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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011 5:52:39 AM PST
SDS says:
Can you listen to audio books on the Kindle Fire? I borrow them from my local library for free and listen to them on my ipod, but don't know if you can do that with the Fire.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 8:02:13 AM PST
Alison says:
According to another thread, the Fire won't play the Overdrive .wma audiobooks. I'd suggest contacting Customer Service for a definitive answer though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:06:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 8:06:46 AM PST
MJ Guidry says:
As I understand it, they have to be downloaded from Audible. And you can't upload audiobooks to the Cloud, so the ones from your library wouldn't work. If someone has other info I would love to hear it. I really love my audiobooks! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 3:25:54 PM PST
you can listen to books from the library, mine in nashville does, check your local libary website, there is an option. the library will send you a link when you check out a book, and then you're redirected to amazon to get the book for the alotted time period and it will automatically check it back in at the end of the time period.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 4:12:01 PM PST
Brian Markey says:
Does anyone know if you can get books that have both text and audio? I love to read, but I also drive a lot and love the audio books...I'd love to be able to read and then continue as an audio book and then switch back to text when I'm able to sit and read again.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 4:15:24 PM PST
~nospin says:
You can get books with text to speech enabled for the Kindle keyboard or Touch. This is a robotic reading of text and is not the same as an audio book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 4:17:41 PM PST
Brian Markey says:
Yeah, but I'm pretty spoiled by the production level audiobooks I get from't be able to handle the robotic reader! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 4:35:29 PM PST
I haven't figured out how to listen to an audio book on my kindle. How do you get the audio to turn on? thanks

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 4:38:02 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 23, 2011 4:39:45 PM PST
If I buy the audio book from amazon, will I be able to listen to it from the reader or the robotic reader?

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 4:40:29 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 23, 2011 4:45:57 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
Not on the Fire. The Fire uses the Kindle for Android app which does not have Text to Speech, collections or page numbers.

If you have a K2, K3, DX or the new touch then you can use the Text to Speech on the many Ebooks that have it enabled.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 4:55:59 PM PST
~nospin says:
I just tested this and it works through my library Overdrive. You can download mp3 audio books from your library and play on the Fire.

I downloaded Overdrive android app from their website. Went to my library and narrowed audio books to Mp3, selected title, and checked out. Title downloaded and I then choose Overdrive app and book opened and played.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 10:05:34 AM PST
K. Quist says:
I work at a library and have patrons who have the Kindle Fire and other versions of the Kindle. I am going to try your suggestion to download MP3 audio books. It works fine on my Nook and I also have the Kindle app on my Ipad which works fine. Thanks for your suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 10:19:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2011 10:47:23 AM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
The Overdrive app for Android isn't in the Amazon App Store (at least not for the Fire). But it is downloadable from, and seems to work fine on the Fire.

Your patrons will first need to change a default settiing on their fire in order to install the app. Tap the little gear icon in the upper right, then more, and then Device. They will need to change Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources to On. Amazon won't support any problems that arise with the App, but I haven't yet run into any.

ETA - the Overdrive Media App on the Fire won't work with WMA audio books, but I believe you were asking about MP3.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 3:29:58 PM PST
Ansible says:
I am trying this now. I got the Overdrive app loaded and picked an Audio MP3 book from the Overdrive web site. Only problem is getting the Overdrive web site to respond on my Kindle Fire. That web site can take several MINUTES to bring up the next page... especially the logon page and the cart. Anyone else having response time problems on Overdrive? I am on their regular web site, not the mobile site.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:42:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2011 8:02:03 PM PST
Steve R. says:
I just got kindle fire. very disappointed in all this effort that the ipad does no prob. even ipad gen1 does two kinds of audiobook and three kinds of ebook, including kindle format. kindle fire only does kindle format. shameless forced money grab for amazon; sell a cheap device and make money on content.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 7:46:14 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Stick with the ipad then.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 8:09:41 PM PST
Steve R. says:
thanks for the idea, but i don't own an ipad and I only played with one once for 15 minutes. I won the kindle fire in a drawing. I have been an appreciative amazon customer since the year after the site went online in 1995 so I feel it's my place to let them know when they missed the mark with their product. this thread is helpful as to content for solving some of the fire / overdrive probs and i don't want to hijack it in a kindle vs ipad debate, so if you reply again, I won't. Thanks for your input though.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:17:40 PM PST
~nospin says:
If your content is all with Amazon, the Fire makes it easy to access.

If you don;t like it sell it.

BTW, Amazon reps rarely visit here and are unlikely to see your post. If you want them to get your comment, e-mail them.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 8:18:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2011 8:19:08 PM PST
I have an iPad2 and I can listen to and read the same type of books on my Fire as I do my iPad--I have the same apps on both. When it comes to media consumption, they are very similar. I certainly don't get free streaming content from Apple. Check out the chart for a product comparison:

If you're that unhappy, sell your Fire and use the money toward an iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:33:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2011 8:40:06 PM PST
Steve R. says:
Ansible, I had no delays, but my WiFi signal is strong. You could try a POPO (power off / power on) by long pressing the Fire power button. My Fire easily got to On right side I enabled the radio button for Android. Don't select "Available in Android Market" button or you will get the message "Could not find that app in the Amazon Appstore." Instead, below the "Available in Android Market" button, use the hyperlink for "download OverDrive Media Counsel for Android from OverDrive." When you hit "I Agree" to the EULA the apk downloads. When you click the notification (top left of Fire) to access the download, if your Fire is in the default state, you will be taken to a screen "Application Install Blocked." Click Settings and under Allow Installation of Applications click "ON." You'll then get a security warning and have to click "OK." To reset the standard Android security level, go to Settings (gear in top right), More, Device, and select "OFF."

Most of this is just saying, in one place and click by click, what others in this thread have already contributed. It is a shame that the library content our taxes pay for (it is not "free") is made so hard to access by Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:51:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2011 8:54:22 PM PST
Steve R. says:
Nospin, I did as you and "downloaded Overdrive android app from their website and went to my library." Could you please be more specific on how you "narrowed audio books to Mp3?" If in the top search bar's "For" pulldown I select "MP3 Audiobooks," then hit Go, it says "No search criteria applied" (because the Search field is blank I presume, and I can't get wildcards to work). Similar prob with advanced search.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 8:54:38 PM PST
~nospin says:
Is there an option on the left to choose MP3 books? that is how it is with my library

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 8:58:36 PM PST
Steve R. says:
Unfortunately, no. I'll check with my library tomorrow. Thanks for the reply.
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