Although my Chinese hosts took it to a Kindle store to try and get it repaired, it was beyond help. This meant that I was left for 2 weeks without a book to read. At some level this may have been good for my soul, because it forced me to do a lot of thinking and a lot of planning of lessons for my Chinese students. Luckily, too, I had taken some of my Mandarin studies with me and that helped save my sanity when I woke, as I inevitably did, at 5 am in the hotel room.
But it was a warning to me never again to rely only upon electronic books.