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Old 10-22-2014, 12:48 PM   #676
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All the kepubs I have were bought (none were converted from epubs). So all should be of the right format.
I buy them from Fnac, which is a bookseller associated with Kobo. From what I understood, they share their catalogue of ebooks and their database of customers; however, there has been a problem when synchronising their databases for my account and since then, when I connect to Kobo website (or when I use their desktop app), it does not see my latest purchases. However, when I connect to Fnac website, it sees my purchase and gives me a direct link on Kobo server, which allows me to download it "manually". I then have to transfer it to the device, it is where I use Calibre (I import the kepub to Calibre, then ask Calibre to send it to the device, sometimes after adding or modifying some metadata within Calibre; I did not install any plugin except yours).
The best is that I continue to hope that Fnac and Kobo will finally fix the problem they have acknowledge, so that I can use Kobo desktop app or direct Wi-Fi download again. No need to spend more time on my very specific problem, but if you want an example of my kepub, no problem (some are "purchased" but in fact are free). I will also try your suggestions with Calibre KoboTouchExtended driver.
Thanks again for your help and all your information. I understand better the limits of Calibre with kepubs.

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Old 10-23-2014, 07:53 AM   #677
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First did the compress method but I still got an error, although it was only one and the previous ones were gone. So I did the logout and login method next but when I realised that some of my data, particularly the Reading Stats, were gone, I just decided to go back to my last good backup so that I can still get the stats. It worked but I ended up losing some of my covers but the plugin managed to fix it. Lengthy process but it's all good.
Glad you got it going without to much loss. An alternative to restoring a database backup is the store/restore function. It was the main reason I created the function as I wasn't backing the database up at the time. And I tend to use an occasional factory reset as a reason to clean up the device. I just send unread or partly read books back and restore the reading status of the latter books.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:04 AM   #678
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All the kepubs I have were bought (none were converted from epubs). So all should be of the right format.
I buy them from Fnac, which is a bookseller associated with Kobo. From what I understood, they share their catalogue of ebooks and their database of customers; however, there has been a problem when synchronising their databases for my account and since then, when I connect to Kobo website (or when I use their desktop app), it does not see my latest purchases. However, when I connect to Fnac website, it sees my purchase and gives me a direct link on Kobo server, which allows me to download it "manually". I then have to transfer it to the device, it is where I use Calibre (I import the kepub to Calibre, then ask Calibre to send it to the device, sometimes after adding or modifying some metadata within Calibre; I did not install any plugin except yours).
The best is that I continue to hope that Fnac and Kobo will finally fix the problem they have acknowledge, so that I can use Kobo desktop app or direct Wi-Fi download again. No need to spend more time on my very specific problem, but if you want an example of my kepub, no problem (some are "purchased" but in fact are free). I will also try your suggestions with Calibre KoboTouchExtended driver.
Thanks again for your help and all your information. I understand better the limits of Calibre with kepubs.
FNAC is allowing you to download kepubs? I didn't know that. Are you adding the books to calibre as kepub? If so, I would have expected them to get to the device as a kepub and that the device would be able to get the covers from them. But, maybe they are missing the cover attribute. I'd have to see a book to know for sure.

As to changing the metadata, calibre can't update the metadata or cover in a kepub. As I said before, it's knowledge of kepubs is fairly low.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:39 PM   #679
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FNAC is allowing you to download kepubs? I didn't know that. Are you adding the books to calibre as kepub? If so, I would have expected them to get to the device as a kepub and that the device would be able to get the covers from them. But, maybe they are missing the cover attribute. I'd have to see a book to know for sure.

