Amazon releases critical e-reader update: Why you need to update your Kindle

Kindle owners need to download the update by March 22 if they want to continue buying books and connecting to the internet.

Amazon has announced what it is calling a ‘critical’ update for its range of Kindle e-readers.

The technology giant is advising all customers using an outdated version of software to update before March 22.

If you don’t update, you won’t be able to use key features of the e-reader, such as downloading books and connecting to the Kindle Store.

Amazon says if you do not update your Kindle before March 22, you’ll receive this warning when you try to access internet services: “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.”

Check out the video above to find out more.

The update applies to all Kindle e-readers  up to and including the release of the Kindle Paperwhite 5th generation. This doesn't apply to Kindle Fire tablets.

Check out the table below to discover which version of the software you need and how to update. If you aren’t sure what device you are using click here.

Amazon Kindle screenshot

Amazon is advising owners of the Kindle 2nd Generation and Kindle DX 2nd Generation to update, if they have not connected to 2G or 3G prior to October 5, 2015, even if they are running the right version.

How to update your Amazon Kindle

1: Plug your Kindle in to charge during the update.
2: Connect to wi-fi.
3: From the Home screen, select Menu or tap the Menu icon. Then choose Sync and Check for Items.
4: Leave your Kindle connected to the mains and wi-fi until the update is complete. Your device may restart multiple times during the process.
5: Once the process has finished you’ll get a confirmation in your device’s Kindle Library called 03-2016 Successful Update.

If for any reason you can’t update your Kindle before March 22, don’t panic. You’ll need to update it manually by connecting it to a computer via USB.

For full information about the update visit Amazon’s Kindle help pages.

The update comes ahead of a significant update revealed by Amazon in February, which will add a new personalised home screen, along with new My Reading Lists and Recommended reads.

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