This new issue is relatively minor but annoying. Basically, documents are no longer showing covers on the lockscreen when the Kindle is turned off. Instead it’s just showing Amazon’s random screensaver images, even with the Display Cover option enabled in settings. It only seems to affect documents sent to Kindles using email or send-to-Kindle.
I saw this mentioned over on reddit a couple of days ago and now it’s affecting my Kindle Paperwhite too. Oddly enough, my Kindle Scribe is still showing document cover images on the lockscreen, but I’ve been keeping it in airplane mode to avoid the blank screen bug.
I wonder if these bugs are only happening to Kindles that are connected online? That’s the case with my Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
The issue appears to be affecting all downloaded documents, not just one or two here and there. Hopefully it’s just a bug that Amazon will fix and not a new change to disable lockscreen covers for documents permanently. Document cover images still appear in the library list like normal so that shouldn’t be the case, but with Amazon you never know.
This has to be especially annoying for people that spent an extra $20 for an ad-free Kindle to show book covers on the lockscreen, only to have generic images show up now instead. Book covers on purchased Kindle books are still working properly, though.
Is your Kindle experiencing this new bug? I think I’m going to start keeping all my Kindles in airplane mode until the Kindle developers get their act together. This is getting ridiculous. Kindles never used to have this many random problems.