Reading Your Kindle While Bathing
From the title of this header, I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads. I have heard of people reading their Kindles while sitting in the bathtub (maybe you are one of those), using a variety of methods such as enclosing the Kindle in a Ziploc bag as well as having the Kindle enclosed in one of the waterproof cases I have seen on the Amazon website.
While the waterproof case was expensive at $39.95 (click here or type in http://amzn.to/kindlewater into your web browser to see one) and seems like a good solution if you are so inclined, I wouldn’t recommend reading your Kindle in the bathtub, pool , or shower trusting your life to it being enclosed securely in a Ziploc bag. If you wonder why I say that, just think of how dangerous it is to blow dry your hair while sitting in the bathtub – hopefully, you don’t do that – as it can kill you: if the electronics, and the electricity contained in them, get into the water and you are in the water you could die.
Death is obviously forever, and I can’t think of any book I would absolutely have to read while sitting in the bathtub that could jeopardize my life while reading it in a Ziploc bag. Besides, I take showers!
I bring this up as I received a note from a blog reader wanting to know if I knew of a cure for a Kindle that had been dropped in the bathtub. You could try drying it out in a bag filled with dry white rice and see if it resurrects your Kindle – that sometimes works on cell phones, but not when I was pushed into the pool this spring and it fried my one-week old new cell phone – but I wouldn’t hold out much hope.
I think your best bet would be to call Amazon’s Kindle customer service and tell them what happened, as I have heard numerous stories of Amazon offering a replacement Kindle for half price. The only “catch” is after you receive the replacement Kindle you have to return the damaged unit. That 50% off replacement policy may not be valid today, but it is certainly worth a try.
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