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Amazon pushes emergency update for Kindle e-readers

By Liu Hongzuo - on 26 Mar 2016, 1:24pm

Amazon pushes emergency update for Kindle e-readers

Note: This article was first publised on 21st March 2016.

Amazon has a critical software update for its Kindle e-book readers, and it requires immediate attention. The Kindle requires a software update by 22 March 2016, or the device will be locked out from basic Kindle services – users will not be able to access the Kindle Store, or download Kindle books from the Cloud on an outdated device.

According to Amazon, you will receive the following notification if you try to use an outdated Kindle after 22 March 2016:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.

All affected Kindles will download and install the update automatically if they are connected to Wi-Fi while asleep. If the Kindle is not turned on, and not connected to the Internet, it will not automatically update itself with the latest patch. To grab the latest update, simply turn on the Kindle and click “Sync and Check for Items” in the menu.

If you are not able to update it in time, fret not. You can still update the Kindle manually by downloading the patch from Amazon’s website and transferring the patch to your e-reader using the USB cable. Of course, you’ll need to choose the correct patch for the correct Kindle device here.

The list of affected Kindle devices is as follows:

  • Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
  • Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
  • Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
  • Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)

Source: Amazon via The Verge