11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

Summary: This list of 11 great apps and games for Amazon's Kindle Fire are for fun, not work.

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Many people got Kindle Fires for the holidays this year.

It's no secret that I'm a big Kindle Fire fan, as you may have seen in the Kindle Fire vs. iPad ZDNet Great Debate at the end of November. I argued in favor of the Fire and won the debate, picking the Fire as the top tablet for gifting and getting this holiday season.

While many early Fire buyers were peeved that Amazon at first had blocked access to the wider Android Marketplace, I was glad to see Amazon fix the complaint with a just-before-the-holidays update.

While it's true that the current greatest failing of the Kindle Fire in my house is its lack of apps for my cat to play with, the Fire has become my main go-to gadget for fun.

Right now there are plenty of Kindle Fire app guides for all the basics, and with a free app a day it probably feels like there are oodles of apps to grab and enjoy.

I want to show you some distinctively non-productive apps I love that'll make your Fire into a swingin' sidekick, from cocktails and LOLcats to non-Amazon e-books and NSFW podcasts, and beyond. You'll find all of them except the IndieBound Reader in the Kindle Fire app store.

  • IndieBound Reader (free)

Want to read non-Amazon books, Google Books, or be able to buy books from an indie bookseller and read them on your Fire? Now we can!

The IndieBound Reader app is an absolute must-have, and I especially like that I can find any indie bookstore I want to by zipcode, store name, and its default store is the fabulous indie bookstore that made this free app - Green Apple of San Francisco.

Be sure to follow the complete instructions for installation in the sidebar on the right of this article.

  • Scanner Radio (free)

I don't know about you, but I was one of those nerds that would sit with friends on a weekend night and listen to the police scanner over beers. Was that the early version of watching reality TV?

Anyway, this free app brings it all back (and could be handy in emergencies). It has nearly 3,000 police and fire scanners, weather radio, amateur radio repeaters worldwide and continually adds more every day.

  • ComiCat ($2.00)

It's really easy to understand why the Fire has been touted as a comic reading device (and the 'savior' of online comics) once you open a full-color comic and start reading - it's fantastic.

ComicCat is the top app for organizing, growing and enjoying your tablet comics collection. It has Facebook integration, and given how responsive the app team is in customer support, I'm optimistic this solid app will add more sharing options as time goes by.

  • BeyondPod Podcast Manager (free)

I'm deeply invested and reliant on RSS readers to make my world go 'round, and I love podcasts (especially indie and hard-to-find ones).

The BeyondPod Podcast Manager is hands-down the best, most solid and well-made podcast and RSS management and consumption app, period. I've found it great for everything from keeping up with my favorite erotic art blogs and culling work links to listening to Fresh Air while driving my car.

  • Backstab HD ($0.99, currently down from $6.99)

This game has to be seen to be believed, and many users are calling Backstab HD the best game for the Fire right now. This action game pits you as an anti-hero with nothing to lose that is forced into a do-or-die adventure.

Lots of action, Parkour-style movement, necessary theft for survival, weapons from swords to guns, horse riding - and be warned, lots of adult violence where players can kill anyone, good or bad.

  • Buzzfeed (free)

I come up with many ways to justify my addiction to Buzzfeed, and it helps that this simplified group aggregation site is one of the first places to easily catch a new meme before it's on the mainstream blogs. This app is definitely one of the more fun ways to kill time with its always-entertaining, endless stream of OMG and LOL.

  • Tweetcaster (free)

This anti-productivity Kindle Fire app list wouldn't be complete without a Twitter app, and Tweetcaster has long been my top pick for Android tweeting. A streamlined, straightforward interface has the functions I want immediately right on its face, nice customizations in the free version and I just love it.

  • PicSay Pro ($1.99, currently down from $3.99)

This is a ridiculously fun photo editing app for the Fire. Some users compare to a Photoshop-style tool, it's way more internet-meme friendly add-ins, like speech bubbles and more.

