Daily Digest is one of those features I always dreamed about… and one of those people were asking me about from the very beginning of SENDtoREADER. So, what is Digest and what is it for? In short it’s a new type of Periodicals for Kindle which does a very simple and very helpful thing – it takes all texts you’ve sent to your Kindle during a day or week or even month, composes them all into a single, easy-to-navigate Kindle book or periodical (the type of publications used in K magazines) and sends it to your Kindle.
What are the benefits: first of all, digests can help you to keep content on your Kindle well organized. We all know how fast the articles list can be overloaded by the countless titles of online articles. At the same time it would be nice to keep them all on the device, to read later. Digest (daily or weekly) is the ideal solution here: setup a Digest Periodical at user/periodicals/ and once a new digest arrived on your Kindle, feel free to delete all those separate articles from it. As a result, your reading list is short and clear and all documents you’ve send via Sendtoreader are kept on your Kindle and are easily accessible.
Tips and Tricks
- The first one will be useful to those of you who do not want instant delivery of web articles and prefer to receive them all as a single document in the end of each day. The solution is very simple: on your settings page choose “Manual delivery” option and save the changes (that will prevent S2R from sending documents to your Kindle immediately after processing); after that add a new periodical here with the settings shown on the screenshot below. Once that’s done, you’ll start receiving your Sendtoreader docs in the form of daily digest.
Please note, unlike RSS periodicals, the Digest ones ignore the “delivery” option in settings, i.e. it’ll be sent to your Kindle even if “manual delivery” is selected.
- Use of tags to define what documents a digest will contain (my favorite trick). Most of times there is no point in keeping all web documents sent to Kindle on the device, but some of them are so interesting/important/etc. we’d love to keep them. Tags and Digest periodicals will help you in this situation: first of all choose a tag name you’ll assign to all docs you’d like to see in your daily digest and assign that tag to every document in your user account‘s history list. Then add a new digest periodical just like it’s shown on the screenshot above, with 1 difference – select your tag in the “What to send (filter by tag)” dropdown list. That’s it. From now on, if you want a document to be included in the next issue of the digest, simply go to your user page and assign the tag you’ve choose for that digest to the doc. Important: you can have several digest periodicals at the same time, producing digests for different tags. A nice way to keep sets of articles combined by subject!
Have another idea on how to use digests? Feel free to share in the comments.