Amazon is warning owners of older Kindle e-book readers to update them by March 22, or else be cut off from the Kindle Store and the cloud.
Devices that are not updated by this date will receive the following message:
"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."
This issue affects the following devices:
- 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)
If you update now then you get to take advantage of the automatic update mechanism built into the Kindle. After the cut off date these devices will require a manual update involving a USB cable and connecting them to a PC or Mac, so if you're reading this at some point in the future, your Kindle is not junk.
The following Kindle devices do not require an update:
- Kindle Paperwhite 6th Generation (2013)
- Kindle 7th Generation (2014)
- Kindle Voyage 7th Generation (2014)
- Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation (2015)