UPDATE: GO HERE.
UPDATE UPDATE: I no longer have that file, because it is not the most current one. However, people who want to read their Kindle books on their Linux machine need only to use the browser-based Kindle Cloud Reader. It’s pretty nice.
There is a Kindle reader application for the PC (and the Mac and the iPod touch). But not Linux. Which makes us sad because without Linux, your Kindle wouldn’t even turn on.
But despite this deeply insulting unforgivable slight by Steve Bozo or whatever his name is, diligent supergeeks have solved this problem temporarily. The problem is, as usual, the Intertubes are full of people who know diddley squat but don’t seem to understand that, so you will find ample instructions to make the Kindle for PC work on your Linux computer, and you will have very little success.
Unless you know two secrets that I know.
Never mind what Lifehacker says, never mind what most of these other crazy people on the internet say. Do these two or three things and you’ll probably get the Kindle reader working.
1) Install the latest, Beta version of Wine. Go to the wine site and find out how to do that. It is a little complicated, requires some messing around, but you can do it. I know you can. And never mind that it’s the “beta” version. It’s not like Wine was stable and trouble free or anything. Might as well go for broke.
2) Do NOT use the Kindle for PC installer provided by Amazon. That one is broken for Linux with wine. Use the older version. This is a 5.2 megabyte version that still seems to be available here. But keep in mind, this and other “older” versions that are stored away on the Internet, like at Tocows, have been updated by some moron or another who thought they were being helpful. If you end up not being able to find the 5.2 meg version, email me, I’ll send you mine.
3) It may be necessary to run this as Windows 98 software. You may also want to increase the dpi to about 105 or 110.
If this does not work, do not get mad at me. Get mad at Steve Blotto and Amazon, because they are the ones who have let you down by not providing a Linux version of this totally simple easy to produce software. Their fault. In fact, you should complain to them. But in the mean time, this kludge will work. The fonts and scrolling and stuff on the application totally suck, but the reader itself …. once you have an eBook loaded, is pretty darn good.
You can’t search the text, it would seem. Or at least, I have not figured out how to. If you have, let me know!!!
That is all. Good luck.