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Old 08-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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duplicate cover in mobi

I am getting a duplicate cover when I kindlegen an .epub file into a .mobi file.
The .epub file has one cover.html page, with attribute cover page. The .jpg file for this has attribute cover image.
But when kindlegen generates the .mobi file, it produces two duplicate covers.
Thanks for any help!
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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I am getting a duplicate cover when I kindlegen an .epub file into a .mobi file.
The .epub file has one cover.html page, with attribute cover page. The .jpg file for this has attribute cover image.
But when kindlegen generates the .mobi file, it produces two duplicate covers.
Thanks for any help!
You forgot to add the properly "semantic" to the cover.html page and the cover.jpg image. Do the following:

1. Open Sigil and load the epub with the issue.
2. Do right click with the mouse in the cover.html page (in the Book Browser window).
3. Select the command "Add Semantics" and do click where you read "Cover" (the first option).
4. Now do click in the Images folder (to open it) and do right click in the image that will be your cover.
5. Select the command "Add Semantics" and do click where you read "Cover Image" (the only option).

That's all. Save the epub and compile it with Kindlegen.

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Old 08-06-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Thanks Ruben, but I did add the semantics to both cover and cover image when I built the .epub file. That was what I meant when I wrote that they had those attributes.

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You forgot to add the properly "semantic" to the cover.html page and the cover.jpg image. Do the following:

1. Open Sigil and load the epub with the issue.
2. Do right click with the mouse in the cover.html page (in the Book Browser window).
3. Select the command "Add Semantics" and do click where you read "Cover" (the first option).
4. Now do click in the Images folder (to open it) and do right click in the image that will be your cover.
5. Select the command "Add Semantics" and do click where you read "Cover Image" (the only option).

That's all. Save the epub and compile it with Kindlegen.

Regards
Rubén
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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You either have to get rid of the cover.html page completely, or use the linear="no" option in the spine section of the opf file if you want to leave the cover.html page in the epub (for compatibility with other vendors) and exempt it from the normal flow. The Kindle doesn't use the html page for the cover--only the image itself.

It's all documented in section 3.2 of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines.
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Thanks DiapDealer. I fixed the problem but I am not a coder so I don't know why this worked:
Duplicate cover appeared with code in this order:
<spine toc="ncx">
<itemref idref="cover.htm" />
<itemref idref="Roads_-_book_2.htm" />
<itemref idref="Section0001.htm" />

But when I moved the <itemref idref="cover.htm" /> to be the last line instead of the first line, the problem went away ?!? So probably mobi/Kindle is ignoring one of those references to the cover?
<spine toc="ncx">
<itemref idref="Roads_-_book_2.htm" />
<itemref idref="Section0001.htm" />
<itemref idref="cover.htm" />

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You either have to get rid of the cover.html page completely, or use the linear="no" option in the spine section of the opf file if you want to leave the cover.html page in the epub (for compatibility with other vendors) and exempt it from the normal flow. The Kindle doesn't use the html page for the cover--only the image itself.

It's all documented in section 3.2 of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines.
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But when I moved the <itemref idref="cover.htm" /> to be the last line instead of the first line, the problem went away ?!? So probably mobi/Kindle is ignoring one of those references to the cover?
The spine section takes care of the order in which the various files comprising the book are presented. So all you've done is taken your duplicate cover-image "page" and moved to to the end of the book. It's not "ignoring" anything.

You could have left it where it was and changed it to:
Code:
<itemref idref="cover.htm" linear="no" />
before converting the epub with Kindlegen.
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