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Old 08-04-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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Showing book cover upon opening ebook?

Is there a way to show the book cover instead of 'beginning' when you first open an ebook?

I love seeing book covers and read everything in between the cover to the first page of chapter one (copyright, dedication page, preliminary quotes...)

I've only had the Kindle for a few days and I love it but this is one of the issues that's bothering me big time. The other is dismal file organization.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:35 AM   #2
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I'm guessing Calibre can do it. Changing the metadata or something like that?
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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The "beginning" of the book is whatever page the person who formatted the ebook set it to. You may very well be able to adjust this is Calibre, but I think it's just easier to use the Go To function of the Kindle and select Cover.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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The "beginning" of the book is whatever page the person who formatted the ebook set it to. You may very well be able to adjust this is Calibre, but I think it's just easier to use the Go To function of the Kindle and select Cover.
This is true, but there's no way to tell a book to open at its cover. If you don't explicitly tell the book where to open, it will open at its first page, and doing a "page back" will display the cover.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:40 PM   #5
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This is true, but there's no way to tell a book to open at its cover. If you don't explicitly tell the book where to open, it will open at its first page, and doing a "page back" will display the cover.

In some cases, it's many pages back. I prefer to use the Go To -> Cover option on the Kindle. It has never failed yet to put me at the cover page.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:49 AM   #6
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Thank for the replies. Yes I know the "Go to..." function. I use it all the time to see the covers. But what I want to do is see the cover immediately upon opening the ebook without having to backtrack.

The way it is now, I feel like I picked up a book without a cover.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:55 AM   #7
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Thank for the replies. Yes I know the "Go to..." function. I use it all the time to see the covers. But what I want to do is see the cover immediately upon opening the ebook without having to backtrack.

The way it is now, I feel like I picked up a book without a cover.
As I said in an earlier post, you CANNOT make a Mobipocket book open at its cover. Sorry, but that's the way it is. The facility which enables a Mobipocket book to specify its opening location does not permit you to say "open at the cover".
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:47 AM   #8
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The only way you could make it work would be to remove the DRM from all of your books, unpack them, modify them to include an inline image of the book's cover art as the first page of the book, and then rebuild the mobi's. Other than that, you're SOL, because like Harry said... with mobipocket, you can't tell a book to open to the cover art.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:48 PM   #9
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The only way you could make it work would be to remove the DRM from all of your books, unpack them, modify them to include an inline image of the book's cover art as the first page of the book, and then rebuild the mobi's. Other than that, you're SOL, because like Harry said... with mobipocket, you can't tell a book to open to the cover art.
So the cover pic is not embedded in the text file? I didn't know that.... Is it the same for ePub?
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So the cover pic is not embedded in the text file? I didn't know that.... Is it the same for ePub?
The cover image can be part of the "text" in a Mobi file, but that's up to the ebook producer to do... and it doesn't seem to be a very popular practice. In Mobipocket, the cover art is part of the metadata and not a part of the actual "book".

In practice, epub books tend to include the cover image in some sort of image tag on the very first "page" of the ebook. The cover image is not really separate from the ebook like it is with mobipocket.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:46 PM   #11
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Hmm, I didn't know that. Thanks. It has fully dawned on me that mobipocket sucks.

It seems I shall forever have to manually press buttons just to see the cover
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Hmm, I didn't know that. Thanks. It has fully dawned on me that mobipocket sucks.

It seems I shall forever have to manually press buttons just to see the cover
mobipocket has certain inadequacies, but 'sucks' is a bit harsh just because it won't behave in the pretty much inconsequential way you wish it to.
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I never cared about the cover art on pbooks either, so I never really noticed that mobi was lacking in this particular department.
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Hmm, I didn't know that. Thanks. It has fully dawned on me that mobipocket sucks.
Because you can't open a book at the cover image? A touch over the top, if you'll forgive me for saying so. After all, if you want to see the cover, all you need do is select the book in the library and press "right" on the 5-way controller.
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mobipocket has certain inadequacies, but 'sucks' is a bit harsh just because it won't behave in the pretty much inconsequential way you wish it to.
I think sucks just about sums it up. That why we had MS Reader and now ePub.

There's no way to have a graphic to the right of the text. I have an ePub that has the graphics set to the right and the text on the left. Looks quite nice in ePub. Mobipocket just has the graphic between lines of text and looks not so nice.

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