Reading PDF Documents and Ebooks On Your Kindle, Tablet, Smartphone or PC

This post was previously posted here, but now includes some updated information due to changes on Amazon.

Did you know that you can read all those ebooks or pdf documents that you download on your Kindle, Tablet, Smartphone or PC by using a Kindle app?  Sure you can purchase or find free ebooks on Amazon, but what about all the other ebooks you download from your favorite bloggers?

PDF Docs and Ebooks

If you’re like me, you may do most of your reading while waiting at appointments or kids activities, and who wants to lug the bulky laptop all these places.  You don’t have to.  You can send these ebooks to your Kindle or Kindle App by email with these simple instructions and read them on the go.

Maybe you don’t have a Kindle and want to read these books on your computer.  You can do that too?

First you will need a Kindle or a Kindle App.  The Kindle App can be downloaded to many smartphones, tablets and PC’s by searching for the Kindle App in your app store.  For more information on Kindle reading apps, you can go here.

Next you will log into your Amazon account and click on “Your Account” at the top right of the page, to be taken to your account information page.

Now scroll down and find the digital content area and click on “manage your content and devices”.

content and devices

Next you will look to your right and find “settings” and click on it as shown below.


Scroll down to “Personal Document Settings” and find the device you want to send documents/ebooks /PDF’s to.  Jot this email address down (it will end with or add it to your contacts in your personal email account.

Now scroll down to “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” just under where you find the email list.  Make sure the email address you will be using to send these documents/ebooks /PDF’s to your Kindle or Kindle App is listed.  If it is not listed, be sure to use the “add a new approved email address” feature to get your email address listed.  This is a security measure to help prevent spam on your device (I have never had any spam).


Place the kindle or kindle device email address in the “to” field on your email or select it form your contacts list.  Remember this email address ends in  Place the word “convert” in the subject line and your documents will be changed to kindle format. Now attach your document (ebook) to the email as you would any other file. Making sure to do only one ebook/document at a time.  Now it may take a bit for these to send, but when you open your Kindle app on your device, you should find the items in your cloud under books or documents. Your app must be open for the files to download.

Keep in mind that the documents/ebooks that you send to your Kindle will be in the cloud. This means that any Kindle or kindle app devices on your amazon account will be able to download this ebook/document to their device as well.  Generally this is not a problem, my kids don’t want to read frugal ebooks, but you should know in the case of reading important or private documents.

That’s it!  You can now read those ebooks on your Kindle or device with a Kindle app.

I’m so happy to be able to take all those ebooks I have collected over the last few years with me wherever I go.  I can read about frugal living, homeschooling, faith, recipes and so much more while on the go.

If you have any questions you can feel free to ask me, I can try to help you out, or you can go to Amazon for help with the Kindle Personal Documents Service.

Happy Kindle reading!  Have any questions?  Feel free to link up any free ebooks that you think our readers will enjoy.  Due to spam settings on the blog, you will have to make a seperate comment for each link.  

Want to share this article?  Feel free to use the buttons below to share on Pinterest, via email, on twitter, facebook and google.  I love it when you share my blog posts with your friends!  It gets me excited to know you are enjoying the content here.   

Like what you see here at Practicing Frugal?  Why not subscribe to get a daily email of frugal updates?  Just fill in the form below.

Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner


I have recently found a couple ebooks that may be a great help to some of my readers. Please remember I do make a small commission from the sale of these books through this website and want you to know that I appreciate all purchases made through any of the links on my blog.  Your support helps me maintain this blog.  Thanks to you all.

Until July 31, 2014 Home Educating Family Association is giving this ebook – Focus on Special Needs to my readers for FREE.  The price of $2.99 will come off after you add it to your cart.


Facing unemployment or know someone who is unemployed?  Check out this ebook.

and for those with that sewing machine they don’t know how to use!

Sewing School 101

Using What You Have, but First You Must Find IT

One of the biggest tips in living a frugal lifestyle is to use what you already have.  Well that’s all just fine and dandy if you can find it!

post it pile

Not long ago I was ready to add page markers or flags to my grocery list when I realized that a few years ago I got a bunch of post-it products on clearance combined with a coupon, making them almost free.  Not long after that there was a rebate that when combined with coupons resulted in more free or almost free post its.

