Reading Kindle books on Linux

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Tue Sep 15 14:17:06 UTC 2015

Better the Department of Justice and there's an A.D.A. complaint form 
that can be filed out on line somewhere on the department of justice 
website too.  Once a complaint gets filed and it will have to be by a 
citizen of the United States in order to have legal standing, the filer 
gets a referral number and that number needs to be used for any follow 
up correspondence.

On Tue, 15 Sep 2015, Karen Lewellen wrote:

> Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:35:16
> From: Karen Lewellen <klewellen at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: Reading Kindle books on Linux
> 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,
> Karen
> 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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