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Old 01-23-2011, 12:44 AM   #106
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I've done some research, and it seems there is a workaround for the android book cover problem I've mentioned before. The problem is that the device needs to be rooted, otherwise you don't have access to the required folder.

If you have a book with the ASIN "B000000001", then put a png formatted image in /data/data/com.amazon.kindle/files with the filename "cover_B000000001.png" and it will show up instead the downloaded garbage.

Hope it helps someone .
Hey I updated my thread here. The script I wrote should automatically generate the cover art for you with the example you gave as the template.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:13 PM   #107
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I successfully used "FAKE_ASIN" in a .mobi book today. Amazon synced it. So I think you can put anything in the ASIN field
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:42 PM   #108
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Hey CuriousGrrl! Welcome to MR, and great find!
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:09 PM   #109
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I successfully used "FAKE_ASIN" in a .mobi book today. Amazon synced it. So I think you can put anything in the ASIN field
Hmm.. I've modified my test script to replace the fake asin numbers with the MD5 sum of the filename. This has the advantage, that you don't have to remember which book belongs to which asin, as long as you keep the filenames unchanged... and it worked better than expected. Now amazon is syncing all my books, and my android phone is showing the embedded covers of the books, instead some random pics.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:22 PM   #110
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Hmm.. I've modified my test script to replace the fake asin numbers with the MD5 sum of the filename. This has the advantage, that you don't have to remember which book belongs to which asin, as long as you keep the filenames unchanged... and it worked better than expected. Now amazon is syncing all my books, and my android phone is showing the embedded covers of the books, instead some random pics.
Wouldn't it be easier to use the md5 of the file, rather than the filename? That way you can rename it any way you want, it'll still be the same ASIN.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:38 PM   #111
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Just curious. Will this also allow for the book details to show up when you do highlights and paste to facebook/twitter? I have been trying to figure out how to use the amazon thumbnail thing on non-amazon purchased books. I was hoping I could simply put in the asin in the isbn field or something
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:25 AM   #112
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Just curious. Will this also allow for the book details to show up when you do highlights and paste to facebook/twitter? I have been trying to figure out how to use the amazon thumbnail thing on non-amazon purchased books. I was hoping I could simply put in the asin in the isbn field or something
Unfortunately no. After much experimentation, I came to the conclusion that for the correct cover image to show up for the highlight sharing feature, the eBook has to be in your Amazon archive. Adding a 113 header record (that contains a valid ASIN) and a 501 (CDETYPE) header record that contains 'EBOK' is just not enough to "fool" Amazon into thinking it's anything other than a "Personal Document." Sorry, but only the "Furthest Page Read" synchronization between devices seems to work.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:09 AM   #113
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Yeah, I tried it with one of mine, and even with a legit ASIN number it won't work. I tried sharing to twitter, it said it worked, but when I'd click on the link, it wouldnt work. And nothing would be saved in my amazon profile.
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Those are the exact same results I had with Twitter, M0nger. I didn't try Facebook, but... strike that... I won't try Facebook, but I'd expect the same results.
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Unfortunately no. After much experimentation, I came to the conclusion that for the correct cover image to show up for the highlight sharing feature, the eBook has to be in your Amazon archive. Adding a 113 header record (that contains a valid ASIN) and a 501 (CDETYPE) header record that contains 'EBOK' is just not enough to "fool" Amazon into thinking it's anything other than a "Personal Document." Sorry, but only the "Furthest Page Read" synchronization between devices seems to work.
Well, I would agree with you on the Has to be in the Archive but I have seen it otherwise. I was given a book in mobi format from someone and used calibre to put it on my kindle and the book descriptions and cover images worked. I did not have the book in my archives on amazon. So there has to be something embedded in the meta-data or something.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:31 AM   #116
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Well, it will work for cover art, description, and even syncing if it has a ASIN number, but you cannot share a passage with Twitter/Facebook, or synchronize your "clippings" to your Amazon profile unless that book is in your Archive.
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I added the ASIN and EBOK fields and it wouldn't even allow it to share to facebook or Twitter.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:49 PM   #118
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Even with the correct ASIN number, it will not share with twitter or facebook. The only thing it will do is keep track of your position across devices, and sometimes help your android phone or iPhone get the correct cover for the book.
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I added the ASIN and EBOK fields and it wouldn't even allow it to share to facebook or Twitter.
And it probably won't. That's what we're saying.
This technique allows you to maintain your "place" in a non-amazon mobi when you read it on different devices. That's really about it.
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Wouldn't it be easier to use the md5 of the file, rather than the filename? That way you can rename it any way you want, it'll still be the same ASIN.
Adding the md5 sum of the file to the header modifies the file, so the md5 sum changes in the process.

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