Freading on Kindle Fire

Please note that this is a workaround, as the Amazon app store does not have a free compatible ebook reader for library ebooks.  The Freading app is used for these instructions as it is a free, stable reader and there is a way for devices without the Google Play Store (like Kindle Fires) to download the app.

Install & Set Up the App: 


  1. Set your app to allow installation of apps from unknown sources:
    • Go into the Settings for your device. 
    • Choose Applications.
    • Turn on "Apps from Unknown Sources."
  2. Go to this page: https://slideme.org/application/freading and use the long, gray "Download" button listed below "Freading". Allow the download when prompted.
  3. When the file completes downloading, tap the notification and select "Install."  It is now installing the SlideMe app manager.
  4. Once installation has finished, go to your list of apps (might be in the "On Device" section inside apps) and open the SlideMe app.  Accept terms of use, if necessary.
  5. SlideMe app starts downloading the Freading app automatically. Allow any prompts to let the installation finish.
  6. Open or launch the Freading app for first use. 
  7. Tap on the Info icon near the bottom.
  8. Under Enable Adobe eBooks, click Authorize.
  9. Adobe IDs are always an email address and a password you were allowed to create.  
    • Already have one?  Enter it.
    • Do not have one?  Go to this website and click "Get an Adobe ID" to create one now. Then use it to log into the app.

Check Out & Download a Book

  1. Tap the Get Books icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Login button just below the search box.
  3. Enter "KS" into the State field and tap Find Library.
  4. Tap STATE LIBRARY OF KANSAS.
  5. Log in with this information:
    • Card Number: your Kansas Library eCard number.
    • PIN/Birthdate: in MMDDYYYY format.  Example: if your birthdate is April 15, 1980, you would input 04151980.
  6. Search or browse for a book to check out.
  7. When you have found a book that you want, tap the "Download" button. You will receive a confirmation message stating that the download is complete.
  8. Tap the Library icon at the bottom of the screen to see the books you currently have checked out.

Use a Book in the App:

  • Open a book: tap the book in the Library section of the app. It will open to fill the screen.
  • Turn a page: tap the right margin to go forward in the book, tap the left margin to go back a page.  
  • Close a book: tap the center of the page. This pulls up a menu. Tap Library icon (bottom left) to exit.
  • Table of contentstap the center of the page. Tap the Contents icon.
  • Bookmarks: tap the center of the page. Tap the Bookmarks icon.
  • Search: Tap the center of the page. Tap the Search icon.
  • Change reading settings: tap the center of the page, and tap the AA Setting icon at the bottom of the screen (bottom right):  
    • Text Size - increase or decrease the size of the font.
    • Margins - set the size of the book's margins.
    • Brightness (sun icon) - adjust the screen's brightness.
    • Page Turn - choose what animation occurs when you turn the page.
    • Show Page Number - toggle the page number display.
    • Orientation Lock - toggles your device's automatic orientation adjustment on and off.
    • Screen Lock Override - toggling this on causes your device to ignore settings that might turn off the screen after a set amount of time.
    • Night Mode - toggle night/day mode.

Finished with a Book: 


Remove the book from the app by: 
  • Tap the stack of three squares in the upper right corner of the app.
  • Tap the Delete Items option.
  • Tap red X in the corner of the book you wish to delete.

What Else?

  • Books check out for 21 days.
  • There are no holds for early returns on Freading. When finished with a book, just delete it from your app.
  • Checkout limit is 5 per week. As there are no holds on Freading, it works by use per week. 
    • A new 5 checkouts are issued to your account every Monday. 
    • Unused checkouts roll over for up to 4 weeks.
    • The library only pays for checkouts you actually use, so you are not wasting anything by not checking out all five books per week. 
  • Renewal available - if your book has expired, just check it out again. You may wish to check your place then delete the old copy of the book before doing so.
    1. Access the Freading website.
    2. Go to My Downloads. This shows your entire reading history.
    3. Tap the title of the book you want to check out again.
    4. You will now be on the book's details page. Use the download button for the book.