iOS Kindle Update Deletes Stored Books

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Amazon is warning its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Kindle app users to skip the version 3.6.1 update because it deletes purchases from the app. Users that already installed the update can re-download their missing ebooks, and the company said a new update is on the way.

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Amazon noted in its App Store Kindle description,

There is a known issue with this update. If you are an existing Kindle for iOS user, we recommend you do not install this update at this time.

If you haven't already updated to Kindle 3.6.1, avoid the Update All button in the App Store app so you don't accidentally find yourself with an empty ebook library. If you did install the update, you can re-login to your Amazon account in the Kindle app and add your ebooks back to your library.

Amazon hasn't said when the new update for the Kindle app will be available, and they are at Apple's mercy since it has to go through the review process before hitting the App Store.

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This is a pretty big bug to miss when releasing an update, and it's made worse for users that already installed Kindle 3.6.1 because Apple doesn't offer any way for developers to fall back to older app versions when they discover big problems.

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That is a rather glaring bug! Maybe all their beta testers have Kindle Fires?

Lee Dronick

We had to destroy the library in order to save it.


Jeff - just updated iPhone.  Kindle app is now version 3.6.2 Thanks for the warning on previous version.


I’ve had problems with Kindle for iOS ever since Amazon was forced to remove the old-style app with the ability to shop integrated in. Ever since then, although I haven’t lost anything that’s already on any particular iPad, my iPads seem to have become totally dissociated from my account, even though I’m logged in to the same account on the Kindle app on my iPads and in Safari on my Mac. Thus, when trying to buy a Kindle book from my Mac, I always used to see a list of the iPads associated with my account, and I could send the book (or a sample chapter) to one of them. Now, the list has disappeared, and if I try to sample or buy, I’m simply taken to a page telling me to download the Kindle for iPad app. I’ve tried redownloading a couple of times but I’m just stuck in the same loop. This may be an isolated case, or maybe it’s part of a pattern.

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