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How to Email to your Kindle device or app

Since I recently figured this out myself, and some of my pals didn't know how to do it either, I figured a post was in order! It has a permanent home on the JCPBooks.com Kindle Help Page.

I tried to email a mobi file to myself and open it on my new Kindle Fire, and got a whole lotta nothing. What the heck?

It turns out that I needed to email the file to the KINDLE’S email address. Not my personal email address. Once you figure that out, it’s really convenient to send files to your Kindle.

1. To find out what the address is, log in to the Manage Your Kindle page. In the sidebar under the YOUR KINDLE ACCOUNT heading, click the Personal Document Settings link (A). The Kindle’s name and email address will be shown (B). If the address is long or clunky, you can change it to something easier by clicking “edit” in the Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings(C). I changed mine so it didn’t start with “jcp” like most of my addresses do, to prevent myself from accidentally sending test files to my yahoo group.

2. On the same page, authorize your Kindle to accept emails from your normal account (D) - there's a link at the bottom of the list, not shown here. This is something you have to do to keep spam from showing up on your Kindle. Add your personal email address to the Approved Personal Document E-mail List.

That’s it! Now you’re set to email ebooks to your device without hunting around for cables and hooking it up! You’ll be able to send mobis or prcs, Word docs and PDFs.

EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS - if you email a PDF to yourself with the word CONVERT in the email’s subject line, it will convert the fixed-text PDF file to a flowable text ebook with reasonably good accuracy.

EVEN MORE GOODNESS - if you use a Kindle app on an iPad or other device, and you have THE LATEST version of the app, you can also send stuff to your app this way.
If you prefer to send the files with an app rather than email, check out the "Send to Kindle" app Amazon mentions in the first paragraph! It lets you drag and drop files from your computer.

Your cost: as of this writing, transferring files while connected to wi-fi network is free. Transferring via Whispernet incurs a charge based on the file size and your country.


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Dec. 16th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
wow, this is great advice :) Thank you for posting this!! I've been in a quandry trying to figure this out. . .

Dec. 16th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
It's one of those odd things. Once you know how to do it, it's easy peasy. But figuring out how to do it has a learning curve. I'm so glad you find this useful!!
Dec. 16th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I certainly did :) This post gave me more information than the ebook websites do, especially if you want to transfer the files. You have to use their email address (mostly open-ended) (eg. @name of company.com) in your list of safe addresses FIRST before you can even get the files to transfer. Nor did I know that wifi is free, and 3G costs (at least, amazon charges a fee)?!?! I feel so dumb, because I feel as those others already knew this and I did not *blushing*
Dec. 16th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's widely known at all. It's really not obvious information either!
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Dec. 16th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
I believe the fee is when you use the 3G connectivity aka "Whispernet". But if you're connected on a wireless network there isn't one. (I'm maybe 99% sure of that. Also could be different in different countries.)
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Dec. 16th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Aha, I didn't know that the older Kindles had only Whispernet.
Dec. 16th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
And I'm also realizing I didn't even know what kind of Kindle I owned! (IT's a Kindle keyboard.) Don't even know my own devices!!
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Dec. 16th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Aha! That IS what it was called when I bought it. No wonder I don't know what's going on if they keep changing the names.
Dec. 16th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Here, I found a real answer to that:
Kindle Personal Documents Service doesn't charge fees for delivery of personal documents to Kindle devices over Wi-Fi or to supported Kindle reading applications.

Fees for the Kindle Personal Documents Service via Whispernet are based on the size of the file submitted (before compression if you use a .zip file), your country, and where you're accessing Whispernet. Personal documents service fees will only be charged for documents that are successfully delivered to your Kindle device via Whispernet. Personal documents service fees are rounded up to the next whole MB and apply to each personal document delivered via Whispernet to each Kindle device.

For Kindle device users living in the United States, the Kindle Personal Documents Service fee via Whispernet is $.15 per megabyte while inside the United States and $.99 per megabyte when traveling outside the United States.
For Kindle device users living outside the United States, the Kindle Personal Documents Service fee via Whispernet is $.99 (USD) per megabyte.
Kindle Personal Documents Service is not available via Whispernet in Canada. Please see Transferring Personal Documents via USB for information about e-mailing personal documents to your computer for USB transfer to your Kindle device.
Dec. 16th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
So helpful. Wow. thanks.
Dec. 16th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)

Since September (when I won the Kindle ;-)) I wanted to ask a Kindle proficient friend to help me setting this. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

Have a good week!


Dec. 17th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
I got such a thrill when you won that Kindle!
Dec. 17th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
This is one of the best features of my Kindle! In addition to pro-fic, I've transferred tons of my favorite fanfic to my Kindle this way. Saved tons of dough on paper and print cartridges. I'm one of those people who can't read long things on my computer - (desktop, centrally located) so I used to print everything out. It's been great, too, transferring so many of my older pro-fic PDFs to my Kindle. I love this feature!
Dec. 17th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
I dislike reading long things on my computer--it's tiring. Transferring documents to go re-read a story in progress or to do a proof is so valuable to me.
Dec. 17th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
Wow, this is super helpful. I'Ve only had mine for a few days, so this is great to know. Thanks!
Dec. 17th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
Perfect timing!
Dec. 21st, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Actually if you set the Whispernet Delivery over 3G fee to $0.00 you will never be charged for the transfer.

I have been doing it this way for years.

You can change document delivery options for your Kindle devices or set the maximum charge for a single personal document sent wirelessly over Whispernet to your Kindle with 3G support. Personal documents exceeding the maximum charge will not incur a fee and will only be available for delivery via Wi-Fi or USB transfer.
Dec. 21st, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
That's a great tip, thanks!
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