I can't tell you how many times I have accidentally bumped it and it turns off or in some cases turns on. It is by far the most irritating thing about this device. How could something so small stick out so much and become so aggravating? Enough is enough. I can't take anymore! I don't care if I void the warranty. I have to do something.
I really thought by getting the Kindle a nice cover would help. It did but not anywhere near enough. Because of this problem I haven't used the Kindle as much lately.
Well here is a quick solution:
Find a washer or piece of plastic that is 5 mm in the inside diameter. I used a lock washer. Turns out it is exactly the right size. I would say it is thicker than I'd like but it is working. I don't know how long this will last since I just did this yesterday and just had to make a quick Instructable because I'm so happy it works. Time will tell. Just remember to choose something small so it won't interfere with the charging plug.
Shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to do and this is very low cost.
Lets get started!
I used Duco cement. If you really want a better more permanent adhesion then a 5 minute epoxy would probably do the trick. This is all I had so I used it. I wouldn't use super glue. Most likely you will discolor the plastic around your washer. Also most super glues are runny and you don't want it to leak around the button.
Well I call this a success. If I were to do over again I would choose a thinner washer. The nice thing is that by pressing just the washer the Kindle turns on. The button itself still works on its own if you use a fingernail or pencil. Just make sure you do not get glue in the groove surrounding the button. On one side I did and took me a couple minutes to fish it out.
Overall I am happy with it and that is what is important. Now I will relax and go read a book... on the Kindle.