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How I use Send-to-Kindle with low vision

How to load non-Amazon content onto the free Kindle app and across devices, and how I use Send-to-Kindle to display large print.

One of my favorite things about the free Amazon Kindle app is the Send-to-Kindle feature, which offers an easy way to sideload content and does not require users to have a Kindle device. Send To Kindle content is added to the device library and can be used across devices just like other titles purchased from the Kindle store, making it easier for me to configure display options like large text, highlights/annotations, and line spacing. Here is how I use Send-to-Kindle with low vision, and how this free tool has helped me tremendously in college and for leisure reading.

What is sideloading?

In this context, sideloading refers to loading titles into a reading application that were purchased or downloaded from another source. Readers can upload files using the file browser or cloud storage tool and then read it with their preferred reading application and display settings. Examples of file formats that can be sideloaded into reading applications include PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTM, HTML, and EPUB, though the size limits vary between applications. Readers can sideload content into reading applications at no additional cost, though some specialty applications may require a subscription for larger files.

Send-t0-Kindle is completely free to use, though it requires users to have an Amazon account. Once content is downloaded to the Kindle library, it can be accessed offline with the option to have reading progress synchronized across connected devices. Sideloaded content can be read on a Kindle device, mobile application, or in the web browser with no additional downloads required.

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Send-to-Kindle file formats and restrictions

Send-to-Kindle supports sideloading with a size limit of 200 MB per file, and takes 2-5 minutes to be delivered to the device library for reading. Send-to-Kindle is available for the following file formats:

For the Kindle mobile apps, Assistive Reader and text-to-speech features are not supported for sideloaded content, though some users have reported being able to use device tools like VoiceOver and Select-to-speak/Speak Text for EPUBs and DOC/DOCX files. However, I have not been able to replicate this consistently in my own trials.

I use Send-to-Kindle most often with EPUB and DOC/DOCX file formats.

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Selecting libraries for Send-to-Kindle

Users can configure their Send-to-Kindle settings to send content to all devices or to a specific device connected to an Amazon account. To save documents automatically, users will need to go to their Amazon account to open Digital Content (Manage Your Content & Devices), Preferences, and then Personal Document Setting to ensure that Personal Document Archiving is enabled/turned on.

Send to Kindle library via email

To use Send-to-Kindle with email, users will first need to locate their Send-to-Kindle email address and add approved email addresses that can be used to send content. This can be found within a user’s Amazon account by going to Digital Content (Manage Your Content & Devices), Preferences, and then Personal Document Settings. Once that is set up, users can send content for sideloading by sending a blank email with no subject line to the device’s email address, with the content for sideloading as an attachment.

Users can also customize the email address used for sideloading so that it is something easy for them to remember, though they will still need to manually add emails for approval. For users that regularly receive trusted emails from a specific domain (like a school email address), emails on that domain can be approved by adding an @ in front of the domain. For example, if someone wanted to approve all documents or content emailed from an address associated with my website, they could add “” as an approved sender.

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Send-to-Kindle from web browser

Another option is to go to the Send-to-Kindle website and upload content from the device file browser, which will add the content to the Kindle library for viewing in the web/mobile applications or on a Kindle eReader. This is really helpful for uploading content that has been saved to a computer or another device, such as downloading readings for my classes that I can annotate or access offline.

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Send-to-Kindle with Android and iOS mobile applications

Reading content in another application and want to add it to the Kindle library? Open or select the file in another app and select the Share icon, followed by selecting the Kindle icon. This will save the content to the Kindle library for later reading.

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Send-to-Kindle with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions

Send-to-Kindle offers free web browser extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge so users can save HTM/HTML files directly from their browser to their Kindle library. Once the desired link/content is open, select the Kindle button in the toolbar or extensions menu to save it to the Kindle library. There are three options for using Send-to-Kindle with browser extensions:

Send-to-Kindle with Microsoft Word (Office 365 subscription required)

Users can send content from Microsoft Word for the web or desktop applications directly to their Kindle library for further reading (not editing). This requires a Microsoft Office 365 subscription for use.

To send documents to Kindle from Microsoft Word, open the File/Menu tab and select Export, followed by Send documents to Kindle. From there, users can select how they want to read their file, with options for reading like a Kindle book with customizable display options for font size, background color, etc, or have it read like a printed document with embedded elements and formatting.

Additional information on file conversion and display can be found at the Amazon support link below.

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Send-to-Kindle from Windows computer or Mac

Users can download the Send-to-Kindle app for their Windows or Mac computers to send files directly from their file browser or using drag-and-drop within the app. To send files quickly from the file browser, right-click on the desired file. For Mac devices, select the Send to Kindle option from the list of options. For Windows devices, select the Send To option, followed by Kindle.

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Examples of how I use Send-to-Kindle

Here are some examples of how I use different Send-to-Kindle options as a student with low vision or for leisure reading:

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