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Old 06-27-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy Kindle : go to beginning and default start location issues.

Ok, so this is a weird one and I can't find anything useful through google which is normally the font of all knowledge. I'm not 100% sure where this issue lies - I do though suspect its more software / mobi format as opposed to a device issue though, reasoning below.

I (well, my wife) has a Kindle keyboard. I use calibre to manage a library of ~ 9,000 books. However recently (i.e. the last few weeks - its difficult to be precise as the books tend to be batch loaded to kindle) all mobi files which are transferred to the kindle have a default start location which is towards the end of the book (typicall 99% through!). Using the 'go to beginning' function on the kindle will take you to this location. However, I can left arrow back through the chapters to get to the beginning.

I should stress this is for all books newly converted from epub to mobi as well as books which have been in mobi format for a while (converted using calibre). I have used kindlegen which also displays the same issues. Books downloaded directly from Amazon do NOT suffer this.

I have rebooted the kindle several times but I haven't yet factory reset it (as I mentioned books downloaded from the amazon site don't exhibit any issues).

This is proving to be massively frustrating and I'd be grateful of any help.

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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The MOBI format has a start position field. When converting from EPUB that start position field is filled in from entries in the guide section of the epub. Presumably the epubs you are converting specify a start near the end of the book. Try converting an epub that does not do this and the MOBI will not start near the end. For example, the calibre quick start guide epub.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:47 AM   #3
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Hi there, many thanks for your reply. I have pulled one of the epub books apart and found the following in the guide section:

<guide>
<reference type="cover" title="cover" href="cover.xhtml" />
<reference type="title-page" title="title" href="title.xhtml" />
<reference type="preface" title="annotation" href="annotation.xhtml" />
<reference type="title-page" title="bookcontent1_0" href="section1.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent2_0" href="section2.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent3_0" href="section3.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent4_0" href="section4.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent5_0" href="section5.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent6_0" href="section6.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent7_0" href="section7.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent8_0" href="section8.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent9_0" href="section9.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent10_0" href="section10.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent11_0" href="section11.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent12_0" href="section12.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent13_0" href="section13.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent14_0" href="section14.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent15_0" href="section15.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent16_0" href="section16.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent17_0" href="section17.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent18_0" href="section18.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent19_0" href="section19.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent20_0" href="section20.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent21_0" href="section21.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent22_0" href="section22.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent23_0" href="section23.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent24_0" href="section24.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent25_0" href="section25.xhtml" />
<reference type="notes" title="bookcontent26_0" href="fb2info.xhtml" />
<reference type="copyright-page" title="about" href="about.xhtml" />
</guide>

I changed this to:

<guide>
<reference type="cover" title="cover" href="cover.xhtml" />
<reference type="title-page" title="title" href="title.xhtml" />
<reference type="preface" title="annotation" href="annotation.xhtml" />
<reference type="title-page" title="bookcontent1_0" href="section1.xhtml" />
<reference type="text" title="bookcontent2_0" href="section2.xhtml" />
<reference type="notes" title="bookcontent26_0" href="fb2info.xhtml" />
<reference type="copyright-page" title="about" href="about.xhtml" />
</guide>

And now the start point is 'section2.xhtml'.

Is there anyway I edit the Contents.opf file in Calibre (so I can strip all but the first type="text" entry?
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:22 AM   #4
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Use the tweak books feature.

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Old 06-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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Use the tweak books feature.
Release notes for 0.8.58 I see this:

- EPUB Input: When there are multiple elements of the same type in the OPF guide, use the first rather than the last element.

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You're welcome, I forgot to update this thread, so I'm glad you spotted it in the release notes.
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once i down load calibre windows wants to know the program to open it. What program is needed?
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once i down load calibre windows wants to know the program to open it. What program is needed?
Windows

If it (Windows) is asking that question, you 1)have the wrong OS version of calibre. 2)Do not have (admin) rights to install programs
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Or possibly a broken MSI installer on the PC.
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Or possibly a broken MSI installer on the PC.
If MSI is broken, then they probably have other, bigger problems
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