This is a finale from a year long conversation (thread here), a lot of experimentation and reading, and improved software. It was not this easy when I started, but things have gotten better with time
Older information on Linux/eSword installs has outdated information that will only cause headaches and failure.
The following instruction set was using Xubuntu 14.04.2, released February 19, 2015 which can be found here
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In the menu (clicking on the little mouse head icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen),
go to "Ubuntu Software Center"
type "PlayOnLinux" in the search box
select it, then click "more info"
check all optional add-ons and click "Apply Changes"
open your browser
go to http://www.e-sword.n...s/setup1040.exe
and download the file
in the menu go to "File Manager", then "Downloads"
find the "setup 1040.exe" file
right click on it (not left click),
select "Open with Wine Windows Program Loader"
The eSword Installer will appear
click "Next" and proceed as usual