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Old 01-31-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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[GUI Plugin] Copy book covers as Standby images (Sony/PocketBook/Kindle/Nook)

The Copy Cover plugin was created in Jan 2011 because I wanted to make more use of my Calibre book covers. I wanted to simulate reading a paper book, i.e. when you close it, at the end of a reading session, you see its cover.

Some devices now include a standard feature which allows you to display cover of current book when in Standby, but for those which don't, this plugin may offer you a workable alternative. It will populate your device's 'special' screensaver directory with Calibre covers of the correct shape, size and format, then you use the features on the device to do the rest.

Main Features:
  • Quick and easy to copy one or more (max 100) Calibre book covers to your reader to use as Standby/PowerOff images.
  • Allows you to specify whether you want to:
    • rescale covers to exactly fill reader's screen or keep aspect ratio of original covers
    • copy a single or multiple covers
    • choice of how to manage cover images on device
    • (Kindle with Custom Screensaver only) automatically reboot your Kindle after disconnecting
  • Works with:
    • Kindle devices (non-Ad-supported only) which have had the appropriate "jailbreak" modification applied plus either of the following (see Special Notes below):
      • Custom Screensaver mod (NiLuJe)
      • Simple Screensaver mod (Yifan Lu)
    • Nook STR and Nook original (see Special Notes below).
    • Sony readers PRS-350/650/950.
    • Sony PRS-600 provided it has the PRSPlus custom firmware (including wallpaper directory) installed (see Special Notes below).
    • PocketBook360 and other newer PocketBook models (see Special Notes below).
    If you own one or more of the above supported devices, the plugin should automatically detect which one is connected to Calibre and process accordingly.
  • Runs on Windows, Linux or OSX.

Special Notes:
  • Testing of Kindle support was done on Windows with
    • jailbroken non-Ad-supported Kindle Touch(FW v5.1.2) and Paperwhite(FW v5.2.0) with 'Custom Screensaver' mod, both were UK 3G versions.
    • jailbroken Kindle3 3G with 'Custom Screensaver' mod.
    • jailbroken non-Ad-supported Kindle Touch (FW v5.1.2) with 'Simple Screensaver' mod.
    N.B. Please do not "jailbreak" your Kindle unless you fully understand what it means and implies! More info in the Kindle forum, NiLuJe's threads here and here, the Kindle Touch wiki and Yifan Lu's webpage.
  • Nook STR users will need to manually create the special named directory /screensavers/calibre in Nook internal memory before using the plugin for the first time.
  • Similarly, Nook original users will need to manually create directory /my screensavers/calibre in Nook internal memory.
  • Testing of Sony PRS-600 was done on Windows. You must have the PRSPlus custom firmware installed and the named directory /database/system/PRSPlus/wallpaper/ must be present in internal memory.
    N.B. Please do not install custom firmware on your Sony unless you fully understand what it means and implies! Full info in the Sony Reader Developer forum.
  • Testing of PocketBook was done on PB360, PB903 and PB603, but the plugin should work for any PocketBook model which:
    • stores PowerOff logos in directory /system/logo/ in internal memory
    • requires PowerOff logos to be in either 8- or 16-colour greyscale (4BPP) .bmp format.

Note: Thanks to CraftyDan, cybmole, Loeffel, nynaevelan, Dopedangel, Oletros, Akirainblack, paola, preempalver for beta-testing of various versions. Special thanks to NiLuJe for assistance with Kindle matters.

Version History
Spoiler:

Version 2.0.0 - 18 Jul 2014
Ensure plugin keeps working with upcoming calibre 2.0 release.

Version 1.6.4 - 07 Nov 2012
Added support for non-ad-supported Kindle Paperwhite and Touch which are using NiLuJe's latest Custom Screensaver mod.
All Kindle models: covers which are copied to Kindle with aspect ratio kept will be padded with white bars so that the screen is fully filled, i.e. previous screen no longer visible behind screensaver.

Version 1.6.3 - 01 Sep 2012
Fix for problem encountered by Pocketbook users using Linux.
Plugin should now always create greyscale bmps with the correct depth of 4BPP.

