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So recently Amazon has introduced this feature which shows the cover of what you are currently reading on the lock screen of your Kindle reader (at least for Kindle Paperwhite 4 as far as I know).

As I have both Amazon and third party books on my Kindle Paperwhite, I have noticed that this new feature only works for Amazon books. Meaning, when I am reading some third party book and lock the screen, I do not see it's cover (some generic Kindle screensaver pops-up instead).

Has anyone else had this experience and are you aware of any practical ways to solve this?

P.s. two additional points worth mentioning:

  • I have reviewed the metadata of these third party books via Calibre and as far as I can tell, covers are present and are clearly identified as such within the metadata code;
  • These third party books are recognised as “Personal documents” by Kindle (as opposed to Amazon books, which are properly recognised as “Books”).
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After running some experiments I have finally managed to solve this issue for my Paperwhite4.

For anyone having the same issue - follow this sequence:

  • Take a side loaded document of any format
  • Open it w Calibre
  • Right click on it and press “Edit metadata”
  • In a new window press the button “Download metadata” (it’s at the bottom of the screen)
  • Follow thru with a dialog window
  • Choose one of the book covers proposed by Calibre (do this step even in case you think your document already has a cover)
  • Finish by pressing “Ok”
  • Convert your document to mobi
  • Hook up your kindle via USB
  • Right click on the document in Calibre and choose “Send to device”
  • Choose “Send specific format to”
  • Choose “Main memory”
  • Select mobi file from the list

You are done. Your document’s cover will display on the lock-screen.

Essentially it appears that three things were key:

  • downloading/ updating the file’s metadata and the cover via Calibre
  • converting the file to mobi
  • sending the file to kindle via USB (through Calibre as opposed to simple drag and drop using windows explorer)

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