Did you know you can use Kindle app for iPad and iPhone the same way as read-later services?
If you are not familiar with read-later platforms, such as Instapaper or Pocket, here is a quick explanation.
These services let you save articles and posts you find on the web so that you can access them later. This solution gives three main advantages:
- you’ll keep all interesting articles in one place, and access them when you have more time for reading,
- you can access the saved articles even when you are not connected to the web,
- you will see the article in a clean read-only view – without elements which distract from reading: banners, widgets, social media sharing panels, or navigation bars.
You can achieve the same using the Kindle app on the iPhone and iPad. It’s possible thanks to the feature called “Send to Kindle.” It lets add content directly to the Kindle app, using the iOS share menu.
How to use Kindle for iOS as a read-later service
1. Find the article you want to save
Which app or apps are you using to read news and blogs on the web? There are a lot of possibilities. You may read in Safari or Chrome browser. You may use Feedly. Or news aggregators such as Apple News or Google Play Newsstand.
No matter which app is your favorite, all of them support the iOS share menu, which helps send the content, its part, or a link to services such as email, text message, or notes app.
2. Open share menu and select Send to Kindle
When you find an article you can’t read immediately (but want to keep for later), you can use the share menu to add it to the Kindle iOS app.
Different apps have the share icon placed in different positions. Usually, the icon shows the arrow coming up from the box.
In Safari browser, the share menu icon is located in the bottom bar, right in the middle (see the screenshot above, on the left). Tap it, and the share menu will slide from the bottom edge of the screen.
In the upper row, you should see the “Send to Kindle” icon. It looks the same as the icon of the Kindle app. If you don’t see it, scroll the row to the right. If you still don’t see it, tap “More” icon and switch on the Send to Kindle option.
3. Choose options and send the article
After you tap the Send to Kindle button, a simple panel appears with a few things to customize:
- you can change the title and source of the article,
- you can choose where you want the article to be sent – a Kindle library or a single device.
By default, Save in Kindle Library is checked on (see the screenshot above, on the left). If you don’t turn the option off, the article will be sent to your Kindle cloud library, and it will be available shortly under Cloud tab in the Kindle for iOS app.
If you turn Save in Kindle Library off, you’ll need to choose the destination device. If you have more than one device connected to your Amazon Kindle account, make sure to pick up the iPad or iPhone you’re using right now. The article will be sent only to this single device and won’t be synced via your Kindle library.
I only use the second option as it makes it easy to delete the read articles (and I’m saving a lot of them to the Kindle app).
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