Version 1.6.2 - 28 Aug 2012
Added support to send 16-colour greyscale bmps for Pocketbook devices from PB602 onwards. Devices PB360 (original) and PB301 will continue to receive 8-colour greyscale bmps.

Added option to randomise the order in which covers are sent to device. More likely to be useful for devices (e.g. Kindle Touch with Simple Screensaver) which do not already have some kind of on-device 'shuffle' or 'random' option.

Fix for correctly setting auto reboot option on Kindles with Custom Screensaver which are also using NiLuJe's Custom Fonts mod (fix courtesy of NiLuJe).

Version 1.6.0 - 20 Aug 2012
Added support for non-Ad-supported Kindle Touch (with 'jailbreak' plus 'Simple Screensaver' mods).
Added progress bar to help users who like to copy larger batches.
Max. number of total covers now 100 (all devices).

Version 1.5.1 - 20 Sept 2011
Corrected support for Nook original.

Version 1.5.0 - 17 Sept 2011
Added support for Nook STR.
Support for Nook original still in progress.

Version 1.4.1 - 24 June 2011
Maintenance release only, issued on advice from Calibre Developers.
It has been necessary to accommodate planned changes to the main Calibre program, due to be phased in starting with next release.
Changes in v1.4.1 are minimal - so no change to features or functionality (sorry!)
Will work on all versions of Calibre, from v0.7.53 onwards, so can be installed immediately.

Version 1.4.0 - 17 May 2011
Added support for Sony PRS-600, if PRSPlus custom firmware installed.
Increased maximum covers to 99.
Added extra option to add new covers to those already on the device.
Added new menu utility to clear all cover images.

Version 1.3.0 - 3 May 2011
Added ability to copy multiple covers (max 15)
Added support for Kindle 2/3/3G/DX if Kindle "jailbreak" and "Custom Screensaver" mods have been applied.

Version 1.2.0 - 18 Apr 2011
Rewritten for new plugin infrastructure in Calibre 0.7.53
Also simplified Customisation screen and made it more easily accessible
- after installing, please restart Calibre (Ctrl-R) and re-run Customisation to make sure you have your desired settings

Version 1.1 - 28 Jan 2011
Gives sensible error message if no books are selected.

Version 1.0 - 26 Jan 2011
Original release


1. Install Copy Cover Plugin and Add Copy Cover to one of the Calibre menus/toolbars
As of Calibre v0.8.6, installing plugins from this sub-forum is easier than ever.
Please see the How do I install a plugin using Plugin Updater? section in the Introduction to plugins thread.


2. Customize Copy Cover Plugin
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  1. Depending on the toolbar/menu to which you added this plugin, customisation is accessed as follows:
    right-click context menu - same menu as Copy Cover action
    toolbar - via the small arrow to the right of the icon
  2. There are 6 parameters to set. See attached screencap (custom.jpg).

    The first one specifies the screen resolution of your reader e.g.
    600,800 PRS-350/650/600 PocketBook360/6xx Kindle2/3/4/Touch
    600,1024 PRS-950
    758,1024 Kindle Paperwhite
    824,1200 Kindle DX, PocketBook 9xx

    The second parameter is a keep aspect ratio checkbox:
    unchecked - if you prefer the cover to completely fill the screen. In most cases this will mean the cover is slightly distorted as it is stretched/squashed to fit.
    checked - if you want to keep the aspect ratio of the original book cover when you copy it to your reader. Please note that for most book covers this will result in "filler bars" padding out the book cover image to fill your reader's screen.

    The third parameter is a multi-copy checkbox:
    unchecked - if you want to copy only a single cover. This is the default, for compatibility with earlier versions. For Sony users, this may be slightly less effort to maintain because of how the management of Sony Standby images works.
    checked - if you want to be able to copy multiple covers - maximum set to 100 to avoid "fat finger" disasters and accidentally clogging your reader storage.

