How to... change sleep-screen pics on your Kindle
E-book reader enhancement
I recently bought myself a Kindle, which is providing sterling service as an e-book reader for my daily trips in and out of Vulture Central.
It's more compact and lighter than a tablet, even a 7in one, like Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Yet its 6in screen means I don't have to squint at a smartphone display. Since it only cost £111, I'm less worried about dropping it, or losing it, as I would with my phone.
There has to be a more exciting picture than this
There's only one thing I don't like: you can't - officially - change the image the Kindle shows when you put it to sleep. This is a point that has bothered other users too, and some with coding skill have figured out how to solve the problem.
The process involves jailbreaking the device, and using that to subsequently install some extra code and the pictures you want to display. It's easy to do, but it almost certainly revokes the Kindle's warranty. But you can remove the hacked-in software if you wish, and resturn your Kindle to a factory state.
But why make us Kindle fans jump through hoops? How hard, Amazon, would it have been to create a folder on the device into which punters could place pictures of their own?
That's more like it...
For whatever reason, it chose not to, so those of us who want our own pics, have to seek out an alternative solution.
Next page: Jailbreak
You can also install a mod that allows you to play old text based adventure games...
I never did finish the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy game back in 198x.
for the 7000th time
epub on kindle is simple, download calibre drag,drop,send to device done. Why on every thread about the kindle is there always someone saying epub support when it can do with a simple process (same goes for many other formats, calibre converts almost everything :) )
...it is useful if
you have more than one uncased Kindle around the house, if each Kindle has a different set of images you tend to know if it's belongs to you.
Re: Image size
Dunno where this notion that Amazon "actively discourage" covers in e-books comes from. I have plenty of Kindle editions that include cover pics. Most do. Those that don't are almost entirely older books OCR'd for the digital era.
I'm getting a little tired of saying this all the time, but have you told Amazon about your problems with their device? If every person who has a problem with the Kindle sent their feedback to Amazon, we'd have our custom screensavers. It happened with page numbers. Amazon claims to be the most 'consumer oriented company in the world'. As a journalist, it is your job not only to bitch about the tech you use, but to help your readers realise that as customers of Amazon, Amazon is accountable TO THEM. And while you're drafting that feedback email, make sure you mention that you want to read ePub files on your Kindle!