My iPad Now Has a Kindle Email Address & Backs up My Notes!

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I just got an interesting email from Amazon. My contact told me that I had missed a couple small but important details when I posted about the iPad app update this morning. I'm so very glad that she did because it makes the new app that much shinier.

It turns out that along with the new format support, new library layout, and new Kindle Cloud support, the iPad and iPhone apps also got the two key features that was still separating them from the actual Kindles.

Amazon forgot to tell us today that you can now send a doc direct to the iOS apps and Amazon will convert it for you. While this detail was mentioned in iTunes, I didn't mention it before because there is no email address listed on the "manage your Kindle" page on Amazon.  But each app does have one; you'll have to first sync your app and then  look inside the setting menu (bottom right corner of the home screen). It will be listed, and like the other emails on your account

This might look like a small thing, but Amazon has effectively turned my iPad into a Kindle. They've removed the line between app and hardware, and that is going to make the app worth much more.

Now, a lot of people were reporting the update this morning as turning the iPad into a Kindle Fire. That's not quite true. You see, the iPad app is better than the Kindle Fire because the app will now back up the annotations on my personal docs. The Kindle Fire cannot do that; until today only the Kindles had that feature, not the Kindle Fire.

So now the iPad is actually better than the Kindle Fire in at least one way (several, actually).

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

8 Comments

  1. Julie21 December, 2011

    Is this a free conversion? Is there a free.kindle.com address?

    I don’t have an iPad, but an iPod Touch, and like the ability to send a mobi formatted document to my Touch. Give me Android capability to do that and I’ll be in heaven (still grayed out for the moment – hopefully those Apps will be updated before the 25th… will be a nice Christmas present!).

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    1. Nate Hoffelder21 December, 2011

      If you are sending it to an iTouch then yes conversion is free. You only have Wifi so there cannot be a delivery charge.

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  2. Samson22 December, 2011

    nice. now PC and andriod 🙂

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  3. cheitzig28 December, 2011

    I didn’t get an email address until I de-registered and re-registered my iPad Kindle device. After that though, it worked great. Thanks!

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  4. Elf17 January, 2012

    Kindle for the iPad *cannot* count as a real kindle until we can take notes on it. For academics, this is a deal-breaker. Despite owning an iPad, I’m still buying (often used) paper copies, much to my frustration, because they have margins that interface well with portable graphite technology. Does Amazon suppose that iPad owners will be driven to switch to kindle hardware by this withholding of a basic feature?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder17 January, 2012

      But you can add notes and highlights. It’s just that sometimes the app doesn’t want you to.

      Reply
  5. […] that you can now email docs your Kindle and have them archived in the Kindle Cloud, just like you can do with the iPad app or the Kindles. The update even enables the app to back up your notes to the Kindle Cloud.You can […]

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  6. cc11 April, 2012

    Seriously? iTouch?

    Get it right dude, it’s an iPod Touch.

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