If you have a Kindle lying around somewhere inside your home and doing nothing but gathering dust, time to brush it off a bit. It has been announced that older versions of the Amazon e-reader will stop being able to connect to the Internet UNLESS their software will be updated immediately.
Amazon Warns Users to Update Their Older Versions of the Kindly Else it Won’t Connect to the Internet
The update is intended for the first generation of Kindle models before the year 2012, along with the first generation Paperwhite. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon (who also owns The Washington Post), is warning the firm’s customers to install the update immediately.
Without the patch, users won’t be able to access the Kindle Store directly from their devices or automatically sync with Amazon’s cloud. Therefore, it would also be harder to add books into the device. Theoretically, the Amazon e-reader would automatically update itself with the new patch when it is connected to the wireless network. It will even download the update while the device is in Sleep Mode.
However, if you’re the type to break out the device for the occasional vacation reading, then there’s probably a good chance that you won’t get the new software and would then have to suffer the consequences later on.
Amazon posted instructions with regards to the update and what you will need to do will differ slightly on what type of device you have. Nevertheless, it all basically amounts to connecting the e-reader to the World Wide Web, tell the device to sync, and the leaving the device plugged in overnight.
But what if you’ve missed the deadline for the update? Fear not as all is not lost, however it should be noted that there’s a lot more to do. When you miss the update, an error message will start to appear on your device. It will tell you that it will be unable to connect to the network. It will even tell you to make sure that you are within wireless range and try again. However, doing this won’t solve the problem one bit unless you get the update.
The work-around for the Kindle update is that you would have to manually download the software into your computer, then move said patch into the device while it is connected via USB. As for the reason why this “critical software update” needs to happen, it is still not very clear.