2023 Author: Donald Evans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 05:03
It is clear that the advancement of technology makes many devices obsolete at a rapid rate. That's always a problem, but it's much more serious when a manufacturer tries to end the life of a gadget without justifiable reason. This is the case of the first Kindles that were launched on the market, since cannot be registered with Amazon accounts
As long as the Amazon account is linked, it works correctly. But, after returning one of these eBook readers to its factory state, it will be impossible to register it with an Amazon account. Therefore, the possibility of selling these second-hand Kindles disappears. And, in case of gifting it to another person, you cannot modify the associated account.
This is not an unexpected problem, the manufacturer has confirmed that first and second generation Kindles are no longer cannot be registered with Amazon accounts because they are "too old ". On a technical level, it doesn't make much sense that the account can continue to be used, but not register a new one, so it seems that it is an arbitrary decision to leave these Kindles aside.
It is true that we are talking about models that, in some cases, are close to 10 years old. Today, we can buy much better e-book readers for little money. But no one feels good when a product they have paid for is limited. After all, an eBook reader does not age at the rate of other devices. Although they have advanced in recent years, the first and second generation Kindle models are still usable.
Planned obsolescence is a serious problem for consumers and environmental sustainability. We don't know if Amazon will allow these Kindles to be registered after this case has come to light. Although it is a company that takes great care of its customers, probably not too many users keep these very old Kindles.
Therefore, owners of a 1st or 2nd generation Kindle reader should not reset their device, or they won't be able to register using their Amazon account Certainly a controversial move, which shows that devices that we buy have an ephemeral life.
What do you think of this news? Do you think Amazon has the right to limit access to older Kindles?