Overdrive public library app comes to Kindle Fire through Amazon Appstore

Overdrive public library app comes to Kindle Fire through Amazon Appstore

This is big news!

You can now get

OverDrive Media Console: Library eBooks & Audiobooks

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.

It worked. 🙂

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.

14 Responses to “Overdrive public library app comes to Kindle Fire through Amazon Appstore”

  1. Sheryl Painter Says:

    How exciting…almost. I downloaded Overdrive to my laptop a year or so ago….and then discovered our local library, and library system it belongs to which covers most of the state here….has no ebooks. Our state is in such bad shape I am not holding my breath but hoping against hope anyway. Every once in awhile I do a search for libraries that have ebooks that might have “open” enrollment for a fee…but not found a good option yet. Anyone know of a library like that? Once again, Bufo, I can’t thank you enough for the heads up on breaking news. I’m so grateful for all you do for us kindle-aholics. Or as I’m known at work – kindleholic book slut. I’m heading to get the app – maybe Santa will be kind this year and grant that wish for me….

  2. Emily Says:

    I’ve already tested it. I tried to take out kindle books and every time I went to check out a book, it told me in bright red letters that the kindle version is not compatible with my device. I did successfully check out an audiobook though.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Emily!

      I just tested it myself…I had previously set up an Adobe account from when I used it on my Kindle Fire 1st Generation. Since I had done that, I was able to log into my Adobe account and download an EPUB to read on my Kindle Fire.

      My guess is that the Kindle edition isn’t going to be recognized on the Fire using Overdrive as a compatible device.

      • Emily Says:

        How do you set up an Adobe account to be able to read EPUB books?

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Emily!

        First, go ahead and select an EPUB from your public library. Then, when you go to download it, it should give you the option there to create the account.

  3. don Says:

    i realize this shows my ignorance, but i opened the confirming e-mail and it describes steps that i must take to download from the amazon store. step 1 tells me to open device settings and then security and then to be sure “allow unknown source is clicked. i cannot find these areas on my computer. i am also confused as to how this relates to my kindle fire. do i need to download this on my Fire wifi?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, don!

      I’m not sure why you got a confirming e-mail. Do you mind sharing the steps you went through to get it?

      An app downloaded from the Amazon Appstore (not from the Overdrive.com site) should not be an “unknown source”…that’s for third party apps.

      I could tell you where that is on the Fire, but I want to hold off until I hear back from you. I’m concerned that you’ve gone somewhere else, and then I couldn’t be sure it was legitimate.

  4. Tom Semple Says:

    This will be useful to Kindle users:
    – borrow things without having to add them to your Kindle Library, or borrow .epub titles that don’t have Kindle equivalents
    – borrow audiobooks
    – side load ePub files (with or without DRM)

    Unfortunately it does not support PDF. There are some titles that are only available in PDF.

    I’ve had it on my Kindle Fire almost since I got it. I probably haven’t ever updated it, however: it’s not one of my primary devices so I don’t do a lot of ‘maintenance’ on it.

    Note that Overdrive Media Console was recently added to Nook App Store as well. This was probably Amazon’s response to that.

  5. Zebras Says:


    Is there any reason to delete my side-loaded Overdrive app, and re-load the official one? I side-loaded back when you posted about it early on, thinking if there was a non-Kindle book I really wanted to read, I could do it, and there hasn’t been, there’s enough Kindle books to keep me occupied forever! LOL Also, I’m not a fan of long term reading on the Fire, much prefer my Touch.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      I don’t think there’s any reason to switch, if it’s working for you. It’s possible the Amazon Appstore version is better suited to the Fire, but I didn’t see any problem with the sideloaded version. I’m not making the change on my Kindle Fire 1st Generation.

  6. Wendy Frazier Says:

    Hey Bufo– I love reading your articles and all of your useful and interesting info. This weekend I just discovered a great gem for my Kindle Paperwhite from the public library. As a California resident, the state “encourages an agreement” to allow all Californians access to free library cards from cities within the state. I have found that in addition to San Jose, I can get a free library card from San Francisco and Los Angeles. (However, not San Diego) I just have to apply in person. I now have a Los Angeles card and my options in e-books and audiobooks has expanded exponentially. Also there are Overdrive video options too! (for Kindle Fire owners) wow. Just wanted to share the good news…..

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Wendy!

      Interesting! I’m in California, and I haven’t really investigated that…I’ll take a look. Thanks!

      • Wendy Frazier Says:

        Yep…just an interesting project. I also found the Free Library of Philadelphia (that’s very popular judging by hold requests on various books), and Fairfax, VA. What’s another fun angle is that Seattle library appears to kill in Kindle offerings with 40,913 (Amazon?), compared to SJPL 8,878, LAPL 25,610. Also interesting are the library buys — L.A. seems to have more entertainment-based books, and VA more government, American history. Just really interesting…and took me on a fun research journey….

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