Saturday, July 13, 2024

How Kindle display cover art works

Amazon has a feature that’s really popular. Rather than just showing random images when the screen is in standby, you’ll can have it show the cover of the book you’re reading.

Thanks to having an E Ink display, the Kindle holds an image when it goes to sleep – and now you can select the cover of the book you’re reading to be displayed, instead of that pile of pens or old typesetting kit.


It’s a great way to remind you what you’re reading, as well as to draw you back into that gripping novel you’re halfway through.

How to enable cover art on your Kindle

Getting the cover art to display is easy, but you’ll need a compatible Kindle and the latest version of the Kindle software, which may vary from region to region. Compatible models include: Kindle (8th, 10th, 11th Gen), Kindle Paperwhite (7th, 10th, 11th Gen), Kindle Oasis (8th, 9th, 10th Gen), and Kindle Voyage (7th Gen). The easiest way to find the generation of device you have is via your Amazon account here.

You’ll also need to have an ad-free Kindle, because obviously the lockscreen art would replace where the adverts would go.

If you meet all those criteria head into settings > all settings > device options and you should have the option to Show Cover at the top of the page.

Once switched on it will adopt the art of the book you’re reading, whether that’s the latest boast-worth prize winner, or that guilty pleasure you found on the free list in Prime Reading.

Why is my Kindle not showing cover art?

There could be a number of reasons, firstly you’ll want to check that you have a compatible version of the Kindle, but as mentioned above, you’ll need to have the version without ads, otherwise you’ll see an advert on the screen instead. If that’s not the answer, then check you’re running the latest software version by heading into all settings > device options > advanced options > update your Kindle.

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