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Own An Amazon Kindle E-Reader? Then It’s Important You Read This

21 March 2016

From The Huffington Post:

Do you own a pre-2012 Amazon Kindle e-reader?

If so, you have until Tuesday, Mar. 22 to install a critical update. Failure to activate it by then will mean the device loses connectivity, rendering your Kindle almost useless.

If you don’t install the update, you’ll still be able to read the books you’ve downloaded to the gadget. But you won’t be able to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store or use various other services on the device, according to Amazon.

Link to the rest at The Huffington Post and thanks to Randall for the tip.

Here’s a link to the Kindle Update Information. You should update your device by tomorrow.

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26 Comments to “Own An Amazon Kindle E-Reader? Then It’s Important You Read This”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I had not seen this before.

  2. Nate at the Digital reader has had several posts covering this.

    In theory everyone affected should have received emails – and possibly snail mail – from Amazon. If the device has had WiFi turned on there is a good chance it has already been updated.

    Also, the Huff Post exaggerates a bit. You’ll still be able to buy books – just not from the Kindles in question (which you’re probably not doing anyway) – and you can still download to a PC and transfer the books via USB cable.

    • Yeah, and actually, I kinda like to do manual transfers on my old Kindle anyway. It’s kinda slow and clunky, so I try to keep everything to a minimum there.

      (Although I am tempted to turn it into a “samples” reader.)

      • Kindle batteries are not hard to replace, although it may require a little soldering. I can’t remember, I’ve replaced batteries in so many things. You can probably find instructions on YouTube and Google a source for batteries. I’m not sure if Amazon sells them. Be sure to get one for your exact model.

        • Um, the batteries on my old Kindle are just fine.

          It’s just slow — and always has been, as is every other old Kindle — compared to newer models when it comes to handling the 10,000 books I like to keep at hand.

          • Sorry. I meant to reply to CB, a few entries below. My finger slipped, or I had a sunspot.

    • Mike, Amazon did send out emails about the need for the upgrade. All one has to do is plug it in, turn on the wifi, and let it sit overnight. Presto, it’s upgraded.

      • Hmm, my Kindle is surely old enough that this applies and I didn’t get an email.

        I should plug the poor thing in anyway. I haven’t touched it in months (been reading on my phone). I hope it still works.

        • I had to plug mine in, as I hadn’t charged it in months, but it was already updated.

          • Thanks for reminding me! (runs to car to go get the kindle that was left in it over a month ago and still had a quarter charge to get me through the appointment waiting today! 😉 )

  3. I saw this yesterday and dug out my older kindle. it’s been in the cupboard for a year. The battery was dead. I plugged it in overnight and it wont take a charge. I think I have bigger problems than the deadline issue. 🙁

    Oh well.

  4. Doesn’t apply to me, my Paperwhite isn’t pre-2012, but I did get an automatic system update which changed how everything looks. I’m sure there’s a new feature added in there somewhere, a new font or something I won’t use, but I HATE it. I have to click through Kindle store pages to get to MY library screen and the last thing I was reading which used to be the first thing that opened. HATE it.

    • I think you can reset a lot of that to work closer to the way you like it. (Or at least find a new way you like OTHER than their default settings.)

      But yeah, I actually have not liked any Kindle interface other than my Keyboard. I hate the assumptions in the touchscreen interface (and the lack of clarity – there’s a very squishy gray line between actions that page forward, backward, scroll down and open things).

      I like buttons. If they can’t give me physical ones, then they can at least give me virtual ones.

      I also hate that making the text bigger in books doesn’t make the text bigger in the interface. Not only is it hard to see, it’s hard to click.

      We could rant all day, though.

    • Well you can turn it off. First thing I did after the upgrade:

      Settings/Device Options/Personalise Your Kindle/Advanced Options/Home Screen View/Off

      You can turn the “Next in Series” off at the same time if you want.

      And contra to Camille’s views I prefer the latest interface version to that on my old Keyboard Kindle, but then I am happy to forgo the buttons as I find the touch screen much faster for all the “management” tasks. YMMV.

