Nov 20 2011
While Amazon Kindle Fire runs a forked Android system and is designed so that readers only install what is in its Amazon App Store, you can easily sideload nearly any Android App. The neat thing is that Amazon treats these sideloaded apps just like an app you purchased from the Amazon App Store. It shows up in the content carousel at the top and you can favorite the app as well.
Thus you simply need to install your favorite ePub reading app to be able to read ePubs. Mantano App is a great app because you can access OPDS catalogs you may have created based on instructions here or read your ePubs purchased nearly anywhere (except BN, you’ll need the Nook App for that) and the epubs you’ve downloaded from your library.
If you plan to use this how to guide, my advice is to load this post on your Kindle Fire and bookmark it until you have installed all your favorite apps.
Step 1. Ready Your Kindle Fire
Your Kindle Fire is set up so that it will not allow you to install apps from an “unknown source”. Tap on the “setting” icon in the menu bar at the top:
Go to Device and then “Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources” to ON:
Step 2. File Explorer
Step 3. Collect and Install APKs
APKs are the Android application files. Brian wrote up a great explanation of installing APKs here.
My preferred method is to download on my computer and load them into a dropbox folder. However, you can email yourself apks or simply search via the web and download the files. If you are on your Kindle Fire, here are some following links:
When the item is done downloading, it will either give you a screen like this wherein you will press install:
Or hit the name of your Kindle in your menu bar and find the APK you just downloaded. Tap it and it should bring up an install screen like above.
Step 4. Get Books
Brian has reviewed the Mantano Reader app here. It will read DRM’ed ePubs including those you have purchased at Harlequin, Kobo, Sony or downloaded from your library. It will also read those DRM’ed ARCs from NetGalley.
You can sideload books by emailing them to yourself, transferring them into the books or docs folder via a USB cord, or downloading them from your personal cloud.
Read more about handling ePubs here.