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Initial post: Dec 27, 2012 12:07:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2012 12:30:44 AM PST
I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and it looks and functions great, but I've been using Google Play books on my Android phone for over a year now. While searching for a way to access my Google Play books on my new Kindle all I've found says Kindle is not compatible with Google Play. Goggle suggests reading through the browser by logging into your account via the web and reading from there, but Kindle cuts out chunks of text that I can't seem to scroll down to. This is a problem for me. I have over 50 books on my Google Play account. I read on my lunch break at work, and because I walk to work and my phone fits neatly in my pocket I see no reason to drag a tablet reader back and forth to work. If there were a legitimate way for me to use the Kindle at home to read my Google Play account books that are compatible with my phone I would be quite interested in keeping the tablet. If I cannot sync my Google Play account to my Kindle however, I feel this device is a waste and does not fit my purposes and I should return it to the person who gifted it to me as soon as possible so they can get a refund. As a loyal Amazon customer, and having been someone who (though not previously owning my own) has frequently advocated to others to purchase a Kindle over a Nook, I would be remiss to have to do this. But being put into a position where I would have to purchase my reading material a second time in order to access it is unacceptable. Any information or ideas on the topic would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 1:07:19 AM PST
Bixillarla says:
There is no way to sync the Fire to Google Play. Amazon has it's own App store and sells movies and music, they want you to purchase your content from them.

The Fire is primarily a Media Consumption device designed to consume Amazon content.

If you need access to Google Play you will need to return the Fire and get a different Android Tablet such as the Nexus 7.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 1:34:32 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
If you want access to the Google ecosystem then you need to buy a tablet with access to the Google Play Store. Amazon's device is set up for Amazon content.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 9:15:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2012 9:26:32 AM PST
Thanks for the responses. I sent the Kindle back to the person who gifted it to me. They're going to return it and put the money toward either a Nexus 7 or a Nook (Google Play books are able to be read on a Nook by using Adobe to transfer them through a device like a computer or a laptop). I think it's a shame. I was only using Google Play because my phone was set up for it from the store. Were Kindle receptive to my current library I would be looking into a Kindle app for my phone and inevitably end up moving over to Amazon for my purchasing needs. I cannot, however, justify abandoning a library worth more than the Kindle device.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 3:40:32 PM PST
R. Caywood says:
Ridiculous that Amazon has done that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 3:41:57 PM PST
King Al says:
No, it is a carefully considered business decision. Amazon intended it to be a device for consumption of Amazon provided media. If that is not for you, then you bought the wrong tablet.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 3:43:10 PM PST
Try reading Kindle books on a Nook... Not that easy. You can however, read Nook books on a Kindle Fire...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 3:47:53 PM PST
I agree. I would understand a minor fee per unit to access my books on their device, so they don't lose their profit. The licensing on the content I own belongs to the publishers and authors, whom have already been paid. So they're basicly stonewalling potential new customers.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 3:50:23 PM PST
S. Aguirre says:
According to Android Authority this is way to install Google Play onto your Kindle Fire HD http://www.androidauthority.com/kindle-fire-hd-7-inch-install-google-play-store-123353/

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 3:55:41 PM PST
That requires rooting the Fire, which voids the warranty and pretty much defeats the purpose of having a Kindle Fire over a plain vanilla android tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 4:24:10 PM PST
Sounds like you are not going to be happy since you are so wrapped up in Google Play.
I have it on a Nexus 7 and don't think it is all that, but if you love it, return the KF and buy a Nexus 7. Problem solved.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 5:37:44 PM PST
R. Caywood says:
So I'm not entitled to an opinion? You are right about part of it tho, returned today.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 5:55:32 PM PST
D.L.C says:
Not quite. As I understand, rooting still leaves the Amazon interface.

Now, rooting AND Roming defeats the entire point of buying a Kindle Fire device.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 5:56:57 PM PST
D.L.C says:
You can do both on a Nexus 7. Bit of an advantage to Google there.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 1:19:31 PM PST
JKO says:
Are you saying if you purchase a Nexus 7 that you can have your Amazon content and Google Play content on it? I'm in the process of deciding whether to get a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire HD. I have a Kindle Touch at present. If it's possible to have Amazon content on the Nexus 7, then it seems to me to be an easy decision for me.

Any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 1:25:19 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 6:47:13 PM PST
M. Reed says:
You cant download amazon instant videos on any android device, just fires and ipad. IF you use a flash enabled browser you could stream amz instant vids, but jelly bean doesnt supoort flash out of box and you still couldnt dowload vids u bought from amz like u can in the fire or ipad.

