Browsing or buying ebooks on older Kindles is getting harder in August

Amazon sends an email to owners of certain older Kindle models notifying them that direct access to the Kindle Store is set to be phased out in August.

Like Good reading reports(Opens in a new window), anyone who is still using a Kindle (2nd Generation) International, Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th Generation), or Kindle (5th Generation) will lose access to the Kindle Store on their device from the August. This means that you will no longer be able to browse, buy or borrow ebooks directly on these Kindles.

The good news is that ebooks will continue to be accessible on these Kindle models, and you will still be able to purchase and transfer ebooks to them, but the purchase will need to be made through Amazon’s website on another device.

No clear reason was given as to why this restriction is being introduced, but Good Ereader suspects it is because these older models only support Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1, with no way to update them to newer versions.

If this all sounds a little familiar, it’s probably because older Kindles started losing internet access late last year. It wasn’t really Amazon’s fault, as the lack of access was due to older models relying on access via 3G, and telecom companies recently shut down their 3G networks.

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If you own one of these older Kindles and receive the email explaining the change, be sure to read it to the end. Apparently, Amazon is running a promotion similar to the one offered when 3G access disappeared. The email should contain a promotional code offering 30% off a new Kindle as well as a $40 credit on new ebooks. This means you can upgrade to the latest model Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, or Kindle Oasis without having to pay top dollar.

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