Send Files to your Kindle’s E-mail Address! (Did you know that your Kindle HAD an e-mail address? Not only is there an e-mail address assigned to your Kindle, you can send files- documents, spreadsheets, and pictures- as e-mail attachments to your Kindle Fire, and you will be able to open and view those files on your Kindle Fire. If you own a Kindle Paperwhite, you can send Microsoft Word documents, rich text (RTF) or text (TXT) files, and Adobe PDF files to your Kindle Paperwhite’s assigned email address.

If you purchased your Kindle directly from Amazon, it was registered for you when it arrived. If you purchased it from a retailer such as Best Buy, you may have gone through the setup steps on your own. In either case, your Kindle has been assigned a Send to Kindle email address. This address is something similar to username@kindle.com. To see your email address on a Kindle Fire, pull down the Navigation bar, tap Settings, and under Settings, tap My Account. (On a Kindle Paperwhite, get to your Home screen, tap the Menu icon at the upper-right, and tap Settings. When the Settings screen appears, tap Device Options, then tap Personalize My Kindle and look at the bottom of the screen.) You will see a message that reads something like-

Edward’s second Kindle is registered to Edward Jones


This is the email address that you can use to send files as attachments to your Kindle. However, note that before you can send any documents to your Kindle Fire, you must add the sending email address to an “Approved personal document email list” under your Amazon account settings. To prevent Kindle owners from receiving unwanted spam, Amazon blocks any email sent to a Kindle address at Kindle.com that hasn’t been added to the approved personal document email list. Log into your Amazon account in a computer’s web browser, and under the ‘Your Account’ link, click ‘Manage Your Kindle.’ At the next screen that appears, you’ll see all your Kindle devices (assuming you own more than one). If you own just one Kindle, you will see just that device. Scroll down and locate the desired Kindle in your list of devices, click the Edit link to the right of the device name, and you will be able to change the e-mail address registered to that Kindle. You can also add authorized e-mail addresses that will be permitted to send e-mail to your Kindle. By default, Amazon adds the e-mail address that is associated with your Amazon account. To add authorized addresses, under ‘Your Kindle Account’ at the left, click Personal Document Settings, and then look for the Approved Personal Document E-mail List near the bottom of the screen. You can click the ‘Add a new Approved E-mail Address’ link in this area to add another email address.

Once you’ve added your email address to the approved personal document email list, you can attach files to an email message and send it to your send to kindle address. Documents can be in the form of Microsoft Word files (.DOC, .DOCX), rich text format files (.RTF), .plain text files (TXT), or Adobe Portable Document (PDF) file formats. Images sent to a Kindle Fire can be sent in the .JPG, .PNG, .GIF, or .BMP file formats. The conversion process assumes an active wi-fi connection, since Amazon’s Send to Kindle service converts your file into Amazon’s own .AZW file format, and then downloads it to your Kindle Fire using Amazon’s Whispernet.

Before sending your attached files, note that attachments cannot be larger than 50 megabytes per attachment, and each email must not have more than 25 attachments. If any of your files are larger than 50 megabytes, the Send to Kindle process will fail for that file, and that file will not appear in your Documents folder.



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