You also dint get a book a monthnunless u r a prime member AND owna kindle (any kindle). I have an ipad, galaxy tab, my wife has a playbook, and ky kids have two fire hds so i have first hand experience with all of them. The fire hds are indeed very nice, especially for kids thanks to freetime unlimited, i love my ipad but the size of my wifes playbook has always made me jealous. It is so portable and supports flash. So she fot me a tab 2 7.0 for xmas and while it is no ipad killer, it is realy easy to grab and slide in a jacket pocket. Nothing will be perfect. Her BB PB is great, has great cameras, which is important to her sinve she has it on her more than the camera, but it doesnt have a lot of apps. The tab is nice, but lacks support for amz videos, the fires are nice and ui is intuitive but u loose goigle play and complete customoization of android, the ipad is best tablet overall, but is large and expensive and even the mini wont slide in a sports coat pocket and costs nearly twice the tab 2 when on sale.

Hope this helps. Plz excuse typos. Rushing between tasks and just trying to help fast.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 12:47:53 PM PST
D.L.C says:
Sort of.

You can stream Amazon Prime Movies off of Firefox Beta with flash installed on the Nexus 7 but it reduces the quality. To me, it looks like Standard Definition. Other than that, the Kindle App lets you access your books easily on the Nexus 7 and the Music player is super simple as well. I have both on my Nexus 7 right now.

If you are planning on watching Amazon movies off of Amazon a lot, get the Kindle Fire HD. If movies aren't something you'll be doing much and instead have more emphasis on music and books, get the Nexus 7 and then download the Amazon Cloud Music player and the Kindle App. Both are free.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 2:31:38 PM PST
nate jarvis says:
I just wanted
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.pinyin&hl=en
on my kindle fire.

Oh well.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 3:32:56 PM PST
Pearl B says:
I hate google play. Ive got it on a phone and Imo, it sucks.

It was also a major part of the reason I got a new kindle instead of the Nexus.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:01:13 AM PST
redclock says:
I am so disappointed with my Kindle Fire. I hadn't appreciated what limited functionality it had before I got it. The main tasks I wanted to use it for were reading my Kindle books (which I can do on pretty much any device) and carrying around my work related documents on a handy tablet device, where I could access them offline whilst in meetings, travelling, etc.

I had read up on kindle fire before I got it, but not enough it would seem. I can sideload the dropbox app, but it doesn't sync for offline access (basically, it's a glorified link to the dropbox webpage, which I could access anyway). So then I heard about dropsync, which is meant to add this functionality for dropbox users. But dropsync needs a Pro Key for anybody with more than 1 folder or more than a few gig of data - and I have a lot. But you can only purchase this key via the Google Play store. Meanwhile Foldersync (another system which would do the same) is only available via Google Play too. To be honest, I've bought a very expensive, glorified kindle book reader, which has terrible battery life and a stupidly slow browser. I would contemplate rooting it, but then if it goes wrong I'll end up with a lump of junk. I really, really wish I'd got a Nexus.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 2:01:25 PM PST
Aaron N. says:
I got my Fire for Christmas as well. After several attempts to get Play apps I eventually came across a *Free*Kindle Book that gives some alternate sites for installing Android apps. http://www.getjar.com is the best one IMHO. Alot to select from and you don't have to jump thru hoops to install it.

Many people have suggested rooting the Fire to be able to install the apps, but that's really not a good idea as it voids the warranty, and most people aren't savvy enough to handle the superuser privilges of the device.. ie crash it. As someone else said above, if the Fire is not what you are looking for, return it. It's a great tablet and takes care of all of my needs and wants, even the business apps. I don't think I've even spent $5 in apps. The only complaint I have is the battery life, but there are ways to extend that also. In fact there are a few apps that help you tweak certain core functions to help extend the battery. In any event it's a good all around product.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 6:29:18 AM PST
JGallow says:
Go with the Nexus. You can still look at your Amazon books through Amazon and look at Google. Def the better deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2013 11:47:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2013 11:49:25 AM PDT
S_Allen says:
You can but not the Prime extras like the lending library. I have a prime account that, the speakers and the dual wifi is what decided me on the fire hd. I just have a droid phone and would like to be able to read my google books on my tablet rather than my phone. Most of my books are Kindle so it's not a huge deal either way. However is suprises me we can read Nook books but not google. I don't really have any Nook books so that doesn't do much for me. Still I am happy with my Fire.

Posted on May 1, 2013 4:18:37 PM PDT
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