If you were one of the multitude who received a Kindle over the holidays, you are probably wondering what you can do to get more from it. For starters, we'd recommend setting it up with read-it-later service Instapaper.
Once you get Instapaper synchronized to your Kindle, you'll wonder what you ever did before. Basically, when you're done setting it up, you can shuttle any article on the web to your Kindle for reading later, in a more distraction-free environment.
Setting up Instapaper for Kindle is easy - just follow the steps below:
- First you need to find your Kindle's email address. Go to the Settings area on your Kindle and look under "Device Email Address".
- After you have that, visit Instapaper's Kindle management page and enter your Kindle email in the space provided. You've got two options here: Either you can use the @kindle.com email address, which will incur charges for 3G delivery - or you can use the @free.kindle.com email address (only with the Kindle 3), and will only send over the Wi-Fi network. The free.kindle.com option will not incur any data usage charges from Amazon.
- Below the settings area, you will see the email address that will send to your Kindle in big green letters. It is something like [email protected] Enter this address in your "Manage Your Kindle Page" on Amazon under "Your Kindle Approved E-mail List". This allows that email address to send documents to your Kindle.
You can set up other options detailing how often to send Instapaper items to your device—daily or weekly, and the minimum number of articles to send. Between utilising Instapaper in my daily workflow to delay reading longer articles and automatically synchronising your articles to my Kindle, I have found it really works well to make me more efficient with time.