Amazon has just released a Send to Kindle Chrome extension, and this is a very good news for Kindle owners. After launching some time ago Send to Kindle applications for PC and Mac computers, Amazon clearly continues to expand into territory of read later tools like Instapaper, Readability or Pocket.
When you install the extension from Google Web Store, you will be able to send news articles, blog posts and other web content to your Kindle (or devices with Kindle apps installed), right from the browser – not only whole pages, but also the selected text.
After the installation, you will be redirected to Amazon page, where you can customize settings: select a preferred delivery – via WiFi or Whispernet (beware, with the latter some charged may apply!). You can also pick up destination device or devices. An option to archive document in your Kindle library is checked by default and I recommend to leave it as such.
With Send to Kindle Chrome extension you can send the content either in one or two steps:
- in one step: by clicking on Alt+K keys or selecting Send to Kindle option from a drop-down menu under extension’s icon’
- in two steps: if you want to preview the text before sending it to your device, select Preview & Send option, or press a combination of keys Alt+P.
The feature I’m missing is the ability to send Kindle-compatible files by simply clicking on a link to them. If I’d like to send a mobi file from Feedbooks, I should be able to click on a link to it and select such option from a right-click drop-down menu. By now, if I want to send a file found on the web, not a web content, I have to download it to my computer. It’s where the Send to Kindle for PC/Mac can be used, so don’t remove it.
It’s good to keep both Send to Chrome extension and a desktop application. You don’t know when you’ll want to send the content to Kindle, and Chrome is not the only way to do it. Plus you can always send content from Chrome by using print dialog box (Send to Kindle for PC/Mac feature).
On an official Send to Kindle Chrome extension page on Amazon.com we read, that “support for Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari is coming soon”. Stay tuned, as soon as they are launched we’ll inform about it, so please subscribe by RSS or email.
Via The Verge.