      • For a second I was confused — but you must have been telling D.L. to turn off the new interface. You can’t simply turn off the interface entirely because you need it to navigate from book to book.

        My problem is not the new interface (which I removed immediately) but the base interface of all their touch screen devices from the start. I was actually complaining about the OLD touch screen interface (which the new interface, sadly, did not fix.)

        • Yes, I was replying to D.L. when your reply popped onto my screen and I cheated a bit by slipping in a comment on your comments instead of giving you a separate reply.

          I understand that your problem is with the whole touch interface but this is simply something on which we will have to agree to differ (and I am fortunate in that my preferences are in line with the newer versions).

          Your “squishy grey line” threw me for a second but I then realised that it doesn’t really affect me as I always turn pages with a stroke rather than a tap.

        • Yes, my reply was directed at D.L. but your comments popped onto my screen as I was writing and I cut corners by not giving you a separate response.

          I understand that you dislike the touch screen interfaces. This is an area where personal preferences are strongly in play and where we’d better just agree to differ. I am happy to read on my old keyboard Kindle, it’s the navigation I find more problematic as selecting anything is much quicker – at least for me – on the Paperwhite.

          Your “squishy grey line” threw me for a bit until I realised that I always stroke rather than tap to turn the page so the line ceases to be in play.

  5. I tried the instructions and it didn’t seem to go as they said it would. How do you know for sure it worked? Thanks.

    • The Kindle pages (I don’t have the link right here) have a path to the check what software revision your Kindle is. And elsewhere (why would they put them together, LOL) they do say what the current version for each of the Kindles is.
      Good luck!

    • If you haven’t had your Kindle Keyboard connected to wi-FI for a few months you may be too many updates behind for the over wi-fi automatic update described in Amazon’s letters.

      Log into Amazon on your PC, go to the “Manage Your Devices” page, click on the thumbnail for your Kindle, and go through the process to manually update your Kindle by downloading the updated .bin files to your computer and moving them to your cabled Kindle.

      Amazon should have included this information in their instructions.

      Supposedly that should do it. I hope you have better luck than me though because my Kindle Keyboard is just not installing the final update (version 3.4.2) Apoarently it has worked for some people, but not others. As you can imagine, I have been all over the Web trying to figure it out; reports are that Amazon support aren’t much help. I managed to partially update and am leaving my Kindle turned on, plugged in to the recharger, wifi on, in the center of a circle of salt and sprinklied with the blood of a black hen in the hopes that the final update will magically come through tonight.

      • Thanks so much! You were exactly right. I was three updates behind so the auto update instructions from AZ didn’t work. I downloaded the three updates on my PC and then moved them to my Kindle via USB. I then used my Kindle to select update (or something like that) from the menu button and it did everything else!!!

        I really do prefer to read on my Kindle rather than my ipad but often use the ipad because it lights up.

    • U get a message sent to your kindle by amazon saying the update is complete. I had 3 to update (keyboard, DX and paperwhite) and it showed up on all.

      I don’t use wifi, so I did the manual download and update on the paperwhite. keyboard and dx update via 3g cause they didn’t have wifi back then.

  6. From the info available, Amazon is probably changing a server certificate in a way that the older software won’t understand, so the non-updated devices will be unable to reach the Kindle store.

  7. I just happened to spot my original Kindle in its box… gave it away once but got it back. I’m sentimental about it, because I ordered it in the very first go-round. The only time I was ever an early adopter, and it turned into a career!

    I’m not at all sure this will work for me, because it hasn’t been turned on in a while.

    I see no mention of Kindle Fires. They’re not affected? I used a Paperwhite now, but still have that nice color Fire.

  8. The notice popping up whenever I went to Amazon should have been enough but I didn’t get around to gathering them up and trying to update till last weekend so of course my library wifi had to be hit and miss. I did 3 manual upgrades no problems but I still have a couple to do.

    I hadn’t noticed any Amazon notices in my email but I’m sure they are there but I did get a snail mail post card.

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