Kindle Manager Mac

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Reading is one life’s most essential activities. Especially nowadays, when we regularly process a mind-boggling amount of information, whether it’s for work, study, or simply pleasure.

Turn your phone or tablet into a book with the free Kindle apps for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. Read anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet, or computer. Go beyond paper with immersive, built-in features. The application cannot be run from within the dmg. You must drag it to a folder on your filesystem (The Desktop, Applications, wherever). In order to show calibre in a different language, open the preferences (by pressing ⌘+P) and select your language.

With all the technological progress the way we read is changing too. You hardly see anyone today with hardcovers or printed newspapers, which have been mostly written off as expensive and inefficient. Instead, most of what we read is either hosted online or downloaded directly to our devices.

While it’s possible to read on our phones — Kindle e-readers, first introduced by Amazon in 2007, are a much better option, featuring a comfortable 6-inch glare-free ink display and an unbeatable 30-day battery life. In addition, close to 10 million books are already available on Kindle through Amazon — a few lifetimes worth. But is there a way to read them without getting a Kindle device?

What Is A Kindle Reader For Mac?

Good news is you can read Kindle books on Mac, using the Kindle Mac app. What you need to do here is download Kindle for Mac and all your previous electronic Amazon book purchases will become instantly available on your desktop or laptop.

To download Kindle app on Mac for free:

  1. Open App Store from the Applications folder

  2. Search for Kindle

  3. Click Get

  4. Launch Kindle on Mac

When you launch the app for the first time, you’ll be prompted to enter your Amazon Kindle login, which should be the same as your regular Amazon password. This Kindle sign in will happen only once to connect your device to your cloud Kindle library. In a second you should see all your Kindle books downloaded to your Mac.

How to use a Kindle reader for Mac

Amazon made sure to keep the Kindle App Store process as seamless as possible to entice the largest amount of people to sign up for Kindle on Mac. And once you see all your books on your Kindle for Mac, using the app is very easy.

If you’re wondering where are Kindle books stored on Mac, they are by default located in the cloud Kindle reader, unless you specifically download them to your machine. But let’s break this all down step by step.

What do you do in case you don’t have any books on your new Kindle app for Mac? Just buy some on Amazon:

  1. Go to amazon.com and search for an interesting title

  2. Make sure to choose the Kindle Edition

  3. Check out with your purchase and the book will be added to your Kindle reader for Mac automatically

Once you have some books in your Kindle Mac app, you can download them to be read offline:

  1. Right-click on any book

  2. Select Download

  3. Double-click the book to start reading

  4. Right-click again and select Remove from Device when done

With time, you’ll likely accumulate a large Kindle book library and, to make it more manageable, your Kindle on Mac lets you organize everything into collections:

  1. Click on the plus (+) icon next to Collections

  2. Select New Collection

  3. Write down the collection’s title

  4. Drag and drop the books into the newly create collection

You can create collections for the books already read, or the ones you’re still planning to read. Get creative!

It’s worth mentioning that avid readers might notice a sharp increase in their book spending once they get used to their Kindle for Mac. A great way to save here (and read even more) is to try Kindle Unlimited, which offers all-you-can-read books for Kindle for about $10 a month.

There are a few negative sides to the Kindle app for Mac too, however. For example, you can’t really export any books out of the app to read with other apps, since most of them are DRM-protected. Likewise, you can’t import your books into the Kindle reader for Mac. Well, at least the app is free! And if you don’t want to use the Kindle Mac app at all, you can still access your books using the cloud Kindle reader.

How to use the cloud Kindle reader

For those who only need to read on Mac occasionally, the cloud Kindle reader is the perfect solution:

  1. Go to read.amazon.com

  2. Use your regular Kindle sign in

  3. Double-click any book in your library to read it

The cloud Kindle reader generally mirrors all the features of the Kindle for Mac, with a notable exception of collections. So if you haven’t been previously using collections that often, reading in the cloud might be no different.