    The fourth parameter - file housekeeping - is only selectable if you also checked the multi-copy box above. Choose one of the following radio buttons to specify whether or not to completely replace your cover images each time you copy a new batch:
    • Remove old cover images before copying new (default)
    • Add to existing cover images

    The fifth parameter - random sequence - is only selectable if you also checked the multi-copy box above. It is more likely to be useful for devices (e.g. KindleTouch-with-Simple-Screensaver) which do not already have some kind of on-device 'shuffle' or 'random' option. If you are sending covers in a large batch it may help you avoid single-author 'clumps'.
    unchecked - (default) covers sent in the order you selected them in the Calibre library window.
    checked - selected covers sent in random sequence.

    The sixth parameter is a checkbox only relevant to Kindle-with-Custom-Screensaver users:
    unchecked - you will need to manually reboot your Kindle after disconnecting before your new screensaver image(s) will be used.
    checked - your Kindle will automatically reboot a few seconds after disconnecting. Your new screensaver image(s) will then be used.
  3. Click OK to save your preferences to your Calibre config directory.


3. Using the Copy Cover feature - normal usage.
  1. Connect your reader to Calibre with the USB cable in the normal way.
  2. Highlight your chosen book(s) in the Library window. Select the Copy Cover menu item from the menu/toolbar you chose in step 1. You will get a confirmation messagebox summarising what has been copied and to where (example attached below, infomsg.jpg). It is purely for information, so when you're ready press Close.
  3. Safely disconnect your reader in the normal way.
    Kindle-with-Custom-Screensaver users may need to reboot at this point, depending on customisation settings.
In normal usage that's all there is to it. The next time you switch off your reader a chosen book cover should be displayed.

However, if these are the first covers you've copied, there may be one more step. The fact that you've read this far implies you will be familiar with it already, but just in case...

4. Setup Copy Cover on Reader

Kindle with Custom Screensaver (non-Ad-supported):
Spoiler:
The covers you have just copied are always in the "jailbreak with Custom Screensaver" directory (/linkss/screensavers in internal memory).
Kindle 2/3/4/DXG images will be in JPG format with names beginning calibre_cover.
Kindle Touch/Paperwhite images will be in PNG format with names beginning bg_medium_ss.
  • If you set this plugin's customisation to automatically reboot the Kindle then no further action is required.
    Otherwise, you will need to do a manual Kindle reboot before your new cover image(s) will be "seen".

Kindle with Simple Screensaver (non-Ad-supported):
Spoiler:

No further action is required. The covers you have just copied are always in the "jailbreak with Simple Screensaver" directory (/screensaver in internal memory) and are called bg_xsmall_ssnn.png where nn=00-99.

Note: To make sure a particular book cover is always displayed, you would need to make sure that only ONE image was copied/stored, otherwise the Kindle will select one from the screensavers directory each time you switch to standby mode.

Nook original:
Spoiler:
The cover(s) you have just copied are always in the Nook's internal memory /my screensavers/calibre directory, with name(s) beginning calibre_cover. All you need to do is use the Nook's standard screensaver feature to choose the calibre subdirectory.

Nook STR:
Spoiler:
The cover(s) you have just copied are always in the Nook's internal memory /screensavers/calibre directory, with name(s) beginning calibre_cover. All you need to do is use the Nook's standard screensaver feature to choose the calibre subdirectory.

Sony PRS-x50:
Spoiler:
The cover(s) you have just copied are always in the standard Sony images directory with name(s) beginning calibre_cover. The final step is to tell your Sony to use it/them as the Standby image(s).
  • Home - Applications - Pictures, See All
    The cover name(s) begin calibre_cover (it/they should be the first in the list if you tap sort By Date)
  • Options - Select Standby Screen
    Make sure the cover(s) you want are ticked and press Done (top right).
Note: To make sure a particular book cover is always displayed in standby mode, you will need to make sure that only ONE image is ticked. If you tick more than one the Sony will cycle round your selected list.

Sony PRS-600:
Spoiler:
No further action required. The cover(s) you have just copied are always in the PRSPlus wallpaper images directory with name(s) beginning calibre_cover.

