Amazon makes 'send to Kindle' button available for websites

The “share” bar on the webpage of most news websites have a new addition starting today, “send to Kindle”. Home to some of the biggest social networking websites, the share bar allows you to share an article on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn profiles. Now, you can also send these articles onto your Kindle devices to read them later.

The read-it-later kind of button within websites is one of the first that sends articles to a specific device. There are more than a handful of extensions that usually perform the function of saving an article to be read later. Pocket and Evernote are some of the most widely used ones, but the “send to Kindle” button by Amazon changes the game a bit by changing the focus of web clippings to one device, right from the website.


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The button can also be used to send clippings and articles to free Kindle apps on other devices such as Android and iOS. “Have you ever encountered news, blogs, articles and other content on the web that you want to read but don't have time to do so immediately? The Send to Kindle Button lets you easily send that content to your Kindle to read later, at your convenience,” said Amazon while describing the button on its blog.

As of now, the button is part of only a few websites – ones with a large reader base – including TIME, The Washington Post and Boing Boing. The button is placed at the extreme end of the share bar on TIME, although haphazardly so. On The Washington Post, the button is used slightly better as only an icon and placed vertically. Amazon has released a page for developers to add the “send to Kindle” button onto their websites, making available various theme and colour options for the button.

The “send to Kindle” button joins a host of other similar applications by Amazon that helped you save articles on the service. These apps include extensions for Chrome and Firefox, Desktop services and adding to Kindle through emails. An extension for Safari web browser is conspicuous by its absence, although Amazon says it is in the works.

Amazon surely looks like it is trying its best to make the Kindle device and app a destination to read pretty much everything and not just books. Late last month, Amazon updated its Kindle for iOS app to give it more Kindle Fire like features as well. The updated app sported a refreshed look and an improved social connect along with other features that made using the app easier and fun.

Now when you finish reading a book on the app, it automatically prompts you to share your views about it. This feature is kind of a carry-over from the Kindle Fire that has had the ability to do so for quite a while now, along with a host of other post reading options.
Besides telling your friends about the book you just finished reading and writing a short review of it, you can now also add books to your wish list on Amazon. You can also choose from multiple colours to highlight parts of the book you’re reading as well as adjust brightness while reading.

Published Date: Mar 20, 2013 12:13 pm | Updated Date: Mar 20, 2013 12:13 pm