As to changing the metadata, calibre can't update the metadata or cover in a kepub. As I said before, it's knowledge of kepubs is fairly low.
Yes, Fnac gives me direct link on Kobo server to download ebooks I have bought. If book has DRM, I need to use Adobe Digital Editions to be able to read it. Otherwise, I import it with extension .kepub to Calibre. If I change the title, author, etc. in Calibre, this change is correctly reflected on the Kobo device when Calibre synchronises it (perhaps it is not updated inside the ebook, but at least in the Calibre and Kobo databases I believe).
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:59 PM   #680
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Yes, Fnac gives me direct link on Kobo server to download ebooks I have bought. If book has DRM, I need to use Adobe Digital Editions to be able to read it. Otherwise, I import it with extension .kepub to Calibre. If I change the title, author, etc. in Calibre, this change is correctly reflected on the Kobo device when Calibre synchronises it (perhaps it is not updated inside the ebook, but at least in the Calibre and Kobo databases I believe).
That sounds as if you are downloading epub format with or without DRM. To convert these to kepub format involves some massaging of the books contents such as wrapping Kobo's spans around each sentence. You can rename them to .kepub.epub and your Kobo ereader will open them with the ACCESS renderer but quite a few kepub features will not work.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:43 PM   #681
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That sounds as if you are downloading epub format with or without DRM. To convert these to kepub format involves some massaging of the books contents such as wrapping Kobo's spans around each sentence. You can rename them to .kepub.epub and your Kobo ereader will open them with the ACCESS renderer but quite a few kepub features will not work.
Thanks, but the ebooks I download are already Kobo kepub, that come directly from Kobo website (and I checked they have plenty of kobo spans inside the ebook). The Kobo ereader reads them fine, using the kepub renderer (yes some Kobo features are missing, such as the reading time remaining, but that's OK). It is just the thumbnail for the cover that is not displayed and that I miss a bit (but I can live without that). Probably due to synchronisation with Calibre. Was working fine when I was able to use WiFi or Kobo desktop app to synchronise those files. I didn't useCalibre KoboTouchExtended driver yet, I will have to try that.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:57 PM   #682
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Most of us have never seen the ability to directly download a kepub from Kobo's web site.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:43 PM   #683
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Thanks, but the ebooks I download are already Kobo kepub, that come directly from Kobo website (and I checked they have plenty of kobo spans inside the ebook). The Kobo ereader reads them fine, using the kepub renderer (yes some Kobo features are missing, such as the reading time remaining, but that's OK). It is just the thumbnail for the cover that is not displayed and that I miss a bit (but I can live without that). Probably due to synchronisation with Calibre. Was working fine when I was able to use WiFi or Kobo desktop app to synchronise those files. I didn't useCalibre KoboTouchExtended driver yet, I will have to try that.
I had a quick look at the file you sent me. Firstly, I can confirm to the others that it really is a kepub. It does have the spans and other kepub related artifacts.

What it is missing is the attribute 'properties="cover-image"' for the cover image in the OPF file. Editing the content.opf file in the kepub, and changing the line:

Code:
<item id="img1" href="images/img1.jpg" media-type="image/jpeg"></item>
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<item id="img1" href="images/img1.jpg" media-type="image/jpeg" properties="cover-image"></item>
should let the firmware find the cover image and use it.

I suppose it is time to add the code to calibre to handle the metadata in a kepub. Mostly, it is just subclassing the epub handling, but I think the above needs to be done as well.
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Glad you got it going without to much loss. An alternative to restoring a database backup is the store/restore function. It was the main reason I created the function as I wasn't backing the database up at the time. And I tend to use an occasional factory reset as a reason to clean up the device. I just send unread or partly read books back and restore the reading status of the latter books.
Is that the store/restore bookmark option you are referring to? Does it basically restore the last good backup made by Calibre? I thought that option literally meant restoring only the reading positions of the books and no other data, like the Reading Stats, so I didn't bother trying it out.

Restoring from the last good backup actually did me good as I was able to change my device's affiliate and finally get version 3.8 (I had RakutenBooks as my original affiliate) and get back around 200mb of space, which is a surprise because my Aura had the same amount of books before and after I did it.
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