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Subject: Broke another Kindle
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 9:15 AM ET
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Ugh.  I don't even know what happened to it.  Maybe I am using the wrong kind of case?  I didn't drop it or anything.  I was using it yesterday and it was fine.  I turn it on today and half the screen doesn't work.  It's still under warranty but I don't know if they'll still give me a replacement at this point. I have a keyboard one and have  leather case over it.  Maybe I need a different kind of case??  A snap on type one? 

I'm wondering if I should upgrade to the touch screen one.  I don't know if that would make a difference.

eta: well they wouldn't let me pay the difference to get the touch one.  I think I'm going to try a different cover and get better about using it. 



Last Edited on: 7/9/12 9:46 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 11:19 AM ET
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I'd NOT upgrade to a touch if you go through kindles that fast.  Are you putting anything ON the kindle while its in the case?

I've an older patron that bought a large bubble mailer and uses that for her kindle, has hrmm birthday candles and balloons all over it..That way when tis in her backpack nothing harms it. (just a thought)

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 12:29 PM ET
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I have the basic model that I got from Amazon refurbished for $49 so I didn't want to spend a fortune on a case. I searched Amazon and found this one. It's on sale for under $5 now (as it was when I got mine in May, long sale, lol) and it's very secure. Heavy leather with a foam insert for padding. It doesn't quite fit my kindle conveniently, I have to shift it slightly when I read on it, but it keeps it very safe. It has a magnetic snap and it works great. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 3:00 PM ET
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I got the cover I did because it's one with a flip over lid and you can use it as a stand. But I find I never need a stand when I use the Kindle and it's pain if I want to whip the kindle out of my purse and read while staning in line somewhere.  I saw some plastic snap on cases on Amazon one time but I think they would only protect against dropping. 

I have kindle and nook apps on my IPOD touch.  Maybe I'll just start carrying that in my purse and using it to read if I'm waiting somewhere.  I've been reading on it today at work. 

I was half expecting them to say that I've damaged too many at this point and not replace another one.  But they are replacing it to my relief.  I try to be really careful with them but I think they're getting damaged in my purse even with the case.  I'm not sure how, it's not like I swing my purse all over the place or sit on it or anything. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 3:51 PM ET
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I use a case very similar to the one Barb linked. It opens the same, the Kindle slides in the same, and the cover is very rigid but also padded.

Eink readers are very succeptible to breaking if torqued (I think that's the word) any kind of subtle twisting can do it.

I just bought a Case Logic hard case for my Sony for in my purse. It looks similar to this one, which is marketed for the K3. Something like this one would fit the Kindle Keyboard, though that's more than I would want to spend. But that is the kind of case I would look for, if I were you, seeing as how you've had these problems. 

Here's a cheaper one. There's a pink one for $19.99. I didn't look on ebay, you can probably find these same ones there, cheaper.

Let us know if you get one.

 

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 5:05 AM ET
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I'm wondering if I should upgrade to the touch screen one.

my cousin and DH each got a Kindle Touch earlier this year (her probably right after Christmas, him around March) and about a week apart last month both of them had to call amazon and got replacements.  hers died *hard* right after (or while?) she was using it (in a case), it just got completely stuck, and wouldn't even reboot.

she'd had a first generation Kindle since right around when they came out and it was still working fine, she just wanted something smaller and returned the Kindle Fire she'd gotten for Christmas for this instead.  (she doesn't have wifi at home, so a Fire is pretty useless.)  so i'm sure she wasn't being hard on it.

on his, the touch part quit working - there was one tiny half inch tall piece of screen all the way across that worked and the rest didn't register any touches - so he couldn't use the menus, or select the right buttons, or anything.

so i'm more than a little leery about the Kindle Touch now, but still love my Kindle Keyboard.

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 5:12 AM ET
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I have kindle and nook apps on my IPOD touch.  Maybe I'll just start carrying that in my purse and using it to read if I'm waiting somewhere.  I've been reading on it today at work.

i've recently found that though i prefer the eink for long periods of reading, i'm actually ok to use the Kindle app on my phone to read while i'm in line or eating a not-too-messy lunch (can swipe with my little finger for next page).  i probably wouldn't want to do it if i planned to wait for more than 20 minutes or so, but for short periods it's just fine.

 

sorry to hear they keep breaking on you, but it's good they replaced it.  hopefully this one will last longer!

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 2:35 PM ET
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Hey, good timing. Tanga is having a Kindle cover blowout today, 60 styles. I've used them for a few years, especially for magazine subscriptions. They're legit, and cheap. Good site to get in the mailing list of. 

Date Posted: 7/10/2012 5:55 PM ET
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If you Kindle is loose in your purse and there are other heavy things in there, then torque (twisting) could be happening to the Kindle, even in a case.

 

Date Posted: 7/11/2012 7:25 AM ET
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Thanks for the tip, Barb. I just ordered a CaseCrown leather bold standby case for my Fire. I have the same case for my Nook Color, and it's a good one.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 7/11/2012 12:14 PM ET
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I should have mentioned these sales are 1 day events, 14 hours left. They have different stuff every day.