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Old 06-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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E-Book reader for a Mac OS X (10.5), but a PowerPC? (mother-in-law emergency)

My wife and I both use Kindles for our e-book reading and I recently bought a second-hand mac laptop to bring my mother-in-law into the e-book fold.

As you all can guess, I immediately ran into the problem of the Kindle desktop application not being able to run on a PowerPC.

Can anyone recommend an e-book desktop reader for her - preferably one that supports Kindle formatted books? Is there an older version of Kindle out there that supports PowerPC? If not, is Calibre the best option?

Any help is greatly appreciated and will go towards scoring bonus points with my mother-in-law.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:56 AM   #2
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Older versions of calibre support ppc. In addition, Sony's reader app supports ppc and will read any epub.
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If she wants to read DRMd Kindle books, you're kinda hosed unless you want to undertake the project of installing Calibre and finding the DRM removal plugins.

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There's never been a version of Kindle for Mac which supported PowerPC. Similarly, B&N's NookStudy/Nook for Mac has always been Intel-only (though the older B&N eReader did support PPC but is now no longer available from them; but you can still open B&N PDBs using the even older app from eReader.com).

As mentioned, the Sony Reader Library app will do ADE DRM-ed ePubs and she can use that to read e-books from the library, Sony, and Kobo as well as the DRM-free stuff.

The alternative for Kindle use on a PPC Mac is to have a hardware Kindle and strip using the tools we don't talk about on MR, at which point she can read the liberated Mobi books on the laptop with an older version of Calibre.

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