fread.ink is a free as in freedom alternate operating system for electronic paper ebook readers.
fread is currently under development and not yet ready for normal use. I am aiming to launch a version 1.0 in Q3 2018 with basic support for at least 4th generation Kindle touch and non-touch.
The plan is to support the most popular e-readers with electronic paper displays starting with i.MX5 and i.MX6 devices, which surprisingly covers most of the widely sold models including all Kindles since the 4th generation (2011), every Kobo since the Kobo touch (2011) and the latest Nooks (since 2016). The older Kobos and Kindles that use older i.MX chipsets will likely be supported at some point. For older Nooks I haven't sufficiently investigated the available source code to know whether support is feasible.
Developers should start here. Assuming you own a Kindle 4th generation non-touch (currently the only supported device) and have root access then this should get you as far as booting into a modified Debian Jessie with Xorg properly working on the electronic paper display.
We're working on an image that can be used to flash non-rooted devices, erasing the original operating system. To learn how to flash the system without rooting start here. This will be turned into a simple one-click cross-platform installer.
Status as of July 7th 2018: Graphics is working. Button input is working. USB networking is working. WiFi needs a bit more work. USB storage device mode is not yet working. Power button not yet working. Making an installer that doesn't require jailbreaking is in progress. Porting an e-book reader app is in progress. Here's a little video demo showing an unmodified xterm using fast auto-updates but with the crappy built-in waveform. The waveform format converter is working and integrated so you are not longer limited to the built-in waveform.