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What’s in a… Kindle e-reader?


A Kindle on the edge… of being binned

Well, it’s a New Year, so what better time to peek into some useful device for no other reason than it was already broken when I picked up, honest? After the unqualified success of my last “What’s in a…” post, I thought I would try do it again, with something different.

Before the end of 2015, actually quite a way before, my lovely Kindle lost its own plot as well as those of the books stored on it. I suspect that the poor device knew what was in the pipeline – I discovered it had stopped working when I was about load onto it a copy of my NaNoWriMo efforts, “The Xylophone at the Gates of Dawn”. Personally, I would not have been offended if it had just said “No, please don’t make me store that rubbish in my brain”. However, my Kindle chose quietly to stop working. The charging light would only stay on for about twelve seconds (okay, exactly twelve seconds) before switching off. I am sure there is a little emoticon chappy that represents me going “harrumph”, but I haven’t found it yet.


Cover removed with a handy plectrum

Taking one of these things apart is actually quite easy as long as you remember to be gentle, to treat your Kindle kindly. The many plastic lug things that hold the case together can be eased apart with nothing stronger than a piece of plastic, rather than a metal screwdriver.* Personally, I use whatever was lying around – in this case, a guitar plectrum (my workbench is surrounded by guitars and broken dreams, so it wasn’t that surprising a choice). I have previously replaced the broken screen of niece-of-snail a year ago when she sat on her Kindle (probably) and learnt then that plastic beats metal at this task. There are also twenty tiny screws to remove – not so bad when you consider that the newer Kindle Paperwhite devices are simply glued to the screen so completely impossible to separate and thus to fix. Shame on you Amazon!


The battery and, below it, the 3G module. The bits shrouded in metal contain magic. Or possibly cheese.

My immediate thought was that the thin internal battery was finally too flat, electrically speaking, too far gone to be charged. I bought another but this, alas, failed to fix the problem. By jury-rigging a power supply where the battery goes, I tried to persuade the book-filled flat e-reader** to start up, which it sort of tried to then didn’t.


The back of a screen that has cracked up


What makes up the keyboard

It looked as if there was a component on the circuit board that had given up the ghost. Sadly, you can’t really fix a circuit board as found in modern devices – all-in-one with a few surface mount components. This kind of computing power has come at a price – fixability is zero. The only thing to do is to replace the whole board and then salvage any components you can for making up your own stuff.

So, I bought an old Kindle off e-Bay which was described as having a broken screen. Unfortunately, it too suffered from the 12 second charging light symptom as well and so behaved exactly the same way when I attached my presumed working screen. Perhaps my screen is broken too?

Oh well, back to the drawing board, a board lost under the mountain rubbish, er, useful things on my workbench (a wiring loom for a stuffed VW camper van doesn’t just make itself – it requires a whole mess of its own). I haven’t given up just yet though, as I want to see if my Kindle’s brain is still saying “hello” when it is powered up. If not, well, I’ll acquire a cheap second-hand screen and see if that works with the original circuit board. Or I’ll just stop reading e-books…

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Still hovering close to the edge of landfill


* …or a hammer and chisel.

** If you can think of something to go there that makes sense and rhymes with ‘puss’, do let me know.

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Kirkenes Blue – It’s Out!!

The whole cover in all its glory

The whole cover in all its glory

Well, I wanted to publish Kirkenes Blue in October, and I made it with 3 days to spare. The cover art caused the biggest headache, with the Firefox browser refusing to run the CreateSpace cover sorter-outer and the text on the spine refusing to line up with, you know, the spine. Still, after many hours on Wednesday, I managed to push the files over to CreateSpace and open a bottle of Champers in time for tea.

Probably should've drunk this before writing the book - next time...

Probably should’ve drunk this before writing the book – next time…

Actually, the whole process of publishing was remarkably quick. By about lunchtime on Thursday, the paperback was on Amazon with the Kindle version following later on in the afternoon. I had had my first sales by Thursday tea time (and, from the bottom of my heart, I thank those lovely souls who did buy a copy).

Now, I guess I better start promoting it – but I also have NaNoWriMo to get stuck into and my third novel to write (I’ve started). Hmm… perhaps I should have bought another bottle of Baron De Marck!



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BATDIG – the Paper Version!

BATDIG on CreateSpace

BATDIG on CreateSpace

At last, a copy of BATDIG you can safely read in the bath*! Both parts of the novel first published for the Kindle together in one predominantly papery place** plus some Author’s Ramblings about the creation of the story and a short excerpt from my next novel, Kirkenes Blue, which I guess I really must finish now.

BATDIG will be available on Amazon in the next 3 to 5 days ( so around the end of May then) but is also available from CreateSpace themselves, although only for American readers (at



* Bath not included.

** I think there is a bit of cardboard in there too.



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A Blatant Plug 2


#32 in the charts, like Duran Duran’s (Reach up for the) Sunrise in the Irish charts in 2004

Yesterday I attained the dizzy heights of being a Top 40 author! Admittedly, it was in the chart for free kindle sci-fi downloads but, even so, it still gave me a sense of achievement*. BATDIG even reached the dizzy heights of #63 in the thriller chart (free kindle download version of course).

Naturally, it has yet to match its highest position – joint #1 in the “Kindle books by Jon Sayer” chart – but there is still time to download your copy for free and make it a smash overnight* success!

Two and a bit days left of the promotion – I would like to thank the already large number of people who have downloaded it this time around. To those of you who haven’t – go on, what have you got to lose? Nothing, that’s what!


* Which probably isn’t saying much considering I feel a sense of achievement every time I manage to open a bag of crisps without spraying the furniture with processed potato goodness. Mmm…processed potato goodness…

** Overnight = Over-one-and-a-bit-years

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A Blatant Plug


I know – the last time BATDIG part 1 was free on Amazon, you thought “I won’t have it now, that Sayer bloke probably won’t write part 2 anyway…” And you were almost right.

But, against your expectations, part 2 is out now, so why not dip into part 1 for free, gratis, dim arian and see how you get on?

You want to know what BATDIG is, don’t you? Of course you do!!

BATDIG part 1: available FREE from 30 May until 3 June in the Amazon Kindle store


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