Note: To make sure a particular book cover is always displayed, you would need to make sure that only ONE image was copied/stored, otherwise the PRS600 will randomly select one from the wallpaper directory each time you switch to standby mode.

PocketBook:
Spoiler:

The cover(s) you have just copied are always in the standard PocketBook logo directory and always have a name beginning calibre_cover. The final step is to tell your PocketBook which to use.
  • Main menu - Settings - Appearance - Power-off logo
    To make sure a single book cover is ALWAYS displayed in Poweroff mode, find it in the list and select it.
    If you prefer a random image each time you power off, select the item called random logo.

Note: Whether your PB receives 8- or 16-colour greyscale bmps is dependent on which PB model Calibre thinks is connected. PB360(orig)/PB301 will receive 8-colour greyscale, PB602/603/902/903 (or newer) will receive 16-colour greyscale.
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Last edited by jackie_w; 07-18-2014 at 07:01 AM. Reason: v2.0.0 released. In preparation for upcoming calibre 2.0 release
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I recently posted this Calibre GUI plugin on the Sony Reader forum, so it may already have had all the downloads it's going to get. However, I would be grateful if you would consider including it in the Plugin Index sticky.
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@kiwidude,

I recently posted this Calibre GUI plugin on the Sony Reader forum, so it may already have had all the downloads it's going to get. However, I would be grateful if you would consider including it in the Plugin Index sticky.
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@jackie_w,

Thanks to your plug-in I finally got rid of the Eiffel tower and the snowy landscapes in my Sony PRS-350 and was able to get my beloved Lord of the Rings to display when the reader is in Sleep/Poweroff mode.

Thanks very much!
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Thanks, jackie_w,

the plug-in is easy to use and works great.

It's just sad, that Sony didn't think of such a function, but that's where this great community comes in.
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Thanks very much for sharing!

Jackie_W. I've been copying covers in manually but this makes maintaining book covers on my Sony a breeze!

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Plugin works great with my PocketBook pro 602!
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Plugin works great with my PocketBook pro 602!
That's really good to know. I thought it was possible the PocketBook newer models might have changed how images were displayed.
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Hi,

I took your plugin and modified it, so it can be used for the Kindle (not that easy without knowing Python). Perhaps there is an interest in my changes, then I would send them to you for checking them.
Caution!:The Kindle does not support this without jailbreaking it and installing the screensaver mod!

The change I made does the following:
  • Resize the picture with or without looking for the aspect ratio
  • make sure the Kindle resets after disconnecting from the PC, so that the pictures are used
  • create a unique name so that many files can be used at once

Changes I am interested in (perhaps I manage this):
  • use the book title as picture name
  • check if the Kindle is jailbreaked (then the folder with the pictures doesn't exist)
  • a message, when the Kindle isn't jailbreaked with a warning about doing it and a link where to find informations about it

As I wrote, the Kindle must be jailbreaked, so I can't say if this plugin mod would be allowed here at all. I would say yes, as far as I remember, I found the jailbreak here. The pictures are saved as jpg, as the Kindle can't use bmp files as screensaver pictures.
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Hi Loeffel,

The decision to limit the Copy Cover plugin to a single cover was deliberate on my part. I wanted it to be usable by anyone, even the most non-technical users. I thought (rightly or wrongly) that copying multiple images (with book names) was likely to end up as a file housekeeping problem as the reader filled up with covers. Not all users are comfortable using a file browser to manually delete files.

In addition, the way it is set up now means you only have to tell your reader (Sony/PocketBook) once where to find the standby/poweroff image and then it's configured forever, or at least, for as long as you want it to be. Each new cover is copied to the same place and the reader is none the wiser that anything has changed.

In principal, I would be happy to add other devices to the plugin if they can work within this framework:-
  • Device has a specific named directory where the cover will always be copied. With the Sonys that could have been any directory but I chose the main Sony image directory, which so far is the same for all models. PocketBook only has one directory where poweroff images can be stored.
  • Calibre is able to automatically detect which device is connected so the user doesn't have to manually tell the plugin. I'm sure Calibre can do this for most devices.
  • I need to know what image format the device expects. Sony is not very fussy so I use the standard Calibre cover.jpg file. PocketBook 360 is fussy - it expects a greyscale 4BPP bmp.
  • User is given the choice to retain the aspect ratio as this is a must-have for some users.

