Kindle Readers need to update by March 22

  • Kindle Readers need to update by March 22

Kindle Readers need to update by March 22

Amazon has warned its users that they need to update their Kindle e-reader by tomorrow to avoid Internet disconnection. Without it, eight different kinds of Kindles will lose their access to all online services, including the Kindle Store and the ability to access purchased books stored in the cloud.

Users who fail to install the critical update will see an error message flashing across their screen that says that the device is unable to connect to the Internet. The Kindle can then be updated by going to the Settings menu and choosing "Update Your Kindle".

If you've got an old Kindle sitting in a drawer somewhere, Amazon is about to do the technology equivalent of putting a bullet in its brain. That Kindle Amazon founder (and Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos is holding in this picture probably needs a software update.

In theory, your Kindle should automatically update if it's connected to a wireless network while it sleeps.

Kindle Readers need to update by March 22
Kindle Readers need to update by March 22

If you wait until after Tuesday, you will have to manually add the update using a desktop computer to regain access.

Kindle models from 2007 through 2009 can be updated via the devices' wireless connections, while models from 2010 to 2012 can update their software via Wi-Fi. For more detailed instructions, select your device on this help page. However, users do not need to worry much as the update can be installed manually on Kindle devices.

"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off after unveiling the Kindle Paperwhite, Kendle Fire HD 8.9" and 7" during Amazon's Kindle Fire event in Santa Monica, California September 6, 2012.

The device will then update when asleep.