It's surprisingly excellent for cleaning up photos and adding effects I've grown to love with my Android phone photo tools, such as cross-process emulation. Sadly I missed the window when this was a free Fire app of the day... But I found the cost worth it.

  • Rage Comics (free)

Another meme I've really grown to love, Rage Comics are one of my favorite things right now - and this app delivers them smoothly right to my Fire. The best Reddit-related app currently available is a welcome one for me; it'll certainly have to support my geeky comic needs until someone makes a functional XKCD app for the Fire.

  • Nyancat ($1)

Is there anything that Nyancat can't make cool? If you're into Nyancat, this app needs no explanation. And if you're not a Nyancat fan... Free your mind.

  • Pocket Cocktails ($0.99)

My Kindle Fire sits perfectly at attention on its little stand when I'm ready to mix drinks for my guests, like any helpful bar companion.

This app has hundreds of drink recipes, easy instructions for mixing everything from classic cocktails to winter warmers and even non-alcoholic 'mocktails' - but I really appreciate that I can search recipes by ingredient, based on using what I have on hand.

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  • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

    "a functional XKDC app"

    ?

    Also can the scanner app stream the audio over the 'net, or is it just a listing?
    gtvr
    • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

      @gtvr XKDC is a webcomic, if you didn't know.
      Aerowind
  • Kindle Fire is Now a Windows 7 Tablet.

    Over the holiday weekend I downloaded the "Splashtop Remote Desktop" to my Kindle Fire which was 99 cents and then did the same plus the "Splashtop Streamer" on my PC (free). Over my own network the delay is almost non-existent, I haven't tested it to see how it will perform when I connect from the internet, but I don't foresee it to be bad. I was amazed that it streamed the audio directly to my Kindle Fire and that I can either turn off or on the audio for my home PC with just a change of the settings. It's like I am sitting in front of my home computer from anywhere in the house, plus it even gives me the option of having the Kindle Fire operate like a second monitor. AWESOME
    ManKzin
  • Kindle Fire is Now a Windows 7 Tablet.

    Over the holiday weekend I downloaded the "Splashtop Remote Desktop" to my Kindle Fire which was 99 cents and then did the same plus the "Splashtop Streamer" on my PC (free). Over my own network the delay is almost non-existent, I haven't tested it to see how it will perform when I connect from the internet, but I don't foresee it to be bad. I was amazed that it streamed the audio directly to my Kindle Fire and that I can either turn off or on the audio for my home PC with just a change of the settings. It's like I am sitting in front of my home computer from anywhere in the house, plus it even gives me the option of having the Kindle Fire operate like a second monitor. AWESOME
    ManKzin
  • A word of warning

    Having a scanner app on your phone, or by extension your tablet, is a criminal offense in the state of Kentucky and will result in unpleasant conversations with law enforcement in Tennessee as well. I would check with the authorities in your respective states before installing if you intend on taking your tablet out in public.
    Tenma1
  • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

    This is a well-written and informative article for people who own or are interested in buying a Kindle Fire.

    My wife and I have no such interest.
    cardhun@...
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  • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

    Thanks so much for the great info! Super helpful. I also found some really great free food and recipe apps for the Kindle Fire at http://www.squidoo.com/kindle-fire-food-apps. Hope this helps :)
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  • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

    Nice collections! Many Frees!
    I like the Pandora, Hulu Plus and Netflix very much, and these are what Im using much now.
    But I think but I think there are many more apps also worth a taking, such as this "Top free apps for Amazon Kindle Fire" I got from here:
    http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/tablet/free-kindle-fire-apps.html
    yvette77
  • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

    Great big thank you. BeyondPodcast is super!
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  • RE: 11 Awesome Offbeat and Indie Amazon Kindle Fire Apps

    Check out Screebl Fire too. It allows keeps the tablet's screen on based on how the tablet is held. Very cool! http://www.amazon.com/KeyesLabs-com-Screebl-Fire/dp/B007AI41MI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330025229&sr=8-1
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