How to fix the latest (broken) version of Kindle for PC

Amazon uploaded a new copy of Kindle 4 PC on Saturday (version 1.6, build 327771), and I hope you didn’t install it. I did, and much to my dismay I discovered that it doesn’t work.

I contacted Amazon immediately, and so far they have done nothing to fix this problem.  It’s been 3 days that they’ve let this go on. What’s worse is that the borked copy of K4PC is still available for download.

Amazon couldn’t give me any useful tips on how to fix it from my end, so I sought help on MobileRead. The fix is pretty simple. All you need to do is uninstall the current copy and reinstall an older version of K4PC.

Don’t worry; all your current ebooks should still be there after you reinstall K4PC. They were for me. All of my ebooks and their notes were showed up automatically in K4PC when I ran it.

You can find a copy on CNet’s download site that will do the trick.  But be careful; I’m told that the install files are country specific. If you download the US version, for example, you won’t be able to register it to an account at other Amazon sites, such I don’t know if this is true.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane12 July, 2011

    They still haven’t fixed the 1969 bug. Been well over a month now, I think. I hope this new version will when they auto-update my copy.

  2. […] the other hand,  it’s not that big of a deal. I already have an older install file so I’ll just downgrade again. BTW, Amazon told me that I was the only one with this issue. Is anyone else having […]

  3. Brian19 August, 2011

    I fixed it by simply emptying the My Kindle Content folder in Documents. The next time I started K4PC it prompted me to download collections from my kindles and all my books appeared (as Archived Items) with little clouds-with-arrows on them. I downloaded the one I am currently reading on my kindle and it was synched to the proper page and my notes were there.

    I did notice that a lot of the items appear multiple times in the Archived Items list and that not all of my collections transferred over (though the books in them did).

    1. Nate Hoffelder19 August, 2011

      Huh. Now that is a solution that I hadn’t heard of. Thanks!

  4. beth19 August, 2011

    The reason you have to remove your books in my docs before using the new version is probably because they are improving their DRM to block the latest skindle program. Not that I use skindle……


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