March 18th, 2013
As you can see on the screenshot, I have quite a lot of free space for my personal documents on Amazon servers, but I’m sure there are people who are not so lucky
If you are one of those people, or just want to make some clearance, I’m sure you’ll find the following tip extremely handy. By the way, it’s a shame that Amazon still does not have a “bulk delete” option for delivered personal documents. So, what’s the tip?
Here it is: to delete all documents you see on the “Your Kindle Library” page, you should do the following:
- Visit Mobileread.com forum and create a bookmarklet as described there
- Log in to your Amazon account and navigate to your Personal Documents section (Your account->Manage your Kindle->Personal documents)
- Apply any filter you wish, to make sure you will not delete important document
- Finally, run the bookmarklet created on the first step.
As a result, the 15 documents listed on the page will be deleted.
Simple? Yes, of course. Effective? Well, it’ll take some time to delete 1000 or 2000 documents, but that’s the best way to do that so far. If you know a better solution, please share it in comments. Thanks.
March 15th, 2013
Yes, Google Reader service will be turned off this summer (the actual date is July 1, 2013), here is the official post on the their blog. And the question is – what are the alternatives? LifeHacker’s article suggests 3 web-based and few desktop alternatives, and, as an active user RSS subscriptions, I’ve took a look at all web-based solutions mentioned in that article. Why only web-based, you may ask… well partially because Google Reader is a web-based service too, and that’s what I used to use in my daily work and life…
I will not waste your time and just tell you which alternative I’ve chose – it’s Feedly. And the reasons of my choice are very simple: Feedly has a wonderfull user interface (for the first sight it’s a bit too fancy, but it’s easy to switch from magazine to condenced layout which is very close to the G.Reader’s one), has clients for iOS, Adnroid and Kindle Fire and, last but not least, will import all your feeds and starred items (they can be found as “Saved” ones in Feedly). There are few missing things of course, for example there is no way (yet) to send a post from Feedly to SendToReader the same way we do that in Google Reader, but I hope it’s a temporary problem. And you can help me to resolve it.
November 17th, 2012
People often ask me whether or not there is a way to send a web page from the Kindle experimental browser to the same Kindle device. Now I can definately say – yes, there is a simple, elegant way to do that. And the answer is: use s2r.me.
The new service has already been covered in the post of the “Kindle World” blog and got a lot of feedback there, so I highly recommend you to visit that page and read the post and users’ questions – I’m sure you’ll find them useful.
But let’s back to s2r.me. Here is a short, step by step manual on how to use it with your Kindle (any model – “Fire”, “Keyboard”, “Touch”, “Paperwhite” – no matter):
- If you are not a registered user of SendToReader, register first. You can do that on your PC or Mac of course. You’ll need your username and password later.
- Now take your Kindle and open the experimental browser, and open the web page you’d like to send from it to th same device.
- In the address bar type s2r.me/ in front of the current URL in the address line and press enter or tap the “go” button.
That’s it, the page will be sent to the same Kindle in its native format. That’s the easiest way of sending web pages from Kindle to Kindle.
Few side notes:
- For the first time s2r.me will ask you to enter your SendToReader username/password before sending anything. That’s why you must be a registered user of my service to use s2r.me. Fortunately, you’ll have to enter your credentials only one time, experimental browser will keep you logged in using cookies.
- The page will be sent to the Kindle address specified in your settings at sendtoreader.com
- s2r.me can be used on any device, even on an old-fashioned cell phone, if it has a browser. It also can be useful for iPad users, because in it’s latest models there is no way to install a bookmarklet.
Sample use case:
You see an interesting story on a website opened in the experimental browser on your Kindle Keyboard. You know, reading using that browser can’t be called “comfortable” at all. So you put “s2r.me/” in front of the URL of that article and s2r.me sends that article to your Personal Documents area on Amazon servers, making it available for all your Kindle devices. Now you can close the browser, the document with that story is already in your docs list (if not, just make sure your Kindle is still connected to wifi or 3g and wait a couple of minutes).
September 24th, 2012
What are you using to keep the recipes you’ve found online? I guess some use paper, some – more geeky, modern tools like tablet computers, phones along with special or general purpose software like Evernote. Kindle is also an option, but there is one problem with the recipes sent from a web page to the device – sometimes we can receive an empty or incomplete recipe. That’s because the page structure on recipes-related websites is too complex comparing to articles or blog posts, and, as a result, a part of the recipe can be lost / ignored.
Fortunately, the newest version of Sendtoreader bookmarklet can send a text selected on a webpage, and that fact changes everything. Just select the entire recipe on a webpage and then click the SENDtoREADER bookmarklet to send selection to your Kindle. Chances that you’ll receive everything are near to 100%.
I’d also suggest you to make a “collection” on your Kindle to keep all received recipes in one place.
June 29th, 2012
As some of you know, Sendtoreader’s bookmarklet now allows us to not only send web pages in whole to our Kindles, but also any part of those pages, the part we’ve selected on a page. But there is one question – in which situations this new option would be handy? Here is my personal list of preferences:
- Send emails from my GMail account. S2R backend (of course) can’t access your GMail account to process a message the default way, but selecting a text on the page you are sending that text directly to S2R for processing.
- Send web content from a password-protected page (handy for magazine subscriptions, forums with password-protected threads, etc.)
- Send web articles along with comments. I bet you’ll agree with me – sometimes comments are even more interesting (important) than the article itself, so I just can’t live without the “send selection” option.
Those are my 3 favorite ways of using Sendtoreader’s new option “Send selected text to Kindle”. Do you have your own ones? Please share your experience in comments.