“Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes…”
–Changes by David Bowie
There are a few dates happening soon that mark changes around Kindles and e-books, so I thought I would round them up here and what (if anything) you need to do about it.
Tuesday, March 15th: B&N shuts down the NOOK bookstore
Barnes & Noble is shutting down the UK (I have readers around the world) NOOK bookstore.
After that, you won’t be able to buy NOOK books in the UK through their store, or through the Android app, or through your devices.
You’ll have until the end of May 2016 to migrate the books you’ve already bought.
For more information:
Wednesday, March 16th: Shelfari transitions to Goodreads
If you’ve been a Shelfari user, Amazon has decided to merge it with Goodreads (Amazon owns both).
If you do have a Shelfari account, and you want to keep the data, you need to sign in and then chose to transition to Goodreads and/or download your information in a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file, which can be imported into Excel and other spreadsheets.
For more information, see
Tuesday, March 22nd: update needed to older Kindles to access Amazon wirelessly
Amazon has announced a
This only affects some older Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers…not the Fire tablets) which have not been updated.
If you don’t update your device, you won’t be able to get to Amazon wirelessly on that Kindle: no shopping in the store; no downloading from your Cloud/archives; I assume no blog/magazine/newspaper delivery.
One of my regular readers and commenters, Edward Boyhan, suggested that this is in preparation for the obsoleting of the SHA1 (Secure Hash Algorithm) algorithm in 2017…that’s the techie stuff, but that makes sense to me, also based on what Amazon has said.
An important note: when you do the update which my best guess is technically necessary, you’ll get all the rest of the update, too. 🙂 That includes a new homescreen, which has a lot of recommendations on it…not everybody likes that.
Fortunately, although it’s pretty buried, you can go back to the old look:
Home – Menu – Settings – Device Options – Personalize Your Kindle – Advanced Options – Home Screen View – (turn off) Home Screen View: Display recommended content from store and enable learning lists
I’m waiting for confirmation from Amazon, but I would expect that you could still buy books for the device or download from the Cloud/archives…by downloading to your computer, and then transferring using a USB cable.
For more information, including a link to which devices are affected, see
Have any questions? Any other deadlines (Kindle/e-book/Amazon related…I know there are others) 😉 for my readers and me? Feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.
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