Originally Posted by Steeplechase
What I hear you saying is that while some of you have had eReaders last a good long time, that many of you have had them fail within a few years of purchase.
Do any of you see a time when an eReader is reliably manufactured to last 5 or 10 years or do you see them as disposable items intended to last until the warranty runs out? Are new models lasting longer or is price pressure lowering the quality?
Devices like this haven't been available long enough to know what an average lifespan will be. The first eInk reader was released in April 2004 and had a small release in Japan. The first one widely available was the Sony PRS-500 which came out in 2006 and you'll still find those in use today.
Is there any way to assure that a new will never be bent or twisted in storag and the eReader will last? I've seen reports on this site that even bulky covers and cases don't ensure that the glass won't fail.
There's no guarantee with anything. As has been said a new device could fail tomorrow or die 20 years from now. Anything that's mass produced like this is going to have a certain failure rate. As long as you aren't doing something that could damage the screen you're much more likely to have the battery wear out after 5-6 years than have the reader stop functioning IMO.
You said your device bit the dust, but never expanded. Are you sure it's dead?