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Kindle Paperwhite First Generation Firmware Update [Problems after Rebooting]

Ok, so I haven’t restarted or rebooted my kindle for a couple of months now. On Saturday, I had a problem with a book that wasn’t indexing properly, so I deleted the book and in a moment of absolute, wish I had a time machine, madness, rebooted my Kindle.

First thing I noticed is that no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to connect to to my WiFi.

After about 8 very frustrating hours I was finally able to get my WiFi and my Kindle to ‘talk’ to each other.

If you are ever in a situation where you have no choice but to reset your kindle, I’d suggest you make a copy of the entire documents folder, this will save you having to download the books from your cloud account again – which if you’re like me and have over a hundred books on your device, is a real life saver. Then after the reset you simply copy it back onto your device.

After all the fun I’ve had, I have become very wary of what I’ve come to call stealth updates, that manifest problems much later on, so that you battle to connect the problem to the actual cause, in my case, the firmware update that was done without me being aware of it, in June.

The Kindle is a really great device and I use mine daily as I am an avid reader. But. I am now a lot more cautious now when it comes to rebooting the device as I know the hell that awaits me. A Kindle that can’t connect to Wifi [and mine only has the WiFi option] is pretty much a dead duck.

There are numerous threads on the Amazon website about this issue, some posted quite recently. Lots of people were not able to overcome the issue. I guess I just got lucky.

I have been a client of Amazon since 1997. And have always enjoyed dealing with them. But over the last 2 years or so, I’ve noticed that their pricing is no longer as competitive as it used to be. They take a margin on the exchange rate and charge a premium to ship goods to where I live – or simply refuse as our beloved postal system, when not on their annual strike, steals half the stuff that comes across their counters. They also charge a fortune for their hardware. I had to wait years before I was finally able to buy my beloved Kindle second hand from a good friend.

I see that on Tuesday 21 October, they are launching their new Kindle called The Voyage, but it comes with price tag of over $200 which I am just not willing to pay, especially after the fun I had with my current one.

In a world that has become profit driven, businesses still haven’t learnt that price is everything to those who don’t have bottomless pockets.

I used to order from Amazon on a monthly basis – but haven’t done so in over 18 months.

Supporting the local guys, just makes more sense – for now at least.

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