After three and a half years, my Kindle krapped out. Kaput. I turned it off a couple of days ago. When I went to turn it on again. . .nothing but gray areas and lines. A call to technical support got me the answer: yup, it’s dead, you need a new one. So I went at it with a screwdriver to get the back off, and removed whatever chips I could find, because YOU NEVER KNOW (!). After butchering the Kritter, the scraps went into the garbage.
Now I need to decide which new one I want. I’m thinking the keyboard version, which has 3G and wi-fi. The Fire gets a lot of hate, so that’s out.