While eBook readers aren’t as expensive as they used to be, and it’s often almost as cheap to replace a broken model as it is to repair it… sometimes it’s nice to know that you can take a gadget apart and fix it yourself, even if you don’t have to.
The folks at Powerbook Medic have put together a few videos showing exactly how to do that with Amazon’s latest eReader, the $119 Kindle Paperwhite.
For the most part, the process involves sliding a flat tool under the plastic bezel to lift it off the screen, removing a series of screws to separate the rest of the case, and then undoing some more screws to get at the battery, system board, processor, and other goodies.
That way you can attempt to repair or replace a broken wireless radio, display, or just about any other component you can get your hands on.
Powerbook Medic also has a tutorial for putting the Kindle back together again once your done… which is a kind of important part of the process if you plan to actually use the thing again.
Hello Mr Linder, I followed your descriptions to take apart and reassemble the Kindle and I think I haven’t made a mistake. But as soon as I screwed the battery lights get on at the bottom of the screen and they turn off by themselves after a while. I tried to make the kindle work without replacing the bazel and nothing happened, is that because I did not replaced the bazel.
Also the old screen was glued to the frame ( which was a nightmare to take off) and I did not glued it back in case the screen did not work. Another thing the screen has horizontal stripes all over, would that mean that the screen is not in a good condition ? Could you please help
Judging by the force you have to apply to prize off the cover, I wouldn’t be too optimistic about my chances of getting at the innards without serious risk of breaking the screen or damaging the bezel.
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