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I have a newly bought Amazon Paperwhite, but when I connect it to my PC, Ubuntu does not recognize it.

What can I do?

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Read Managing Kindle Fire with on 12.04 via Micro-USB . I think your problem is the same. – Antigona Jan 4 '13 at 16:14
What firmware version for Kindle Paperwhite? eg. 5.3.1 (My own device does connect to 12.04.) – david6 Jan 24 '13 at 9:38
@Antigona: The Paperwhite does not appear to be using MTP, under 5.3.1 or 5.3.3 firmware. Also supports Calibre. – david6 Jan 24 '13 at 10:03

I've stumbled upon the same problem. After installing mtpfs all worked fine.

sudo apt-get install mtpfs

Don't forget to remove and insert the usb cable again.

FYI: Mine is a Kindle Touch.

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From what I can tell, the Paperwhite does not use MTP. It uses USB Mass Storage. Simply plugging the device in should work. I see no options for what protocol to use, either, on my Paperwhite. – dobey Apr 25 '13 at 17:56
This answer is a solution if you have a "normal" Kindle. I have Kindle 5 and it worked for me. – elbear Dec 10 '13 at 18:32
I have a "normal" kindle too and that didn't work, it was already installed. – William Mar 21 at 4:07

You should just be able to install calibre sudo apt-get install calibre, and manage your Kindle Paperwhite. I don't have a new-ish kindle to test with, but that method has worked with the older kindles, and I don't think they changed it much.

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