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January 18, 2012

My new kindle.com email addresses


So yesterday I was just avoiding doing stuff I should've been doing, noodling around the Kindle Reader on my iPhone, and I pressed the "Documents" button just to see what would happen.

That took me to a page that said I had no documents saved but then the announcement up top appeared on the screen.

"What's this?" said I to myself.

Reading the text, I learned that I can now send Word Docs and PDFs to my nifty new Kindle email address which is specific for my iPhone.

That led me to waste even more time opening the Kindle reader on my iPad, which resulted in the window below after I pressed the "Documents" button.

Screen Shot 2012-01-17 at 3.33.40 PM

Interestingly, each device has its own email address to send to.

But both announcements say the documents are stored in the Amazon Cloud, so wouldn't it be the case that a document sent to one device's address would be accessible on all of them?

Only one way to find out, I figured.

There goes the afternoon.

The answer: When I used my Air to send PDFs to each of my kindle.com addresses, the PDFs did not appear there.

Then I decided to try to send to my iPhone's kindle.com address from my iPhone and likewise with my iPad.

But as I was about to do that, the following email appeared in my email box:

Screen Shot 2012-01-17 at 5.10.14 PM

I can't speak for you but me, I think I'm done with this effort.

It's getting dark already.

Game over.

January 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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1st Gen Kindle.

B&W. Not backlit. Still works.

Best thing about the 1st Gen. is that I can walk on my treadmill and press the next page button with every step. It allows me to zip through the day's periodicals and I really like having a constant reminder that I can still process (read and understand) while exercising. Back in the day I could keep up with 9600 baud modems spewing text - I'm not certain that I can still do that (though I still have a fine ZyXel 14,400 modem and the Apple external modem for the Air.....).

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 19, 2012 3:54:17 PM

This has been a feature available to Kindle users since the release of the first Kindle. You need to register email addresses you want to be able to accept documents from in order to prevent the inevitable spam that would otherwise try to be delivered to your Kindle.

Since there is a charge for the delivery of documents to your Kindle via Whispernet (WiFi and USB transfers are free) you really don't want your device to accept just anything from anybody.

Adding an approved email address is very easily done on the Amazon "Manage your Kindle > Personal Document Settings" page when done via your computer. Doing it via your iPhone or iPad may be a little more of a hassle cuz, well, most web things are a little more cumbersome when not done on a "real" computer.

Since your "Avogadro's Number" commenter mentioned trying to view BookofJoe via a Kindle (doesn't specify which model) just in case nobody has mentioned it to you before - BookofJoe looks just fine and dandy on the Kindle Fire.

Posted by: HeavyG | Jan 19, 2012 3:12:50 AM

Dang, we almost lost a TECHNODOLT (TM) there!

If you can take any satisfaction from other's failures: I tried this along with the Kindle email and decided that the hoop-jumping contest was obtaining new hoops in google-sized lots.

Ever the glutton for punishment - I've even tried the Kindle "experimental" web browser (to access BOJ) about four weeks ago. It makes the mail trick look trivial.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 18, 2012 7:44:50 PM

Yeah, been on The Hansel and Gretel Trail before. Not that particular trail, but similar.

I blurred just from reading the directions. Tempting as it is to "MICOR" it ( Make It Come Out Right), I find once I've conquered "it", if that is indeed so, I don't retain the steps. The next time it's a brand new trail.

Fun, to fill in a long wait in an airport, a hospital or the like and when there is time to kill, noodling, as you say.

Posted by: Kay | Jan 18, 2012 7:00:43 PM

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