Important Kindle Update is Nearing Deadline

A critical Kindle update was recently pushed to Kindle devices and if you own a Kindle e-reader, you may have recently noticed a new home screen and display. Amazon pushed this major software update in February. This critical Kindle update is required in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on your Kindle devices.

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If you miss the update deadline of March 22, 2016, then you may see the following message on your Kindle:

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.

No fear; however, if you miss the deadline, you can hook up your Kindle device to your computer and then head over to Amazon's device support page to manually download the software update. Here is how to find that page manually:


Amazon.com → Help → Device Support → Choose Your Device → Learn More → Software Updates

September 20, 2016 Update: Here is the latest Amazon page for Kindle software updates. Make sure you keep your Kindle software up-to-date so your device will continue to link into Amazon.

If your e-reader is a 2012 or earlier model, this update is necessary for it to connect to Amazon.

If you ever wonder about the status of your Kindle's software updates, you can choose “Sync and Check for Items” on the Home screen of the device. This will let you know if any required updates are pending.

What is in the Kindle Update?

This new Kindle update still offers the same functions as the previous software package however it has a fresh, new interface that includes book covers and quick access to wish lists and recommendations along side your library. They also have added something called a “Dyslexic font” which was intriguing to me. I am dyslexic and have found over the years that if I choose a font that is from the sans-serif category, I can read it pretty well without overtiring my brain. However, the dyslexic font that is new to the Kindle is not very readable for me. It is the total opposite of what I would normally choose but that is fine for me since there are already several sans-serif fonts on my Kindle that are easy for me to read. Trying to find one dyslexic font that works for all dyslexics, would be like choosing one flavor of ice cream for everyone in the world.

Don't forget to check the update status of your older Kindle devices, yes, even the original Kindle and Kindle DX is receiving this update. The heart of this update is a security upgrade. Without the update, your older model Kindle will no longer be able to connect to Amazon's servers.

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