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Initial post: Jun 10, 2009 5:39:40 PM PDT
Kim Fowler says:
I would like for the cover of book I'm currently reading on my Kindle to appear on the screen when I turn the Kindle off, instead of a random image. Is this possible?

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 2:29:26 AM PDT
Tom says:
I would love that too. What a great idea. I love book covers. I also want the covers of the books I download to fill the Kindle screen and look exactly like they do in the hardcover version.
I really hope this suggestion happens. Thanks so much for starting this thread. Hope it is of interest to lots and lots of people.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 9:43:13 AM PDT
Kim Fowler says:
Thanks! I know that when I'm reading a book, it's always nice to be able to see the cover sitting on my table, beckoning me to come back to its world! LOL

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 10:41:51 AM PDT
I wholeheartedly agree! The original cover art would be awesome for a screen saver! Amazon are you listening??

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 1:13:58 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 22, 2009 9:54:06 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 22, 2009 4:39:54 PM PDT
Randy says:
The cover of your current book would be a nice "sleep" screen, as long as it is optional. I've heard others like to read more anonymously and wouldn't want to be embarrassed by their book being "discovered."

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 5:34:26 AM PDT
W. Tester says:
It is certainly possible. You end up hooking to your Kindle via the USB cable, creating the appropriate folder and putting graphics files you want displayed. It is random from what I understand but if you just had the one file in there, you'd know what would always come up. Or put several of your favorite graphics, covers, etc in there for a variety of screen displays that you prefer.

I believe getting rid of them, and reverting back to the built-in displays is as easy as deleting the folder made above, but I can post the details if anyone is interested.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 6:34:05 AM PDT
Brent says:
W. Tester: That only works on the Kindle 1, unfortunately.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 12:42:59 PM PDT
Tev Kaber says:
Adding cover images to digital books would make them feel complete. Buying a book and not getting the cover image makes it feel like I bought a paperback with the cover torn off.

There's no technical reason not to have a cover image, the newspaper downloads include images. In fact, I've also noticed illustrations are removed from the Kindle versions of books, also for no apparent reason, since the format supports images.

I'm not sure if it's Amazon stripping out the images when they covert to Kindle format, or if the publishers are doing it.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009 9:31:11 AM PDT
Mama Beast says:
Amazon, please read these requests. We WANT book covers!!!! Thanks!

Posted on Jun 27, 2009 11:45:15 AM PDT
reader says:
I don't know how it is for larger publishers, but I struggled with this issue when I put my book on the kindle. I wanted the cover to upload too because what is a book without a cover? Even if it's digital, but there was no way to do that and have it show up (and if there is a way, it's pretty obscure and I don't know about it.)

If anyone knows how I can get my cover onto the ACTUAL download of the book for people's kindles, I'd be more than willing to do it.



Posted on Jun 30, 2009 5:31:25 AM PDT
Christine says:
I thought I was doing something wrong, because I could never see the book covers of the books I purchased on my DX. On their kindle homepage at Amazon, it shows book covers on their photos. Is there a way that this can be automatically done when books are purchased or sampled? I agree with the previous poster that said that a kindle book is like buying a paperback with the cover torn off - it somehow cheapens the product. The author screensavers that appear in the sleep mode are so elegant - Amazon needs to rework the software to make the kindle live up to expectations. The two things that need to be changed are:
1. Cover art - should be displayed with book and available as sleep screen saver.
2. Collections - custom sorting feature needs to be included for users to organize their books, magazines, newspapers, music, etc. I would like a separate section for my samples, my books to read, my completed books. I would also like to have the option to create my own topics or categories. Right now, with my new kindle, it is awkward. Imagine how it will be if I ever get close to having 3500 books on my kindle.
I hope Amazon is listening to what the customers are saying and makes some changes in the software.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2009 6:15:47 AM PDT
W. Tester says:
I've had some books come without covers.. and some come with covers... depends on the author submitting, and whether they know how to include it in the submission. I've seen them as the first page, and on the last page. I've also noticed that some books don't actually open to the first block, it may be 3 or 4 pages into the book. It may skip the cover, foreward, TOC, ads, etc... Open some books and see what point it opens. If you use the menu to "Go To Beginning" it still goes to this pointer, and you have to manually page back to see what those other pages contain.

