Web Article to Kindle Productivity

My daily routine finds me reading a large number of business and technical articles sourced on the web. When I would like to retain a reference copy or save an article for later reading, I now push the content to my Kindle. Here is my workflow, at least the way I use the Kindle on a Windows PC. As I browse the internet, I keep a Microsoft Word document open. If I find an artcile worth saving or reading later on my Kindle, I first look to see if there is a print option for the article. The print option usually provides the cleanest copy, and instead of printing to paper, the end result is a multi step print to Kindle. If there is a print option, I use it and select the relevant text by highlighting it. This is simplest with a print formatted web page but works for most other pages as well. When the desired text is highlighted, I copy and then paste the selection into my MS Word document. Now I could print to PDF but the Kindle and Kindle DX PDF implementation still leaves a lot to be desired. When I paste into a Word document, I then convert to a common font such as Ariel and set the font size to 12. This gives me a uniform document. I then set the document properties to the appropriate author and copy the article’s title into the document property’s title. I then save the document and open a new blank Word Document. I have three folders that I work with – the first stages all my .DOCs. Once a day or as desired I send an email to my free Kindle account and convert the .DOCs to .AZWs. When I receive these back, I copy them to my attached Kindle’s document folder and a separate Kindle Folder on my PC. I then copy the .DOCs to a backup eBook folder. This sounds labor intensive, but if all the tasks are batched up, it is really quick, and the end result, is that whenever I have the time I have a wealth of articles to read on my Kindle and they serve as reference until I delete them. Emptying the .DOC folder each day keeps everything easy to organize.

Summary:

1. Open a blank MS Word Document
2. Surf the web, find article worth saving or for reading later
3. Format for print if possible, either way highlight and COPY relevant text
4. PASTE to MS Word document
5. Format document with standard font and font size if desired (I use Ariel, 12 points)
6. Update Author and Title properties so it is reflected properly in the Kindle
7. Save in separate folder
8. Repeat 1-7 while surfing the web throughout the day
9. Send all MS Word documents as attachments to Free Kindle Conversion Account (yourkindlename@free.kindle.com)
10. Upon receipt, copy new .AZWs (converted documents) to Kindle documents folder on the Kindle
11. Copy contents of MS Word document folder to archive if desired to start with empty folder.
12. Read articles at leisure on the Kindle

Drop me a line if any of this is unclear or you have a better way.

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