If you’re like me, then you still use the old Kindle model because hey – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Also, if you’re like me, you’re usually pressing the ‘Skip’ button whenever updates are in store. If this is the case, then you should know that your old Kindle will be disconnected from the internet unless you do the updates. Amazon published this announcement:

If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device: 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. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device. Go to Fire & Kindle Software Updates for more details.

This goes for all Kindles up to 5th Generation (2012). The Kindles affected include:

  • 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 updates won’t have a significant effect on user experience and should have no negative effect.

“Some [users] are not enthralled with the new interface because it includes recommended books,” iKindleworld said. “Some of us have always turned off the option to see Amazon recommendations, as we just want to see the books we bought and prefer to go to the Amazon pages if we want recommendations.”

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon. We don’t usually publish announcements like this one, but we know that so many of you use Kindles to read e-books – as do we. Globally, tens of millions of people use a Kindle.

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