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Old 02-11-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question Book covers on home screen?

Any bored hackers out there want to develop a hack to show book covers on the Home Screen (similar to how the Kobo does it).
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Hmmm, let me think...
I'd have to inspect the .mpb (sp?) files to see if/that they keep a log of the last access time, and compare it to all the others to confirm it was the last book read.

That might be hard because a lot of people read a ton of books at the same time. But, theoretically, I think it's possible. It would have to, in real time, parse/extract the book cover from the last book and dynamically create a png/jpg of it with the proper formatting and put it in the (hacked) "screensavers" folder on the file system.

I think that would be really cool; I'll see what I can do. I also think it would be boss if the screensaver could be a real-time clock, or something like that
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:32 PM   #3
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A screensaver of the currently reading book would be cool but I was actually thinking of the home screen (where you select the books).

Here's a picture of the home screen on Kobo.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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Do you really think you can do that statethatiamin? It would be really cool XD
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:59 PM   #5
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I think statethatiamin had a slightly different picture of what was asked for first. Creating a user interface for selecting books is much more difficult than displaying a book cover as a screensaver. It would involve a tremendous amount of work.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:20 AM   #6
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Even though it's not what the OP wanted a screensaver of my current reading book would be primo.

Realtime clock would be a no go, because the kindle would have to live outside sleep mode to update it.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:14 AM   #7
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Yeah, the current book cover as screen saver would be cool (and has been mentioned before) but as some people have mentioned... some people read more than one book at a time (personally I'd hate to read more than one thing at a time).

I was hoping that adding book covers to the book list would be easy. I assumed that it wouldn't be much different than just adding a few lines of code to an html file.
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Yeah, the current book cover as screen saver would be cool (and has been mentioned before) but as some people have mentioned... some people read more than one book at a time (personally I'd hate to read more than one thing at a time).

I was hoping that adding book covers to the book list would be easy. I assumed that it wouldn't be much different than just adding a few lines of code to an html file.
It would involve de-obfuscating and decompiling the Kindle OS (Java compiled bytecode) and modifying it.
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