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Personal Document Service coming to Fire, Kindle apps

October 15, 2011

Personal Document Service coming to Fire, Kindle apps

I’ve written recently about major changes to the way the Kindle service deals with personal documents.

For some personal documents in some circumstances, you can download them to some Kindles. There, was that ambiguous enough for you? ;)

Amazon backs up personal documents to a free 5gb cloud drive, syncs the personal documents between devices, and backs up your notes.

It appears to be imperfect, still. I did the software update on my Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi. It worked, my shortcut key for VoiceGuide works, for example.

However, it still doesn’t see the personal documents in the archives that my Mindle (that’s what I call the $79 Kindle) on the same account sees.  Interestingly, from

http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle

I can send a personal document to any of the Kindles on my account…even a Kindle 1.

My expectation was that I’d be able to download to my Kindle Keyboard (formerly a K3) after it was updated. Maybe that will only work on documents from here on? More testing (on my part) is needed.

I thought I would share this e-mail with you that Amazon sent me*:

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Dear Kindle Customer,

As a past user of the Kindle Personal Documents Service, we are pleased to let you know about some improvements:

• Your documents are now automatically archived in your Kindle library (you can control this from the Manage Your Kindle page at www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle).
• Archived documents can be re-downloaded from your archive to the all-new Kindle and Kindle Touch devices, as well as Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3rd Generation–requires the latest software update v3.3 from www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates) – you will be able to find and download your documents from any of these devices that are registered to your account.
• Now (just as with Kindle books) Whispersync automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations for your documents (with the exception of PDFs) across devices.

We expect to extend these features to Kindle Fire and Kindle apps (such as Kindle Cloud Reader, Kindle for Android, Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for PC, and Kindle for Mac) in the coming months. You can control these new features from the Manage Your Kindle page at www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle where you can see a list of your archived documents, re-deliver documents to your Kindle, delete any document from archive, or even turn off archiving for your account.

Learn more about the Kindle Personal Documents Service from our help pages at www.amazon.com/kindlepersonaldocuments.

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Notice that they say they expect to extend it to the reader apps and to have it on the Fire.

That’s good news…I’m looking forward to it working on my KK, and to having it on my apps.

* My understanding is that an e-mail belongs to both parties (and can be released publicly) unless the sender specifies it is private or puts some other restriction on it in the e-mail.

This post by Bufo Calvin first appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog


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