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Old 11-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Updated Cover doesn't transfer to Ereader

Hello

Brand new user of Calibre.. a tremendous resource I am still figuring out.
I have a Kobo Glo (CDN eh), some books when transferred to the reader
were missing covers. These are Epubs, no DRM. So deleted them from the
reader, updated the metadate and made a cover was there and tried again
with no luck?

When I check with the viewer option, I also do not see a cover.
I then discovered the Epub modify plug-in. By using that and the cover
update option, both the Viewer (under Win 7,IE) and when downloaded
to the Ereader work. So I have a work around but it
seems like an extra several steps when if the update/change metadata
worked as I think it should, then the plug-in should not necessary, at least for
correcting metadata/covers!

Then again, maybe I'm doing something incorrectly and if so, point me in the
right direction but my searching of past issues is what let me to the plug-in.

Many thanks.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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I have a kindle and so convert all my epubs to mobi, so I don't know if this is applicable. When I change or update a cover it is necessary to do a mobi to mobi conversion to get the cover to 'stick' and transfer to my device... perhaps it is the same with epub in that you need to do an epub to epub conversion on the books you have updated the metedata on?
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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@bhewson - if the epub did not originally have a cover (or if the cover is not correctly "specified" by the internal manifest files in the epub) then saving to disk/sending to device cannot insert/replace a cover for you. Other metadata can be updated, but covers are special things that require a combination of an html page, an image and certain other bits of configuration data to identify it as such.

The solution as you have found is either to use the Modify ePub plugin and its "Insert/replace cover" option (preferred solution), or to do an EPUB->EPUB conversion (not recommended).

Once either of those two actions have been performed, then if in future you change the cover in calibre the epub sent to your device will include the latest image, without you having to repeat the plugin or conversion steps. However if you want to use the calibre viewer to see the copy of the epub inside your library also with a new cover, then you will need to repeat them again.

The easiest solution to ensure every epub has a cover is to just make it part of your workflow of adding books to calibre to run the plugin along with other steps of downloading metadata etc that many of us do.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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Thanks for clarifying. Your explanation makes complete sense and I will
just do as you have suggested. I am just learning the program
and was supplied a number of books to use within it so its a learning process.
I have the modify Epub & Find Duplicates plugins already added. I expect as
I use it more I will find other things I didn't know I need.
A great tool however.
best regards to all.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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When I check with the viewer option, I also do not see a cover.
I then discovered the Epub modify plug-in. By using that and the cover
update option, both the Viewer (under Win 7,IE) and when downloaded
to the Ereader work.
Could you be more specific and tell me the exact name of this Epub modify plug-in? Under which category please?

Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:41 AM   #6
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Could you be more specific and tell me the exact name of this Epub modify plug-in? Under which category please?

Thanks.
In the 'Plugins' option, you will find 'Modify ePub' under 'User Interface Actions plugins'. This method works beautifully. I used to do a ePub to ePub conversion just to embed the cover. I stumbled upon this trick in a MR forum post. I do this on most incoming books because I like seeing the cover as the first page.

Enjoy!
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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@innogen - it doesn't come with calibre, you have to install it using Preferences->Plugins->Get New Plugins. And it is specifically called "Modify ePub". When you install it you will be asked which toolbar(s) you want to add it to, and after then restarting calibre you will have a shiny new icon on that toolbar you selected to use it. See the Plugins subforum (specifically the sticky posts at the top) for more info about plugins.
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@kiwidude: thanks! I'm a little embarrassed that I pointed out where the plugin was after installation but failed to mention how to find it! Oops!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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@innogen - it doesn't come with calibre, you have to install it using Preferences->Plugins->Get New Plugins. And it is specifically called "Modify ePub".
Thanks for your reply. But do I have to download it from some website? If yes, what is its download link?

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When you install it you will be asked which toolbar(s) you want to add it to, and after then restarting calibre you will have a shiny new icon on that toolbar you selected to use it. See the Plugins subforum (specifically the sticky posts at the top) for more info about plugins.
Can I install it on the default toolbar?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:16 AM   #10
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Thanks for your reply. But do I have to download it from some website? If yes, what is its download link?



Can I install it on the default toolbar?
Preferences(on the tool bar): Get Plugins...
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I got the plugin installed and am a bit confused on how to use it. I always did the epub to epub and it works but I want to use the Modify epub plugin.

Do I find the cover I want, THEN use the plugin? I have the replace/modify cover checked, It does something them I get this pop-up.

Modify epub modified 1 ePub file(s) into a temporart location. Proceed with replacing the version in your library.
Is has the options No and Yes

So is this it? By doing this can I eliminate the epub to epub conversion?

Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:23 AM   #12
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I got the plugin installed and am a bit confused on how to use it. I always did the epub to epub and it works but I want to use the Modify epub plugin.

Do I find the cover I want, THEN use the plugin? I have the replace/modify cover checked, It does something them I get this pop-up.

Modify epub modified 1 ePub file(s) into a temporart location. Proceed with replacing the version in your library.
Is has the options No and Yes

So is this it? By doing this can I eliminate the epub to epub conversion?

Thanks.
Yes thats it just press yes and your epub would have an updated cover
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #14
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Well, the "Modify ePub" plug-in doesn't work for me.

In Calibre I clicked to select the ebook whose cover I wished to remove.

I clicked "Modify ePub" icon the main toolbar.

A window popped up.

I clicked to check the box "Remove existing cover".

I clicked the OK button.

A dialog box popped up with the following message:

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Modify ePub modified 1 ePub file(s) into a temporary location. Proceed with replacing the versions in your library?

Yes No View log
After I clicked "Yes", the dialog box disappeared but my ebook still had the cover on it. Then it occurred to me that the ebook with the cover removed must be located in this "temporary location".

My peeves:

1. The dialog box mentioned [sic] a temporary location. Where the heck is this temporary location?

2. I clicked the "Help" in the "Modify ePub" plug-in to look for more information on this "temporary location". It's no help either.

My feedback on the plug-in: It doesn't live up to its claim. The "Help" menu is no help at all. Moreover it's not user-friendly and intuitive.

And that's why I have to post my request for more help here on this forum.

P.S.: Guess I'm not the only one who posted a request for help/clarification in using this plug-in. See post #11.
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First this thread is about adding or replacing a cover using the Modify ePub plugin. You have chosen to ensure no cover is in the book, is that what you intended?

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After I clicked "Yes", the dialog box disappeared but my ebook still had the cover on it.
What makes you think the book still has a cover? I'd make a small wager that the cover was removed from the book.

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Then it occurred to me that the ebook with the cover removed must be located in this "temporary location".
This is not correct after you said yes the book in your library should have been modified. The temp location is irrelevant after the book was modified.

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1. The dialog box mentioned [sic] a temporary location. Where the heck is this temporary location?
It doesn't matter where it is, the box was saying the plugin is ready to modify the library copy.

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2. I clicked the "Help" in the "Modify ePub" plug-in to look for more information on this "temporary location". It's no help either.
Not material to the the function of this plugin. The temp location is controlled by your OS.

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My feedback on the plug-in: It doesn't live up to its claim.
It is possible you may have run across a bug. It is also possible the book was updated and the cover removed as requested. Does the cover show in the Calibre viewer? If it does not show then the cover has been removed.

Be aware that any time you export a book via virtually any method (Save to disk, Send to device, Content server download) the metadata, including cover should be added to the book while it is being exported out of the library.

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