When it comes to adding the Kindle the biggest problem would be that I don't have one, have never even seen one and have no way of getting access to one. Therefore testing would be a problem. From what you've said about jailbreaking and needing to force a reset after disconnecting, testing would be doubly important.

Have you already created code which can, from within Calibre,
  • detect whether the attached Kindle is already jailbroken?
  • detect whether the screensaver mod is installed?
  • force the reset?

If the answer to all 3 is yes then I guess a collaborative effort could be possible, but only if Kovid was happy with the jailbreak thing.

However, I don't want to pursue the 'copy many covers' option at this point. If that's the most important feature for you then I would suggest you proceed with a completely separate plugin.

If you want to reuse any of my (very beginners level) Python code, feel free. Please also be aware that the existing Copy Cover plugin is written as an old-style Calibre plugin. If you're writing a new one then it should be the new-style as referenced in this thread. I'm in the process of looking at converting to the new-style but lack of experience means I'm a bit slow.

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Hi Jackie,

I have no experience in Python at all, I have never programmed in Python.

To answer your questions:
  • the Kindle is detected and managed by Calibre, so the variables are filled as expected for other Calibre compatible devices
  • If the Kindle is jailbreaked, then there is a directory called linkjail (not implemented yet, will put it into the code when I found out how!)
  • the screensaver mod is installed when there is a directory linkss\screensaver (not implemented yet, same as above) and this is also the directory where the files are always copyied to
  • the file format or better grafik format for the Kindle screensaver mod is png, jpg or gif (my modification of you code creates jpg files)
  • the user still have the choice wether to maintain the aspect ration or not, and it is taken from the plugin configuration as in your code. I copyied the Sony code and with this code the aspect ratio wasn't maintained as choosen, so I used parts of the pocketbook code. I still need to check something out for this code, as I haven't closed the loaded picture and I am not sure if the memory will free up again after finishing the plugin. Under Linux with Apache and PHP Image Magick doesn't!
  • the Kindle makes a reset, when an empty file reboot is created in linkss (already implemented)
  • I have only a Kindle 3 3G, a friend of mine has a Sony, but I can't say which. So I can normally only test the Kindle! I know from the jailbreak threads I found that the jailbreak for the other Kindle(2+DX) has the same files and folders as they haven't changed it

I've looked for the jailbreak and it is really one of the Mobileread forums threads, it can be found here.
My actual plugin is the same as yours. I've just added the Kindle to the code and only the Kindle has the unique file name system implemented (I have changed it to the name "cover_book title", as I don't know the other devices. I understand your concern about it and I think then it would be the best to add this as an option too. The managing of deleting files again is sure interesting, but far off the scale for now.
But I think that isn't a real problem, because someone who jailbreaked its Kindle also knows how to do this. Ok, someone could have one, his friend has jailbreaked from him but I think that would be rare. Additionally normally he would still be able to get the help from this friend.

So the mod of your plugin is usable for Sony PRS-350/650/950, Pocketbook 360, Kindle 2/3/DX.

For the new implementation of the mod I need to have a look at it by now I just used your code and added the jailbreaked Kindle.

I am still playing around with it. If it makes to the forum or not isn't important. I just wanted to be sure, as there might be others interested in this.
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v1.2.0 released

  • The plugin has been rewritten for the new plugin infrastructure introduced in Calibre 0.7.53
  • I also took the opportunity to simplify the Customisation screen and to make it more easily accessible.
  • Other than that, the functionality is the same.

If there are any problems after upgrade, please post here.

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v1.3.0 released

  • Added the ability to copy multiple covers (max 15)
  • Added support for Kindle 2/3/3G/DX if Kindle "jailbreak" and "screensaver" mods have been applied.
If there are any problems after upgrade, please post here.

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