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Out of the box my Fire apps did not do all that I needed to do. Fortunately I found plenty of help. Found this for starters:
Some of you may have noticed that Amazon is not showing epub-capable reader apps in the store on the Fire, even though they're available on the Amazon Appstore and by all
accounts work *perfectly* well on the Fire. Here's a way around that annoyance. It's slightly geeky but you don't have to root the device. It does require a computer and a USB
1. Download and install ES File Explorer from the Amazon Appstore.
2. Go into the settings for the Fire and switch "Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources" to "On."
3. You'll need to locate the appropriate file (an .apk file) for the app you want to install. If you want an epub reader, Aldiko is a good one and you can find a link to that
and several other good apps here:
4. Download the file you want to your computer (you may be able to directly download it onto the Fire, but I haven't tried that).
5. Connect your Fire to your computer with the USB cable, and drag the .apk file to the "Downloads" folder on the Fire. When the file transfer has completed, disconnect the
Kindle from the computer.
6. Open the ES File Explorer app on the Fire and go to the Downloads folder. Touch the .apk file you just transferred and install it.
That's it...and now you have an epub reader on the Fire. The same method will work for other apps, too. Of course, any books you purchase through Aldiko or otherwise sideload
onto the device will NOT be backed up by Amazon, so take the appropriate backup precautions.
While you are out there looking for apps might I suggest:
Screen Filter.apk. http://www.filecrop.com/Screen-Filter-apk.html Handy since your fire has a highly reflective tough as nails glass screen. This app lets you reduce the contrast and helps relieve "red eye" (yours). It is also great for reading a night with the lights off.
Aldiko is an ePub to mobi translator. Follow the above instructions and installtion is simple.
ES File Explorer is a free app available at Amazon/apps. It is almost as though the people at Amazon KNOW lots of users will NEED this. Just get it. Install it. and then USE it to "sideload" all those things you want to do on our Fire but are "prohibited" from doing using the built-in apps.
On a closing note let me mention:
The only useable format for video is mp4. NOT H264 just plain old mp4. Don't try to use anything else. If you have piles of .avi video and want to move some to our fire remember...They are HUGE, and you have only 5 Gig of useable space. I found that Brorsoft video Convert does the best job of converting to mp4 as it allows you to set the screen to 1024X600 which will fill the screen on your Fire.