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Old 08-23-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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Cover Doesn't Show in Kindle Carousel

I put my cover graphic in line per the "Quick and Dirty ePub Tutorial," and it shows up in the Sigil window as well as in the document when opened in the Kindle Previewer (on my PC) and when I copy the .mobi over to an actual Kindle Fire.

But on the Fire, the cover graphic doesn't appear in the carousel.

Did I miss something? Here's the front-matter code:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN"
  "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" xmlns:ops="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:xml="http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace">
<head>
  <link href="../Styles/style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

  <title>Be Free: A 14-Day Challenge of Food Discovery</title>
  <style type="text/css">
/*<![CDATA[*/

  span.sgc-1 {font-weight: normal; font-size: medium;}
  /*]]>*/
  </style>
</head>

<body>
  <p class="center"><img alt="" src="../Images/Cover.jpg" /></p>
  <hr class="sigilChapterBreak" />
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I put my cover graphic in line per the "Quick and Dirty ePub Tutorial," and it shows up in the Sigil window as well as in the document when opened in the Kindle Previewer (on my PC) and when I copy the .mobi over to an actual Kindle Fire.

But on the Fire, the cover graphic doesn't appear in the carousel.

Did I miss something? Here's the front-matter code:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN"
  "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" xmlns:ops="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:xml="http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace">
<head>
  <link href="../Styles/style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

  <title>Be Free: A 14-Day Challenge of Food Discovery</title>
  <style type="text/css">
/*<![CDATA[*/

  span.sgc-1 {font-weight: normal; font-size: medium;}
  /*]]>*/
  </style>
</head>

<body>
  <p class="center"><img alt="" src="../Images/Cover.jpg" /></p>
  <hr class="sigilChapterBreak" />
That is a picture called cover showing on some page .

Now, which page is to be used as the cover?

You need a declaration in the Guide section which is easily done by right clicking the file (in the book browser)
Semantics: cover
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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Fixed it! Thank you.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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Conversion via KIndle Previewer often messes up my layout, in particular it often increases line-spacing. I get a better conversion using Calibre, but I only recently learnt the way to make the thumbnail of the cover image show. Tick the share not sync option in the MOBI output settings in the conversion dialog.

But yes, also remember to set the Semantics to "Cover" for both the cover page AND the cover picture file in Sigil.
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The cover is added in the online conversion process. You should NOT include a cover in the book, else you run the risk of having two of them (one full page, one with margins like any interior image) especially if you upload an epub to the KDP. The software seems always to suppress the first image in a book file otherwise, if it's close to the front.

This has been the case since last fall, when we had the option of including the "product image" or not. Then the option was eliminated, and the product image (separately uploaded) always becomes the included cover. It is however considerably compressed.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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The cover is added in the online conversion process. You should NOT include a cover in the book, else you run the risk of having two of them (one full page, one with margins like any interior image) especially if you upload an epub to the KDP. The software seems always to suppress the first image in a book file otherwise, if it's close to the front.

This has been the case since last fall, when we had the option of including the "product image" or not. Then the option was eliminated, and the product image (separately uploaded) always becomes the included cover. It is however considerably compressed.
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I'm sorry, that's incorrect--at least, it is for correctly-made books. I can't speak to Calibre-made books, about which I don't know enough to speak. At this time, if an ePUB or MOBI file is uploaded at Amazon, (yes, kids, this has nothing to do with Sigil) and a new cover is uploaded, it will simply overwrite the existing cover IN the book file. The whole "dual cover" thing hasn't been occurring for quite a few months. it was a glitch for about a month or so, but hasn't been occurring since at least late spring/early summer.

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Hitch, my most recent revision was uploaded to the KDP as an epub built with Sigil, and it has the two covers as described, one full-screen on the Fire, followed by a smaller cover image with a margin all around. I haven't looked at it in a "Kindle" reader.

(It also, as I have previously noted, has the Go To / Table of Contents feature grayed out, despite the fact that div id="toc" is in the proper place, and worked fine previously.)

I will probably replace the epub with a zip file of html plus images, as I did in my previous waltz with epubs on the KDP.
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Hitch, my most recent revision was uploaded to the KDP as an epub built with Sigil, and it has the two covers as described, one full-screen on the Fire, followed by a smaller cover image with a margin all around. I haven't looked at it in a "Kindle" reader.

(It also, as I have previously noted, has the Go To / Table of Contents feature grayed out, despite the fact that div id="toc" is in the proper place, and worked fine previously.)

I will probably replace the epub with a zip file of html plus images, as I did in my previous waltz with epubs on the KDP.
Oldpilot:

I don't know what you're doing, but it's not being done correctly. I just test-uploaded a book for a client on Thursday, and did his cover simultaneously, and no double-cover. How are you identifying the cover in the ePUB, and how are you identifying the html toc in the guide, please? Have you considered the simple expedient of making the ePUB into a mastermobi through Previewer or KG first, and then uploading it?

Would you like to send me--privately--the ePUB for me to look at? I"m not pimping for work, it's a bona fide offer to help.

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(It also, as I have previously noted, has the Go To / Table of Contents feature grayed out, despite the fact that div id="toc" is in the proper place, and worked fine previously.)
<div id="toc"> might be enough to make it work (the Go To / Table of Contents feature) when you're simply uploading an html file, but it won't cut the mustard for an epub. Like Hitch mentioned, your toc needs to be defined in the guide section of the OPF file.
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