UPDATE: The wine-based linux Kindle Cloud Reader file that I used to have is now no longer current, and I don’t have the newer file. However, if you want to read Kindle material on your Linux computer, the browser-based Kindle Cloud Reader is better. Use that!
And it is time. The Kindle Reader now works in Linux, under wine (which stands for “wine is not emulator”). Details follow.
You need to install the 1.3.xx version of wine, the development release, which may involve going to the wine site and following instructions to add the development repository. Who wants the stable version of a Windows (not a) Emulator anyway? If it was stable, it wouldn’t really be (not) emulating Windows, would it?
Then, grab the latest version of the Kindle reader from Amazon. Then install it. Then read books and stuff.
Reading books that are already on my computer works.
Going to “shop in the store” does not work from within the software.. you are sent to the store via the browser window, which is probably a merciful act because it gets you away from that awful Windows-designed software.
Syncing and downloading books on my account works.
The windows part of the software, the fonts, overall design, etc. suck but that is because it is a windows app. The reading of the book part works quite nicely. I like it.
Good going Wine. This makes me want to buy Crossover, becasue buying Crossover is a way to help fund the wine project.