Today Amazon announced in an email sent to its customers that they will be able to access all personal documents archived in their Kindle e-reader library through Amazon Cloud Drive. A new folder called “My Send-To-Kindle Docs” will be created in which these documents will be placed. From here users will be able to manage those documents just like they would manage any other file, meaning that they can organize, share or delete them should the need arise. Users will also be able to turn off auto saving of documents to the cloud.
All documents stored through the Kindle e-reader to Amazon Cloud Drive will be stored in their native format. For example, Microsoft Word files will be saved in .doc or .txt. This will make it easier for users to access those files from anywhere and any device through the cloud. Previously files used to be converted to Kindle-friendly file formats, while it still does this, a copy of the original file is now uploaded to Cloud Drive.
Other Kindle specific features such as keeping track of reading and bookmarking of pages won’t be supported by Cloud Drive, so it won’t become a web-based replaced for the e-reader. The advantage for users, apart from easy accessibility of all files, is that they get 10GB of free file storage. Cloud Drive users already get 5GB free storage, add that to the 5GB provided for free to all Kindle owners.