Amazon is ending access to the Kindle Store for some e-readers over 10 years old

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Amazon has decided not to allow some older Kindle e-readers to access its e-book store beyond August. The company has sent emails to owners of the affected devices, notifying them of the upcoming change.

A reddit user shared the content of an email he received from Amazon. It mentions that the company is ending support for Store Access on Kindle devices over 10 years old. Devices will no longer be able to browse or buy books in the store starting August 17, 2022.

List of Kindle e-readers that will lose access to the Store in August

  • Kindle 2nd Generation International
  • Kindle DX France
  • Kindle Keyboard
  • Kindle 4th Generation
  • Kindle 5th Generation

The oldest of these devices was launched in 2009, while the 5th generation Kindle debuted in 2012. Users can continue to use their eReaders to read books they have downloaded from the Store.

Why is Amazon ending Store access for older Kindle devices?

Amazon has not released an official statement regarding the issue. Good e-Reader speculates that the end of support for older Kindle devices could be due to hardware limitations in eReaders, specifically related to only supporting TLS 1.0 and 1.1. standards. This issue cannot be fixed via a software update, which means the devices will not meet modern security requirements for purchasing e-books.

How can users purchase books from the Kindle Store after August 17?

The mail Amazon recommends users access Amazon.com through a web browser on phones, computers, or tablets to browse and purchase e-books.

This means that when you purchase books from the store on another device, they will be delivered to your Kindle as usual. The same goes for downloading books you already own, you can use the Send to Kindle app to transfer them to your device. You can, of course, buy books from other stores and load them onto your Kindle via email or USB.

The company is also incentivizing users with a 30% discount code to upgrade to a new Kindle e-reader and offering $40 in e-book store credit. If you have an affected device, check your inbox for the offer.

Amazon adds support for EPUB files and ends support for MOBI and AZW formats for Kindle e-readers

A support page on Amazon says it will allow EPUB files to be read on Kindle e-readers. Until now, users had to convert them to MOBI format (via the Caliber app), before sending the books to their devices. Ironically, Amazon is also ending support for MOBI and AZW formats for the Send to Kindle app. These changes are scheduled for late 2022, so we can expect a software update that officially adds EPUB support.

I have a 10th generation Kindle e-reader and I can tell you that the store is extremely slow to load, even on modern devices. That said, I’ve used it to buy and browse books through Kindle Unlimited. So while you won’t lose much when store access is removed, not having the ability to purchase books with a one-click purchase is a downside. Well, I would choose safety over everyday convenience.

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Amazon is ending access to the Kindle Store for some e-readers over 10 years old

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Amazon is ending access to the Kindle Store for some e-readers over 10 years old

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Amazon sends emails notifying users of certain older Kindle e-readers that will no longer be able to access the Store after August 17.

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