How to Read a PowerPoint on a Kindle

In addition to being able to read your favourite crime novel on the go, the Amazon Kindle also gives you the ability to load up your own personal files to read on the e-ink screen. You can send your PowerPoint presentation to the Kindle using the free Amazon e-mail address, provided you first convert the PowerPoint presentation to a format that the Kindle can read. You can send Rich Text outlines, Image files, Portable Document Format files -- that is, PDF -- and Hypertext Markup Language files to the Kindle from PowerPoint.

Open the PowerPoint presentation that you want to read on your Kindle. Click on the "File" tab and then click "Save As."

Click the drop-down menu for "Save as Type" and choose the compatible file type. For a text only outline choose "Rich Text/Outline (*.RTF)." For images of the PowerPoint slides choose one of the image formats: BMP, JPEG, GIF or PNG - each slide will save as a separate image and need to be transferred to your Kindle individually. Save the files as a Web page by choosing HTML from the list. Choose the PDF format for the greatest compatibility and fidelity to the original.

Send an e-mail to your Amazon Kindle e-mail address with the converted file attached. The address will be formatted with your Kindle username first followed by "" or "" depending on the connection you want to use. You can find your Kindle e-mail address by pressing the "Menu" button on your Kindle and then select "Settings." It's the "Device Email Address." Using the "Free" address will deliver the file via your Wi-Fi connection. Using the plain "Kindle" address will deliver the file via 3G connection for a fee determined by Amazon and based on the file size.

Open the PowerPoint file in the Personal Documents section on your Kindle. If it's delivered via Wi-Fi, it should be ready to read within about five minutes.


You can also transfer files to your Kindle using a USB connection. When connected with a USB cable, your computer will see the Kindle as an external drive. Drag and drop Kindle compatible files from your computer to the Kindle drive. Right-click the Kindle drive icon in the "Computer" window and choose "Eject" when you're done transferring files.

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James T Wood is a teacher, blogger and author. Since 2009 he has published two books and numerous articles, both online and in print. His work experience has spanned the computer world, from sales and support to training and repair. He is also an accomplished public speaker and PowerPoint presenter.