Ok, this isn’t an ode to fire, but to the 5th Generation Amazon Fire, that I picked up for about $35+cost of the case. Having played around with multiple, inexpensive Android tablets, I was happily surprised by how well Amazon’s Fire tablet has enabled me to use it as an eReader (for both Amazon Kindle ebooks and ePub formatted books), as well as Amazon Audio, Video (Prime) and Netflix. Although the screen quality falls short of my iPad 3rd generation, the Fire works great!

The 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet doesn’t offer high-end specs or the latest apps, but it’s the best way to put a wealth of multimedia content at your fingertips for an almost unbelievable $50 price. Source: PCMag Review

As an avid reader, I’ve invested in several apps to ease my sojourn on the Amazon Fire tablet:

  • Calibre Companion  ($3.99) – Enables you to connect your Kindle Fire to Calibre over wireless. The process is pretty easy.
  • eLibrary Manager ($2.00) – Although not a perfect app, it does allow you to read ePubs without having to convert them to mobi format. You may want to get the FREE Aldiko, which I refer to below INSTEAD of eLibrary Manager and save yourself some money. I ended up with it instead!

Don’t know about Aldiko?

Aldiko Book Reader is one of the best android (and now iOS) eBook reader apps. This is also the leading platform for millions of online eBook readers from across the globe. It supports PDF format, EPUB and Adobe DRM encrypted formats. You can adjust the font size, font type, background colors, margin, alignment, line spacing and brightness as you like. It also supports night time reading and editable settings to suit your desirable preferences. Source

Update: Ok, eLibrary Manager started to drive me crazy…the margin was off slightly on some of my ebooks, so I decided to make the effort to get Aldiko. Steps to get Aldiko loaded are as follows:

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  1. Adjust the settings on on your Fire so you can download installer files (a.k.a. APK file) and run them, as shown in the image above.
  2. Download the APK (Android installer) for Aldiko ebook reader (Direct link to APK)
  3. Run it and install Aldiko.
  4. Then, follow these steps below:
    1. Purchase Calibre Companion
    2. Install Calibre on your computer
    3. Load your ebooks into Calibre (so they appear in the list)
    4. Turn on Wireless sharing and content sharing on your Calibre (computer). Note: Both your Computer and Fire must be on the same WiFi network.
    5. Using Calibre Companion (on your Fire), tap on the CONNECT button in the top right-hand corner of the app. This will connect you to your Computer’s Calibre, which is working as a server.
    6. In Calibre Companion, a list of all the ebooks you have shared via Calibre on your computer will appear. Download all or selectively get them one at a time.
    7. When you want to READ a book, you’ll be prompted for the default ebook reader app…choose Aldiko. Every time you read a book, a copy will be made to Aldiko.

Will this replace my iPad? Yes, in a pinch. I’d rather carry this little device than my 3rd gen iPad as my media device of choice. If you haven’t considered getting one, then I definitely recommend it if you’re willing to “buy into” the Amazon world of DRM content, etc. Definitely consider getting Amazon Prime if you do since the content available is plumb awesome.

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