For those who are planning on purchasing or considering purchasing a Kindle Fire, I thought this review might be worthwhile.
Apparently when using the Kindle Fire, it's difficult to download free ebooks that you didn't purchase from the seller of the device. This review gives a way to download other ebooks than the Kindle Fire only ebooks.
If you want to read free ebooks, don't buy the Kindle Fire. Amazon has locked down the Fire to make it hard to get any content to it you didn't buy from Amazon. It is a huge step back in freedom from the Kindle 3.
Even Apple has not gone so far as Amazon in locking down their devices. You can easily download and read ebooks on Apple devices using only the standard apps.
You can get free ebooks to the Fire too, but the process is so cumbersome that it isn't worth the trouble given the alternative of buying a Nexus 7, which handles free ebooks with ease.
To be specific, there is no way to download free books from the web and have the Kindle Fire store them permanently or in the same places where your books from Amazon are kept. This was easy with the Kindle 3. No more. To work around this deliberate limitation of the Kindle Fire you have to either:
- Use a PC to send your files to the Kindle Fire, but that will work only near your PC, or
- install a third party app called a file manager and manually move every book you downloaded into the right folder, but that makes every download of a new book into a dozen-clicks affair instead of a one-click task like on the Kindle 3, or
- install a third party EPUB reader and download free EPUB books instead of free Kindle books, but that implies learning and using two different apps to read books on the same device.
This review also gives a link to a workaround app.