Sideloading the Kindle Fire: IndieBound Reader App
Installing IndieBound Reader on the Kindle Fire is not difficult, but if the user has not sideloaded an app before, they will see a security warning about installing apps from outside of Amazon’s Appstore. In order to install IndieBound Reader, the user must disable a setting preventing the installation of sideloaded apps. If the user is uncomfortable with this, they can switch this setting back on after the installation is finished.
Steps to install the IndieBound Reader app
• First, configure your Kindle to allow sideloaded apps. Tap the Settings icon (looks like a gear, or a tiny asterisk) at the top right of the home screen, and then tap the “More” button.
• From the Settings menu, select “Device”
• Toward the bottom of this screen is a toggle that says “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources.” Switch this toggle from Off to On.
• A nasty security warning appears. Tap OK. You can now install sideloaded apps.
• Point your browser to http://www.indiebound.org/reader
• Tap the green button that reads “Download IndieBound Reader for Android.” Your Kindle will display a “Starting download…” notification.
• When the download is complete, a banner notification will appear at the top of the screen saying, “Download Complete” and a new notification will appear. Tap this notification at the top of the screen, and then tap on the successful download message to begin installation.
• You now have the IndieBound Reader app on your Kindle Fire! It will appear with your other apps on the “Apps” screen.
• (Optional) If you would like to disable sideloaded apps again, simply follow the first few steps and change the “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources” toggle back to Off again.