Have you ever wished that you could preview and proofread your Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX) manuscript on your Kindle before uploading it to Amazon KDP, or maybe find a convenient, low-cost way to ship your manuscript to beta readers for their feedback and have them ship their notes and highlights back to you?
Less than a year ago, my reaction to the above wishes would have been, “Yeah, right. I don’t have the time or patience to learn new techie tricks.”
Well, I have some good news for you. The following Kindle tips for writers are not only helpful, but also fun—and easy.
Tip 1. How to send a Word document to your Kindle
- To find your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address, log into your Kindle account. On the Manage Your Content and Devices page click “Your Devices.” There you will find your Kindle type, its serial number, and your Kindle email.
- Before you can send documents to your Kindle, you need to register the personal e-mail address you intend to use. From the Manage your Content and Devices page, click “Settings.” Scroll down to Personal Document Settings, which looks like the example below.
Personal Document Settings
Kindle Personal Documents service makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. You and your approved contacts can send documents to your device by e-mailing the documents to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address.
Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings
You can e-mail personal documents to the following Kindle(s) using the e-mail addresses shown.
|Your Name||Your Kindle email address||Edit|
- Now, scroll down to Approved Personal Document E-Mail List. Click on “Add a new approved e-mail address” and enter the email you want to send your documents from (your personal email).
Approved Personal Document E-mail List
To prevent spam, your device will only receive files from the following e-mail addresses you have authorized.
|Put your personal email account address here.||Delete|
Add a new approved e-mail address
- To send your Word Doc to your Kindle, attach it to an email addressed to your Send-to-Kindle email. It should look something like this: email@example.com
- Write the word “Convert” in the subject line, hit send, and next thing you know, you’ll find the document on your Kindle. How easy was that?
To learn more about sending supported file types to your Kindle, go to: Send to Kindle by E-mail.
Tip 2. How to send your Word doc via Kindle to your beta readers
To send your draft to your reviewers’ Kindles, they will need to add your personal e-mail address to their Approved Personal Document E-mail List. Then send an e-mail with your document attached to their Kindle e-mail addresses (which, of course, they will need to share with you) as outlined above.
Tip 3. How your beta readers can share their Kindle notes and highlights with you
The highlights and notes are stored in the Clippings file on your beta readers’ Kindles.
Here’s how they can share them with you.
- Plug the kindle device into their computer
- Find and click on the Kindle device on their computer’s hard drive.
- Click on the Documents folder.
- Click on the My Clippings.txt file.
- Copy and paste their notes into a .docx or .txt file and email them to you.
Easy and Fun!