I recently broke the screen of my Kindle Paperwhite, basically almost 1/3 of the bottom screen is still with the cover image and doesnt get updated.

So instead of throwing it away, I was wondering if is possible to connect the screen to a raspberrypi zero to make something creative, i dont know maybe a smart frame or something The working area of the screen is still pretty big

Anyone know if is possible, and which hardware is necessary?

  • I don't know the answer, but I'm glad you asked the question. Kinda off-topic of your question, but I'm interested because when I bought my Paperwhite, Amazon charged an extra $20 to disable their on-screen advertisements. I've despised Amazon ever since, so I'm hoping someone has a good answer for this. :) This search looks promising
    – Seamus
    Nov 14, 2020 at 22:15
  • This one looks interesting. It's the reverse of what you're trying to do, but there may be good clues.
    – Seamus
    Nov 14, 2020 at 22:53
  • @Seamus that is EXACLTY what im tryin to achive! post it as an answer so i can upvote. Honestly in those days i dont have the time to try it, but i'll as soon as I have the time
    – Strae
    Dec 19, 2020 at 1:01

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According to this article, it can be done. I'm not sure how the broken Kindle screen will play in this, but as it's strictly command-line (using screen - maybe tmux or dtach as well?), perhaps you can set the terminal size to avoid the broken area?

The author calls this project "The KindleBerry Pi", and he provides some details on getting it to work.

The article is getting a bit old (date stamp is 2012), and at least one of the links is broken. However - good news! Work has continued on KindleBerry Pi. Since yours is a Kindle Paperwhite you may find this article on KindleBerry Pi 2 interesting. Even more currently, this article from 2019 claims a KindleBerry Pi Zero may be used - but it's paired with a Kindle Touch.

Good luck & do let us know how you get on.

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