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Old 03-01-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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Something about the 'new' Secure Mobipocket ebooks.

My Cybook is NOT remembering where I left off in the ebook. That's right, no automatic 'bookmarking' of the 'last-page-read'. With the PRCs I've created using BD or with the Multiformat Mobipocket ebooks I've purchased at Fictionwise, the Cybook *will* remember where I left off reading - sometimes. But not with the newest Secure Mobipocket ebooks purchased at Fictionwise and Mobipocket.

Someone over at Baen's Bar said that those Secure Mobi ebooks with some sort of 'PX' code don't have this problem but those newer ones that use the 'OD' code do have the problem. Has anyone here noticed this?

I've sent off a note to Bookeen about it.

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Old 03-01-2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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I don't think the "PX" and "OD" tags are involved, other than as a symptom. I believe they refer to which DRM server the ebook came from. PX is Mobipocket, OD is Overdrive. It is possible that an bug has crept into Mobipocket's servers and is causing this error you see.
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
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Check if your files system is corrupt or not. The symptoms you describe is consistent with a corrupt file system.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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Check if your files system is corrupt or not. The symptoms you describe is consistent with a corrupt file system.
I've got 30 books installed, no other 'end-user' files; the unit is 'new' - less than 30 days old; I've not installed any custom fonts, etc.; I've always used Mobipocket Reader 6.1 to download the ebooks to the Cybook and I've been faithful about re-charging. It works fine except for the three titles just purchased. And all these are on the Cybook, not sitting on an SD card.

Plus, the Cybook has shown no other symptoms. I doubt it's a corrupt file system.

I have noticed that the ebooks *NOT* giving me problems get a similarly-named file with an mpb(sp?) extension, but not these three files. And just to be sure, I opened up one that I had just created using BookDesigner which did not have that extra file and upon closing, I saw it had (when examining via Windows and the USB port) the extra file.

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Old 03-01-2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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I've got 30 books installed, no other 'end-user' files; the unit is 'new' - less than 30 days old; I've not installed any custom fonts, etc.; I've always used Mobipocket Reader 6.1 to download the ebooks to the Cybook and I've been faithful about re-charging. It works fine except for the three titles just purchased. And all these are on the Cybook, not sitting on an SD card.

Plus, the Cybook has shown no other symptoms. I doubt it's a corrupt file system.

I have noticed that the ebooks *NOT* giving me problems get a similarly-named file with an mpb(sp?) extension, but not these three files. And just to be sure, I opened up one that I had just created using BookDesigner which did not have that extra file and upon closing, I saw it had (when examining via Windows and the USB port) the extra file.
Well it is easy to check.

It seems that the files you have problem with is the last three files that have been added. And you need to eleiminate that factor.
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Try deleting the .mpb file for these books. This file stores the bookmarking and page stop info. When you open the file again, it will be created again. Maybe this time, it will work properly.
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Try deleting the .mpb file for these books. This file stores the bookmarking and page stop info. When you open the file again, it will be created again. Maybe this time, it will work properly.
Will do. It's *not* that much of a problem for two of the ebooks - but the third one doesn't use chapter numbers AT ALL. Strictly wordy chapter titles, and when I'm shutting down because I'm too sleepy to continue reading, I'm also too sleepy to remember what the chapter title is!

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Curious - from what you've said, it does indeed sound like a problem with the books themselves.

One suggestion: if you have a Windows PC, register the books for the PID of the Windows Mobipocket Reader and see if that shows the same behaviour. If it does, the problem probably does lie with the books; if they work OK on the Windows reader, it sound like an issue specific to the Gen3.
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I'm not so sure it's (always?) the book to be honest. I've hundreds of new DRM'd mobi books all which usually bookmark okay when Cybook powers or is powered down but occasionally don't. The trouble is I'm never able to replicate the issue after it's happened.

I read on another thread on this forum that exiting to library, if you intend to switch it off, always saves last page read position. The problem is my Cybook usually powers off itself as I'm collared to do some 'instant' chore by my wife

It doesn't help that page numbers aren't shown....

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Old 03-07-2008, 02:54 PM   #10
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Curious - from what you've said, it does indeed sound like a problem with the books themselves.

One suggestion: if you have a Windows PC, register the books for the PID of the Windows Mobipocket Reader and see if that shows the same behaviour. If it does, the problem probably does lie with the books; if they work OK on the Windows reader, it sound like an issue specific to the Gen3.
They work okay. It IS an issue specific to the Gen3. However, the "can't remember" issue disappeared as soon as I moved all 77 ebooks to the \eBooks folder on the SD card.

But I made a mistake and moved *ALL* the files in the Cybook's \eBooks folder, including the 'mobipocket' PARAM file, leaving the \eBooks folder on the Gen3 empty. Bad move! Until I figured out, with suggestions from others here, to move that file *BACK* to that folder, the Gen3 couldn't remember what font family or size I had chosen. Every time I closed an ebook down and then opened it or another, the Gen3 would default right back to Verdana, size 4.

Yes, I've told Bookeen.

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