Send To Kindle on Windows 8

Amazon’s reader app, Kindle is brilliant. It lets you read books from both your personal collection as well as ones you buy online. There’s an app you can download for your PC called “Send To Kindle” – It lets you transfer e-books you have got from developer manuals, etc (the ones that come with a CD as part of the book purchase)… problem is, it does not install successfully on Windows 8.

But… it’s pretty easy to fix the problem. Simply:

  1. Download the app from here and Install it
  2. When the error about the unknown printer port appears on the screen, click OK.
  3. It’ll then tell you it installed successfully (it is LYING) and ask you to log in with your Amazon account (you can do this now), then shut down the app
  4. Go into C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon\SendToKindle and copy the file stkMonitor.dll into C:\windows\system32
  5. Install the app again. This time, no error!

You may need to also open an Admin Command Prompt and run this command:
sc config Spooler binPath=%windir%\system32\spoolsv.exe

The full error is: Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000704) The specified port is unknown

Now, any application you are in can be “printed” to your eReader. Note that this print driver does not work with Win8RT (but if your Win 8 Metro app has a print function, it will come up as a printer to print to). I imagine Amazon will remedy this issue soon, but until then this is an acceptable workaround. Found the information was published here (Michal Chudý posted the update today – it’s at the bottom of the page, what a fluke I found it!!) – The other instructions listed are all done by the installer, so they can be ignored…

Cheers!

Brad

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About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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8 Responses to Send To Kindle on Windows 8

  1. Joe Hasegawa says:

    Thanks Brad for sharing the info. I followed your procedure and no error message pops up. But I still have problem sending documents. I already have registered several Kindle reading apps, but none shows up in “Deliver to” box. Hope you have some more info to solve my problem.
    Joe

  2. Joe Hasegawa says:

    After I left my previous reply, I tried installing the “Send to Kindle” program to my recently installed windows 7 and I encountered the same symptom. So this problem is not specific to running the program on Windows 8.
    It used to be working perfectly with my Amazon account on Windows 7 before, so I really don’t understand what’s happening.
    Joe

  3. Brad Saide says:

    Hi Joe, sorry for the delayed response. I suppose I should point out that it only lets you “send To” apple and Amazon devices… sending to Kindle and then expecting to read it on the PC does not work (nor does Windows Phone 7, 8… not sure about Android). However, if you want to add documents into your library on the PC, you just need to convert them (perhaps using Calibre here – http://calibre-ebook.com/download) to kindle format then place them in the library folder in your “my documents”. There are heaps of tutorials on the web that take you through the process, here are a few…
    http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/06/15/how-add-kindle-drm-removal-plugin-calibre/
    http://www.ismoothblog.com/2012/07/calibre-free-drm-removal-for-amazon.html
    http://wi-phye.com/featured/how-to-hack-your-amazon-kindle-to-read-all-your-ebooks-and-documents-including-pdf-doc-xls-chm-lit-etc/

    • Joe Hasegawa says:

      Hi Brad, thanks for your kind response. I tried to use “Send to Kindle” to send some document to the Kindle app on my iPad2. As I wrote in my 2nd post, it was working perfectly on Windows 7 before, so I’m perplexed at this. As a workaround, I sent the document to my Send-to-Kindle email address and it worked fine.
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_s2kpctb_kindle?nodeId=200768480#kindle
      On this page, I found my problem, “Kindle device or Kindle reading app not displayed.”, but all solutions shown here don’t apply to my case. Anyway, I’ll either do some more research on this matter or call up Amazon support here in Japan.
      By the way, the new info you gave me is quite intriguing. I’ll try that later.
      Thanks Brad!

  4. Brad Saide says:

    I use Calibre, by far and away the superior option. Best of luck!

  5. olalekan babalola says:

    I can send to my android tab, but I can’t to my windows 8 computer which is annoying.

  6. Terra says:

    Thank you!!! I just purchased a new laptop and could not figure out why my books were not emailing to my kindle. (Old comp crashed while I was away on holidays)

  7. Steve Munden says:

    Great thanks! I had no problem installing this on my other Windows 8 PCs, but this new one had this issue – now resolved. I wonder why it’s fine on some machines and not others…who knows? Thanks very much.

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