The Kindle Paperwhite must a contender for worst designed product!

The on/off switch is at the bottom, like this:

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so when I use it at a lunch counter and sit it on the counter, it constantly powers off.

How can I prevent this?

  • 1
    Why don't you rotate the display to horizontal or top-for-bottom so the power switch is either on the side or the top?
    – Stan
    Commented Dec 21, 2019 at 19:05
  • Get a case for the kindle and that will protect the power button from being pressed. Commented Jul 6, 2020 at 16:05
  • O'rly? Know you of such a case?
    – Mawg
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 15:14

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I'm pretty sure the power button gets triggered when it's upright on a table because the table is hard. So find a small soft cloth, like a wash cloth (ideal), a scarf, or a napkin. Fold that over itself a few times to make a soft base. Set that on the table, and set the device on top of it. The soft surface shouldn't press very hard against the button, so it shouldn't turn itself off.

  • Hmm, I was thinking that someone would sell a clip-on piece of plastic. I will try your suggestion, although it is sub-optimal as I now have to carry something else around. If I don't get a better solution, I will do that. Thanks
    – Mawg
    Commented Dec 21, 2019 at 14:28
  • I was envisioning that you were at a counter at a restaurant, and you could just get a few paper napkins from the server. But if you're not at a restaurant, you'd either have to bring something with you (sub-optimal for sure!) or find something to use in your current environment. Commented Dec 21, 2019 at 14:32
  • paper napkins are a good idea :-)
    – Mawg
    Commented Dec 21, 2019 at 14:41
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    @MawgsaysreinstateMonica buying a special accessory kind of goes against the philosophy of life hacks - find a quick-and-dirty solution by thinking outside the box ;-)
    – Stephie
    Commented Dec 21, 2019 at 14:48

Why don't you rotate the display?

Step 1

Press the "Menu" button. On models with an integrated keyboard, press the "Aa" button instead.

On the Kindle Paperwhite, the Menu button is now a Home icon (it looks like a house), which appears on a toolbar at the top of the screen. If you're reading a book or other content and don't see the toolbar, simply tap at the top of the screen to make it appear.

Step 2

Use the 5-Way navigational controller to highlight "Screen Rotation" and press the center button to select it.

Highlight one of the four orientation options with the 5-Way controller and press the center button to select it. The options are graphically displayed, indicated portrait or landscape mode, with the buttons located top, bottom, left or right.

Some books with illustrations will automatically appear horizontally so you might wish to reorient them using this procedure.

  • This sounds like a really good idea (upvote). Unfortunately, the Paperwhite (my model, at least) doe snot have an integrated keyboard, or a 5-Way controller , but if there is any way to do this via the settings menu, I would love to hear it
    – Mawg
    Commented Dec 22, 2019 at 20:31
  • @MawgsaysreinstateMonica No Menu button?
    – Stan
    Commented Dec 22, 2019 at 20:38
  • There is a menu icon, not a button (I am not seeking to split hairs, just to clarify). From that, I don't see how to do what you suggest :-(
    – Mawg
    Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 6:19
  • Aha, I found the "Aa" icon. It only allows portrait or landscape. I can't see me reading landscape, though. What a pity that I can't rotate 180 :-(
    – Mawg
    Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 13:28

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