A Kindle can keep kids occupied for an entire grocery store trip.  I love it!

But if you've got a Kindle an you ignore this mandatory update from Amazon, you may start getting error messages on your beloved e-reader and it will become a blank slate, and suddenly the kids are climbing in and out of the cart and pulling fruity snacks off the shelves again.  Give us that update.

Today is the deadline to install the vital Kindle update.  Here's the scoop if you want to save yourself some headaches.

We've got to have the update for downloading books from the cloud, accessing the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services moving forward. The update affects Kindle models from 2012 and older, so if you're cool like me and you're rocking the old technology, you'll need to update.  Amazon says most Kindle can be updated via Wi-Fi.

If we miss the March 22 deadline we'll have to update the e-reader manually. It's the dreaded "manual" word that we work to avoid at all costs.  So this is our friendly heads up. Missing the update will produce this message starting tomorrow.  "Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again."  

Check out Amazon’s customer service website HERE for all the info.

The good news is, the update apparently affects the e-reader and not other apps. We can always dumb it down and quit reading books, and just play games all day.  There are always ways around.