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Old 07-30-2013, 05:51 AM   #1
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How to start at book cover

Is there a way to get books that I read on my Kindle open at the cover? At the moment they all seem to open at the, subjective, start of the book. I use Calibre and feel that there might be a setting that I've missed.

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No. You can make a Kindle book start at any point you wish EXCEPT at the cover.
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Not exactly sure why you would want to do this but if you want it to start at the cover you just need to have the cover showing before you exit out of the book. Next time you open the book it will start at the cover. To get to the cover either use the menu goto cover option or simply page back until you get there.

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the reason is really quite simple. When the book opens at 'page1' - the software determined starting point - often this means that a relevant prologue has been overlooked. So when first opening a book I 'goto' the cover and page forward to the point where I choose to start reading. Just wanted to save a few clicks!
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I've been annoyed by this as well. Of course, it is only a problem when opening the book the *first* time,annoying, but not terrible. I'm one that likes to see the cover, read the intros...dedications...etc. Right now, I have to open the book and then choose "go to" to get back to the true beginning.
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Is there a way to get books that I read on my Kindle open at the cover? At the moment they all seem to open at the, subjective, start of the book. I use Calibre and feel that there might be a setting that I've missed.

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well, I always asked myself why most of KF books didn't open at cover.

cover is a first thing we see on a book in a bookstore or a library.
(for me, next is a end cover with book summary - usually) so I even studied
old mobipocket format and there were some guides but not much helpfull.

almost by accident, a solution opens

and yes, there is - an easy way always worked for me (K3, K4 NT and PW now)


1. convert your book to epub
2. use Sigil as epub editor
3. If your book had a cover you should see in a Sigil a first file part named titlepage.xhtml (this is your book cover, check it)
4. right click on it - choose "Add Sematics" -> "Title Page" from drop down menu
5. save epub
6. import it in Calibre and convert to mobi/azw3
7. send to Kindle
8. ta-da - your book will open (first open only - of course) at cover

if you are more adventurous you can inspect epub's content.opf <guide> part what is going on with section tagging

(if you have azw3 you can use Calibre's Tweak Book and edit metadata.opf in <guide> part at the end – an edited line should look like this:

<reference href="text/part0000.html" type="title-page" title="Title Page"/>

whole trick is to change "Cover" to "title-page"

this procedure is not tested, I always use epub as start point)

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