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Method Two, Send an Email Attachment to Your Device’s “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address”

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This method has a few drawbacks.

There’s a lag time, from when you send the email to when it appears in your Kindle Library. After that, you still have to wait for the file to download to your device upon synchronization.

If the magazine has a lot of pictures, the mobi files can be big. To use this method, the file size must be smaller than the limit imposed by your email service provider. For example, if the limit is 20 Meg, then you can’t use this method for any magazine that has a mobi file larger than 20 Meg, which is commonly the case. Therefore, limits on memory size of attached files, often knock this method out of the running.

Also, Amazon imposes a per-transmission limit on the size of the data. In practice, the limit is about 40 Meg or so for the mobi file. (Technically, the limit is 50 Meg, but that’s before the individual files that comprise the magazine, are compressed into a single mobi file.)

Anyway, here’s how it works: When you register a device, Amazon provides you with a special email address called “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address.” This address ends with “...@kindle.com.” Its only purpose is to add ebook files to your Kindle library.

You can register up to six devices to your Amazon.com account. Even though you have a separate “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address” for each device, any title you send from any device’s “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address” will end up in your Kindle library. Once a title is in your Kindle library, all of your devices will be able to see it (assuming the files are free of DRM restrictions), regardless of which “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address” you use to get it there.

By default, nobody except you can use your “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address” to add a title to your Kindle library. All email addresses are blocked, except for your email address that is associated with your Amazon account. By default, yours is the only email address authorized to add titles to your Kindle library.

To add a title to your Kindle library, send an email to your “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address” with the mobi file attached to the email. The title will appear in your Kindle library.

To learn your iPhone’s “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address,” launch the app “Kindle for iPhone,” and scroll to the right to select the tab “Documents.” At the top, you’ll see the words “Send documents to.” Immediately below those words, you’ll see an email address with the domain “kindle.com.” That’s your device’s “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address.”

To learn your Android smartphone’s “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address,” launch the app “Kindle,” touch the button “menu,” tap the icon “Settings,” and the address appears below “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address.”

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