Use Instapaper to Read Articles on Your Kindle

Use Instapaper to Read Articles on Your Kindle

Vivian Kim
Nov 30, 2010

Have you ever come across an interesting article at work but don't have enough time on your break to read it? With Instapaper, when you come across an article you can simply click on a bookmarklet and it will save to your Instapaper account. From there you can read it on the web in Google Reader, on your iPhone or iPad, or better yet, have Instapaper send the article directly to your Kindle.

Instapaper is a service I've been using for years now on my iPhone. I recently started using it to send articles to my Kindle. With the Kindle's display being so easy on the eyes, I've been able to get through a ton of articles (perfect for a daily commute). All the articles sent through Instapaper also have working links that I'm able to view on my Kindle's bare bones web browser.

The set up is pretty simple. First you need to sign up for an account on instapaper.com—its free and super quick to do. You aren't even required to enter in a password if you don't want to. From there, any time you find an article you'd like to set aside to read later, simply click on the bookmarklet and the article will get saved to your account. You can also use some helpful browser extensions:

Safari: Instapaper Beyond
Chrome: Instapaper
Firefox: Instaright

Now, how to get all those articles sent to your Kindle. First in Instapaper, click on your account, then go to "Manage My Kindle Settings." From there just follow the directions and you are all set!

If you have a WiFi-only Kindle, it's free to send articles via WiFi. If you have an older Kindle or a Kindle 3G, there is a $0.15 cent charge per delivery. You can have Instapaper send over the articles weekly to save money. There is also a simple little hack in which you can set your personal document charge limit in Amazon to $0.00, and it will send it free with a little message saying that you've gone over your limit. I haven't tried the hack too extensively myself, so your outcome may vary. To get started you can head over to //givemesomethingtoread.com/ and send popular articles worth reading to your Kindle right now.

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