What is an interpreter for the Kindle?
I’ve just came across a post on a blog that talks about an interpreter for the Kindle that someone is about to develop:
Rumor has it that someone or other is about to start developing an interpreter for the Kindle. (This is not just a rumor, either. It’s solid. Out of respect for the muzzle placed on this particular individual by Amazon’s corporate lawyers, I will say no more.) Kindle: Bigger screen, good. But the Kindle interpreter, if it gets off the ground, will be a closed system, and the developer is talking about possibly charging authors to make their games available through this system. In the music industry, we call this “pay for play,” and it’s not something I would be happy to participate in. I hope the developer will think better of this idea; nothing is settled yet. But that’s the point: nothing is settled yet. We don’t know for sure that this Kindle project will get off the ground. If it does get off the ground, it will be of no benefit to anyone who doesn’t own a Kindle. And apparently Amazon is picky about who they release the Kindle Developer Kit to, so there’s not likely to be a rush by IF interpreter developers to exploit that device. (Apple is also rather rude to iOS developers, I believe.)
I’m not sure what is this interpreter for the Kindle? Is it a virtual machine so that we can read and play with a kindle on any PC or Mac? How would it be different from Kindle app for PC or Mac? If it is something different from Kindle Apps then what does it mean to say “If it does get off the ground, it will be of no benefit to anyone who doesn’t own a Kindle”? To read a Kindle book you don’t need to own a Kindle. If the interpreter for the Kindle is something big, then why do you need to own a Kindle?
Update: See the comment by ‘If’ for clarification. Accoring to him, it’s “a software that would run inside Kindle that would allow you to play Interactive Fiction games with your Kindle. (It would “interpret” the games on it.) It has nothing to do with running Kindle apps in computers. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_fiction”
Thank you ‘if’ for your comment that clarifies the issue.
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