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10 useful IFTTT ebook recipes

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IFTTT is an awesome tool, which lets automate several daily web tasks. Some of them are related to ebooks, and I’ll list them in this post.

The name stands for “if this then that” and it explains everything. If there is a new item on my Pinterest board, then upload it to a specific Facebook photo album. If I shared a new photo on Instagram, then download this photo to Dropbox. If there is a new free app of the week on iTunes, then send me an email.

There are a lot of useful recipes on IFTTT, and what makes this service even more interesting, is that you can create your own ones.

Triggers, channels, actions… this may all sound too technical, but it’s just a first impression. The service is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is to sign up and activate your preferred services, like Twitter, email, Tumblr, Buffer, Evernote, SoundCloud, and many more.

After you’re done with a list of your channels, you can start browsing for the recipes. When you find the one you want to use, in many cases it’s just a matter of filling the email address or title and clicking on an Use Recipe button.

Below you’ll find most useful IFTTT ebook recipes.

Update 20.08.2012: I added a couple of recipes I have created by myself: for Kindle Daily Deal, Nook Daily Find, iTunes price drops (book category) and Amazon Gold Box alerts for Kindle and iPad.

1. When a new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free Ebooks, send me an email

Click on the recipe and if you activated your email address before, all you have to do is to click on the Use Recipe button. You can also adjust the content of the email to your needs, for instance, change the title.

IFTTT Kindle Free Top 100 Mail

2. When new Kindle Daily Deal arrives, send me an email

This recipe sends an email every day, shortly after the new book is added as Kindle Daily Deal (12:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time).

Opposite to other Kindle Daily Deal IFTTT recipes (which are based on Twitter search results, usually from an official Amazon Kindle Twitter account – and are nothing more than a 140-character text) this recipe includes in an email:

  • book title,
  • book cover,
  • short description of the book,
  • yesterday’s price,
  • today’s discount,
  • Kindle Daily Deal price,
  • link to the book’s page on

3. Convert and send books and documents from Dropbox to Kindle

If you save a .pdf or .doc document to a public Dropbox folder dropbox/public/convert2kindle, then this recipe will convert it to Kindle format (azw) and send it to your Kindle (via address).

IFTTT Dropbox Kindle

4. Rss feed items to Kindle

If there is a new item added to the RSS feed you specified, it will be automatically sent to your Kindle. Things to do: type RSS feed, type email address of your Kindle.

IFTTT RSS to Kindle

5. If tagged as “Kindle” in Google Reader then send to Kindle

If you decide to use this recipe, you’ll automatically get delivered to your Kindle any Google Reader entry, which you tag with “Kindle”. Specify the email address of your Kindle and you’re good to go.

Obviously, you can pick up a different tag – type it in the Trigger section.

IFTTT Kindle Google Reader

6. If Kindle/Kindle-related item is added to Amazon Gold Box, send me an email

The recipe looks for Amazon Gold Box items with “Kindle” as a keyword. It’s based on the original RSS Gold Box feed. If you ever checked the deal page on Amazon, you are aware, that every day dozens of deals are fired up and it’s hard to browse through all of them to get to the one you may be interested in.

The best part about this recipe is that you can replace the “Kindle” with any keyword you want.

7. If the app is discounted/goes free in iTunes Book Category, send me an email

Based on RSS feed from AppShopper, where any app is added if it goes free or discounted. The email includes app’s description, icon, price change, and iPhone/iPad compatibility info.

8. New Free App of the Day in Amazon Android App Store, send me an email

Every day one Android application from Amazon App Store goes free. If you don’t want to miss a chance to get an interesting app, use this simple recipe. You’ll receive an email once a day with the free app. Useful for users from US, as the Amazon Android App Store is restricted only to United States.

9. When new Nook Daily Find arrives, send me an email

You’ll get an email as soon as a new titles is added as a Nook Daily Find. The email contains: book title, book cover, short description of the book, yesterday’s price, today’s discount, Nook Daily Find price, link to the book’s page.

10. If iPad/iPad-related item is added to Amazon Gold Box, send me an email

Amazon Gold Box deals for the iPad and all other items, which include the keyword.

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If any good ebook recipe shows up on IFTTT, I’ll add it to the list. Please share your recommendations in the comments below.

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