E-readers to replace paper on the workplace?

By May 09, 2012 Drop a comment
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Amazon makes it simpler to move documents from the computer to mobile devices with its new desktop app. This may make e-readers more office-friendly as well as tree-friendly.

 

If Amazon’s Kindle can replace books, why not use it to replace paper in the workspace, too? Amazon has recently broadened its supported for its Send to Kindle service with a dedicated app which enables users of the Kindle platform to send documents between devices. This could mean even less paper being used in the office and home, since the Kindle app is freely available on many operating systems - Android, iOS, Mac and Windows. Send to Kindle for Mac brings robust support of a “Send Once, Read Everywhere” workflow, and joins its sister app for Windows of the same name. If instead of printing documents teams sent them on Kindle devices, offices could soon go paperless.

Easy mobile document access for more Kindle usage

There are several ways to use the Send to Kindle app. E-reader and app users previously could e-mail a document to their Kindle address, which stores it in the Kindle Library and then can be delivered to any linked devices. This app works from the desktop, Finder or any Mac application. From the desktop, one can drag and drop onto the app icon in the doc, or control-click to select Send to Kindle in a pop up menu. The Send to Kindle option also works with “any application that supports printing,” and converts the content to PDF. With several text and image formats supported, Amazon is clearly attempting to funnel more screentime onto its e-reader and mobile apps.

Better file movement could mean more enterprise-relevant devices

This app clearly makes it easier to quickly make documents available on mobile devices. Frequent users of Send to Kindle using the e-mail workflow will rejoice in this development. Even if this app itself might not suffice to make significant advancement towards the utopia of an office that has no more need of printers, it suggests that e-readers have a clear potential to become B2B devices; the release of these desktop apps may make e-readers or tablets more useful in the corporate environment, and save a few trees. 

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