(Try to) Put Libby on your Kindle Fire

UPDATE – OCTOBER 2020: Unfortunately, we have not been successful loading this third-party Libby app during the past month. The incompatibility error may be due to Amazon’s updated operating system on Kindles. We will keep trying. Meanwhile, the OverDrive app can still be used to borrow ePub books on a Kindle Fire, though that app is supposed to be sunsetted. See this post for a how-to use OverDrive to borrow ebooks.

Amazon does not currently offer the Libby app by OverDrive through the Amazon AppStore. Since Libby is the preferred reading app for everyone I’ve worked with, this has been a big disappointment to Kindle Fire lovers. However, there is at least one way to install Libby from a website download. Here’s what I found.

If you are reading this from a computer, I recommend that you switch to your Kindle’s Silk browser so you can click the links included here and get Libby installed right away.

First, though, make sure that you allow your Kindle to install apps from unknown sources before you get started, as this will save a bit of hassle. You’ll find this under Settings and Applications.

Once you’ve done allowed apps from unknown (third-party) sources, check out this website’s blog post: https://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/how-to-install-overdrive-libby-on-the-amazon-fire. This article from August of 2017 describes how installing the Libby app used to work after a download from GoodEReader’s app store at https://apps.goodereader.com/.

Again, the past several months in 2020, the Libby app did not install. This is probably due to Kindle Android operating system updates.

Lisa Dains

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