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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    I seem have to completely misunderstood the post, I had assumed there was a kindle device involved. I wasn't aware of the cloud reading service.

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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    Again, she doesn't have a Kindle device that she wants to hook up. She wants to install the Kindle reader app using Wine so she can buy books and read them in Linux. Evidently, in the UK, the web site won't let you buy books for the cloud reader. That really stinks.

    Anyway, about running the Kindle app with Wine. According to the WineHQ app database, the latest Kindle for PC app gets a platinum rating, which means it works without any problems. Based on your signature, I suspect you are using an old version of Ubuntu, and therefore also using an old version of Wine. You need to use a PPA to update to the latest Wine, and that should get it to work for you.

    Unless you have other Wine apps installed that are important, I would completely uninstall Wine and delete the .wine directory before proceeding. Just remember that you'll lose any apps you installed with Wine by doing that, so if you have apps you need, don't do it. But it will make things cleaner if you can do that. Then go over to WineHQ to learn how to add the Ubuntu PPA for Wine. Then you'll need to go to a terminal and type
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    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install wine
    After that, you'll have the latest version of Wine that supposedly runs the Kindle for PC app perfectly. Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Kindle, and try installing it again with Wine. I'll bet it will work for you.

    Edit: I guess it's not the latest version that gets a Platinum rating. But doing this might work for you anyway. It looks like most people have gotten it to work. Here's the web page on the WineHQ app database for the Kindle reader for PC. If it doesn't work perfectly, maybe you can get some hints for workarounds there.
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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    On the netbook (11.04) I only installed Wine a few days ago from the software centre - won't that be the most up-to-date version?

    I've been on that Wine HQ page and it just directs me to the same Kindle download site.

    I've had a reply from Amazon: guess what.....
    >Unfortunately, Kindle Cloud Reader is available only from Amazon.com and it is not currently available for UK customers. Even if you download it from Amazon.com and register it to Amazon.co.uk, you will not be able to use it.<

    You'd think they might say that somewhere on the site wouldn't you?

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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    I'm not sure if they have the latest beta version on 11.04. But it doesn't matter anyway. I tried myself to install it, and I've been beating my brains out over this. I've tried with the stable Wine 1.2, and the very latest beta version from the PPA. I've tried installing the latest version of the Kindle app, and I've even tried installing the older version that supposedly got a Platinum rating.

    Even after a lot of dll tweaks from the terminal output and changing it to Windows 98 compatibility, like was suggested, no matter what I do, I can't get it to work. I'm sorry I can't be of more help.
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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    Hi, all, I might be blowin in the wind here, but just wondering if there is any possibility of registering through a non-UK friend's proxy setup? If the people of the Internet do not soon stand up and create some new internet that can't be blocked, WE ARE DONE! But I suppose, if I want to sell something I should have the right to select who gets to purchase or use it. But anyway, any application? Just trying to jog what seems to be unsolvable by thinking (or, questioning) outside the box. Would registering the app through a proxy server help?
    (And what re: legalities. I don't really care at my age about becoming "a criminal" as long as I know that's what I'm doing).

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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    Right guys. She doesn't want to hook up her Kindle device. She wants to be able to read her Kindle books with the PC Kindle app.

    Honestly, I think you'd be much better off using the Kindle Cloud Reader. It runs perfectly from within Firefox or Chrome, and it's just as good as the Kindle app.
    Thanks.

    I did not know this existed. Shame the kindle for PC app is dead in Linux though I saw from googling that for a time it worked in the past.

    Cloud reader works great under Chromium.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Watts On View Post
    Hi, all, I might be blowin in the wind here, but just wondering if there is any possibility of registering through a non-UK friend's proxy setup? If the people of the Internet do not soon stand up and create some new internet that can't be blocked, WE ARE DONE! But I suppose, if I want to sell something I should have the right to select who gets to purchase or use it. But anyway, any application? Just trying to jog what seems to be unsolvable by thinking (or, questioning) outside the box. Would registering the app through a proxy server help?
    (And what re: legalities. I don't really care at my age about becoming "a criminal" as long as I know that's what I'm doing).
    This is a different topic. Perhaps you should make your own post rather than hijacking this one.
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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    On further examination, USC had installed Wine 1.0 so I tried 1.2. with no further success. I have now upgraded to wine 1.3 nd re-installed Kindle.
    It still won't open - there is now a brief appearance of the rotating circle which suggests something is happening but to no effect.
    According to the Kindle download page, when set-up finishes a screen should open to allow me to register my device. This does not happen
    Am I missing something very basic here (I often am)? Should I be doing something with that other icon on the desktop marked kindle.lnk? I have tried making that executable and opening with Wine but nothing happens.

    Regards,

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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    Ah,
    I see Forestcupp actually answered that one in a post that hadn't been opened. Glad to know it's not just me.
    Shall have to try my son's windows computer.

    Thanks anyway.

    Susan
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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    And......I don't think the Kindle APP will start in Wine because it wants a Kindle DEVICE - hence my comments on not using it in Wine and going with native Callibre. I *thought*, back when I had my Kindle Fire (which I got rid of in a month - hated it - got a different tablet/reader) that I got books directly from Amazon without the Kindle app. I also had a reader app for them - wish I could remember exactly what I did. That's why I said what I did. So, I wasn't blindly posting, and would appreciate not being interpretted incorrectly.
    Last edited by anewguy; March 7th, 2012 at 03:29 AM.

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    Re: Getting Kindle to work

    As far as Kindle in Wine, I've already answered that, and I wish people would quit assuming I'm talking about the PHYSICAL Kindle. The Kindle APPLICATION *WON'T* run in Wine. Period. The application LOOKS for the Kindle device (what do you think it's doing when it is going to register your device?), the Kindle device is USB, USB isn't supported in Wine. Again, this is for the Kindle APPLICATION.

    I'm sorry to be so rude, but some people completely missed what I was saying and assumed I meant the hardware. Think about what the app is doing - you'll fine they are inseparable - the App wants the Kindle, the Kindle needs USB, Wine doesn't support USB (at least it never has except for things like keyboards, mice, printers, as they are devices Wine has to have to run). At least, the Kindle app I tried to install, just for reading, still wanted the device. Maybe that has changed.

    Basing this on my experience with the old Kindle which I had for a couple of years with Ubuntu, and the Kindle Fire with Ubuntu.

    If they have a separate reader-only app that really doesn't look for the device - well, I'd still bet it does.

    If I'm wrong, so be it. Just don't make this assumption about talking about a DEVICE when someone is talking about an APPLICATION.

    Quote Originally Posted by s1wood View Post
    On further examination, USC had installed Wine 1.0 so I tried 1.2. with no further success. I have now upgraded to wine 1.3 nd re-installed Kindle.
    It still won't open - there is now a brief appearance of the rotating circle which suggests something is happening but to no effect.
    According to the Kindle download page, when set-up finishes a screen should open to allow me to register my device. This does not happen
    Am I missing something very basic here (I often am)? Should I be doing something with that other icon on the desktop marked kindle.lnk? I have tried making that executable and opening with Wine but nothing happens.

    Regards,

    Susan
    Last edited by anewguy; March 7th, 2012 at 06:58 AM.

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