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I'm using a Kindle DX (3G, no WiFi) for reading documents saved from the web with Readability. Because Amazon charges a conversion cost for these documents I'm forwarding the documents to my account.

Amazon then forwards these as emails to me where I use Gmail or to click on the link inside each message and laboriously save the corresponding foo.azw download to my Kindle.

I'm wondering if anyone has created an automator workflow or an Applescript that can visit a group of unread Amazon emails and use the links in each to download the corresponding .azw files?

If there's a better way to go about this I'd also be delighted to hear about it.

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To help provide a good answer, what's the purpose behind saving the .azw documents? – user14051 Nov 23 '11 at 11:40
The .azw documents are only saved so I can copy them to the Kindle DX when it's docked via its USB cable. If Amazon didn't charge per-page conversion costs I could do the whole process via 3G, but the costs quickly add up. – stu002 Nov 23 '11 at 21:14

My solution requires you to have an ifttt and Dropbox accounts :

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  2. create a Dump Kindle doc recipe as follow :
    • Gmail trigger : New email from
      Enter your email adress
    • Dropbox action : Add file from url
      File URL : {{Body plain}} (use the + Addins listbox)
      Dropbox folder path : whatever...

Then url of the .azw file will be automatically extracted from the mail (I tested it because was not clear for me) and corresponding file will be downloaded to your Dropbox folder!

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Very neat! Thanks. – stu002 Nov 23 '11 at 21:16
Update: I'm using a message label GMail trigger for this as the Amazon messages arrive from various customer service addresses. – stu002 Nov 27 '11 at 22:39

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