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Most people know that getting magnets near hard drives is a BIG no-no, because you can end up losing your data that way.

Does anyone know if this applies to the Kindle? Say if I get a purse with a magnetic closure, or something similar like that?
 

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Hard drives are magnetic media.... The Kindle's internal storage, and SD cards, are not magnetic media. A magnetic closure will not affect them.
 

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Ahh, so the Kindle has flash memory instead of magnetic memory. Very interesting. I was unsure :)
 

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I'm not an electrical expert, nor do I play one on TV, but my recollection from college physics class is that electricity and magnetism are closely related.  Since Kindle uses electricity, I think there is a bit of care warranted.  I wouldn't put my kindle in the vicinity of any really strong magnet.  But I don't think the magnets generally on purses and such are likely to be a problem.  In fact for the last two days I've been using a purse that has a magnetic closure with no ill effects.

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As always, Verena knows of what she speaks!  I was worried when I first started using a purse with a magnetic closure with my Palm T/X, but carried it for months with no ill effects.  I haven't even thought about it with my Kindle.

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Yes, we learn through experience....  ;D

My husband (who has a degree in physics, mind you) was at a trade show a few years ago.... Kept having a problem with his hotel room door key.... Kept getting de-magnetized.... After the third time he realized that he was putting it in the same shirt pocket that he put his magnetic name tag on....
 

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Yes, we learn through experience.... ;D

My husband (who has a degree in physics, mind you) was at a trade show a few years ago.... Kept having a problem with his hotel room door key.... Kept getting de-magnetized.... After the third time he realized that he was putting it in the same shirt pocket that he put his magnetic name tag on....
I'll keep that in mind when I wear scrubs and a magnet nametag
 

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Oh, okay. Phew! I was wondering about this myself, since I've got a purse with magnetic closure. That's good to know.
 

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I wouldn't worry. I can't think of anything that would be in a Kindle that a clasp magnet would have an effect on.

Of course, if cars and bicycles tend to swerve towards you when you are carrying the purse, I might want to reconsider my opinion.  ;D

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I heard that the Kindle was originally supposed to have a magnetic cover, but they had to scrap the idea because the magnets messed with the Whispernet antenna.  I don't know if that's just an apocryphal story to explain why the cover we all got is subpar or not, but either way I wouldn't worry about purse magnets.  As Anju says, just don't try to make it stick on the refrigerator and you should be ok ;)
 

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I don't know if this is the same kind of thing, but I've been warned not to keep hotel keycards next to my cellphone (or the keycards won't work).  I wonder if that also means if I should keep keycards away from Kris Kindle (and maybe cellphones away from Kris Kindle)!
 
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I have a magnetic personality and my Kindle works fine.

JK

Personally, I'd not want to expose my Kindle to a highly magnetic field.  Why risk it if it can be avoided?
 

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thejackylking said:
At the same time you need to realise that E-Ink is magnetic based. The ink is magnatised and that is how the images are formed. so you may want to keep magnets away from the screen.
The e-Ink is based on electric field effects, not magnetism. Over on the MobileRead forums, there are people who have put magnets directly on the screen with no effect.

Mike
 
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