Amazon is removing a key feature from the Kindle, its wildly popular e-reader. Accordingly tech radar, Users of older devices will not be able to purchase books from the Kindle Store. The company announced this change back in May and it is now being implemented. The affected Kindle devices are fourth- and fifth-generation models, which were released in 2011 and 2012, the outlet added. It added that this change will not make the devices redundant as books can be sent to these readers after they are purchased from the website or other devices.
Tech Radar Users can find their Kindle model number in the device’s Settings menu, under Device Information. Emails, PDFs and other files can be sent even on older models and the process works perfectly.
While the exact reason behind Amazon’s decision is unknown, Good E-Reader speculates that it could be due to a Transport Layer Security (TLS) incompatibility. Older devices have support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols with various bugs. Due to hardware limitations, dated e-readers do not support newer TLS versions.
In June, Amazon said it would stop supplying retailers with Kindle e-readers in China and close its Kindle e-book store in the country next year, the US tech firm’s withdrawal from the restricted Chinese market.
The Kindle China e-bookstore will stop selling e-books from June 30 next year, the company said on its official WeChat account, though customers will be able to continue downloading any purchased books for a year after that.