After Hours

Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle

Pop open the Kindle's case

With the case screws removed, you can now pop open the Kindle's case. Hold the Kindle upright (as shown in this photo), insert a thin plastic tool (or your fingernail) into the grove between the case's front and back halves, and gently push straight down. Slide the tool or your fingernail around the Kindle's case. As you move around the case, the plastic catches should pop loose. Take care not to crack the Kindle's plastic case.

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About Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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