Overdrive public library app comes to Kindle Fire through Amazon Appstore
This is big news!
You can now get
directly from the Amazon Appstore for your Kindle Fire (that includes the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire First Generation).
This means you can borrow e-books (including EPUB books with DRM…Digital Rights Management) and audiobooks from your public library, and use them on your Fire!
I’ve written before about having sideloaded the Overdrive app to my first generation Kindle Fire, but this is much easier.
Offhand, I don’t see any reason not to do this (the app is free), particularly if you already have a library card.
I won’t get to test it until later in the day, but if you check it out and want to let people know now you feel, feel free to comment on this post.
Update: I’ve now downloaded it and tested it on my Kindle Fire HD.
I want to point out a few things.
I downloaded it from the Amazon Appstore directly to my KFHD. I used the KFHD to do the download, going to Apps then Store.
It didn’t take long: the app is 5.04MB installed.
I tapped the icon with the book with the plus on it, which let me add a library. I added my local library, by searching using a zipcode.
I logged into the library (that’s going to vary) by using my library card number and my name.
I then used the search and found something. I downloaded the EPUB (not the Kindle) edition. It asked me for my Adobe account to authorize the device. I had previously created one for my Kindle Fire 1st Generation.
Once I had that in there, I could download it.
It does not show up where you normally find your books or docs. It’s in your Bookshelf in the Overdrive app. They use the new style of Menu that I seen on my KFHD (it might be different on the KF1): three squares stacked on top of each other.
The only negative I’ve seen so far is that it seemed to jump ahead in the chapter when I started reading. I have to look at the settings.
You can adjust things generally by tapping towards the top middle of the page, and you’ll see three “sliders”. That has settings like the brightness and color scheme. When you are on the bookshelf and click tap that menu, then you’ll get thing like “Sort By…”
My guess is that the Kindle format won’t work on the Kindle Fire from within the Overdrive format…that you’ll want to use the EPUB version, and that means setting up an Adobe account.
That’s all I’ve tested on this one so far.
Update: I did get a Kindle format book, and it did work (although you go through a few steps). In that case, it did show up on my Carousel and the Books tab.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.