Amazon has released a handy new feature that allows Windows users to send any document to their Kindle with a single click. If you happen to use another operating system -- tough luck.

Send to Kindle

The Kindle Personal Document service already allowed users to email documents to a personal email address, but the new Send to Kindle application makes the functionality easier to use. The new application allows Windows users to send documents to Kindle by right-clicking in Windows Explorer or printing to Kindle from any application. 


An actual Kindle device is not required to use the function. Personal documents may be viewed on:

  • Kindle
  • Kindle Keyboard
  • Kindle Touch
  • Kindle for iPad
  • Kindle for iPhone
  • Kindle for iPod

Once a document is synched to Kindle, it supports all of the features users expect from Kindle books like Whispersync of notes, highlights, bookmarks, annotations and last page read. There is no mention of storage limits or maximum file sizes for the new service, excluding the maximum of 5GB allocated for personal documents. However, Amazon makes it very clear in the details for the new service, that it is intended for personal not commercial use, and that they may limit the volume or number of documents users send, download or store. 

The Kindle Personal Document Service supports multiple file types:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
  • HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • RTF (.RTF)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (.PDF) is supported experimentally

The files can also be zipped.

Getting the Application

The “Send to Kindle” application is available now and is free to download. To use the application you must have a PC with a 500MHz Intl or AMD processor or faster, at least 128MB of RAM, 100MB of disk space and Windows XP or above. Amazon promises that support for Mac is coming soon.