Getting content onto the Kindle
Amazon have made it very easy to get material onto your Kindle. You can add both content from the Amazon Store, or your own material sourced elsewhere, even PDFs and text files. There are four main methods:
- Add purchased / pre-owned material / personal documents via the “Manage my Kindle” section of your Amazon account on their website. If you buy an eBook from the Amazon Store website, there is an option “Add to my…” which lets you select the device to which the book will be automatically delivered.
- Send pre-owned / personal documents to your Kindle’s email address. When you register a Kindle, it is assigned an email address. Any attachments sent to this address are delivered to the device. Email addresses have to be individually whitelistsed before you can receive from them, so you won’t get spammed, but you can receive documents from friends and colleagues, which is very handy if you read documents on the move for work.
- Purchase content from the Amazon Store directly from the Kindle. The Kindle has a nice interface for browsing books, magazines, periodicals, blogs and newspapers to purchase (or download for free). Provided you’ve set up One-Click in your Amazon account, your usual payment method is charged. You can set a limit in your Amazon account to avoid overspending, or as a safeguard if your device is stolen.
- Lastly, you can add content to your Kindle by directly connecting it to a computer with the included USB cable. This option doesn’t require the wireless to be connected, unlike the other three above.
As I mentioned above, you can deliver PDFs and text-format files (.txt and .rtf are definitely supported) to the device. There is a way to reformat PDFs into Kindle format so that the text reflows like a Kindle book, but I haven’t tried this yet. Native PDFs are a little awkward to read as you probably have to zoom in and out, depending on the size and dimensions of the pages, but they are definitely readable. I play the guitar, and have text files with songs I’m learning showing the chords and lyrics – I’ve put some of these on my Kindle and have found it’s the perfect device for viewing these documents on as I don’t have to sit in front of my computer with my guitar any more.