I’ve found the answer!
Last week someone went into Google and typed:
who are the authors on the kindle screen
And Google sent them to me. (Like I know everything about the Kindle?) Fortunately, with a little research, I found a great discussion on a web site called “Mobile Read.” And apparently someone there has compiled a definitive list!
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Edgar Allen Poe
the one with the 17th century astronomer & his wife w/ giant sextant
the Hercules constellation
the Audubon finches-in-a-tree
Kindle definition with falling letters
Man at table with lion in foreground
Kindle feedback request w/ some sort of coding machine
Woman with book
Medieval illumination page
Er, but I’ve got to be honest – I can’t bring myself to actually read through the list. I really love being surprised! I’ve written about screensaver serendipity. (I blogged that when that ghostly picture of Oscar Wilde came up, “I just assumed that my Kindle was hauntedâ€¦”) This is also why I don’t want change or replace my Kindle screensaver images.
So I was more interested in a different part of the discussion on that forum. Someone suggested that when it’s at rest, your Kindle’s screensaver should display the cover of the book that you’re reading. But then a poster named SirBruce had the ultimate response.
I thought of that idea as well, but then I reconsidered: Do I really want folks seeing the cover of Naughty Nurses 3: Nude at Night?
UPDATE: Some people have been arriving to this page after searching Google for the phrase “kindle definition with falling letters.” I’m not sure exactly what they’re looking for, but there’s at least one Kindle screensaver that provides a definition…of the word “kindle”.
\ kǐn´ dl \
v : light or sent on fire; arouse or inspire (an emotion or feeling)
By reading to me at bedtime when I was a child, my parents kindled my life-long love for reading.
But of course, there’s another “definition” screensaver where Amazon reminds you that their Kindle “is a whole new class of device.
“Thank you for being an early adopter.”
UPDATE 2: Five hours later, I’d figured it out. They’d meant the Kindle definition that appears on the box in which the Kindle was shipped! For some reason, that definition is a little different.
kindle (kǐn´ dəl)
v.t. 1. set on fire. 2. inspire, stir up.
-v.i. 1. catch fire. 2. become animated.