Amazon has released a really cool new browser extension called Send to Kindle for Google Chrome that lets Kindle users send web content such as news articles, blog posts, and even highlighted text from Google Chrome to a Kindle device or Kindle app.
Unlike the other Send to Kindle apps that allow you to easily send non-Amazon ebooks, personal documents, and PDFs from a PC or Mac computer, Send to Kindle for Google Chrome allows users to send web content to their Kindles.
This isn’t a new idea by any means—there are services like Instapaper that have been doing this sort of thing for some time—but this is the first time Amazon has started offering an easy way for web content to be sent directly to a Kindle.
Once you install the Send to Kindle extension, you can choose to send web content to any of your Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps, or just select to archive it in your Kindle Library to download at a later time. You can also preview the content before you send it to make sure the formatting is in good order. Also, Amazon removes all the ads and extra content not related to the article.
Like any Kindle personal document upload, articles sent to your Kindle get archived and synced so no matter what device or app you are using it remembers the last page read, all the bookmarks, and the notes and highlights that have been added to the article.
I tested the new Send to Kindle Chrome extension by sending a few articles from this website to my Kindle Touch and they turned out really well. The formatting looks great, even the different headings and list items look good, the images get centered, and the hyperlinks all work as they should. Of course all the different font sizes and text adjustment options are available too.
Right now sending web content is only available from the Chrome web browser, but Amazon says they are working on Send to Kindle plugins for FireFox and Safari web browsers too.