56 Broken Kindle Screens Made with 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)

Kindle 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”

Kindle 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.

Thanks to:
Frederic Gmeiner
Ryan Bateman


The book shown on a Kindle Touch


  • Newcity Art | Review: Structures for Reading/Center for Book and Paper Arts
  • BuzzFeed | Silvio Lorusso, An Artist Of Delightful Internet Things
  • Boing Boing | 56 Broken Kindle Screens: book and video
  • The Verge | Broken Kindles as art, in book form
  • Wired | Showtime: Silvio Lorusso and Sebastian Schmieg, ’56 Broken Kindle Screens’
  • Triangulation Blog | 56 Broken Kindle Screens
  • Creative Applications | Kindle as an Art Object

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