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If you have not removed the Amazon leather Kindle cover from your Kindle yet, is can be little tricky the first time. Here we present a step by step Kindle cover turorial on how to safely remove a Kindle cover from the Kindle.

Understanding The Kindle Cover Hinge Mechanism

Before we begin this Kindle cover tutorial, understanding the following terms will greatly assist in safer removal of the Kindle cover.

Hinges. There are two hinges: an upper hinge and a lower hinge. The hinges are permanently attached to the kindle cover.

Upper Hinge. The upper hinge is permanently attached to the Kindle cover. This hinge is spring loaded and can be gently pushed down by about a quarter of an inch, from its normal position. The hinge has a hook shape that can be embedded within the Kindle.

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Lower Hinge. The lower hinge is permanent attached to the Kindle cover. This hinge is fixed – it does not slide or articulate in any way. The hinge has a curved shape that can be embedded within the Kindle.

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Upper Cavity on the Kindle. This is designed to accept the upper hinge. It is appropriately dimensioned to allow the upper hinge of the Kindle cover to slide laterally into or out of the body of the Kindle. Within the cavity the upper hinge can be slid upwards so that the hook is locked in position by a latch within the cavity, or slid down so that the hook is not retained by the latch.

Lower Cavity on the Kindle. This is designed to accept the lower hinge. It is appropriately dimensioned to allow the lower hinge of the Kindle cover to rotated into or out of the body of the Kindle. When the lower hinge is within the lower cavity, it is locked in place as far as lateral movement is concerned.

When lower and upper hinges are engaged in the Kindle, they work in partnership to securely attach the kindle cover to the kindle. The upper hinge hook prevents rotation of the kindle and thus keeps the lower hinge locked in its cavity. Meanwhile the fixed lower hinge prevents vertical movement of the Kindle and thus keeps the upper hinge locked within the upper cavity.

So with this basic understanding to of the key component of the Kindle cover and the Kindle, following this Kindle cover tutorial becomes straightforward.

Removing Kindle Cover

  1. With the cover open, you should be able to use your finger to push gently on the upper hinge towards the bottom of the Kindle.
  2. The upper hinge is hook shaped and after it has moved down by about quarter of an inch, it will not be captive within the Kindle and feel loose, although the Kindle and Kindle cover are still attached by the lower hinge..
  3. To release the kindle cover fully from the kindle, rotate the Kindle away from the upper hinge using the bottom hinge as the pivot or point of rotation. The Kindle will then disengage from the lower hinge.

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  2 Responses to “Removing Kindle Covers Safely – How to Remove A Kindle Cover from a Kindle 2, Kindle 3 or Kindle DX”

  1. Can the hinge points be repaired because the top hinge point has snapped off??

    • Hey Bryan.
      If the cover is still under warranty you should give Kindle Support a call.
      If it is out of warranty it would probably be uneconomical to get the kindle cover repaired but you should be able to get an estimated cost of repair of the kindle cover from Amazon Kindle Support.
      If repair is indeed uneconomical, you could consider repairing of the Amazon kindle cover yourself, by using self-adhesive Velcro between the back of the kindle and cover, and leaving it closed for a day or two. Just take care that the vecro anchoring is large enough to securely hold the kindle.
      Please let us know how things work out for you.

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