If you still have an old Kindle, you may want to replace it soon. Amazon is now emailing customers to warn that select Kindles, specifically five very old models, will lose access to the Amazon eBook Store on August 17, 2022.
These Kindles are over 10 years old, so this news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Of course, it’s disappointing to see Amazon ditch some of its older e-readers, as they tend to work just fine after an easy and inexpensive battery replacement. (They also have physical buttons, which some people prefer to touch screens on an eReader.)
These are the Kindles that will lose access to the Kindle Store:
- Kindle International (January 2, 2009)
- Kindle DX International (2010)
- Kindle Keyboard (2010)
- Kindle (January 4, 2011)
- Kindle (5th generation, 2012)
“As of August 17, you will no longer be able to browse, buy, or borrow books directly from these Kindle devices.”
Amazon notes that your old Kindle will still work. Plus, you can still download old books from your Kindle archive, or even deliver newly purchased or borrowed books to the Kindle; this should happen automatically when you buy or borrow a book on Amazon.
Kindle Unlimited will continue to work on these older devices as well. That said, it sounds like you’ll need to select books on Amazon’s website before sending them to your Kindle.
If you’ve ever connected one of these old Kindles to your Amazon account, I suggest checking your email inbox. Amazon is sending out emails warning of the impending change, and these emails include a 30% discount code on a new Kindle device plus $40 in eBook credit.