tech tips for writers

Read a Word Doc on Kindle

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

This is Tech Tips for Writers #173:

Q: I received a Word Doc from an author (a good friend) for an early read. I like to read on Kindle but I’m not sure how to transfer this Word Doc to my Kindle.

A: I wasn’t either until the amazing Sandra Cox, blogger over at Sandra’s Place and author of great Westerns and fantasy you really shouldn’t miss, told me it was easy. Here’s what you do:

  1. Email the Word Doc to your Kindle email (I don’t own a Kindle–just use the Kindle app).
  2. Wait a little bit.
  3. Open it as a Doc on Kindle.

That’s it. When it opens, it looks like a normal Kindle ebook:

…though it doesn’t include some of the menu items that a regular Kindle does:

BTW–a word about copyrights. Did I break the law by sharing part of Sandra’s book without her permission? No and here’s why. You can publicly share a very small portion of a book under the ‘Fair Use doctrine’ in the US:

How much can you legally photocopy from a book?

Under the “fair use” defense, another author may make limited use of the original author’s work without asking permission. Pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107, certain uses of copyrighted material “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.” —NOLO

Up to 10% or one complete chapter of a book, plus any associated endnotes or references. E.g. if a chapter comprises 25% of a book, you can photocopy the entire chapter; but if you want to photocopy extracts from more than one chapter, you can only copy up to 10% of the book. —University of Virginia Copyright Library

This also includes the quotations and samples we reviewers post from the books we read. A word of caution: Every country is different so be careful about relying on US copyright law in other nations.

More Tech Tips for Writers:

Make Your Own Digital Bookshelf

Co-authoring a book

10 Tips on Writing Remotely in a COVID-19 World

More Copyright Tips for Writers

Image Copyrights: The Video

Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

55 thoughts on “Read a Word Doc on Kindle

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  2. I haven’t read all the comments, but you also need to go into your Amazon account and add the email address you are sending the document from as a safe sender to your kindle. If you don’t do that (even if it is your Amazon email account address) it won’t send the document to your kindle. You can also send .pdf docs to kindle (I’ve been using this feature for years – love it!).

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  3. Great tip, Jacqui. I read a lot of docs on my phone. The “kindle email” is a unique email address that readers have to retrieve from their Amazon kindle account info. It’s a little confusing so I had to use the internet to figure out where to find it. Opening with an iPad is even easier because there’s an “open with kindle” option. Wa-la!

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  4. Thanks for the tip, Jacqui … I’ve done this a couple of times and it makes quite a difference in the type of ‘read’, it that makes sense? It’s handy to share how much one is allowed to quote from a book, something that worried me as I started to blog.

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  5. Hi Jacqui – useful to know about … I’m not a Kindle user either … in fact I’m living in the stone age – probably pc age … not too techie! All the best – Hilary

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