This involves much finding and untangling of USB cables, plugging them in, moving the book files from your downloads folder to the e-reader's folders, etc etc. And you must do this every time. You also have a personal @kindle.com address that you can email your books to as well, but like the USB sideload, you have to do it manually each time you download a book.
But what if you could just download the book to a folder on your computer and have it magically show up on your Kindle? Well, that's what I just realized that you can do, with one simple one-time process.
It involves two services you may or may not be familiar with: Dropbox, and IFTTT.com. For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage service, and IFTTT is a powerful website that automates web-based tasks for you like monitoring RSS feeds, watching the local weather, and auto-posting to social media.
Anyway, you're not here for all that blather. Here's how you do it:
- Go to http://www.amazon.com/myk > Settings > Personal Document Settings
- Add your own email address to "Approved Personal Document E-mail List"
- Grab your Kindle email address from "Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings". It should be [your Amazon login]@kindle.com
- Create a new Books folder in your Dropbox's Public folder
- Go to IFTTT.com and make a recipe:
THEN Gmail will email this file to my @kindle.com address
Go ahead and test it with one of my books if you like--The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree, the first volume of my award-winning Outlaw King gunslinger-fantasy series, is free!