Sunday, April 22, 2012

How to Download EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket to the Kindle Fire

How to Download EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket to the Kindle Fire, article.
Getting Aldiko Book Reader onto your Kindle Fire takes some effort. In a protectionist move that puts even Apple to shame, Amazon prevents EPUB reading apps from being accessed from the Kindle Fire, even though the company allows EPUB reading apps to be in the Amazon Appstore for Android for other devices.

I couldn’t install Aldiko Reader on my KF from the Aldiko site (even the Install link did nothing). So in desperation I tried the Google Play store, and whaddayaknow, it worked! (For a moment it seemed like it hadn’t, but then I went down to Menu/downloads, and found the file and installed it.) Isn’t that something? Supposedly you can't use the Google Play store on the Kindle Fire. 

It’s *really* lame that Amazon is keeping ePub reading apps out of their store. I like their success and their stuff, but when the umpire isn’t looking, they really play dirty. 
And I don’t like when people/companies consider a monopoly as the only Win scenario. It’s actually akin to nazism, there must be no competing ideas. (Maybe that's a bit strong, excuse me, I have just watched Downfall.) 


Janet Tokerud said...

Me too. I am not even really using my Kindle Fire (I have an iPad 3 so I have an excuse) but the problems getting access to apps was a major frustration for me. I am a geek but too busy to play games jail breaking to get full access to the Amazon hardware. Im a little sympathetic to Az locking things down for the sake of avoiding hacking and bad apps but the apps need to be coming along faster. While I'm complaining, I really wish Amazon would spend some of its money and time to support innovations for bookstores and libraries. While you creatively destroy, please clean up after yourself!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Worse, I'm wondering if they don't keep it sparse to keep people mostly just buying on the thing.