Amazon offers a number of easy ways to get content on to your Kindle account, including sending a document by email and asking Amazon to convert a web article and load it onto your Kindle, but that's just the beginning of the steps you can take to find and load content on to your Kindle.
Yesterday Lifehacker posted about KindleBox, a nifty service that lets you automatically send documents (PDF, Mobi, AZW, DOC, or other type of Kindle friendly file) from your Dropbox account to your Kindle account.
KindleBox is useful for those who like to keep their ebook libraries in that cloud service, but it's a one-hit wonder, and it got me looking for more general solutions.
I found the general solution I was looking for, but first let me share another one-hit wonder. Have you heard of Fabreadly?
This service lets you use Feedly on your E-ink Kindle (and probably other E-ink devices as well). I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it looks useful:
Kindle Box and Fabreadly are both useful for specific uses, but if you're looking for a more general tool then your first stop should be IFTTT.
For those who haven't heard of the service, IFTTT is an automation service which you can set up to perform specific actions. The name stands for "IF This, Then That", and it's quite simple to use. All you have to do is identify the trigger, set up the response, and then IFTTT will do the rest.
It's impossible to list all of the things you can do with IFTTT, but today we're going to focus on just sending content to your Kindle. IFTTT will let you send content from any number of services, including Dropbox, Pocket, Feedly, and Instapaper to your Kindle.
IFTTT supports so many sources that I know I can't think of all of the ones which could prove useful, but I can point you to scripts that have been made by other users which will give you an idea of just what you can do to send content to your Kindle.
One recipe I like is the one which sends only the longest articles in Pocket to your Kindle account, but if you can't find one which suits your needs you can make your own. For example, I just set up a recipe to send articles I starred in Pocket to my Kindle account. (I would have set up a similar recipe for Instapaper, but that would be redundant.)
And that's just the beginning. The only real limitation is where you have the content, and whether IFTTT supports that service or location.
image by Martin Burns