Amazon to Retire Kindle Cloud Storage, Shift Your Docs to Amazon Cloud Drive

For Amazon to Retire Kindle Cloud Storage, Shift Your Docs to Amazon Cloud Drive Amazon Cloud Storage Kindle Kindle (platform) the past two plus years Amazon has offered Kindle users 5GB of cloud storage for their personal files. This space was in addition to and completely separate from any other storage space users might have on Amazon's servers, and readers could use it to store the personal ebooks that they were reading on their Kindle ebook readers and apps.

Amazon announced today that the Kindle Cloud Storage, as a distinct entity, is going away.  Kindle users will now be able to find and manage their files in the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Kindle users will still have the same 5GB that Amazon gave us when they debuted Kindle Cloud Storage in September 2011, it's just going to be easier to use. All of a Kindle users existing documents will be transferred over, and in the future the new documents that readers save to the cloud with the Send to Kindle email feature will be saved in their original format.

Update: Here are a few more details. Your personal files will still be accessible from the Manage Your Kindle page, and if you want to send stuff to your Kindle you will still need to use the "Send to Kindle" tools. Uploading files to the Amazon Cloud Drive will not transfer them to your Kindle.

While this might be annoying, it's good news. At long last Amazon has decided to rationalize the storage space they give to Kindle users. By combining it with the Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon is both simplifying the management issues and giving Kindle users a better suite of tools for managing their personal documents (the manage your kindle page is terrible, simply terrible).

I have wanted Amazon to do this ever since the Kindle Cloud Storage launched 2 years ago. It made far more sense to have one location for all of my files than to have to manage 2 separate clouds on Amazon's servers.

In fact, it makes so much sense that Google made a similar decision a while ago. When Google launched Google Drive in April 2012 that free 5GB space was separate from the 10GB of storage in my Gmail account, and it was merged with the Gmail space in May 2013 for a combined 15GB.

P.S. To learn more about sending documents, news, blogs, and other web articles to your Kindle, please visit www.amazon.com/sendtokindle

P.P.S. To learn more about Amazon Cloud Drive features and apps, please visit www.amazon.com/clouddrive/learnmore

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.

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  1. Amazon va retrage Kindle Cloud Storage, muta?i-v? documentele pe Amazon Cloud Drive | ITBoard16 April, 2014

    […] Utilizatorii Kindle vor avea în continuare aceea?i 5GB pe care Amazon i-a oferit atunci când a debutat cu Kindle Cloud Storage în septembrie 2011, doar c? vor fi mai u?or de utilizat. Toate documentele existente ale utilizatorilor Kindle vor fi astfel transferate, ?i în viitor, noile documente pe care cititorii le vor salva în cloud cu facilitatea de e-mail Send to Kindle vor putea fi salvate în formatul lor original. Sursa: The Digital Reader […]

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  2. Paul16 April, 2014

    And what with Dropbox shooting itself in the foot by hiring Condi Rice for their board, a lot more people will be interested in using it (I’m switching to Microsoft’s Skydrive myself).

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  3. […] Amazon announces it will retire Kindle Cloud Storage, moving users’ files to Amazon Cloud Drive. […]

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  4. Dan Temple30 March, 2015

    A fly just appeared in the ointment however.

    I just got an email from Amazon, telling me that I would be migrating to Cloud Drive, it is therefore NO LONGER FREE to store things I want to upload to my Kindle.

    Suddenly, possessing a Kindle (and reading books from other than Amazon) costs money.

    Not much money to be sure, but there is a principle here. Owning a Kindle involves trusting Amazon to provide you storage for your content. That’s the way Kindle works. They should not just change this, especially for their loyal users who have paid $$$ for books over the years.

    The amount of data is trivial (kB or MB at most).

    Grrrr!

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 March, 2015

      I wouldn’t get too upset. Amazon screwed up the email.

      What that email was supposed to have told you was that Kindle files now have their own special place on Amazon’s servers. Any content you buy from Amazon is archived for free, and any documents you email to your Kindle account will be archived for free.

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