Kindle Fires and E-content from the library

Prior to this weekend, I had tried getting the Zinio app and 3M Cloud app on to the library’s Kindle Fires with little success. The instructions that were provided by the content providers were just not working.

However, I tried again and it seems to be working now. I had to make some slight adjustments to the instructions provided by our content providers, but I was able to install Zinio and 3M Cloud on the library’s Fire (original), HD, and HDX. Please note: Overdrive Media Console and OneClick Digital apps are available in the Amazon App Store, so these instructions only apply to Zinio and 3M Cloud. Here is how to do it:

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Set up the Kindle Fire to accept 3rd party applications (aka “side loading):

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and select “more” if using an original Fire or Fire HD; select “settings” if using a Fire HDX.
  2. On the next screen, select “device” if using an original Fire or Fire HD; select “applications” if using a Fire HDX.
  3. Find the setting that says “allow installation of applications” and touch “on” to turn it on.
  4. Go back to the home screen and make sure you are connected to a WiFi network. If your model has cellular capabilities, you can do this over a cellular network as well.

To install Zinio

  1. In the Silk web browser on the Fire (all models) go to the Fountaindale library home page (www.fountaindale.org) and under the Find It! menu select e-books and more.
  2. Scroll down to the link for Zinio and click the link.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click on “Kindle Fire/HD/HDX” toward the right at the bottom of the page.
  4. A window will pop up asking if you would like to download the file. Click OK.
  5. After the file is done downloading, choose the menu icon in the upper left corner of the Silk browser on the Fire – it looks like three thick lines stacked on top of each other.
  6. Click on downloads.
  7. Select the “ZinioReader…” file that ends with the extension .apk.
  8. You will be asked if you are sure you want to install, click next until you see ok and click ok and/or just click ok.
  9. The application will install and you can find it in the apps area on the device. Make sure when you go to your apps you select “device” and not “cloud” as this app will not reside in the “cloud”.

To install 3M Cloud

  1. In the Silk web browser on the Fire (all models) go to the website slideme.org.
  2. In the search box, type “3M Cloud” without the quotation marks and click search.
  3. Click on the 3M Cloud icon (picture) to the left of the application name/description.
  4. On the next screen, click “download”. A window will pop up asking if you would like to download the file. Click OK.
  5. After the file is done downloading, choose the menu icon in the upper left corner of the Silk browser – it looks like three thick lines stacked on top of each other.
  6. Click on downloads.
  7. Select the “com.txtr.android.mmm…” file that ends with the extension .apk.
  8. You will be asked if you are sure you want to install, click next until you see ok and click ok and/or just click ok.
  9. The application will install and you can find it in the apps area on the device. Make sure when you go to your apps you select “device” and not “cloud” as this app will not reside in the “cloud”.

When you are done, repeat the steps under “Set up your Fire…” to turn off the “allow installation of applications” function. This does not affect applications you can download or purchase from the Amazon App Store, only applications that need to be installed that cannot be obtained through the Amazon App Store.

If you require further assistance, feel free to drop in and ask for Tony or Jake. I also hold a “Tech Time with Tony” on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room where I answer these and other technology related questions – to the best of my ability!

-Tony L.

Edited on 12/01/2014 to reflect new steps in downloading Zinio app due to change in library’s website. Also struck information as Tech Time with Tony is no longer being offered as a set program.

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