One of the most irritating shortcomings of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire 7 tablet is the lack of proper bookmarks management in its otherwise fast and slick Silk browser. And worst of all, there’s no proper bookmarks import feature. So if you want to import all of your bookmarks from Chrome, Firefox, or your other preferred browser option, how do you do it?
Here’s one very simple solution – until Amazon pulls their finger out and installs this essential feature. Export an HTML bookmarks file from your preferred browser. Then simply copy it to your Kindle Fire, or transfer it via some browser-based solution. I sent the file to myself from my PC to my Kindle Fire in a Facebook message. Then try to open it, and you’ll be given the option of opening the file in Silk. You’ll get a new web page, which you can then bookmark, with all the links in a list. Any sub-folders in the original HTML file will show up in order in the list. To access it, swipe right from the left of the screen to find the Bookmarks menu item, and click on the bookmark.
That may not be the most elegant bookmark import method, but it does work. And you can always create a more tailored bookmarks list in another browser before copying it over to the Kindle Fire. You may have to, since Silk doesn’t appear to allow you to create subcategories of links.
Other users seem to have got so peeved with this shortcoming in Silk that they’ve sought out alternative browsers for their Kindle Fire instead. You’d think Amazon would fix this. But for now anyway, you can get your links on Silk without too much worry.