Amazon Unveils Send To Kindle Chrome Extension
August 16, 2012

Send To Kindle Chrome Extension Saves Long Articles For Later Reading

Derek Walter for - Your Universe Online

Amazon wants you to use your Kindle for more than just books and magazines. The company´s “Send to Kindle” extension for Chrome allows users of Google´s browser to send any web page to a Kindle device or application for later reading in a streamlined, text-friendly format.

Installation and setup is extremely easy, especially if you are already signed in to your Amazon account. You can enable any or all of your Kindle applications/devices to receive an article once you hit the send button.

By default, delivery is set to occur over Wi-Fi. Those who use Whispernet´s Kindle Personal Document Services will occur fees depending on the size of the file (this impacts those who access the Internet from an e Ink Kindle).

It worked fairly well across a Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and iPad loaded with Kindle apps. It seemed to appear most quickly on a Kindle Fire. All devices were linked to the same account.

Articles appeared most quickly on the Fire. They were reformatted more like a newspaper article with images repositioned to ensure a steady flow of text. On the Galaxy Nexus I could pinch and zoom, though it was quite jittery. On the Kindle Fire there was no such functionality.

I also had a couple of articles that showed that were sent through to my devices, but never appeared. While Whispersync is generally reliable, I have found a few hiccups from time to time in keeping everything synced up.

Kindle is joining a crowded field when it comes to finding ways to save longer articles for later reading. This kind of tool was popularized by Instapaper, which first created an iPhone app designed to save long-form articles for later reading. Pocket, formerly Read it Later, is another popular option.