I spend a lot of time reading every day. In fact, that’s the first thing I do after I wake up and the last thing before I go to sleep. My reading predominantly these days are articles I find online. If the article is small and would take less than a minute to read, I read it immediately. But if the article is any longer, I send it to Pocket and read it on my iPad when find any free time.
The thing with iPad is that it is never meant for long reads. It can be distracting and cause a strain to the eyes. For this reason, I have a Kindle and that is where I always read my books. At times, the articles I send from sources like Wait But Why are really long and I hate reading them on an iPad and I wished I could read them on my Kindle.
This is where Ascend comes in. There is this little known feature for Kindles where every Kindle has its own unique email ID. Books sent to this ID via mail will automatically be downloaded to Kindle. Ascend makes use of this. It is a simple app where you enter the unique email ID for your Kindle and you’re done. The app does not have to be opened again after that.
Now while browsing the web on Safari, Ascend lives on the Share Sheet and when an article is shared to Ascend, it automatically converts the article to .azw3 format (This is the format for books on Kindle) and sends it to your Kindle ID. Once that’s done, the article is downloaded onto the Kindle like any other book where it can be accessed at any time. It’s as simple as that!
This app serves a very specific purpose. If you happen to read a lot of articles and own a Kindle, this is a must have app. Ascend is available on the App Store for $0.99.