Several Amazon Kindle models will no longer be able to purchase books from the Kindle Store.
Owners of Kindle (2nd Gen) International, Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th Gen) and Kindle (5th Gen) will no longer be able to browse the store or buy or borrow books, according to a report on goodreader.com.
Amazon is emailing affected customers, offering them a 30% discount on new Kindle hardware and $40 in free ebook credits for the inconvenience.
The affected devices are some of the oldest Kindles in the lineup, with some released over a decade ago. The Kindle DX first launched in 2009, for example, while the Kindle Keyboard followed a year later.
It’s not entirely clear why Amazon is removing access to its Kindle store on these devices, although Goodreader speculates it could be because they support outdated versions of the TLS security protocol. , which could make it unsafe for them to continue processing purchases.
Customers on the affected devices will still be able to play the new content. They can either make the ebook purchases through Amazon’s website and have the books transferred to their Kindle or email the files to their devices.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has removed features from Kindle readers. Last year, the company announced that 3G Kindles would stop working in the US as phone networks began shutting down their 3G networks. Owners of these devices will still be able to purchase and download books over the Wi-Fi connection.