Amazon’s Send to Kindle for Mac and PC

And, enter a brand new way to send eBooks – especially ours – to your Kindle.

If you have ever struggled with the concept of “Send to Kindle” or transferring books to your Kindle via USB, it all got easier with Amazon’s latest release: the “Send to Kindle” app that sits on your desktop computer (Windows OR Mac) and is synchronized with your Amazon.com account. Anything you upload with the desktop app is archived to “the cloud” and accessible from any Kindle app or reader.

As your trusty resident technophile, I downloaded the app under both Mac OS X and Windows so I could tell you exactly how it works.

Let’s start with the Windows version since most of you use Windows anyway.

The first thing you should do is download the installation file from the Amazon “Send to Kindle” page here: http://amazon.com/sendtokindle. If you are like me and naturally suspicious of links, try searching for “amazon send to kindle” – it should be the top result returned.

Download the installer and run it. It doesn’t ask for anything in particular, except permission to be installed. Once installed, it automatically opens up the setup screen which looks like this:

SendToKindleSignIn

Once you enter your amazon account credentials, you get a second screen congratulating you on setting up the “send to kindle” application.

SendToKindleSignInSuccess

There are 2 ways to interact with the application on Windows – through your typical right-click menu (Mac document right click menu here):

 

Or The Print Menu from within a document (Mac document print image here):

WindowsPrintMenu

Whether you choose to send via the right-click menu or the print menu, this is what you see next:

 

SendToKindleDetails

If you own a kindle device or have the reader app on a mobile device, their names will show up in the “Deliver to:” box.

The one drawback of this new service is that you have to have at least one of the mobile devices or readers in order to access your documents after you upload them. A Kindle reader for iOS, Android, Kindle, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch, or Kindle Fire will do just fine here. If you sent your document directly to your kindle device by selecting it above, when you power up your Kindle the document will be immediately available. Otherwise you will have to check your archived items and download it.

Let us know if this makes it easier for you to use your Kindle with our website or not in the comments on our Facebook wall.

Permission to Write

“If you have a story that seems worth telling, and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it.”
~ Dashiell Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of detective novels and a screenplay writer. He created one of the most well-known fictional detectives of the 30’s, Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon.

Hammett gave himself permission to write. He believed in himself, his creativity and his story enough to tell it. The questions is, do you believe in yourself, your creativity and your story? If you do, write. Write everyday. Tell yourself you’re going to write five or 10 pages every morning no matter what! Rain, sun, wind, hail, snow, it doesn’t matter. Promise yourself you’ll write and stick to your promise. Write. Sit down with pen and paper or at the keyboard and write. Let it flow. Get up an hour early. Not a morning person. Fine. Stay up an hour later.

You can always erase [trash] the pages the following day if you want to. You haven’t lost anything from the exercise and from where you’re standing right now you don’t have anything to lose ~ do you?

Actually, you’ve gained from the exercise even if you erase or trash the pages. You’ve gained confidence in yourself and momentum. You’ve kept your promise to yourself and you’ve taken a baby step towards a dream, a new journey that can take you anywhere you’d like to go.

Make that promise to yourself. Write. Start today. Check back often. I’ll have more inspiring writing tips for you.

In the meantime, enjoy your journey …

 

Author rewards for your clicks

Great news for our writers who share with us on Free-eBooks.net.

If you’ve ever looked at the details page for eBooks on our website, you might have noticed that there are ad slots located in strategic and unobtrusive spots on the page. Well, now we’ve dedicated those ad slots to the authors whose books are displayed on those pages.

The ads are purely contextual and are chosen and displayed based on the content of the page you are on. All it takes is a click, nothing else, and Google donates a small commission to the author.

So the next time you see an advertisement on an eBook details page and had the thought that it seemed as if we were reading your mind, remember that a click will help support your favorite author too.

Uploading to your eReader via USB

I have been spending some time with our helpdesk issues and noticed that one of the most often asked for advice is how to upload our eBooks to eReaders – from Kindle to [insert no-name reader here] – and today I thought I’d connect up a Nook SimpleTouch and write some step-by-step instructions.

The first thing I did was to plug the Nook into the computer. Our generic steps say that the eReader should be recognized as a separate removable drive; that didn’t happen for me. I got a device driver failure notification. A quick web search determined that I was not the only one with this problem.

Then I noticed that the Nook screen had a message stating that the Nook battery was too low to power on the device and that I should wait 15 minutes. In 15 minutes, the Nook powered up on its own and appeared in my device listing.

Sure enough, there was the Nook in the directory listing and I could browse to it without doing a thing.

I then opened my browser to the eBook details page for Jay Alfred’s Dark Earth and downloaded the ePub version to my downloads folder.

 

From here, it was a simple matter to drag the Dark-Earth.epub to my Nook directory.

I ejected my nook by right-clicking on the drive labeled “Nook” in the directory listing and selecting “Eject” and checked my Nook’s library to see this:

I hope these directions help clarify the process for you – even if you don’t have a Nook.

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