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Get your daily newspaper delivered to your Kindle ... for free

Many of us have an Amazon Kindle and are used to reading e-books on the device.  But what about reading newspapers and periodicals on the Kindle?  How about receiving a newspaper on your Kindle by email - one generated by you with just the news you want in it?  Well, with a bit of magic from a very useful program called Calibre you can do exactly that.

There have been other articles and forum posts that show that this can be done but this article will step you through it.

What's needed?
Obviously you'll need a Kindle but in addition, you'll need a working Kindle email address and access to a PC or laptop and a copy of Calibre.  Calibre will run on Windows, Linux and Mac computers so you should have no problems running the program.  Please consider donating to Calibre (there's a click-through on the site linking to PayPal) though to help fund its development.

First step.  Setting up Calibre
The first thing to do is to set up Calibre to be able to email your Kindle account.  So, start Calibre


When the opening screen is presented, click on the Preferences icon top right of the window.


From the window that opens, click on the Sharing Books by Email button under Sharing.


Click on the Add email button and enter your Kindle email address (<your.email>@kindle.com) obviously replacing <your.email> with your own identity.  [nb - see note at the end of this article about possible costs]  Make sure Auto send is ticked as shown here.
You will also need to set up access to your email system so that Calibre can send the email 'from' you 'to' your Kindle.  I used my Gmail account.  You should set up yours, of course.


Finally test the email by clicking on the Test email button and click on the green tick Apply button and then Close.

(Quick note about your Kindle email:  Before you can use your Kindle email account in this project, you'll have to visit your Amazon account and make sure your Kindle email is set to allow emails from your chosen email address to be sent to your Kindle.)

Next step.  Set up your news feed
Now we set up a source of News for our first Kindle newspaper.  For this example I'll set up the BBC News channel.  In the Calibre main window, click on the button labelled Fetch News
From the list that is presented, slide down until you reach the English (UK) section and click on the little triangle on the left to expand the selection.  Then click on the BBC News entry.  This brings up a scheduling screen with the ability to set up automatic jobs that go and fetch the news, automatically formats it and then sends it to your Kindle.  For now, though, just tick the box that says Schedule for Download and click on Save.


Now, if you open the Fetch News window again you will see a new entry at the top - Scheduled.  This is where your scheduled news items are recorded so you know what's going on.

Testing your setup
To test your entry, click on Scheduled, select an example news source and then click on the Download Now button and hit save.  You should now see the Jobs: 1 status with a revolving line showing that Calibre is working on your request for you.

This will take a little time, as the program goes through the news headlines presented by BBC News, goes and fetches each of the stories behind the headlines, downloads each of them to your computer, re-formats them for the Kindle and then creates an e-book for the job complete with a contents page.  Once it has done that, it then sends the result directly to your Kindle.  Here is the job summary screen showing how long the job took to run.


And here is the BBC News job we've just run, displayed on my Kindle.


I would be interested to know how you get on.  Please let me know if this was of use to you or if there are steps that could be better explained.

[UpdateSince originally writing this article Amazon have introduced lots of more modern Kindles to the old Gen 3 ones I used in this example.  I understand they all work with the process outlined in this article.  However, please note that if you have a Kindle capable of receiving directly over 3G, note that Amazon will charge for the delivery of what it calls 'Personal Documents' - such as the ones we create here.  If you do not wish to pay these charges, you should use the <your.email>@free.kindle.com address.  Here, the emails are delivered free, but are only collectable via WiFi or by USB upload from your account.  Please be aware, therefore, that by emailing content to your Kindle over Whispernet you may incur a charge from Amazon.  See Transferring, Downloading, and Sending Files to Kindle for more details.]

16 comments:

  1. Thans a lot!!! Everything is working well. Very nice instructions :)

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  2. I found an interesting alternative to Calibre => http://webtoread.com
    Calibre is a fantastic tool, still to receive my news I had to keep my computer awake with the app runing in the background.
    Since few months I'm using webtoread.com, it does the job perfectly for me, I subscibed to the BBC news, and I receive it now on daily basis on my Kindle, all for free.

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  3. How do you turn this off as Amazon is charging me for it????? Thanks.

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    1. John. You could stop running the app - that would stop the charges. Or you could read the Update I put at the end of the article.

      As this article is coming up to two years old I will re-do it and bring it up to date. I'll check Amazon's charging details and make sure these are clear in the re-write

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  4. John, you coul limit your charges on amazon to 0.00 and then it wont get sent. You could also only transfer by USB, the new will transfer when you connect your device, you will probably need to remove the email details in calibre too.

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  5. Very clear instructions with very effective screen shots. Worked perfectly. THANKS!!

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  6. Michael here; The updated article you mentioned, has it been written? I would suggest to link to it in this article. Also I was hoping you had showed how to make the calibre filter, as it requires some knowledge on calibre filter syntax and webpage layouts. Or at least a link to that knowledge. Thanks for the write-up tought.

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    1. Hi

      I've tried the instructions recently and made a few minor text changes. The instructions are still accurate and the process works with the latest (end-2015) versions of Calibre.

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  7. When I was trying to set up sharing through mail, this error came up.

    SMTPAuthenticationError: (535, '5.0.0 Authentication Failed')

    Please help as I have tried most of the things available on internet. I had a gmail account, so I made a new one on outlook and to no avail.

    Please revert back.

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    1. Hi

      It's difficult to comment without knowing where your error originates. What I would suggest is that your SMTP gateway needs login credentials to send email and either these have been left out in your configuration or there is an error in either your username or password?

      Have you tried using a search engine to see what that error message means?

      Regards
      Martin

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  8. Martin Davies

    Thank you so much for this article!

    love n light...

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  9. FETCHING NEWS IS NOT WORKING PLS HELP

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    1. Hi Mayank

      Can you please give me some more information? Just saying 'it's not working' doesn't give me enough to help you.

      I have recently re-tried the instructions and they do work, so I know the information in the article is accurate.

      Martin

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  10. sir i am not able to make it would you please help me out

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    1. Hi Aditya

      Can you let me know where you are getting stuck with this? There are a lot of areas where problems can occur and I can't help you if you can't provide more information.

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  11. sir i am not able to make it would you please help me out

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