Reading Kindle books on Linux

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Tue Sep 15 12:35:16 UTC 2015

of course the simple solution is to tell Amazon, who must make 
their products accessible, to create a Kindle  application for Linux.
The hacking into them is exactly why getting anyone on board with said 
treaty  is a problem.  It is established by the existence of an 
application to violate copyright that people will violate copyright.
Yes Bookshare is a huge alternative, and many many countries are a part of 
the program now.
But if one  wants a solution rooted in  integrity, get amazon to solve 
the problem.  I believe the department of Education  and or Justice 
successfully told them that they must, with some tools existing already.
I will go one better, if you can write applications offer to partner with 
them, and earn some money too boot.
Just my take,

On Tue, 15 Sep 2015, Tony Baechler wrote:

> On 9/14/2015 3:47 AM, John J. Boyer wrote:
>>  I have Debian Jessie set up for command-line only, Braille only. Is
>>  there a way to read Kindle books?
> Hi all,
> Since there seems to be some interest in this, here goes.  As always, 
> corrections welcome.
> The short answer is no.  Kindle books are in the .mobi format.  It's highly 
> likely that ebook-convert can convert them except for one little problem. 
> Most Kindle books have DRM protection, meaning that you have to be able to 
> decrypt them before you can do anything further.  The idea, of course, is so 
> you won't share them or do exactly what you're trying to do.  Not all books 
> have DRM, but most do.  If you only buy Kindle books without DRM, you should 
> be fine, but there seems to be no easy way to find out which do and which 
> don't.
> There is a little bit of good news.  Someone has written a Python program to 
> break this decryption.  I will not share it for obvious legal reasons, but 
> one can find it if one looks hard enough.  It was designed for Windows and 
> might require a GUI, but since the decryption part is a command line Python 
> program, it should work in Linux.  Look for a program to break the Amazon DRM 
> encryption on .mobi files.
> Sorry for not having a better answer.  If you're in the US, Bookshare is 
> probably a better alternative.  They don't use DRM, their files are a lot 
> easier to convert and they get a lot of publisher files.  They do have 
> international members, but I don't know to what extent their books are 
> available outside of the US.  Hopefully the recently enacted treaty will help 
> with some of this.  If you do have a better solution, I am very interested. 
> I usually don't buy Kindle books because it's such a hassle to make them 
> readable.
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