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Broken Kindles as art, in book form

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56 Broken Kindles, the book

Broken Kindle
Broken Kindle

A digital book is more durable than its paper-based counterpart, the story goes. But what about the e-reader itself? A new book by Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso entitled 56 Broken Kindles takes on just that question. The picture book of just that — 56 images of Kindles with broken E Ink displays — presents an interesting and visually arresting commentary on what it means for the physicality of the electronic reader when its life-cycle as a working device has come to an end. The half-faded, digitally confused set of images, of course, are printed on paper in a physical book, resulting in a further, weirder piece of art altogether.