You Can Finally Use Book Covers as Kindle Lock Screens

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The Kindle Lockscreen has always been anything. Either you opted for a cheaper e-reader with ads, or you got random photos of… pens and inkwells. But now, Amazon has finally given bookworms what they want: the ability to use book covers as lock screens.

To get the feature you will need have a relatively new, ad-free Kindle to get the feature. Eligible models include Kindle (8th Generation or later), Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation or later), Kindle Oasis (8th Generation or later), and Kindle Voyage 7th Generation. If you are not sure which generation of Kindle device you have, you can check this list. Alternatively, you can also go to Settings > Device Options > Device Information to find your Kindle’s serial number and compare it to this list. And if you’re still confused, you can always go to your account information on Amazon, click “Your Devices and Content”, go to the Devices tab and check there.

To enable the feature, you can access the Device Options menu in Settings. At the top, you should see a Show cover toggle. The book cover displayed will be that of the book, magazine, comic or manga you are currently reading. Which is great, but also, something to keep in mind in case you do not do want people to know. (Listen, everyone deserves to read their trashy guilty pleasure novels in peace. We’re only judging pretentious assholes who want to “casually” show that they’re “reading” infinity joke Where Ulysses.)

Again, this feature is only available if you have an ad-free Kindle. If you have an ad-supported version, you can upgrade for $20 by clicking Customer service or do it yourself via the “Manage Your Content and Devices” tab in Account Settings.

Don’t worry if you don’t see the option yet. Make sure your Kindle is running the latest firmware and try a good one old reboot. Also, keep in mind that the feature is currently in the middle of the global rollout process – it may not have reached you yet.

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