After Hours

Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle completely disassembled

Overall, the Amazon Kindle was surprisingly easy to crack open. The process required no special tools and took about 30 minutes. The tiny ribbon cables and connectors were the most difficult part.

Except for the E-Ink ribbon cable, which gave me a little trouble, reassembling the Kindle was equally straightforward. When pt back together, our Kindle worked perfectly. I'll post a review of my experience with the Kindle in the IT Dojo blog.

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4 comments
Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

Great gallery, Bill. Did you happen to notice what was directly beneath the small knockout box? It was too difficult looking at the pictures to line it up. Is it something that may need to be user-serviceable or some sort of expansion?

ScarF
ScarF

Aligning the components, I believe it is the small ribbon connector you may see in pict.25 placed on the left of the battery connector. As seen in pict.13, removing just the knockout box will give you access to this connector seeing part of the metal shield, also. I can't figure why Amazon's designers added this knockout box. Maybe Bill can give us a hand with this.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

It was in Image 11 -- he specifically pointed it out.