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Old 09-23-2021, 10:45 PM   #1
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How to keep a page on screen, Paperwhite 6th gen

Hello, I've tried to look around for this but I didn't find a solution.
I'm a train driver, and I've always carried a book with me for the pauses between trains in my shifts. I recently acquired a Kindle, I thought it might be convenient because of its small size and light weight. And it is. So now I'm thinking of more ways to use it.
One thing that would be SUPER useful to me, is a way to keep a page with the timetable for my train, on screen, for the whole trip, without having to turn it on and off.

The best way would be to create a personal document with the timetable, and have the Kindle leave the last page read on screen when it goes to sleep.
Alternatively, I could use the same personal document, but set the "sleep timeout" to 3 hours at least, which would be enough for my trains.
Alternatively, I could (if it's possible) create "fake books" where the timetable I need is the cover, and have the screensaver set to show the cover of the last book read.
But I could find no way to do any of these things on my Kindle (it's a 6th gen with a 5.12.2.1.1 firmware, so it's probably non-jailbreakable).
Is there maybe another way to do what I need? Or alternatively, could you recommend another ebook reader that can do what I need, even if not Amazon (as I haven't invested in a Kindle library yet, and would actually prefer a more open platform), as long as it's technologically comparable to the Paperwhite - i.e. small and light, reasonably fast, good screen with backlight etc...

Thank you in advance
Cristian

PS - I did find a way on another device, but it's not convenient enough. It's a very old, obsolete, ONDA biblet reader. It has a small physical switch hidden under a cover on the back, which brutally disconnects the battery from the device, which will then retain what's on screen indefinitely. But that means rebooting everytime, and I suppose it's not good for the device, either.
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Old 09-23-2021, 11:27 PM   #2
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Have you ever thought of printing out your timetable on a piece of paper? If you really want to get fancy you could put the paper in a clear plastic sheet protector.

Sometimes technology can get in the way of simple solutions that will probably work better and are easier to accomplish.

I'm not trying to be funny or a smart-ass but tech is not always the right answer.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:20 AM   #3
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Have you ever thought of printing out your timetable on a piece of paper? If you really want to get fancy you could put the paper in a clear plastic sheet protector.
That's actually what I'm doing right now. But there are dozens of different trains, and they all change every now and then. Printing and laminating them everytime they change is much more involved than just updating a file, I think. And they have to be laminated or they would get blown away in the wind, or damaged through use for being shuffled around. Trust me, I tried


I also have to admit that I like technology, and I like finding new ways to use my toys...

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I have a few ideas that might work for you:
1) Easiest one, check if this command is still working. In the Kindle Menu’s Search bar, search for “~ds” without quotes. If it works, your Kindle will not go into screensaver until you reboot it.
2) Your firmware is <5.13.3, so good news you can get JB! Look for KindleBreak in the Kindle Developer’s Corner.
With this, you can install KOReader, which has Keep Alive Plugin, which will make sure to keep Kindle up.
3) Alternatively, with JB there are other ways to make this happen, like making your own screensaver of the train schedules and putting Kindle to sleep — arguably the best solution for your battery as well
Or just something manual with a script. But first please try the methods 1 and 2.
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mergen3107's suggestions are all good, but you should note that method 1 will have high battery drain.

Your cover idea should work, but you might have to learn to edit book metdata.

Another reason to jailbreak is to make method 1 easier to revert back to the standard sleep timeout.
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