How to focus while reading on Mac

One indisputable bonus of having an actual Kindle device is not being distracted by all the notifications and other non-stop processes that are continuously happening on your Mac. But all you need to counter this is get an app that will eliminate all distractions.

HazeOver is the most perfect distraction dimmer for your screen. At the click of a button, it focuses all your attention on the currently active app window and sends everything else far into the background (saving you some battery life in the process). You can also precisely control the difference between your active window and background. Perfect!

How to take notes on Mac like a pro

Not all of us read for pleasure all of the time. Quite often we need to read something and take extensive notes: doing research, working, or studying for an exam. This is where some specialized annotation software with features like mind-mapping and flashcards can really help.

MarginNote is by far the best research companion out there. This powerful app lets you organize book notes from across your library in a single mind map, turn notes into flashcards for quick study sessions, export and import multiple note formats, and look up information with a built-in research browser. Finally you can collect all your notes from all the sources in a single intuitive app.

How to read the news all in one place

One area in which the Kindle Mac app lacks significantly is news-reading. Of course, today you can just visit most news sources online, but has that ever happened to you that you went down the rabbit hole of mostly irrelevant subjects for hours?

NewsReader is everything you like about the news without any fluff. Simply connect any websites, blogs, and publications to this news reader and it will automatically source all the updates via a timely RSS system. Plus, you can easily create custom collections and tailor the reading experience to exactly how you want it to be.

To create a new feed in NewsReader:

  1. Click the plus (+) icon in the bottom-left of the app

  2. Choose either to “Add new Feed” if you have a direct URL or “Search new Feeds” if you want to look for one

  3. Paste the address or type in the name of the source you’re looking for

  4. Click Add Feed

To sum up, if you want to read Kindle books on Mac, you just need to download Kindle for Mac app and enjoy the experience, or read online just as easily. But don’t forget to enter full concentration mode with HazeOver, write down interesting ideas with MarginNote, and maybe even get your daily news fix with NewsReader.

Best of all, HazeOver, MarginNote, and NewsReader are available to you absolutely free via Setapp, a platform for more than 170 essential Mac apps for solving every kind of problem out there, be it GIF creation (Gifox) or music-making (n-Track Studio). Try Setapp today at no cost and see for yourself.

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You can use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to connect your Fire tablet to your computer for testing and debugging. You connect your computer to your Fire tablet through a micro-USB cable.

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a command-line utility for running and managing Android apps on your device or emulator. For more information and instructions on using ADB, see Android Debug Bridge.

If you're looking for instructions on connecting to a Fire TV instead, see Connect to Fire TV Through ADB.

  • Check for Device Connections Using ADB (Optional)
  • Troubleshooting

Step 1: Enable Developer Options

  1. Go to Settings > Device Options and look for a Developer Options menu. If it's not there, do the following:

    a. Go to Settings > Device Options > About Fire Tablet.b. Tap your Serial Number seven times.c. Return to Device Options. A new menu appears called 'Developer Options.'

  2. Tap Developer options. (2013 models might call this option 'Security.')
  3. Set Developer options and USB debugging to ON.
  • If you have a Kindle Fire 1st Generation, ADB is enabled by default.

Step 2: Install the Kindle Fire Driver (Windows Only)

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  1. If you're using Windows, download this Kindle Fire driver: kindle_fire_usb_driver.zip.
  2. After downloading the file, extract the contents into a new folder and double-click the Fire_Devices ABD drivers file.
  3. Proceed through the installation wizard screens to install the driver.

Step 3: Install Android Studio

ADB is available on your computer when you install Android Studio. If you don't already have Android Studio, download and install Android Studio. If you're not using Android Studio, you need to download and install Android SDK platform tools.

Step 4: Connect Your Fire Device to Your Computer with a USB Cable

  1. Using a USB cable, connect your Fire tablet to a USB port on your computer.

    Note that Fire tablets can treat the USB with different transfer options. After connecting the USB cable, swipe down from the top of your tablet to see the USB option used. You might see various notifications, including the USB connection type that was used when you connected the cable. The relevant notification is highlighted in the screenshot below.

