Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Physical Properties of the Digital Book

Well...not much can be said for the sturdiness of those Kindles. Not too long ago, Conservation staff received this note along with a broken Kindle.

One of the Kindles' case connecting hooks had broken off so it was unable to attach to the protective case, leaving it vulnerable like a turtle without its shell.

As you would think, traditional repairs on paper based volumes are our daily dose so to get this high tech sister 'book' in the book hospital was quite ironic.

First the Kindle was evaluated.

Preparations made.

Ascertaining placement of the broken section: a dry run try.

Applying the adhesive.

Placing the piece into its proper place.

Using pressure and dwell time to "fix" the piece in place.

Fine tuning fit of broken piece.


All is well until the battery runs out and that we don't cover!

Written by Deborah Howe

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