At the time my oldest was infatuated with these types of things, so they were often included in gifts to her or just given to her for her desk.  I wasn’t working at home at the time, so I didn’t need them.

Fast forward a few years, big girl is off to college, I’m homeschooling the little girls, I work on this blog, and I need some page markers.  I remember all of those freebies I got and set out to find them in her room.

I found the mother load!

Score one for momma, she won’t need page markers for a long time, and the little girls were so excited about those cute little pads!

Just don’t tell big girl!

Getting Organized

So what do you do if you cannot find some of the things you already own?

It’s time to consider working on getting organized.  A lack of organization is as big of a frugal train derailment as a lack of planning.  I mean really, if you can’t find the things you know that you already own and you end up going out and buying more, you’ve spent money that could’ve been used somewhere else.

Take some time each day (15-20 minutes) to work on areas in your home that need help getting organized.  Tackle a little bit each day until that project is complete.  I promise you will feel so good when you get one area organized, and you know where things are.

You will most likely find things you forgot you had.

Be sure to sort things into piles for trash, donation, yard sale, ebay or even craigslist ads.

Take a look at a series I did a couple years back on Taming The trash with Organization.

Have you ever spent money on something you knew you had but couldn’t find?  

making a habit out of living frugal…..

Like what you see here at Practicing Frugal?  Why not subscribe to get a daily email of frugal updates?  Just fill in the form below.

Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner

How a Notebook Could Help You

If you have been following practicing frugal for a while, then you may have read about my notebook that goes with everywhere with me.  I can’t really remember when I started using this notebook, but it has been a lifesaver.  The minute I think of something I need to do or buy, I can just jot it down in my notebook.  It keeps me from laying in bed at night wishing I could remember what I needed to do tomorrow.

This notebook currently holds the following items:

  • Master List of Things To Be Done
  • A list of books I want to read
  • My goals for the week (may include things from the master list, appointments etc.)
  • Grocery List (meal plan on the backside of the page)
  • A list of house projects to be done (room by room)
  • 2013 Goals
  • Savings Plans – I have a page for each different savings with a goal listed for each payday and then a column for the actual amount contributed.  I also like to include a list of where the amounts may come from if it’s somewhere other than a weekly check (ex. fifth friday check, refund etc.)
  • A list of possible homeschool curriculum for next year

How can a notebook help you?

  • It can help keep things organized and in one place
  • It can help motivate you (have goals with you all the time)
  • You can relax a bit more.  If you know you wrote something down, maybe you won’t lay awake at night trying to remember what it was.  I used to do this all the time before my notebook.
  • It can help prevent time waste if you plan out the things you need to do for the week. I’m not saying plan out every hour or anything, just make a list of things that must happen this week.


I recently read The One Minute Entrepreneur, which gave me the idea to keep another notebook or journal that will hold things I want to remember.  Have you ever read a book, bible verse or inspirational quote and wished you could remember it?

This happens to me all the time.  I read a book, but can’t remember some of the most important and helpful things I read after a few days.  I now jot that down right away in this other notebook.  It can be anything from a quote to bible verse or just a cute poem.  It’s just a collection of things that were important enough for me to want to remember.

Maybe someday I will want to pass that information on to someone.  I now can just find it in my little notebook.

Maybe one day I will need a little inspiration.  I can just read through my journal at the things that inspired me.  The things I wanted to keep might hold just what I need to pick me up.

Maybe you are reading a financial help or other self help book and there are many things you would like to remember, or inspirational quotes or passages that may help you along the way.  Why not write these things down to help you, to encourage you or to motivate you?

Earlier this year Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom wrote about her experience with a notebook in 2012.  I was actually quite surprised when I read her post, because I thought I was the only one who did this.  It turns out that great minds think alike, or maybe it’s just busy minds need a rest!

As parents, employees, employers, friends and family we all get busy.  We all tend to have crazy schedules and are lucky to just make it though the day.  Why not help yourself out and start using a notebook or two to help you through it.  I think you will find the results relaxing.

Do you use a notebook or something similar?  How has it helped you or how do you think it might help you?  

making a habit out of living frugal…..

Like what you see here at Practicing Frugal?  Why not subscribe to get a daily email of updates on the blog?  Just fill in the form below.

Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner