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How do I liston to audiobooks on my Fire? MP3, ODM, WVA?

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Initial post: Dec 15, 2011 10:26:20 AM PST
Book Reader says:
Can I, and if so, how do I listen to audiobooks?
When I download from the library they are in ODM format. How do I get them into mp3 or (wva?)? Then how to get them onto the Kindle Fire? Do I need to get a USB cable?

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 10:36:01 AM PST
Fud53 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2011 11:31:05 AM PST
ODM is an secure (encrypted) format used only with Overdrive, which is not available on the Fire. You cannot (legally) convert it to a format that can be played on the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2011 11:31:39 AM PST
Fud53: I know you get off on annoying people, but I'd be interested to know exactly where in the user manual you think this is addressed?

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 2:56:34 PM PST
Book Reader says:
So the Fire can not play Library audio books at all?
The library gives me the option to get .MP3 or .WMA books, but they both show up as .ODM files.
Just seams funny the Kindle Fire can't play audio library books. That's why awhile ago my mother got the Nook, the Kindle then couldn't get library books either.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2011 2:58:23 PM PST
~nospin says:
The Kindle Fire can play audiobooks in the MP3 format gotten through Overdrive.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 4:50:35 AM PST
Paula says:
Can I download Overdrive on my Kindle Fire? I didn't think the Kindle Fire would support it?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 4:54:01 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
There is an Android app for it. Just not available through Amazon at this time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 9:48:18 AM PST
So do you know if any audio books are Not in the ODM format? So far all the ones I try are in Overdrive :( or does anyone know where else to get free audio books in mp3 format?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 10:06:43 AM PST
Carbonbased says:
I was about to say, since Amazon owns Audible, that their books should play...then I searched my library and none of my Audible books (which load and play fine on my Kindle Keyboard) are showing on my Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 10:09:58 AM PST
ya and Audible charges $7.95 for 3 mo and then jumps to $14.95 per mo...I was looking to utilize my library system for free, however it looks like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have tried to squash the ability to get audio books for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 10:11:20 AM PST
You listen to your Audible books via the Audible app. Log into the app with your account info and download the books from the library.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:20:42 AM PST
Carbonbased says:
Ah, of course! Thanks for reminding me.
I have trouble remembering to look in apps, for things like magazines, newsfeeds, now audibles. All those loaded automagically on my eink Kindles. I'm planning to dump The New Yorker soon, as it behaves like a webpage instead of a mag...scrolling where it should page-turn. Also if I forget to drop everything when I get a good signal, open the app, download the current issue, wait, wait, retry, wait, retry, I'll never see a second issue.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 10:08:21 AM PST
K. Kasprak says:
All library content will show as .ODM because it can only be opened in Overdrive (even though it may be an MP3 or WMA - because it's protected).

You can still download the Overdrive app on the Kindle Fire since it's an Android Device.
Click on "Web" on your Kindle Fire and go to
Click on "Overdrive Media Console" near the bottom of the page under the "Software/Apps" heading.
Select Android.
The next page will tell you that it's available in the Android Market. However, UNDERNEATH that is a link that says "If your device doesn't support Android Market, you can download OverDrive Media Console for Android from OverDrive." Click that link.
It will start downloading. You can view the download progress by sliding down the menu bar at the top of the Kindle Fire. When it is Complete, click it. This will install the Overdrive app.
Authorize the app with an Adobe email and password. Click "Get Books"
Search for your library.
Select and checkout. After checkout, the audiobook will automatically download into the Overdrive App. You will only be able to listen to it in Overdrive.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 10:16:11 AM PST
K. Kasprak says:
See the following link for more information about downloading Overdrive to the Kindle Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 10:02:59 PM PST
Lin says:
Thank you so much, your information was very helpful. I purchased a kindlefire and have not been able to listen to any audio books. Again I really appreciate you sharing your step by step instructions.

L. Wilson

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 10:05:04 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 26, 2012 10:48:31 PM PST
The Artist says:
My library, which uses overdrive, offers books in MP3 or WMA format. You just have to choose the correct format to download.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 6:04:43 PM PDT
Mark Twain says:
You can download Overdrive to your computer and then transfer books as mp3 to your Fire by usb.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 2:03:18 PM PDT
With the original kindles, you were able to have books you bought on Amazon also read to you if you wished. Can't seem to do that with the Fire. Looks like I have to buy the touch. Why is that? I don't want to have to carry two things with me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 2:06:43 PM PDT
You are correct, the Fire does not have the Text-to-speech capability. We can't tell you why.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 2:19:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2012 2:21:08 PM PDT
So I do need to buy the kindle touch in order to be able to do that? Is there going to be a system update that will allow me to do on my kindle fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 2:43:28 PM PDT
We don't know. Amazon has not said anything about whether or when they will have text-to-speech on the Fire. Either the Touch or the Kindle Keyboard do support TTS.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 3:01:45 PM PDT
H. A. White says:

I have been wondering how to do this well, and I So appreciate those of you willing to spend the time and share in detail on how make it work,especially when we have spent time trying to figure it out and haven't been able too, rather than being snarky about our knowledge or lack thereof, Thx, Heidi

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 6:06:41 PM PDT
H. A. White says:
K Kasprak ~ I was tracking along with you great until you got to the part about about how to authorize the app with an adobe e mail and password. I was able to download the Overdrive Media Console easy peasy, but now I am stuck, would you mind helping me out? Thanks, Heidi
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