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Old 06-28-2011, 07:25 PM
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I have a very specific process that I go through each morning in order to get a large, daily e-mail on to my Kindle so I can read it on the way to work. I am looking for a way to automate this process.

The process I go through is as follows:

1. I log into Outlook through the Exchange webmail interface
2. I open the e-mail of interest, where the body of the e-mail includes the text (and formatting which is important!) I'm interested in
3. I click on the "View as Web Page" button
4. Once the email opens in the new page, I save the page as an HTML file
5. I open the HTML in Microsoft Word and then re-save it as an RTF file
6. Finally, I create a new, blank e-mail and attach the RTF file to the e-mail, set the subject line to "Convert" (which is required for Amazon to convert attachments to the kindle format) and send it to my email address which then sends the document wirelessly to my Kindle

The steps above are the only way in which I've been able to get a descent, readable document on my Kindle every morning. It isn't time consuming, but I would love to be able to automate the process so I don't have to do anything.

Ideas I've tried (and that haven't worked for me):

1. Create an outlook rule to "forward as attachment"... Amazon's processing service only recognizes certain file types and this option sends the attachment as a .msg file which Amazon does not recognize

2. Look into creating some sort of Outlook VBA solution to run as part of a rule... I'm no VBA expert, but the preliminary searches I've done seem to suggest that this would still require manual intervention

3. Third-party apps... comes close, but e-mails sent to this service that are then forwarded to the Kindle are formatted very poorly

Does anyone have any thoughts, suggestions, or solutions?

Thank you in advance!

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