Update Your Kindle… or else!

Kindle 1If you have a older, pre-2012 Kindle that you haven’t updated recently, Amazon is letting customers know that it’s time to do something about that.

This morning, I received an email from Amazon reminding me that I have devices that need to be updated.  Now I am being told that unless I update them, I will no longer be able to “continue downloading e-books and using Kindle services.”

According to the email,

If you do not update the devices’ software by March 22, 2016, you will no longer be able to access Kindle services or get the update via Wi-Fi or a wireless connection. To resume access, you will need to manually update the software on each of your Kindle devices.

Note that you WILL still be able to update your Kindle after that date. You will just need to manually download and install the update.

The frustrating thing about the email is that it doesn’t indicate which Kindles need the update. I have two first-generation Kindles that I am not using right now. The devices are currently being stored with batteries removed until to decide what to do with them, so I assume that they are included. However, I also have a DX and Kindle Keyboard which I will now have to double-check to make sure they are up to date.

A lot of people have given or loaned older Kindles to family and friends. Since this is a critical update, you may need to check too make sure the devices are running the most recent version of the software. People who have modified or “jail-broken” their devices may have a problem going forward.

You can find instructions on how to update your particular Kindle model here. If you are not sure if you need to update, there are also links on the page for checking the software version for each model Kindle.

Did you get a notice to update?

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Daily Links and Deals: ‘Happy Birthday’ settlement puts the song in the public domain

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

‘Happy Birthday’ settlement puts the song in the public domain (Engadget) – Warner reportedly agrees to song’s public domain status.

Beware piracy defense lawyers can be trolls too (TorrentFreak) –  It can be really hard to tell what color hat someone is wearing….

1Password For Android Gets Fingerprint Unlock And Material Design Makeover (Techcrunch) – The password’s not quite extinct yet, but more and more programs are using biometrics.

Google restores ad blocker for Samsung browser to the Play Store (The Verge) – An update to this story.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz by Rena Kornreich Gelissen with Heather Dune Macadam for $2.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Drunk On You by Teri Anne Stanley for  99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Death of a Policeman by M. C. Beaton A Hamish Macbeth Mystery (Book #29) for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes His Reckless Bargain by Cynthia Wright for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.