I know that the organization idea has been bandied about ever since the release of the first Kindle, as well as the screensaver want.. someday maybe... I look forward to it myself. 8^)

You do have a few sort options now... like Personal, Subscriptions, Books, All... and sorted by date (Most Recent First) Title, or Author. But, that doesn't address your concern with 'viewed' and categories, especially, as you've pointed out, when you've got a large number of items in your Kindle. (Samples I know are marked on the left margin with the word "sample", so you should be able to discern those)


Posted on Jun 30, 2009 5:21:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2009 7:07:48 PM PDT
T. Rodgers says:
Absolutely agree - Covers should be displayed. It would make sense for the cover of the current book you are reading to be displayed when the Kindle is put to sleep. Not sure why it wasn't a standard part of the design to begin with.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009 6:38:48 PM PDT
Oh my goodness! I have thought the same thing myself many times and was at the point of bringing the matter up to Amazon -- that I would very much prefer artist images of my own choosing to show when my Kindle defaults to "sleep mode." How utterly FANTASTIC it would be if we could have the book cover of current reads displayed! Makes loads of sense...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2009 7:06:08 PM PDT
Angie says:
Please do. Do your folders also work for sorting book titles?

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 9:34:22 PM PDT
Rob Walker says:
If ever they hold a contest for the BEST kindle book cover, it has to be the one designed by my son for DEAD ON, my 45th novel for publication. Check it out at the Kindle Store and you will agree. Stephen has done all my kindle covers. He has his own graphic arts design company.

Posted on May 19, 2011 6:17:12 AM PDT
T. Reid says:
I travel a lot and can hold tons of books without taking up space in my bag. I do miss the book cover art though. I think it would be a great update to the OS to include cover art or have an option see your books on a virtual shelf instead of catagorized in a list. Showing the last book read or current book on the screen saver is a great idea. Amazon, what are you waiting for? Other companies are already doing this!

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 12:56:45 AM PDT
Jan Blok says:
Just wondering, could anyone come up with any reason why Kindle will NOT show the current book as its sleep screen? With that feature the Kindle would "become" the book you are reading (or not reading at that moment, actually...).

It's so obvious Amazone MUST have a reason not to allow it. And I want to know why, just to ease my mind...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 9:04:44 AM PDT
Copyright restrictions, perhaps. The artist/publisher has licensed that image for use as a book cover, not for a decorative screensaver.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 6:39:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2011 6:43:11 AM PDT
@Jan Blok
I would welcome the option to display the current book cover when my Kindle goes to sleep. However, if I'm reading some political or religious title, and I'm visiting family, then this behavior would start an unwelcome fight. Worse, if my little brother is reading something with cover art that is "not safe for work" will he keep that from public view? Or will my kids have questions about the uncle? I also wonder whether the e-Ink would suffer a burn-in effect if the sleep picture was always the same image.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 6:40:03 PM PST
Toni Lansing says:
I submitted a book of patterns for Kindle and when I saw some complaints to other authors about the lack of pictures, I had to purchase my own Kindle book to find out my pictures weren't displaying! I don't understand html yet, but when I submitted my html file it had pictures and when I opened the finished kindle book they were gone. So far I haven't had any response from customer support. I unpublished my books because I don't want bad reviews before I even get started! Anybody have any ideas? My book cover displayed just fine.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 6:53:26 PM PST
AFW says:
I agree! Personally, I think a great cover can add another element to the story. Enggar Adirasa did my cover (The Universal Mirror) and seeing my book through his eyes actually changed and affected the way that I'm writing the sequel. Not to mention he somehow managed to read my mind...

I wish that there was a way for Amazon to run a contest honoring great e-book covers. I've seen some really fantastic images from indie writers' novels.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 12:10:39 AM PDT
Mr. A. Pyke says:
The book covers are in there. When you start a new book the Kindle starts a few pages from the front. Try scrolling backwards and you'll see the cover. All very good - but I still want to see it when the Kindle sleeps, please!
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