Actually Works! Running Kindle PC on Linux under WINE

It took me WEEKS to find a solution that ACTUALLY worked, and didn’t involve manually building a nuclear reactor or hand-coding the OS of the space-shuttle from memory. THIS POST is how. (Credit for the solution goes to ubuntuforums user Flanmaster, BTW.)

I tried it under WINE 1.4 with Kindle for PC version 1.10.5 and it actually works. It doesn’t crash, it doesn’t have errors written in gobbledygook, and it actually downloads the books you want to read from your Amazon account. (Login by running the software, and then entering your email + PW and hitting enter.) I should note that my WINE/Kindle is set to “Windows XP” for which version of Windows it’s faking.

Most of the really-complex WINE stuff is over my head, but look- this method just works. And most of the 20+ methods I’ve found (and, sadly, repeatedly tried!) online do NOT. Basically, you just install The Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86). The download link on the page (under "free download") goes to the Microsoft website official download page (check the url) so no possible shadiness. While I’m not completely sure *WHAT* it does, I know that it works- I ever installed it AFTER installing Kindle under WINE, and it still worked. 🙂

Linux Terminal : Output a List of All Directory Contents Files and Subdirectories to a Text File

I just discovered this, and am using it to make a list of my music collection.

Credit for making the output goes to Noufal on this page. Credit for how to list directories recursively is actually from the gnome-terminal ls manual (code input to view it: man ls)

Anyway, here’s what you plug into the terminal:

cd the-address-of-the-top-folder-you-want-to-list
ls -R > list.txt

You can name "list.txt" whatever you want (i.e., popmusicbest.txt or something.) This method works for insanely large music collections and scans folders recursively, so if you have all of your Three Dog Night albums and Guess Who albums dumped into artist folders, it will still list all of your mp3/whatever-file-format-you-use.

You can use this for anything, but the main use to me is figuring out which music to buy. (You know, to avoid buying the same song on Amazon or something twice…)