View Full Version : iBooks not displaying entry for "Cover" in TOC

09-18-2010, 10:31 PM
Hi all,
I am somewhat experienced with the technical make-up of an EPUB so anyone helping me can use "code speak" about the xhtml or xml files if they want.

I use Atlantis WordProcessor to create EPUBs for my IPOD. This problem I am describing is unique to the iBook app on my IPOD since I am getting the desired result when I use Stanza on my IPOD or the Calibre E-reader on my desktop.

I have a number of images at the start of my EPUB, all of which I can get to display in the TOC of my reading device except for the very first image which is the actual cover image. Since the "cover" entry displays fine in the TOC of my Stanza app or in my desktop application I know this is something weird about the i-books app.

I was just curious if anyone has experienced this and has a work around for it?


09-19-2010, 06:45 PM
Unzip your epub and extract the content.opf and toc.ncx files then attach them to a post and we can take a look (they won't contain any copyrighted information).

09-24-2010, 02:02 AM
Please see attached files. I renamed the toc file with a txt extension since I was getting an error on upload.


09-24-2010, 02:06 AM
I should also mention that in the content.opf file in the spine section I have removed the "linear="no" statement" from the file and had the same result. So that is not the problem apparently.

09-24-2010, 12:57 PM
Hmm, nevermind, I see you say you've tried removing the linear attribute. The toc structure looks fine, so it might be an issue in the code for that file. Does the cover display at all in iBooks?

09-24-2010, 04:47 PM
make sure your cover file has no spaces or otherwise questionable characters. that one drove me crazy for some time.

10-01-2010, 12:56 AM

The Cover displays fine when I open the book for the first time in i-Books, but I like the ability to bring up a TOC and get back to the cover without having to page backwords from another TOC entry.

It is not a big deal really. Just a minor annoyance. Thanks for having looked at it though.