reading online stories within the comfort of your own seat, with your Kindle in your hand and a nice warm (or cold) drink nearby your chair.
I’d love to hear your feedback regarding whether or not this post helped you and any questions you may still have for me about this process. I’d also love ideas for future Tech Tools For Readers posts, so please share ideas about tech tools for readers that you’d like to learn more about, because I write this content for you, my readers!
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about my directions or about the stories I’ve recommended here for your reading pleasure.