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Old 05-11-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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Cover goes missing on Kindle after ebook conversion

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I'm an indie author (read: self-published) who is trying to use Calibre to convert what originally was a Word file into a .mobi file for Kindle. I fixed a number of minor formatting problems through trial and error, but one remains. When I send the file to my Kindle, it doesn't bring the cover image along. The image shows in Calibre, and also when I drop the .mobi file onto my Kindle for Mac icon, but not on my actual Kindle.

I'm thinking I might have to insert it somehow in the html file (which I "save as" from Word in order to get Calibre to convert it to .mobi). Is that what you smart people think? Please advise. THANKS!

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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The Kindle opens an ebook to the first page after the cover. Press the prev page button to see the cover.
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Hi Kovid,
I've done that, but it's not there. I'm not sure why. Instead, it displays the Kindle screen saver image. Any other ideas?
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Hard to say without looking at your MOBI file.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:59 AM   #5
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Did you properly set the cover image in the books metadata (or pass it along as an argument when using the CLI tools)?
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Oops. I meant to respond to Kovidgoyal, but the message appeared in the wrong place. And now I can't seem to delete it. Let me try again...

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Did you properly set the cover image in the books metadata (or pass it along as an argument when using the CLI tools)?
I think I properly set it in the books metadata. I see it in Calibre. I also see it when I drop the mobi file onto my Kindle for Mac icon. It goes into my library with the cover. But when I email the same file to my Kindle, the cover doesn't come along. I don't understand your other question in parentheses. I wish I did! Hahaha!
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Hard to say without looking at your MOBI file.
Can I send you the file? I'd love to get this figured out. I'm afraid it's beyond me.
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Try doing a MOBI->MOBI conversion. And nevermind about the parentheses stuff, if you didn't understand it, you don't need it.
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Try doing a MOBI->MOBI conversion. And nevermind about the parentheses stuff, if you didn't understand it, you don't need it.
Okay, will do. I'll keep you posted. Thanks!
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