Broken Kindle screens become art in this beautiful book


If you've ever owned a Kindle, you might have encountered a broken screen or two. It seems to be a pretty common occurrence, and I myself experienced it twice already in the past two years. You can sometimes clear it up by holding the power switch for 20 seconds (provided the screen isn't cracked), but more often than not the problem is unsolvable.

But why despair? Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso have collaborated on a project that turns these broken screens into art. Working together, the pair has gathered numerous images of broken e-ink displays and printed them in an actual book, which you can order online for a little more than $4.

As described on Triangulations, "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." It goes on to describe the broken screens as "collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements."

The book contains 56 different broken Kindle screens, each frozen in its own peculiar combination of text, drawings and criss-cross lines. So while there's little more frustrating than broken hardware—especially when it turns an expensive device into garbage—at least this gadget can be turned into intriguing and beautiful art.

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