It wouldn’t be an overstatement to claim that I’m obsessed with my Kindle. In fact, I become quite panicky if it’s not within arm’s reach. As someone who already has thousands of treebooks and no room to expand my collection, an e-reader has made a huge difference to my life. I love the feel and smell of the physical book, but am also giddy with excitement now that I can easily carry hundreds of Victorian novels with me wherever I go.
Another benefit of the Kindle is that I can also read other types of document on it, such as Word and PDF files. Whereas once I’d have printed them (staring at a monitor isn’t much fun), now I can read them in comfort on an e-ink screen that is kind to my tired eyes. This works well for journal articles and was particularly useful when I was checking endless drafts of my thesis.
You probably know that Kindles come with a dedicated email address so that you can send yourself ebooks; what is not well known is that there’s also a handy and free piece of software through which you can quickly send any compatible file on your computer directly to your device.
With Send to Kindle for the PC, you simply right-click your file and choose ‘Send to Kindle’:
You can then change the name and author, if necessary, and also decide to which of your devices it should be sent:
The Mac version is a bit more fancy. Here you can simply drag your files to the Send to Kindle icon in the dock. You can also control-click in Finder, or even choose to print to Kindle from applications such as Word.
I find this application really convenient for uploading free ebooks from Text Archive and Project Gutenberg, and also my own ebooks that I’m testing. No more fumbling with USB cables or waiting for the email to arrive.