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Loading Story to iPhone Kindle – It’s not so difficult after all

As the new kid on the block, I wanted to read the stories of the other authors. However, I did not want to do so sitting in my office at my computer.

My employer recently blessed (or cursed) me with an iPhone.  While I am not big on apps, I quickly knew I wanted the Kindle application.  As much as I like books, I have to admit that I read through books quicker on the small Kindle (smaller pages gives more immediate gratification and holds my interest).  Plus the iPhone Kindle has become an essential business tool while hanging out in the women’s section of Kohl’s while my wife is trying on outfits.

I found two ways to do put stories on my iPhone Kindle.  A not-so-good way that works and then a preferred way.

The first way:

  1.  Download the story as the mobi file on my home computer.  Mobi just means it is the “Mobile Device” format but you can just think of the big, white, whale if that helps you remember.
  2. I then attached the mobi file to an e-mail and e-mailed it to myself.
  3. I then opened the e-mail on my iPhone.  Clicking on the attachment, the phone asked me which program I wanted to use to view the file and I chose Kindle.
  4. The story was now on my Kindle.

The down side of the first way is that the story is on my “device” but not on the “cloud”.  Device is a fancy way of saying the file is actually saved on my iPhone.  Cloud is a fancy way of saying the file is actually saved on someone else’s computer but I can still look at it on my iPhone through the magic of computers talking to each other.  The practical difference is that if I backed over my iPhone in my driveway, anything on the Device will be lost but anything on the Cloud will still be there to use after I replace my phone.

Here is the better way.

  1.  Download the story as the mobi file on my home computer.
  2. On my Kindle on my iPhone there is an e-mail called “Send-to-Kindle Email Address”.  I looked it up under settings.  It looks like

<my Amazon Name> @kindle.com

Where <my Amazon Name> represents the name I log into Amazon but I don’t think it is a good idea for me to put on a public blog what it is.  (I’ll choose my own reading material.  Thanks.)

  1.  On my PC, I attached the mobi file to an e-mail and e-mail it to the kindle.com e-mail address.
  2. After a couple of minutes, the story appeared on my Kindle on both the device and the cloud.   (To speed things up, there is a resync option under settings)
  3.  I could even go into my Amazon account and manage it under the “manage my Kindle” settings.

I don’t know if this works for traditional Kindle or Kindle Fire – I imagine there is a similar process.  As for nook people, you are on your own.  However, I have to believe that there is a way to put the stories on a nook as well.

One Response to Loading Story to iPhone Kindle – It’s not so difficult after all

  1. I always wonder about those e-mail functions and if they work. Glad to hear the Amazon one does. I have a Nook Simple Touch that I just adore, and an iPhone 4 that I’ve become kind of ambivalent about.

    For the Nook, the way I did it was by installing a free program called Calibre. I think Nook for PC must also do that. I’m gonna investigate that and come up with some instructions as well.

    Glad to have you aboard!

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