When the Kindle launched back in 2007, it made a big splash giving consumers their first taste of consuming books in the digital age. As the years have passed, prices of these devices have dropped dramatically with the most recent Kindle Fire tablet now being sold for a mere $49.99.

For those still using a Kindle model that came out before 2013, Amazon has just announced a mandatory update for your device, or else you'll be unable to connect to the Internet after March 22nd and will receive the following message:

Important: If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.”

If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device. Go to Fire & Kindle Software Updates for more details.

The update is available for free to any existing Kindle owner, visit this link for more detailed information on how to update your particular device.

Source: Amazon
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