Aside #10 – Send To Kindle WordPress plugin

Whilst uber geeking it up (streaming a HD video podcast to my TV via a raspberry pi with the world’s teeniest usb wifi and a USB battery pack – my next RPi post will cover this!) I learned that WordPress has a new plugin for sending posts straight to your Kindle!

Great idea, since I’m always wanting to read some long post but don’t have the time, so would love a “read it later” button to push it to another device.

Installing the plugin

Here’s all it took to install on this blog:

Search for "Send to Kindle” from the plugin page on your wordpress install/site.

Send To Kindle - finding plugin 1

Find the “Send To Kindle” plugin from “Amazon Inc” and click “install”

Send To Kindle - finding plugin 2

Once installed you have a couple of options

Send To Kindle - plugin installed

You can configure the basics, such as where to display it, what font to use, what text to display (you’re limited to “Kindle”, “Send to Kindle”, or nothing..), which colour scheme to use, what size icon and of which colour, what colour background, and whether to display a border or not.

Send To Kindle - plugin setup - basic

If you want to mess around with the display yourself then the Advanced controls allow this, as well as some default settings of where to pull the post details from.

Send To Kindle - plugin setup - advanced

Then this will appear wherever you’ve chosen.

Button in action

Here it is on a post

Send To Kindle - button appearing

Clicking that  button pops up a window to get you to log in to your Amazon account …

Send To Kindle - Log In

and choose which device you send it to…

Send To Kindle - Configure Settings

Then content will be loaded and processed for Kindle viewing:

Send To Kindle - Awaiting Content  

Which means it ends up looking like this:

Send To Kindle - Content Loaded

Clicking the “Send” button first gives you a quick thinky thinky image:

Send To Kindle - Uploading

Before shortly letting you know it’s all ok

Send To Kindle - Upload Complete 


Viewing the post on your Kindle

You can then see this post on your Kindle the next time you turn it on in a Wifi (or 3G if your Kindle has Whispernet and you selected that as the delivery mechanism) area:

Here I have a couple of posts sent to my Kindle displaying on the home screen:

Send To Kindle - Viewing post content on Kindle - Listing

Selecting the RaspberryPi Part #2 post (which you can’t tell from the two on the home screen at the moment – I can probably sort this by changing the selectors in the advanced settings on the plugin page) here we have some basic text content:

Send To Kindle - Viewing post content on Kindle

Some image content:

Send To Kindle - Viewing post content on Kindle - Image

And some code example content:

Send To Kindle - Viewing post content on Kindle - Code

The code example is rendered via the wonderful SyntaxHighlighter plugin, hence the weird “view sourceprint?” link at the top of each one.


Pretty cool concept, huh? No idea if my posts are worth doing this to, but I like the idea of it. And it’s easy too; once installed you can either say “put this everywhere on every post” or just use the [sendToKindle] smart code.

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