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Old 01-16-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Question Sideloading ebooks and cover image quirks?

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I recently acquired a Vox and although it is a little bulkier than I was expecting, and something of a fingerprint magnet to boot, I'm pretty happy with it However, I have run into one rather peculiar issue. When side-loading books from a memory card, I have very mixed results with cover images. Sometimes the Vox fails to see the cover image at all for no apparent reason - (and yes, I know there are cover images present because I open most of my side-loaded titles in the Calibre application to tidy up the metadata) - and just as frequently, it sees the cover image and displays it on the virtual shelf, but then fails to display it when you actually open the book, presenting a blank rectangle instead on the cover page. Anyone got any idea what's going on? Is there some size limit to cover images or other criteria I'm missing here?
A related is the Vox's handling of PDFs - some open happily, others appear to be completely invisible to the system and so cannot be imported.
Any pointers/ info gratefully received!
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Just because calibre shows a cover does not mean the ePub itself actually contains one.

Do an ePub to ePub conversion and that will ensure that the cover is present in the book.
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Just because calibre shows a cover does not mean the ePub itself actually contains one.

Do an ePub to ePub conversion and that will ensure that the cover is present in the book.
Thanks for that but I must admit to being a little confused. Why would Calibre display a cover if it is not present in the epub?
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Calibre keeps whatever was in the original metadata file to start with and although the "catalogue" is updated that metadata is still there in the file.
What I do is search for my cover / metadata if anything is missing and then reconvert the book again (epub to epub). I remove all formats after the conversion except for epub, (the original book would be in "original epub" format which I delete...)
Then when I transfer the converted epub to the reader, the cover and metadata on that ebook are correct on the reader too.

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Thanks for that but I must admit to being a little confused. Why would Calibre display a cover if it is not present in the epub?
Calibre is displaying the "cover.jpg" present in the same folder as the ePub file.
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Cdesja5 and PeterT - many thanks for the responses. I must say, this is a revelation to me - I had assumed all the necessary information would be embedded with epub files. Which metadata files should I be looking out?
Oh, and any ideas as to why the Kobo fails frequently fails to display cover images within side loaded book, even though it displays on the shelf? I can't help but suspect there is some size issue here...

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Any additional thoughts on this from anyone? I may re-sideload my books if I can work out the complexities.
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I have had this before and it is exactly as mentioned above, unless the cover is already embedded in the ePub, Calibre is just showing you the cover from the jpeg file in the book directory (which doesn't get transferred over)

When I make any changes to a book in Calibre I always do a convert (ePub to ePub) , this embeds the cover into the ePub file so it transfers to the reader

try it on one of your problem books as a test and hopefully it should fix the issue
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I have had this before and it is exactly as mentioned above, unless the cover is already embedded in the ePub, Calibre is just showing you the cover from the jpeg file in the book directory (which doesn't get transferred over)

When I make any changes to a book in Calibre I always do a convert (ePub to ePub) , this embeds the cover into the ePub file so it transfers to the reader

try it on one of your problem books as a test and hopefully it should fix the issue
Thanks Paul. I will try that. Do you have any idea, then, why the Vox often displays a cover image for side-loaded titles on the virtual shelves of the Kobo app, but not on the cover page of the book itself once it's opened?
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Thanks Paul. I will try that. Do you have any idea, then, why the Vox often displays a cover image for side-loaded titles on the virtual shelves of the Kobo app, but not on the cover page of the book itself once it's opened?
That one I am not sure on, I have seen that a few times but not looked into trying to fix this to much.

It might be (as you said earlier) to do with image size, if its too big it doesn't show

These are the steps I take

1.) Import book into Calibre
2.) Use the option to get Metadata and Covers
3.) ePub to ePub conversion

With this the covers on the shelf are always correct, but when I open the book sometimes the cover is not there
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Paul - we meet again! Slightly belatedly, many thanks for the information. I was unaware of the need for stage 3 when using Calibre and that must have a lot to do with the cover image issues I've encountered. I will investigate!
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