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Overstuffed Kindle Won't Boot Up

Will Not BootBernie Goldbach in Thurles | My Kindle My Shot

AFTER TWO SEMESTERS with my keyboard Kindle in daily use, I've pushed its storage capabilities over the top. The little guy won't boot up.

Eoin Purcell suggested I might be walking into this situation when I told him I had hundreds of student-generated Word Documents and Adobe PDF files on the device. That kind of content is like retina screen bloatware on an iPhone. I asked students to send me their work for several assignments since it's often easier for me to flick through Kindle documents instead of reading work uploaded to Moodle, our virtual learning network. I had to keep the student work on the Kindle until last week's visit of an extern, just in case he wanted to see third level assignments displayed on a Kindle screen.

My overstuffed Kindle is also a by-product of my personal data hygiene. I don't delete enough stuff because I have the Packrat Gene. However, I know I need to get the Kindle working so I took a Kindle shortcut with the power switch.

As the iTouch snap of my Kindle screen shows, I knew I had a problem when the Kindle defiantly showed me its Amazon logo of a reader under a tree. No boot loader action. No reassuring rotating circle on the upper left of the screen. I also knew I had more than 350 items on the Kindle, including some audio books and manually loaded MP3 files. However, when the little Kindle doesn't boot, you cannot see its file structure by cabling it to a laptop.

I knew I could force a reboot by sliding my Kindle's power switch to the "on" position and holding it there for 25-30 seconds. It took a while for the Kindle to index all the items on it. Then I connected it to my Dell laptop and started deleting content. I culled 15 MB of my blog from my Kindle, along with 25 MB of the Guardian, 29 MB of the Irish Times and 61 MB from the Financial Times.  I get twice-daily updates from Kindlefeeder and need to start deleting them faster because they occupied 370 MB of space. The biggest forms of content on my Kindle can be managed by dashboards on and  For the record, Life of Pi takes up 335 MB on my Kindle. That's less than a single issue of Wired magazine uses on the iPad.

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Recommended: Life of Pi by Yann Martel, 2003, ISBN 978-0156027328