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.
A quick announcement: the SendToReader bookmarklet has just been updated, so now you can send any text selected on a web page to your Kindle. The new ability can be very helpful in a number of situations:
- when it’s necessary to send text from a password-protected page: simply select the text you want to send and click the bookmarklet;
- when you want to send an article along with the comments: select everything you want to receive on your Kindle and click “SENDtoREADER”;
- when you don’t need the entire article but only a part of it;
- when you want to send a local file’s contents to your e-reader: open the file in your browser, select the text to send and… you know :)
Those are only the most obvious ideas on how to use the updated bookmarklet, I’m sure, you have even more, smarter ones! In any case, I hope you’ll find the update useful.
If you have not noticed yet, Amazon has released a new version of its wonderful Kindle for iPhone/iPod/iPad app. And, as a result, you can now send web pages to your iDevices, just like you sent them to Kindle/Kindle Fire!
All you need to do – find out your Kindle for iPhone email address which is printed right under the “Docs” title on the app’s home screen. Remember that address and enter it in the “Your Kindle’s Email Address” field on the S2R’s settings page and you are done. Now SENDtoREADER bookmarklet will send everything to your iPhone/iPad to read later using so comfortable Kindle reader app.
And of course, you can now resend any document from your Amazon’s “Personal documents” page to your iDevice. Here’s how:
- Visit the “Manage your Kindle” page at www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.
- Locate the title you wish to send in the “Personal documents” section.
- Choose your iPod or iPhone from the “Deliver to…” pull-down menu under the “Actions” button.
- If your iPhone or iPod touch is connected to a network, your document will be downloaded and appear on the Kindle Home screen the next time you open Kindle for iPhone. You may be prompted to log into your Amazon.com account if you haven’t already.
That’s pretty easy actually and can be described in few simple steps:
- First, you need to bundle your favorite subscriptions (or all subscriptions) at http://www.google.com/reader/view/#bundle-creator-page. If you have your subscriptions at Google reader organized into folders, I’d suggest to make a separate bundle for each folder, this will make the resulting periodical better structured. To create a bundle out of a G.Reader folder click the little arrow on the right of the folder’s title as shown on the screenshot, then select “Create a bundle” in the popped up menu. That’s it.
- Once you have a bundle created, copy the link to its feed to the clipboard (right click on the “Add a link to your website or blog” link and select “Copy” in the popup menu. You’ll need that link on the 4th step.
- Now open Sendtoreader in another tab of your browser, log in and navigate to “My periodicals” page and create a new periodical by clicking on the “Add periodical” link.
- Paste the feed link you have copied on the 2nd step in the “Sources” field… don’t forget to add  in the end of the link – to limit the number of items this periodical will contain. The number can be even higher thogh.
- Repeat steps 2 and 4 for each bundle you’ve created in Google Reader. Remember, you can either paste all feeds into single periodical or create separate periodical with its own scheduling and other settings for each bundle.
- Finally, setup the schedule and other options of the periodical and save it.
As a result, you’ll receive all articles from your Google Reader as a nice formatted, easy to navigate Kindle book (or periodical) along with all images and full texts.
A side note: why do we need bundles? We need them for 2 reasons: first – they give us the feed link (the one we’ve copied on the second step), there is no other way to get such link for a folder inside your G.Reader or to the entire Reader list of articles; the second reason is flexibility – if you want to add another one rss subscription to the existing periodical, you don’t need to change anything in your periodicals on Sendtoreader, just add that subscription to one of the bundles you’ve created for using with my service.
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I guess most of you have alredy noticed that SendtoReader’s addons page now contains an application for the Kindle Fire tablet. That’s exactly the same application called “DroidToReader” I wrote about few months ago. But this time it’s hosted on my server, so you can install it without a problem to any Kindle Fire – no matter is it rooted or not (just make sure that installation of the apps from unknown sources, i.e. other than Amazon, is enabled in the device settings.)
Once DroidToReader is installed, run it and enter your login detailes in the options dialog box. Close it and try to send something using it. To do that, open up the browser, navigate to the page you’d like to read either on your E-Ink Kindle or in the reading application on the same K. Fire, tap the options button (in the middle of the bottom ribbon), select ”Share page” and tap “DroidToReader”. If the login details are correct, you’ll shortly get the “item successfully sent to Kindle” message, and thу document itself on your Kindle a couple minutes later.
Described above is the simplest method of using S2R on Kindle Fire. Iа you have any additional question, please ask.