If you think back in May of this year, it was announced that older Amazon Kindle ereaders will lose an important feature in the future; we are sorry to say that this ‘future’ date has finally happened.
That main feature is the ability to buy books on the device – yes, it’s a pretty important feature – although you can still send files to the ereader, so it doesn’t make your Kindle entirely redundant.
The Kindles affected are the fourth and fifth generation models released in 2011 and 2012, as well as the Keyboard and International models. You can check your Kindle’s model number in your device’s Settings menu under Device Information, although it might be easier to check if you can still buy an ebook.
However, you don’t have to send your Kindle to a trash bin right away – as we said, there are still ways to get digital files onto your Kindle and continue reading them. In fact, we imagine that some people don’t even use the Kindle Store on their device, as it’s much slower and clunky to use than the website and app.
If you buy books from the Kindle Store in your computer’s browser, you can immediately upload them to your Kindle so that the book is accessible the next time you connect your ereader to the web. Alternatively, you can send PDFs and other files to your Kindle and it still works fine.
It is worth noting, however, that if you have an android phone it is a bad word to send books to your Kindle.
Review: But do you need a new Kindle?
Kindle Store workarounds mean your ereader can still be used to read books on the go. However, if you have an older Kindle, there may be other reasons to upgrade.
Devices can lose battery life over time, which means you’re not getting the weeks of reading you’re used to. And your gadget may have been crushed or damaged from normal wear and tear from use, particularly in the ports department, as that’s where random cable insertion can cause damage – keep in mind that devices that miss the Kindle Store on board have at least 10 years.
So if you have an affected ereader, you might want to consider buying a new one and upgrading to a newer model for the recent features they brought.
If it’s you, we should probably highlight Amazon Exchange Program (opens in new tab) for older devices, which allows you to exchange an old gadget for money with a new one. That’s if you don’t want to pass your Kindle to a friend who can use it, of course.
Regardless of whether or not you opt for a trade, there are usually some good deals on ereaders, and we’ll share the best ones in your region below: