I don’t know about you but I hate reading long pieces of text on my computer. If something is going to take me more than 6 minutes to read then I rather be laid back on the couch, with a distraction-free reading device on one hand and (ideally) a cup of coffee on the other.
I knew there was a solution for sending online articles straight to my Kindle -- there’s a chrome extension for that -- but finding a way to do it with email newsletters is apparently not as simple. One solution is to copy and paste the newsletter onto a Google doc, make it public, and then send it to my Kindle, but that is too much of a hassle, especially if I want to read multiple newsletters a day.
For this to be an effective solution I need to automatically receive newsletter updates straight to my Kindle.
This is how I did it.
How It Works
Even though there’s more than a few steps, the way it works is very simple:
You receive the newsletters > these newsletters will be forwarded to Instapaper > Instapaper will send them to your Kindle.
What You’ll Need
- a Gmail account
- the email associated with your kindle.
- an Instapaper account
- It’s free, but if you want to send more than 10 articles at a time, you’ll have to get premium which is $3/mo
- the email associated with your Instapaper account. You can find it here.
It's helpful to have these things ready before proceeding.
Side note: you can almost certainly do this with any other email service. This is just what I happen to use.
Step 1, authorizing emails
In order to forward emails -- either from gmail to Instapaper or Instapaper to Kindle -- there is some authorization to be done.
Authorizing Gmail to Instapaper
- Go to gmail settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > click add forwarding address
- Enter the email associated with your Instapaper account
- Enter the verification code that you will receive on Instapaper in the form of an article
Authorizing Instapaper to Kindle
- go to your "Content and Devices" on Amazon > Preferences tab > Personal Document Settings.
- click on "add a new approved email address" and add the Instapaper email.
Step 2, Choosing what emails to automatically send
Now that we have everything linked, it's time to filter the emails you want to send to your kindle.
Go to an email from the newsletter and click on "filter messages like this"
Then click "create filter." Then "forward it to" [your instapaper email]. Now anytime you get an email from that person, it will be automatically sent to Instapaper. Repeat this for any other newsletter you want.
This is not necessary but I also recommend adding a label when you create the filter. That way you can keep track of all your newsletters that are being sent. I labeled all my newsletters with "+news"
Now you need to go to instapaper.com/user. There you will scroll down and add your kindle email. By now you would have already authorized Instapaper to send things there.
As you will see, you can choose when you want your articles sent. Note that you can only receive a maximum of 10 a day so if you plan to fill your Instapaper with many articles a day then you may want to go premium or create a new account specifically for this. Or alternatively you can send more than 10 a day by manually going here and clicking "send articles now."
You should know that you will receive your newsletters/articles in the form of a booklet, not as individual articles. It may seem like you only recieved one article but you have to expand it to see the rest. You'll know what I mean.
So that's pretty much all you need to know!
I decided to write this up because it took me hours to figure this out since there wasn't a complete guide for it anywhere on the internet. I hope it saves you some time. If you have any questions or problems let me know.
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