I can’t tell you how many times readers have told me they don’t have a Kindle.com address. I’m here to tell you now:
If you read on the Kindle app, you have a Kindle.com address.
Here are directions to help you find your kindle.com address on Amazon and show you how to receive an e-book directly onto your Kindle reading device, or any other device with the Kindle app. There is one exception, and you can scroll to the bottom to see what that is. Okay! Let’s get to it, shall we?
First off, you need to log in to your Amazon account where you buy all your books. I’m in Canada, so I typed “Amazon.ca” in the address bar of Internet Explorer and then logged in on Amazon as usual.
In the upper right corner, point your cursor over the spot where mine reads, “Hello Christa. Your Account” and select “Manage Your Content and Devices“.
Next, you want to select “Settings“, which you’ll find to the right of “Your Content” and “Your Devices”, below the heading “Manage Your Content and Devices”.
Scroll down to where it says “Personal Document Settings“. Check your “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Settings” to locate the email address related to your kindle account. Select “Edit” if you’d like to change or shorten your address.
And that’s it! Easy enough, right?
Now, authors, when someone tells you they don’t have a Kindle.com address, you can explain to them how to find it! Feel free to refer your friends, family or fans to this post to save you the trouble. If you’re a reader, you should be able to easily locate your own address for receiving e-books directly from your favourite authors and/or publishers. Ooh! One last thing!
Don’t forget to add the publisher to your list of approved senders!
In that same settings section, farther down on the page, select “add a new approved e-mail address” and insert the email address of the person sending you the book. In case you were wondering, this step has been put in place to prevent people from spamming your kindle. Thank you, Amazon!
AUTHORS: Sending your book files to readers via Kindle is a great way to prevent and deter piracy of your e-books. It sure beats sending a mobi or pdf file to an email address, which file is easily forwarded to friends, family and potentially e-book pirates. Do yourself a favour! Use this method now and save yourself the headaches later.
Alternately, you can gift your book to readers on Amazon.com, which will in turn help your rank. I, myself, haven’t been able to do this due to the limitations thrust upon me by Amazon.ca, but it is a brilliant tactic being used by many authors in the U.S. on Amazon.com.
READERS: THE ONLY exception to this process, I am told, is for those reading solely on a desktop. In that case, since you’re only reading online, you do not have a device to send the document to. I have a laptop running Windows 8 and can confirm it too has its own kindle address. That kindle address does not show in my samples above because I have both an Amazon.ca and an Amazon.com account, which is turning out to be a major fiasco that I’ll have to tell you about another time. The short of it is, when I got an Android phone, I was required to set up an Amazon.ca account in order to use the Kindle app. Hope this answers your concerns!
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