The Blackberry Playbook recently got the OS2 update we covered in great detail a few days ago. Since developers got their hands on the SDK people have been porting over Android applications like crazy to get them working with the Playbook. Angry Birds, Google Maps, WINAMP, Gmail and now Kindle Reader have been a few of the great new apps ported over.
So you want to buy and read ebooks on your Playbook using the Kindle App? No Problem! We have made a full tutorial and are including downloads for the Kindle Playbook File and some other files. This will insure you have all of the tools you need to get going right away! It is about time the Playbook could be used effectively as an e-reader! More apps such as Aldiko and Droid Comic Viewer to follow shortly.
The first thing you need to do on your Playbook running the OS2 Beta is to enable development mode. Set a password on your Playbook and turn development mode on. You accomplish this by going to (Options -> Security) Next you will want to make sure you have the latest Java Runtime Environment installed on your PC. Right now they’re at version 1.6 update 25, and you can download the latest for your system here: Java SE JRE 6u25 Download. Open the batch file (PB-Instaler.bat) in notepad and edit the lines “TABLETIP” and “TABLETPASS” up at the top to match the hostname or IP address and password on your playbook. (At homescreen press the person icon with the gear in their shirt at the top to get your current IP address) Save the file when you’re done. Now all you have to do is drag a bar file onto the PB-Installer.bat icon. It will launch in a window and start attempting to push it to your device.
Once you do all of that you want to download the Kindle Reader Application HERE. All of the files you will need other then Java are available in this PlayBook_Tools download. If you need any assistance with this entire process you can check out the official Crackberry forums! They have a 40 page development thread with tons of questions and answers about loading this on your device. It also has direct download links to over 30 different Android games and apps.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.