Nov 18 AT 12:55 PM Anthony Domanico 12 Comments

The Kindle Fire is so fast it downloads books before you purchase them


The folks over at Gesture Theory have found a pretty significant bug in the Kindle UI that allows users to temporarily download any book in the Kindle store for free. That’s right, full access to paid books for free.

How it Works

When browsing the Kindle store, Amazon wants it to be simple for you to purchase content, utilizing their one-click ordering system. Before you’ve had a chance to finalize your purchase, Amazon begins to download the book in question onto your Kindle Fire. If you cancel the purchase and quickly navigate back to your home screen and launch┬áthe┬ápurchased book, it will continue to download the book to your device while the cancel order sits out there as pending.

Once you’re in the book, you’re in, at least temporarily. If you continue to read the book without closing it, you can read through the entire book from cover to cover. Once you close the book, you’re out of luck and the book will be deleted from your device.

We fully expect that Amazon is aware of this issue and is working hard to fix the problem. Don’t expect to be able to make use of this workaround for long. Of course, we don’t condone taking advantage of this vulnerability in the Kindle Fire’s UI, but we thought it was an interesting story nonetheless. Anyone out there tried this out yet?

Source: Gesture Theory

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  • AndrewKam

    I had a similar workaround the weekend the Nook Color launched. My credit card had expired the day after my first purchase, but books kept going through when I purchased them. I got notifications saying that the charge was declined but it still downloaded 3 books that were accessible to me until I powered down the device. (I paid with a new account when I noticed something was wrong.)

    I tried it again with another expiring card months later and it didn’t work. I’m sure Amazon will be just as quick with fixing this.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, I’d be surprised if it weren’t fixed within a week or so.

      I’m still on the fence about getting a Kindle Fire. I’m sure my wife will kill me if I get one ha.

      • Droid Dewd

        I tried to convince the wife to get one but she isn’t into it. but shes just not a tech hound like me. I’m sure Gary has one along with the rest of any Android gadgets he’s still hanging onto.

        • Anthony Domanico

          haha i wouldn’t be surprised.

          I haven’t talked to gary in a while. I’ll have to talk to him soon.

  • Mark

    Does this work on the Kindle Reader for Android phones???

    • Anthony Domanico

      Hmm…I’ll have to check that out. I doubt it though.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    I’m sure is going to be fixed quickly, in the meantime it’ll be an special treat for the lucky users of the Kindle.

  • A

    i have a kindle fire and i havent tried that though i plan to, not for the book but as a test ;)

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  • Matthew

    Hmm I have mixed feelings on the issue, yes it is a bug with the UI, but it is still an exploit it is still stealing. If I leave my door open and a thief steals my television, yes I’m an idiot for doing so, but they still stole it. Kindle fix your product!

  • Luna

    Gesture theory updated that blog and mentioned the kill signal eventually expires after holding the book for so long. Anyone know how long it takes for that kill time to expire?

  • Joseph

    Is this illegal?