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Initial post: Oct 3, 2013 7:41:11 PM PDT
old_MK says:
How does one go about putting ebooks from other sources onto a Kindle Fire? A friend of mine side-loaded her other ebooks onto her new Kindle, but it can't open them so she can read them! Any solutions out there? She's already regretting her Kindle purchase...

Also, does anyone know what an MSpdf is? That's from an error message she got when trying to open one of the non-Amazon ebooks...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 7:44:14 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It depends on where she got her books from and what format they are in. If they are from Barnes and Noble then she needs to side load the Nook app. We need a little information to be able to give suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:26:49 PM PDT
old_MK says:
Oh, OK...I know she said they're .pdf files, but do you still need more info than that? I have a feeling they're from a variety of sources; I know some of them are guidebooks, as she likes to travel.

Thanks for being willing to help out!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:32:08 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Does she have a PDF reading app (Adobe or otherwise) installed on her Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:41:55 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
If there is no DRM (Digital Rights Management) on the PDF file, the Fire should have no difficulty just opening it. But if it has Adobe DRM (the only one I've ever encountered, though there certainly could be others) she would need to install a third party reader, and enter her Adobe ID, and use that to read her PDF files. Readers that could work are Bluefire and Aldiko:

http://www.aldiko.com/

http://www.bluefirereader.com/blog/?p=158

You will need to change a default setting, to allow installation of applications from other sources.

This assumes nothing has changed with the new Fire OS? It works with the first and second generations.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:42:37 PM PDT
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old_MK says:
@R.Wilde...I don't know, but I just sent her the suggestion to download the Adobe Reader, which I myself just found in the app store. I also sent her a link to this discussion, so she can communicate directly. I figure it will be faster and more accurate than my go-between-ing...

I can't believe I never saw the Adobe Reader in the app store before. Did it just arrive, or have I managed to miss it all this time?!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:48:29 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
It's been there for some time. But I'm pretty sure the issue is with DRM. The Fires natively support open PDF, but need some third party help when there is DRM.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:50:07 PM PDT
old_MK says:
@M. Ratcheson and all... I'm assuming it is a Fire HD, but I failed to ask her. It's a 9" - do they even make the regular Fire in the large format? She's had it for a few months, but I guess that doesn't mean much. You can still buy older models, I think.
Hope she'll be chiming in soon, as she'll have all these answers that I lack...!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 8:58:36 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
Ok, then what I said should work for her. If it is 9" (actually 8.9" rounded up) and she actually has one, and of course she does, I wasn't thinking, then I suspect she'll be able to read the PDF files in Bluefire or Aldiko. There are other readers, as well, those are the two I use. I find Bluefire to work slightly better with PDFs.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 9:04:36 PM PDT
AZ Customer says:
I'm the friend in question. It's a Kindle HD. I downloaded the OfficeSuite Viewer7 from the apps store and it seemed to solve the problem of opening the pdf files that Adobe wouldn't open. I only bought the Kindle at the end of May and thought that the Office Suite on there should have been sufficient. I knew the files were good because I could open them through the Nook app on my computer. Now I can use the files on my Kindle. My primary reason for buying the Kindle was to use it while traveling so I wouldn't have to carry a duffle bag full of history and guide books and documents like I usually do. Taking them may not be problem when driving but it is when flying.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 9:06:26 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
Cool, so I'm confused, but it seems you have a solution? If not, let us know.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 9:25:09 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
Chill out, Erin. I've read tons of books I've borrowed from the library, on my Kindles (Fire HD or not) and yes, for whatever reason, there are a few that can't be borrowed in Kindle format. Check out The Doll: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series Book 3)
on Overdrive, at least as of last week, it wasn't available in Kindle format. It's *now available here for $2.99, so I purchased it, and I'll probably pick it up in Audible version, too, but a couple of weeks ago, it was only available in either epub or pdf from the library.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 9:27:21 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
OTOH, yes, I haven't any idea what a MSpdf is.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 9:50:17 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
"Why would you want to put non-Amazon e-books on your Kindle?"

Maybe she wants books that aren't on Amazon.

I have some Baen Publishing books on my Kindle that I got from the publisher, not Amazon. Sure, they're available on Amazon now, but weren't when I got them. What's wrong with that?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 11:39:32 PM PDT
old_MK says:
@M. Ratcheson... yes, quickest resolution in history! Others will be looking to answer this same question, however, and many thanks to all who helped out. Well, to all who had any useful information, anyway. Not so much to those with stupid, useless comments...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 11:53:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2013 11:54:16 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I too get a lot from Baen - oddly enough, most of them are not available to me on amazon.com due to geographical restrictions, but Baen will sell them to me.

Also, there's the Humble bundles as well as publisher sites (again geographical restrictions are often lacking on some of these compared to Amazon), author websites, the free Tor short stories and pdfs I've created (the wikipedia articles output was excellent for taking along on my last Russia trip)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 11:55:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2013 11:56:34 PM PDT
old_MK says:
@Erin...
1. It's not against the law to read non-Amazon books on a Kindle.
2. Nobody cares what other people are doing.
3. Nobody said ANYTHING about its being Amazon's "fault".
4. She already owns the ebooks, but would rather travel with the Kindle than with her laptops.
5. PDF stands for Portable Document Format, NOT personal data file.
6. Your comments added nothing useful to the conversation.
.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 1:37:26 AM PDT
I second all that!

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 8:43:02 AM PDT
L. Hill says:
AZ Customer...sounds like you use and or have a lot of "documents" you need access to...I deal with the same thing, One of the few apps I actually paid for is OfficeSuite Pro 7 - an "Office" lookalike...allows you to open .docx, .xlsx, and edit them too. Not a "full" MS Office app...but it does allow you to access them. It sounds as if you have your PDF dilemma fixed...there are numerous PDF viewers out there - personally, I like the Adobe Reader app - if you have "marked up" your original PDF file on a desktop (highlighted, made notes, etc) - the Adobe app actually opens those highlights as well...not sure if the others do, but the "native" Fire PDF viewer does not. Plus, if you use for traveling - suggest you look at some of the handwriting apps that are out, and also free - comes in handy for jotting notes on your Fire while you are traveling...
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