Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens

Collaboration with Silvio Lorusso
2012
56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

“56 Broken Kindle Screens” is a print on demand paperback that consists of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens. The Kindle is Amazon’s e-reading device which is by default connected to the company’s book store.
The book takes as its starting point the peculiar aesthetic of broken E Ink displays and serves as an examination into the reading device’s materiality. As the screens break, they become collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements.

Order the book on Lulu (cost price)

Download the Kindle Edition

Fullscreen Image Version (13.7 MB)
This version allows you to view the book fullscreen. If you have got a Kindle Touch, follow these steps:

  • In your Kindle’s root directory, create a folder called pictures
  • Copy the zip into that folder. Do not unzip!
  • On your Kindle, you should now see an entry reading “Images” (or “Pictures”)
  • Open it, and you’ll find the “56-Broken-Kindle-Screens.zip”

E-book (.mobi) Version (20.6 MB)
The E-book comes with a table of contents that allows you to view the original source photos in your Kindle’s web browser, and to freely navigate inside the book. Due to the Kindle’s default margins, the broken screens cannot be viewed fullscreen.

We recommend jailbreaking your Kindle.

The book shown on a Kindle Touch

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

56 Broken Kindle Screens, Sebastian Schmieg

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Thank you: Frederic Gmeiner and Ryan Bateman

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2014

Sebastian Schmieg