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Amazon Announce Critical Kindle Update

By March 12, 2016eReaders

Software Update must be done before March 22nd

If you’re like me and you only turn your Kindle on once in a blue moon then this message is definitely for you! Amazon has announced a critical Kindle update and unless you download it by 22nd March, your device will be rendered unusable.

It’s an incredibly unusual move and what we assume must be a serious security update to require such a big change, but the important thing is to charge up that Kindle and get it done, or you could be left with a useless device.

Not all Kindle Devices are affected, but if you have one of these models, you’ll need the emergency software update:

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)

The chances are if you’re never without your Kindle you’ll have seen the update automatically and all will be fine, but if you’re only an occasional user like myself then here’s what you need to do to your Kindle:

  1. Plug your Kindle in to charge
  2. Connect to WiFi
  3. Select menu and sync to check for items
  4. Leave your Kindle connected to the power supply until the update is complete

Update before 22nd March, it really is simple, and once done you can get back to the Kindle Store and stock up on some new reads!

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Kindle Store UK

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  • Anita Williams says:

    Hello fellow reading addicts,
    I followed your directions to update my kindle but it keeps showing “no new items”. How do I check if mine is a model that needs it? It is a kindle 3.3 but I don’t know what that means… Please help this non-computer savvy bookworm…
    Thanks in advance

    • S says:

      I am in same situ, it says no new updates or items . So now what ? Does anyone who is in Amazon posting what we should do , now respond to what we can’t.

      • Cindy says:

        Just got the same message “No new items.” Would like to know what to do now. Don’t want to be left with a kindle that won’t work. Any ideas?

  • Donna Bayar Repsher says:

    I think my Paperwhite (bought 10/2014) automatically updated itself the other day. I have no idea what model I have, but it seems I didn’t have to request anything. On models like mine, is the update supposed to happen automatically? It’s certainly taken a bit of getting used to, and personally, I prefer it before the new version.

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