Welcome back, Protaggers.
We’ve spent the last few posts here on the blog talking about new features available to everyone on the site with the launch of Protagonize 2.0. This evening, we’re launching a new feature specific to Plus subscribers (and believe me, they’ve been patient in waiting for subscriber-specific features.)
So, I’d like to introduce the newest subscriber feature on Protagonize: the ability to Send to Kindle. This new option lets you send any work on the site (in PDF format, for now) to your Amazon Kindle e-reader, provided you’re a Plus member.
I’m sure a few of you are thinking to yourselves, “hey, I don’t have a Kindle, how does this help me?” — let me clarify:
- You don’t need to own a physical Kindle device — the Send to Kindle option works with the (free) Kindle software readers for your PC/Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone devices as well. Don’t have a Kindle app? Grab it here.
- The reason we’re not supporting any other e-reader devices right now is that they don’t offer the option to easily send books or PDFs to your device via email. If other e-readers offer up the option down the road, we’ll be happy to add support. Just drop us a line and let us know, we’ll look into it right away.
With that our of the way, let’s walk through how you can get this feature configured to work with your Kindle. It’s not super-complicated, but thankfully you only need to follow these steps once.
- First off, you’ll need to set your Send to Kindle email address. If you don’t already have one (and if you have a Kindle in any form, you should already have one, whether you know about it or not), you can get it by going to Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle page and finding it in your list of Registered Kindle Reading Apps.
- While you’re there, go to your Personal Document Settings page, and scroll down to Approved Personal Document E-mail List. At the bottom of the list, click the Add link and add
email@example.com your whitelist. This will allow you to receive the works you send to yourself from the site without them going into an approval queue.
- Next, you’ll need to go to your Edit Profile page on Protagonize and paste your Kindle’s email address into the Send to Kindle field at the bottom of the form, then hit Save profile.
That’s it! You’re all set to send works to your Kindle from Protagonize. Now let’s take quick look at how you can send yourself a story from the site. Don’t worry, this part is a snap. :)
Pick any work on the site, and open the Options menu. Right beneath where you’d normally see the Export to PDF option, you’ll now see a new option to (see below):
Click the new Send to Kindle link from the menu, and you’re set. You’ll see a small dialog letting you know that the PDF is being generated, and once it’s finished (which can sometimes take a few seconds), you’ll see another dialog confirming that the document was sent to your Kindle successfully. Poof!
One caveat — keep in mind that sending documents to your Kindle can take a little while as Amazon’s servers process submissions. They warn that it can sometimes take up to an hour for items to be delivered. In practice, it’s usually no more than five minutes or so; sometimes faster. Either way, be forewarned that there may be a delay.
Once the item is delivered to your Kindle, you should see something like this (screenshot is taken on an iPad, so your experience will definitely vary.)
If you have questions or comments about how this works, feel free to ask in the comments below, or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!