Amazon Kindle for PC

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1.20.x series

Application Details:

Version: 1.20.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.16

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What works

Downloading books.

Opening and closing books works most of the time.

Reading books

Adding and deleting books.

Synchronizing with Amazon.

What does not

When you run the program and if it is not registered with Amazon, it tries to do so, and this causes it to lock up at a black screen. See workaround below.

Registering with Amazon. If you deregister and try to register it, it will again give you the black screen.

Pressing F11 to view document will display the document in full screen for a few seconds, but then crashes (This feature works perfectly with version 1.16).

Sometimes you get a random crash while reading a book.


If you can find an older version of Kindle for PC, you can use that to register with Amazon. Simply run the old version, select Tools -> Options, select the Registration entry,  and click register. This worked fine for me using version 1.16. Once you do that, this version (1.20.1) should work. I had to use version 1.16 to register with Amazon, as that version works fine. Now the newer version is working fine. This can really bite you because if you don't know to do this, you will run the program and get a black screen and you will probably never get past it. 

What was not tested

Import PDF.

Anything not listed above.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

I give it a Bronze rating because of the workaround required to get it registered and working. If you don't know to do this, you will be stuck at the black screen and probably never get it to work. Once you get it registered as described in the workaround above, it works good, but if you don't know do to this, all you get is a black screen. It also tends to crash randomly. FWIW, version 1.16 works very well, it appears this newer version is either buggy or has some problems with Wine.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 12 20172.16Yes Yes YesGoldTomoaki Hashizaki 
CurrentSlackware64 14.2 multilibSep 10 20172.16Yes Yes YesBronzeZootal 
ShowFedora 25 x86_64Jun 20 20172.10Yes Yes GarbageHaroon Lopez 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 18 20172.8Yes No GarbageAve Elixire 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 15 20172.6Yes Yes BronzeTomoaki Hashizaki 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
29045 Kindle for PC crashes opening books if Times New Roman and Courier New are not installed NEW View
34710 Can't register/login with Kindle for PC NEEDINFO View
43508 Kindle for PC 1.19.46099 and later installer - can't initialize gecko NEW View

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