I personalized my Kindle!

Now how is it that after a year of my love affair with my kindle (I have read over 60 books in the last year, that’s some pretty good quality time spent with the kindle, no?), I only now found out that there’s a way to have your own screensavers on it?

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Sure, you need to hack it, but it took me all of 15 minutes to do it (and then another hour or so going through pictures, choosing them, and changing their settings so they would be just right – if you’re wondering: 600 x 800 pixels, grayscale, 8 bits).

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And yes, some of the diptic pictures I created made the cut too, which made it a lot easier choosing the finalists… 

Now when I turn my kindle off, I no longer have to stare at dead authors!  I get to look at these memories instead…

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It’s waaaaay better, no?  It makes me smile every time I look at them!  It seems like there’s a maximum of 20 pictures you can use, so I put 19 to allow myself another one this year without having to decide which to delete.

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You can even set a random mode, so it’s a different picture every time you turn your kindle off!

If you’re baffled like I was when I found out this was possible, just google “changing kindle screensaver” and you should be able to find the right instructions for your model – as long as you know how to use windows explorer (you know creating folders and moving files around), you won’t have a hard time either. 

Or, if you’re being lazy and you have the Kindle 3G with the newest update, shoot me an email and I can send you step by step directions (since it took a couple of times to get it to work – turns out I had to rename the screensaver update file to match with the first one I used).

To complete the new look, I just bought a “skin” for my kindle from DecalGirl – they look so freaking cool, and the facebook pictures from happy customers look awesome!  I chose this one:

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My kindle is in the case for the most part, since it has the built in light, but once in a while I remove it and put it in its waterproof case if I’m near a pool, beach or the tub.

Now, I’m a bit clumsy when installing these things, so I admit I’m nervous that I’ll mess it up, so I’ll post an update after my order gets here and everything works out (or not, but let’s be optimistic and not assume I wasted 15 bucks, k?). 

Anyone else has “skins” on their kindle (or laptop, iphone, etc?).  How do you like it?  And did you do a little squeal when you found out you can change your kindle screensaver?  (Wait, was that just me?)

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4 responses to “I personalized my Kindle!

  1. Haven’t changed my screensaver but I do have skins for my laptop and my kindle. The one for my kindle seems to work better probably because it’s in it’s case most of the time. The one for my laptop curls up around the edges but it still protects it from scratches and whatnot.

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