When I send out documents to my beta readers, I prefer to convert them to an e-reader format, because I want my readers to see the book as close to possible to the way it’s going to look when I publish it.
Now, what I have been doing is to e-mail the file as an attachment to my readers and letting them fool with connecting the USB and transferring the file to their Kindle.
However, I have found that there is an easier way (for the reader) and since I figure that my readers are doing me a favor I want to make it as easy as possible for them to read my work.
First off, when a Kindle is registered, it gets its own e-mail address. That’s how Amazon sends you content, actually, via e-mail. Generally your Kindle’s e-mail address is [the first part of the e-mail you used to register the device]@kindle.com. So if you registered your Kindle with BettieBlow@Hotmail.com then your Kindle’s e-mail address will probably be BettieBlow@kindle.com. (I say probably because mine is a little different because I’ve had three different Kindles registered to my e-mail, so Amazon keeps adding numbers at the end.)
However, this e-mail address won’t receive e-mails from anyone other than Amazon unless you specifically tell it to. The registered owner has to go into Manage Your Kindle and then to Personal Document Settings and manually enter an approved address. (This same screen will also confirm your kindle e-mail address.)
So… if you want to send an e-book file directly to a Kindle, you first have to convert the document into either .mobi or a .pdf file. (You already have Calibre, right?)
Then, you have to tell the recipient to manually add the e-mail address that you will be sending the file from Manage Your Kindle/Personal Document Settings.
Then send an e-mail with the file as an attachment to the recipient’s Kindle e-mail. On older Kindles the book will show up on the main screen, on my Fire it showed up under the Docs tab. (And unfortunately does not show up under the Books tab, however it does act like any other e-book in all other ways.)
And there you have it. I know it sounds complicated when I go through it in excruciating detail, but it’s really pretty quick and easy–I sent my Beta of Cannibal Hearts to a non-tech savvy friend in about five minutes.
So, if you have someone that you would like to send a WIP who doesn’t want to mess with moving files and such, this is how you do it. (Oh, and the recipient can always remove your e-mail address from the approved list after receiving the file, in case she or he is worried about you spamming the device.)