    If you don't see 'Connected as Media Device', press Tap for other USB options. Then select Media device (MTP). Later Fire OS versions have a different interface here. If you're using Fire OS 7, select File Transfer.

    Note: If your USB is connected as a Camera (PTP), Android Studio won't recognize the tablet as a device in Android Studio.

    If you don't see the USB connection type in the above notifications, go to Settings > Device Options > Developer Options > USB computer connection. Set this to Media device (MTP). For Fire OS 7, select File Transfer.

  2. When the Allow USB debugging? dialog appears on your tablet, tap OK.

  3. Open Android Studio and look for the device to appear in devices drop-down menu:

    The device's name will use the android.os.Build.MODEL property for the device. KFSUWI refers to Fire HD 10 (2017) tablet. You can see a list of build model names in the Identifying Fire Tablet Devices.

    If you have not selected the 'Allow USB Debugging' dialog on your tablet, the name 'Unknown device' will appear in the devices drop-down menu in Android Studio until you allow debugging.

  4. With the tablet connected, you can now run your app on your tablet by clicking the Run App button in Android Studio.

If you run into issues, see the Troubleshooting section below.

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Check for Device Connections Using ADB (Optional)

Instead of looking in the devices menu in Android Studio, you can also use some ADB terminal commands to confirm that your device is connected. ADB is useful for performing many other operations as well, such as entering sandbox mode or installing other assets. Follow these two sections:

If you skip adding ADB to your PATH, you can also Check for Connected Devices If ADB Isn't In Your PATH.

Add ADB to Your PATH

First, add ADB to your PATH so you can more easily run ADB commands. (Your PATH is an environment variable used to specify the location of the program's executable. If you don't add ADB to your PATH, running ADB commands will require you to browse to the <Android SDK>/platform-tools directory to run adb.)

Tip: You can check whether ADB is already added to your PATH by typing adb version from a terminal or command prompt. If you get back version information, then ADB is in your PATH. If the response says adb is an unrecognized command, ADB is not in your PATH.

To add ADB to your PATH on Mac:

  1. Get the path to your Android SDK platform-tools directory:

    1. Open Android Studio and click the SDK Manager button .The location to your Android SDK appears near the top next to Android SDK Location. For example: /Users/<your username>/Library/Android/sdk

      If this is your first time opening Android Studio, there isn't an SDK Manager button. Instead, at the Welcome to Android Studio prompt, click Configure > SDK Manager and provide the location to the Android SDK.

    2. Copy the path to the SDK and paste it somewhere convenient, such as a text editor.
    3. Add /platform-tools to the end of the path you copied in the previous step. ('platform-tools' is the directory containing the ADB executable.)
    4. Copy the full path to your clipboard.
  2. Use the following command to add ADB to your .bash_profile. Replace <your username> with your actual username. Also, make sure the path points to your Android SDK.

    Your .bash_profile file is usually in your user directory, which you can find by typing cd ~ (change to your user directory). Then type ls -a (list all) to show all files, including hidden ones.

    If the file isn't there, simply create one. You can then type open .bash_profile to see the paths listed.

    After you add this PATH to your bash profile, you should see the following in your .bash_profile file:

    (Only instead of johndoe, you will see your own username.)

  3. Fully restart any terminal sessions, and then type adb. If you successfully added ADB to your path, you will see ADB help info rather than 'command not found.'

To add ADB to your PATH on Windows:

  1. Get the path to your Android SDK platform-tools directory:

    1. Open Android Studio and click the SDK Manager button .

      The location to your Android SDK appears near the top next to Android SDK Location. For example: C:Users<your user name>AppDataLocalAndroidSdk

      If this is your first time opening Android Studio, there isn't an SDK Manager button. Instead, at the Welcome to Android Studio prompt, click Configure > SDK Manager and provide the location to the Android SDK.

