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Amazon Warns Against Installing Latest Kindle App Update for iOS Due to Deleted Book Libraries [Update: Fix Live]

kindle_app_iconAmazon yesterday released a minor 3.6.1 update to its Kindle app for iOS, but as noted by TUAW, the company is now warning users in the app description not to install the update.
What's New in Version 3.6.1

Note: 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.
According to reports, the update is causing users' entire book libraries to be deleted from their devices. There is no word yet on when a fix can be expected to arrive in the App Store, but Amazon is undoubtedly rushing to fix the issue and Apple is likely to provide an expedited review in order to minimize the number of affected users.

Update 7:29 AM: AllThingsD reports that Amazon has issued a statement indicating that it has submitted a fix for the issue to Apple and is working to expedite its release.

Update 9:36 AM: Kindle for iOS has been updated to version 3.6.2, presumably addressing the issue with version 3.6.1. The new release notes do not, however, mention the issue.

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Posted: 19 months ago
The biggest flaw in Apples software distribution system: You can't just pull back a new version once it was released. Completely insane.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
good thing I saw the warning this morning before I tried to update. I think the biggest problem with apps is updating and finding that the new version has some serious problems and there's no way to go back to the previous version.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Nice one Amazon!

Luckily for me, I updated all my apps on the weekend and missed this I think (I usually only update once a month or so).
This doesn't exactly fill me with confidence in the Amazon ecosystem.

Apple should support a "retract update" capability that would allow developers to instantly pull an update and revert to the previous version. This would be good for customers when developers royally screw up like this.

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I updated last night, but have not launched the app. I have a good deal of books in my kindle app that are .mobi which I am sure are gone now. :(


It seems possible -- very likely actually -- that the deletion occurs when you first launch. So try to avoid launching until the next update is available.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Lost my library... Why don't they test them before releasing??? Uuurggh...
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Can't the books just be downloaded again? :confused::confused:
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Wow. So much for testing...

Just killed my girlfriend's phone and mine. Going back to iBooks.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

You don't LOSE any books that you purchased.


Correction. You don't lose any books from Amazon that you keep in their cloud.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
Apple should always keep the previous version of an app available to revert to in case there's problems with an update.

This would be TRIVIAL to implement. Why the hell don't they?

Also, keeping previous versions of an app available when the app obsoletes a class of devices would be good too. I know of people using iPhone 3G who have lost some apps because they can't install newer versions after their device was wiped.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago
I updated last night, but have not launched the app. I have a good deal of books in my kindle app that are .mobi which I am sure are gone now. :(
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 19 months ago

Wow. So much for testing...

Just killed my girlfriend's phone and mine. Going back to iBooks.


That seems a bit dramatic, but good luck! :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes

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