Grab This 'Critical' Kindle Update Before Your e-Reader Stops Working

By Gerald Lynch on at

You never had this trouble with paper books, eh? Amazon is issuing a 'critical', time-sensitive update to a broad swathe of its Kindle e-readers which, if declined, could break key functions of the devices.

It's Amazon's Kindle services that are at risk, with those potentially affected running the risk of losing access to the book store, cloud stored documents and the ability to use a Wi-Fi connection to update the e-reader wirelessly. So, if you own one of the following:

  • 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)

You're going to want to get that update installed before the cut off date of March 22nd, 2016. Plug your Kindle in so that it's fully charged, link it up to a Wi-Fi connection then head to the menu and hit Sync and Check for Items. The update will be triggered, and you'll need to leave your Kindle running connected to power until it's finished, just in case the battery should conk out halfway through.

It's not entirely clear yet why the update is being issued, whether it's to bring older devices in line with the newer range, or simply to pre-empt a known security issue. Customers who have devices that could be affected should have received an email from Amazon warning them of the trouble in advance. But in case you've somehow missed it well, now you know then. March 22nd, 2016. You've been warned.