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How to read Kobo and Nook eBooks on a Kindle Fire

If you are the owner of a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, you may think you are locked in to reading Kindle books only, but with a little ingenuity it is possible to install both the Kobo and Nook Android Apps on your Kindle Fire (even 1st gen) and read books from Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

kobo and nook on kindle fire

The tricky part is that neither of the two competitor apps are available on the Amazon Appstore, so you have to install them manually. Here's how to do it :

Step 1: If you haven't already done so, you will need to enable Apps from unknown sources. To do this :
  • Open the settings panel by pulling down from the top of the screen.
  • Tap on More
  • Scroll down to 'Device'
  • Find 'Allow Installation of Applications' and turn this to On
Step 2: Download the APK files.

Easiest Way :

You can download the APK files direct from your Kindle Fire HD by clicking on the links below. When you click, you will see a number in the notification bar. Pull the notification bar down to monitor the download and when complete, tap on the file to start the install.

Nook.apk (19/12/2012)

Kobo.apk (19/12/2012)

Alternatively:

if you are on a computer, download them and copy them into the Downloads folder of your Kindle Fire via USB. To open and install the APK files you will need to use ES File Explorer which you can download from the Amazon Appstore for free. Launch ES File Explorer and then navigate to the Downloads folder and then tap on the APK to start the install.

Once the installation is complete, you should now find the Kobo and/or Nook app on your Apps page or on your Carousel.

Step 3: Create a free account for Nook or Kobo

Before you can use the apps, you will need to create a free account with the relevant service.

To create a Kobo account go here and click on register at the top of the page.

To create a Nook account go here. and click on sign in at the top of the page, then create a new account.

Step 4: Get some books

We have a wide selection of free Kobo books which also work on Nook right here on Nobooko.com


A big thanks to Frogplate for providing the original instructions and also supplying the APK files for download.

If you want to make sure you have the latest version of Kobo and Nook readers, you may want to manually source the APK files as per the instructions from Frogplate here : http://www.nobooko.com/ereaderforum/thread-10.html