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The problem you're having is often due to the software in the Kindle locking up and it needing to be rebooted. To do this, simply press and hold the power button on the Kindle for 40 FULL seconds, then release and wait a full minute for it to reboot (do no press anything else within that minute).
If this does not cure the issue, try that reset up to THREE TIMES and wait the full minute to see if it reboots.
If you're still running into problems, then try plugging the Kindle into the charger for 15 minutes, then eject it and try the reboot a couple of more times.
Are you at the Kindle and able to try those steps?
Okay, the reboot should clear the blank part of the screen, if it does not then it indicates a hardware fault with your Kindle and would require repairs/replacement of the device.
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