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How to Get Amazon Kindle Working on BlackBerry OS 7 & 7.1 Devices

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Many users who upgraded to BlackBerry OS 7 and 7.1 devices were sad to learn that Amazon has not updated their app to support the latest BlackBerry devices. This is a shame since the app actually does work and could easily be updated by Amazon. I have been meaning to mention this little trick for getting Amazon’s Kindle app working on BlackBerry 7 and 7.1 smartphones. All credit for discovering it goes to ljcn who detailed the steps on CrackBerry Forums. I have confirmed that it does work on my Bold 9900 along with a friends 9810 and 9360.

Here are the instructions:

  1. First download the Amazon Kindle app directly from Amazon at:
  2. When you open the app you will see the Kindle splash screen and it will hang
  3. While your BlackBerry is hung on that screen connect your BlackBerry to your PC using the USB cable
  4. When it pops up asking you to choose between the three connection methods select “USB Drive”
  5. After a few seconds disconnect your BlackBerry from your PC and the Kindle app should have started up
  6. You are not logged in so you will just see a bar that says “Archived Items (0)”
  7. Click on that bar and you will be taken to the Kindle login page
  8. Login and it will work!

Keep in mind you will need to do this every time you reinstall the application or reload your OS. Ljcn also rightfully points out that you can use the Kindle BlackBerry app to read books that you did not purchase from Amazon. You just need to put the Mobi formatted books in the SD card folder \kindle\books and they will show up. If you have those ebooks on another device then the WhisperSync will also keep your page in sync between devices!

Kudos to Ljcn for the instructions and Tammy for reminding me that I needed to write this up!

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  1. Thank you very much for this, It also shows that many developers wha are not supporting blackberry are doing for reasons other than providing customers a good service.

    Nice to have kindle back on, although I’ve pretty much moved over to Kobo because of Amazon obvious petty decisions

  2. It’s always worked fine on the 9850/60

  3. you may want to re-read point no 8. I think it should read ‘and it will work.’

  4. Thanks for this tip – however, the download link doesn’t appear to work… do you have an updated download link for the Kindle installer?

    • Nevermind, I got it sorted – this works great, thanks so much! Been waiting since August when I got my 9900 to have Kindle support…

  5. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Just got my new blackberry bold and couldn’t get the kindle app to work, I was eyeing up my old blackberry bold (which I gave to my mum) as a possible “mobile-kindle-reader-that’s-smaller-than-a-kindle” back up plan to my awful realisation that kindle was never going to load on my new phone, but now my mum can keep my old phone! woo! thanks for sharing this!

  6. Hey I am running 7.1 on a 9810 and the link just worked.
    no plugging in or anything. Archive and all. Sweet.

  7. Dude you rule! Thanks for the post!!!

  8. I have been trying, but I get AccessDeniedaccess [+geekspeak]

    It’s not a matter of “hanging”, it simply doesn’t connect anymore. Perhaps the Kindle/Amazon folks got to them.

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