Amazon blocks older Kindle e-readers from browsing and buying new books

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Amazon is disabling store access from older Kindle models so its users can no longer browse, buy, and rent books on its legacy e-readers. The change, which takes effect on August 17, applies to Kindle (2nd Generation) International, Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th Generation), and Kindle (5th Generation). Amazon has notified users of these devices of the update via email to their registered accounts. The company also provides an upgrade discount to allow users to switch to a new Kindle.

Although the exact reason has not yet been revealed, Good e-Reader has speculated that the discontinuation could be due to a Transport Layer Security (TLS) incompatibility. The older devices support the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols, which contain various bugs. Due to hardware limitations, the outdated e-readers do not support newer TLS versions.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to Amazon for clarification on the update and will update this article when the company responds.

Amazon sent out the email to users of older Kindle models to notify them of the update. It also mentions that users will continue to read e-books on the devices, although the store functionality will be gone from August.

“Starting August 17, you will no longer be able to browse, buy, or borrow books directly on these Kindle devices. As always, you can browse, buy, and rent books on other supported devices or through Amazon .com/ebooks, the company said in the email.

Amazon suggests users visit its e-book store in a browser on their phone, tablet, or computer to keep checking for new books. It has also recommended users to upgrade to a new Kindle. In return, the company offers a 30 percent discount and an e-book credit of 40 US dollars (around 3,100 rupees).

Both of the stated upgrade benefits are valid through July 5, the company said.

Older Kindle users will likely be able to download new books in their ePUB format as well. However, Amazon hasn’t provided an official workaround – ostensibly to lure people into buying its newer hardware, of course.

The change applies to the Kindle models introduced more than 10 years ago. Despite this, these devices are still usable and working for most users.

It’s also important to point out that since the scope of an e-reader is fairly limited, only allowing for downloading e-books for reading on the go, users aren’t required – and aren’t interested – in upgrading their devices on a regular basis. However, Amazon often tries to woo people by bringing newer features like wireless charging and auto-adjusting warm light that are part of the latest flagship models.

Removing support for older Kindle models in such a scenario may not be welcomed by users.

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