Getting Kindle to Work on Linux


Kindle by Amazon is a highly patronised reading device. It is an excellent and highly innovative idea, although, there aren’t too many of us that would be happy spending hundreds of dollars for cheap books.

The Kindle designed by Amazon was recently turned into a PC application, this program allows you to download and read books directly from your computer system without having to purchase an iPhone or a Kindle, which was once the case. Currently there are no Linux and Mac versions available on the market today. But there is a way to get this application to run on a Linux based machine.

These instructions are for a system running Ubuntu 9.04 on Gonome. If you have a different version of GUI or Linux, then it’s quite possible that you’ll end up with results that differ. However, it is likely that these methods will work on most other versions of Linux as the differences between the versions are fairly minimalistic.

Your first step will be to install the Wine HQ software onto your computer system.

After you have successfully installed that program, you should go to Amazons website and download the Kindle for PC application.

Execute this program with the Wine HQ software loader and follow the typical installation process that you would follow if you were installing a program to your windows system.

The application will run when you first load it up, but you shouldn’t be able to see any text. Once this happens, immediately shut the application down and run the ‘configure wine’ screen on the wine HQ software.

Once you are there, add kindle to the program as an application and have it set to run in windows 98 mode. There are other methods that you can use, but this method worked immediately for me. But if you run into any problems, then I recommend you try other modes.

Load up the program again and it should show up correctly, once the program is up and running you’ll be asked to enter your email and password in order to unlock the program.


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