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Old 03-03-2011, 11:01 AM   #1
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Adding cover image

I bought an EPUB w/o a cover image and want to include the title page of the corresponding PDF as cover image for the EPUB.

What is the best approach to add a cover image *inside* an EPUB file using Calibre?

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I bought an EPUB w/o a cover image and want to include the title page of the corresponding PDF as cover image for the EPUB.

What is the best approach to add a cover image *inside* an EPUB file using Calibre?

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Best Way (besides the obvious: one that works ) ?

I use Sigil to edit existing epubs. That includes adding/shufflin' images.

All you need (besides Sigil) is the Image in a JPG/JPEG, PNG (or GIF?) format.
Locate where you want it in the Book view and use the Add image ('screen') tool.

Fine tuning will require a switch to Codeview ((and some basic code skills )
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I bought an EPUB w/o a cover image and want to include the title page of the corresponding PDF as cover image for the EPUB.

What is the best approach to add a cover image *inside* an EPUB file using Calibre?

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Or you could edit the metadata through Calibre on that book, place the image where it tells you and then do an epub-to-epub conversion and the cover will be inserted into the file.

Edit: This requires the epub to be freed from DRM.

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Thanks pappcam!
I managed to add the wanted cover image using Sigil w/o any problems.
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Against first look this cannot be the correct solution
Though most ebook-readers (ADE, calibre, my own Ereader) can display such modified EPUBs, some fail.

Looking at the resulting EPUB I see that Sigil rearranges all files inside the EPUB, adds the cover image but does not correctly rewrite the OPF/NCX file as required for correct cover images.

Following the instructions in Best practices in ePub cover images (http://blog.threepress.org/2009/11/2...-cover-images/), manipulating manually creates a cofrrect EPUB - it's just too complicated.

Any other ideas to do it using Calibre somehow?
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Any other ideas to do it using Calibre somehow?
As said two posts up: Just set the cover image you want in the Calibre metadata section of the book. Then, when you export the book, you should have the correct cover.
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OK, doing the following seems to do the job:
  • add cover into metadata
  • convert (again) to EPUB (exporting does not work)

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OK, doing the following seems to do the job:
  • add cover into metadata
  • convert (again) to EPUB (exporting does not work)
Exporting works most of the time. It depends on whether the cover can easily be identified (e.g. Mentioned in the toc.ncx file inside the epub). Conversion should only be needed if Calibre has to analyse the book to try and identify the cover.
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Against first look this cannot be the correct solution
Though most ebook-readers (ADE, calibre, my own Ereader) can display such modified EPUBs, some fail.

Looking at the resulting EPUB I see that Sigil rearranges all files inside the EPUB, adds the cover image but does not correctly rewrite the OPF/NCX file as required for correct cover images.

Following the instructions in Best practices in ePub cover images (http://blog.threepress.org/2009/11/2...-cover-images/), manipulating manually creates a cofrrect EPUB - it's just too complicated.

Any other ideas to do it using Calibre somehow?
There is another step that needs to be done when adding.
In the book browser: Images section. Right-click the cover image file name.
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There is another step that needs to be done when adding.
In the book browser: Images section. Right-click the cover image file name.
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When this weeks release is out you can also right-click the image in the Book Details pane and copy/paste the cover. Kovid was kind enough to add this for me as a usability enhancement.
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