I’m always looking for ways to get my thoughts down quickly, and to finish articles fast. In this series I share the techniques I’ve found work pretty well.
Part of the art of writing quickly is to use time sensibly. I can write on trains or while waiting at a bus stop, but I can read much better in those kind of circumstances. Therefore, if you need to read up on a topic before setting pen to paper as it were, look for articles you can read on your Kindle. (If you don't have a Kindle, keep reading: there's a solution!)
Now, having done some research, you've discovered a great paper on the topic you're going to write about. Unfortunately, you have to go out, and if you print out the paper to take with you, it will weigh you down.
A far better option is to download the paper as a pdf, and then send the pdf to your Kindle by email. Just attach it to an email, and put Convert in the subject line. The email address of your Kindle may be found in the following way:
- Log into your Amazon account.
- Go to Manage content and devices.
- Click on the Devices tab.
- Click on the three dots next to your preferred Kindle.
- You will see that device's email address. (If you don't like it, click on Edit and change it something more memorable.)
What if you don't have a Kindle? No problem. Install the Kindle app to your phone, and use the phone's email address in the same way. You can find it listed under Devices, as in the instructions above.
What if the pdf is encrypted with a password? First, transfer it to the Kindle. You will probably have to do this via a usb cable as described in this article.
Then in order to read it you will need to install the qPDF app on your Kindle.
And then you should be good to go.
Here are a couple of caveats.
First, if you've transferred the pdf to your Kindle via a usb cable, I don't think it is available on other devices. At least, I've not found that to be the case, presumably because it's on a device rather than in the cloud.
Secondly, some pdfs are not formatted with a Kindle or phone in mind, and reading them on your device can be a pretty grim experience. It can still save a bit of time though.