Instapaper Word Docs & PDFs On My Kindle 3

by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 20, 2010

in Blog

As if I needed another reason to love my Kindle 3, I just confirmed that Instapaper (What Is Instapaper?) works great on the Kindle 3's web browser. After a quick Google search, I found THIS BLOG POST that describes how you can actually have your instapaper articles sent directly to your Kindle device. Now, the blog post warns that Amazon charges for delivery. However, I'm not sure about this. I have the wifi only model and it appears that they may not charge you if it's not going over their 3G service. Can anyone confirm this?

At any rate, I found that if I simply go to my bookmark that I set in the Kindle's browser for my Instapaper account, I can easily read the content that I have marked for later reading. Now I suppose if I set up the wireless delivery, I could actually use the Kindle's read-to-me feature. However, I wonder if it would maintain web links. I have yet to try this.

Yesterday, I actually consumed and entire book. The book was Stripped Down by my friends Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo. I was blessed to receive a preview copy of their book prior to publishing in a .doc format. I've been meaning to read the book for some time now.

I had to decided to go out for a long walk (5.72 miles) while listening to the audio version of the book and following along with the text as I was walking. To do this, I was playing the audio version from my iPhone, listening with my earbuds, and I had taken the .doc format and emailed it as an attachment to my Kindle 3. It worked perfectly! I love the Kindle! Oh, and I love the Stripped Down book as well. If you are married, you should click here to get a copy for yourself!

Being the total geek that I am, I tested out sending a .pdf document that I had to the device as well. This didn't seem to go as well as I had hoped. However, I found that if I used the word “convert” in the subject line, when emailing the file to my device, then Amazon would convert the .pdf file to the Kindle format. This works better on some pdfs than others, but still pretty cool.

Yep, each day, I'm more and more happy with my Kindle 3. This should be my last post about the Kindle for a while. If you decide to purchase a Kindle 3, please use my affiliate link at

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