Amazon is disabling access to the Store from older Kindle models to allow its users not to be able to browse, buy, and borrow books from dated e-readers. The change, which will take effect from 17 August, will be applicable to Kindle (2nd generation), Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th generation), and Kindle (5th generation) devices. Amazon notified users of these devices about the update via an email sent to their registered account. The company is also offering an upgrade discount to allow users to switch to a new Kindle.
Although the exact reason has yet to be announced, Good e-Reader speculated that the shutdown may be in effect due to a Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol incompatibility. Older devices support TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols which have various drawbacks. Due to hardware limitations, dated e-readers do not support newer TLS versions.
Gadgets 360 has reached out to Amazon to clarify the update and will update this article when the company responds.
Amazon sent an email to users of older Kindle models informing them of the update. It also mentions that users will continue to read e-books on the devices, although the store functionality will not be in place from August.
“From August 17, you will no longer be able to browse, purchase or borrow books directly from these Kindle devices. As usual, you will be able to browse, buy, and borrow books on other supported devices or via Amazon.com/ebooks,” the company said in a statement. E-mail.
Amazon suggests users visit its e-book store in a browser on their phones, tablets, or computers to continue shopping for new books. It also recommended users to upgrade to a new Kindle. For this purpose, the company is giving a 30 percent discount and credit for e-books worth $40 (about 3,100 rupees).
Both upgrade benefits offered will be valid until July 5, the company said.
Users on older Kindle models may also be able to upload new books in their ePUB format. However, Amazon hasn’t offered any official solution – presumably to get people to buy its newer devices, of course.
The change is applicable to Kindle models launched more than 10 years ago. However, these devices are still usable and work for most users.
It’s also important to note that since the e-reader’s range is very limited and only e-books are allowed to be downloaded for reading on the go, users are not required – nor cared – to upgrade their devices on a regular basis. Despite this, Amazon often tries to impress people by bringing new functions including wireless charging and automatic warm light adjustment that are part of the latest flagship models.
Removing support for older Kindle models in such a scenario is something that users might not welcome.