Thanks for looking mrsdimitri! Yes it is a pain. By archive do you mean get it onto my amazon cloud thingy? If yes I cannot for the life of me work out how to do that. I may have to admit defeat and just go onto the flippin pc! Gah technology!
Okay. Just tried to do it with a free book. It really is a pita isn't it?!
Right, from what I can gather. You need to download it in the correct format and it'll go to your library, which in your case is the Kindle app on your iPad. From there you should be able to email it to your Kindle - it doesn't do it directly from the Smashwords site. I haven't got the Kindle reading thingy on this laptop unfortunately, but can you just archive the book (to Amazon) from the app on your iPad? If you do that then you can access it with your Kindle directly.
Mrsdimitri - Yes I have read the support pages on smashwords and the amazon pages, but am obviously being a bit thick sorry! I cannot find the option to email a book to my actual kindle if I am using my iPad - it only lets me send it to my ipad kindle app.
Without actually using the site I can't say exactly how it works, but the impression I get is that you can have it sent to a specific email address. Sending it to the Kindle email address that Amazon give you will automatically download it to your Kindle, so no, you don't have to use your PC. You can access Smashwords via your iPad and have them email it directly to your Kindle account. It explains it better in their FAQs tbh, and also gives a link to the relevant Amazon pages so it might help to have a read of that
I've emailed documents via the kindle email address (make sure you use the free one, not the one that charges to convert files) but never anything of novel length. Using the Kindle to access internet sites directly can work (I've MN'd via my Kindle before) but it is mindnumbingly slow, and very very frustrating.
That is can I do it without plugging it into my pc? I went onto Smashwords on the iPad and downloaded a book into the kindle app there easily enough but... Can I not sync my kindle with it? Or I did try going through the browser on the actual kindle but it isn't responsive enough to do anything when I get on the smashwords website.