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Kindle

Just had a email from Amazon advising me to update my Kindle before 22 March otherwise I will no longer be able to download e books or have wi fi access for the Kindle.
Has anyone else had the same email ?
These days it's hard to know what's genuine and what's a scam.
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As a dedicated Kindle user. I have definitely not seen anything like this from Amazon...yet. And probably ignore it if I did.
I can't see why they would need to do this. To stop you purchasing more material would seem like cutting off their noses...etc. etc.
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I had one too, though I haven't used my Kindle in years. It says your Kindle will brick if you don't allow it to update by 22nd March
This link: seems valid  www.amazon.com/ku2016?ref_=deveng_eicert and doesn't trigger Kaspersky nor malwarebytes
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Quote from: Petlew
As a dedicated Kindle user. I have definitely not seen anything like this from Amazon...yet. And probably ignore it if I did.

your kindle probably updated automatically if you have wifi switched on, mine has had an update pushed OTA in the past few months.
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Not a kindle kinda person,..... just googled "Kindle Udates".... and the third or fourth entry on the search results was this....
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/3/10903424/amazon-kindle-ereaders-update-coming

Perhaps a more intensive search would reveal whether the email is a scam or not...
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Hmm will probably break my jail broken Kindle, don't think I will install it yet. I LIKE thing like current cover mode. I don't use the wifi on it anyway, updating using Calibre & usb.
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@dvorak, My Kindle is not connected to wi-fi all the time only when I download something new (it almost doubles the battery usage with wi-fi on continuously)
It is though quite possible an update might have happened during/with a download, but they are pretty fast, from switch wi-fi on to completion of download of an average length (what's that you may ask?) novel to switch back to airline mode is probably well under 30 seconds.
Addendum: that got me interested as a nag seemed to remember something in the book listing on the device. I have indeed a "letter" from Amazon telling me I have been updated, not dated, I have no idea how long it has been there, probably a glance at my online Amazon Kindle account would give me the full details when it was delivered etc.
Its just a single page, so would have no doubt taken just split-seconds to add to my Kindle.
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Just checked mine is too old to be updated. (One of the "old" non touchscreen, without keyboard ones)
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A Paperwhite here.
Came through the non and keyboard types, The Paperwhite is by far the best in my opinion (as a stand-alone reader, as opposed to a Fire or one of the many other tablets)
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I wanted a pw but when I bought the kindle (2nd hand) for £30 I just couldn't raise the extra £50 for it. Might look at the 2nd hand shops this year to see what they are 2nd hand now.
I have had :
Sony 500 - best e-reader I have had battery died and I killed it trying to replace it. Had it for 3 years and spent £150 on it new!
Nook - cheap and cheerful touch screen (£17 at the time I bought it) used it for about 18 months.
Kindle - works what more can I say. Collections are a PITA to setup, Calibre kindle collections helps with that but still no where as good as the Sony was. Had it for about 18 months now
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Thanks for the responses, the link given plus posts from other users would suggest the email is genuine.
Think I will give it a miss as I have tons of ebooks I need to get through and there are a number of other sources for getting ebooks as mentioned in HMb's post
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