Kindle Lost and Found Survival Guide

Posted on April 10, 2009

lost-foundImagine how you would feel if you got out of a plane, train or taxicab only to leave behind your beloved Kindle ebook reader. I know I would have an aching pain in my stomach and would miss it terribly. Unfortunately, the Kindle warranty does not include coverage for lost or stolen items. So the best cure for this predicament is preventative medicine.

Here are the steps I have taken to help keep my Kindle 2 safe and sound:

  • Insurance - Did you know that loss or theft of your Kindle  may be covered under your homeowner or renter's insurance policy? I made a quick call to Geico last night and they confirmed that it is covered under my policy. I also found out that I have a $500 deductible which doesn't help me when a Kindle 2 is under that amount. The good news is that I was able to lower my deductible to $100 for just over twenty bucks a year. It's a small price to pay for the added insurance and I know I will sleep better at night.
  • Documentation - I keep a file handy with a copy of my purchase receipt along with the serial number. You will need this in case you make a claim with your insurance company. A photograph of your Kindle might be useful too. You can find your serial number is written on a label that your Kindle 2 was shipped in or you can access it on your Kindle using the following steps:
    • Turn on your Kindle 2 and press the [Home] key
    • Press the [Menu] key and choose Settings
    • Press the following keys in order: 411
    • The device info page will display with your serial number
  • Get Personal - Make sure that your personal information if completely filled out in the Settings page. You should have a mailing address and phone number included to make it easier for someone to contact you.
  • Brand it - Using a cover and/or skin with your Kindle 2 not only protects it but also makes it more unique and easier to recognize. Be sure to include your business card or personal info inside the cover or taped to the back of the kindle device.
  • Reward - I also created a word document entitled Owner Info and uploaded it wirelessly to my Kindle 2. This document includes my contact info along with a personal message to please return it to me if found and I will reward them. I figure the chances of someone opening this document and contacting me is greater than knowing how to access the Settings page for my personal information. Every little bit helps.
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If you do lose your Kindle or you think it was stolen, always file a police report. This will help with your insurance claim and you never know when a good samaritan does the right thing. The police will contact you if it is recovered.

Hopefully you will never have to experience the loss of your Kindle and maybe following a few of these steps will make it less stressful if you do.

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5 Responses to “Kindle Lost and Found Survival Guide”

  1. Dan Haithcock
    Apr 10, 2009

    I add my contact info to all of my screen saver images. I want to make it as easy as possible for someone to return my K2.

  2. Deborah
    Apr 11, 2009

    I bought my K1 the day they were released, and have loved it for 16 months. I was heartbroken when I lost it yesterday, but was able to find a new one today locally for <$200 through Craig’s List. Also posted a Lost & Found ad on Craig’s List offering a reward. If I get mine back, great; if not, I can still finish reading the book I’d just started. I promise to take all of the suggestions above with this one.

    However, downloading the content again was a pain. And I wasn’t ready for a K2, since I really like the SD card feature.

  3. admin
    Apr 13, 2009

    Deborah – That is a great deal for a K1! They are still selling on between $250-$270. – Dave

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  5. Janet
    Jan 08, 2012

    I lost my kindle somewhere between my friends houses, my truck and my house. Want to track it to some location and I have the serial etc…I am hoping it is either in my truck or a friends’ house…it is possilbe to track the kindle this way?


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