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Did you know you can send PDF files to your Kindle via Amazon’s Send to Kindle service? While you can send various types of files to Kindles, today we are going to focus on PDFs. To use the service, you must first tell Amazon to accept email from your email address or addresses.

Here are some important things to know before getting started:

  • You can send up to 25 attachments in one email.
  • The total size should be 50 MB or less. You can compress your documents into a ZIP file if you need to send more than 50 MB at a time. The conversion service automatically opens the ZIP files and converts them to the Kindle format.
  • You can authorize and send from up to 15 approved email addresses to your Send to Kindle email (such as your legal assistant’s email; you also can enter a partial address, such as, to authorize multiple senders).

For your email to be delivered successfully:

  • Be sure to add the sender’s email address to your Approved Personal Document Email List on the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page because you can only receive documents from email addresses that you have added to your list.

Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.

From Preferences scroll down to Personal Document Settings.

Under Approved Personal Document Email List, check if your email address is listed. If your email address is not listed, select Add a new approved e-mail address.

Enter the email address and select Add Address.

  • Verify that the document is a supported file type (see list below, and, yes! You can even send Word documents and they will be converted to a format the Kindle can display).
  • Don’t forget to attach the document to your email.
  • Your Kindle or device must be connected to the internet.

Once the Amazon Personal Document Settings have been configured, you can send PDF files directly to your Kindle by sending an email with the PDF file attached.

Kindles support the following file types:

  • Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
  • HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • RTF (.RTF)
  • Text (.TXT)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (.PDF)

Please note that Amazon may charge fees for sending files to your Kindle for some devices. For Kindle devices with Wi-Fi only (no 3G), there is no charge to receive PDF files (but the Kindle must be connected to a Wi-Fi network to receive). Kindle devices with 3G, Amazon charges a small fee to deliver the PDF files over 3G if the Kindle is not currently connected to a Wi-Fi network. 

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