    2. Copy the path to the SDK and paste it somewhere convenient, such as a text editor.
    3. Add /platform-tools to the end of the path you copied in the previous step. ('platform-tools' is the directory containing the ADB executable.)
    4. Copy the full path to your clipboard.
  2. Click your computer's search button (next to Start) and type view advanced system settings.
  3. Click View advanced system settings.
  4. When the System Settings dialog opens, click the Environment Variables button.
  5. Under System Variables (the lower pane), select Path and click Edit.
  6. Do one of the following:

    • On Windows 7 or 8, move your cursor to the farthest position on the right, type ; and then press Ctrl+V to insert the path to your SDK that you copied earlier. It may look like this: ;C:Users<your user name>AppDataLocalAndroidSdkplatform-tools. Click OK on each of the three open dialog boxes to close them.
    • On Windows 10, click the New button and add this location.
  7. Restart any terminal sessions, and then type adb. If you successfully added ADB to your path, you will see ADB help info rather than 'command not found.'

Check for Connected Devices

  1. Assuming ADB is added to your PATH, run the following commands:

  2. Confirm that the serial number for your Fire tablet appears in the list of devices. For example:

    On your tablet, your device's serial number is located under Settings > Device Options.

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Check for Connected Devices If ADB Isn't In Your PATH

If your terminal doesn't recognize adb as a command (that is, you didn't add ADB to your PATH), you might have to run the commands from the SDK directory that contains ADB.

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  1. In Android Studio go to Tools > SDK Manager.
  2. In the SDK Manager dialog box, copy the Android SDK Location.
  3. Browse to this location in your terminal or command prompt. For example:

    Mac

    Windows

    Then go into the platform-tools directory:

    The platform-tools directory contains adb.

  4. Now run the ADB commands as follows:

    Mac:

    Windows:

    The response should list your device's serial number. For example:

    If your Fire tablet is still not detected, you may need to reboot your computer or log out and back in for the changes to take effect.

Troubleshooting

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Tablet doesn't appear in list of devices in Android Studio

  1. If you don't see your tablet device in the list of devices in Android Studio, click the devices drop-down menu and select Troubleshoot device connections:

  2. Click Rescan devices.

    If rescanning devices doesn't detect your Fire tablet as a device, your micro-USB cable might be bad, you might have the wrong USB connection type (e.g, camera instead of media device), or you might not have enabled USB debugging. You can also try restarting your computer and the tablet.

Uninstall the non-ADB Driver (Windows)

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If you previously connected a Fire tablet without first enabling ADB on the Fire tablet, you might need to remove the existing USB device driver and force re-installation of the driver. To remove the non-ADB driver:

  1. Using a micro-USB cable, connect your Fire tablet to a USB port on your computer.
  2. On your computer (Windows 10), click the search button (next to the Start menu) and type Device Manager in the search. Then select it in the results. (Other Windows versions have different options for accessing the Control Panel.)
  3. In the Device Manager window, expand Portable Devices.
  4. Right-click the Fire device and then click Properties.
  5. In the Properties window, on the Driver tab, click Uninstall, and then Confirm.
  6. Unplug your Fire tablet from your computer.

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Confirm the Fire Driver Is Installed Correctly

You can confirm that the Fire driver is installed correctly by doing the following:

  1. On your computer, click the search button search button (next to the Start menu) and type Device Manager.
  2. In Device Manager, under Fire Devices, verify that that a device appears called Android Composite ADB Interface.

    If your Device Manager shows an Other Devices section with a second Fire device with a yellow alert sign, your computer is listing Amazon's unrecognized ADB module as a separate device. To fix this issue:

    1. Under Other Devices, right-click the Fire device and select Properties.
    2. On the Driver tab of the Properties window, select Update Driver…
    3. Choose to browse for the driver software, then navigate to Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer > Show All Devices > Have Disk.
    4. Navigate to the folder where you installed the Amazon driver (typically C:Program Files (x86)Amazon.comFire_DevicesDrivers) and select it.
    5. Ignore the warning regarding installing drivers and proceed.

      You should now correctly see your Fire tablet with the ADB driver installed.

Last updated: Oct 29, 2020