Sorry to hear about the needed repair but at least I can point to this as an example of why I sliced up my cover for reinforcement. A repair that costs almost as much as the item being repaired.....ouch!
Working in a machine shop I was able to get a thin piece of titanium to slip inside the front of the reader cover. The top of the cover doesn't look as tidy but for the cost of a screen repair it's more than livable. (Maybe I should make a "Cover Reinforcement Kit" out of our scrap materials and market it.