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Old 10-27-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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ereader PDB format and cover page images

I have tons of TXT files that I have recently run though Calibre and downloaded cover pages and metadata for most of them and eliminated the extra CR at the end of each line.

The next step is to convert them to PDB format in anticipation for the purchase of a B&N Nook in December.

When I convert from TXT to PDB I have specified to use the sources cover image and even pointed it directly to the cover image, however wehn I add the resultant PDB file to the B&N eReader software the cover image is no where to be found.

What am I doing wrong?
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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Have you tried NOT telling it to use the Source cover page (on the basis that TXT does not have a cover page). I do not normally generate PDB format (I normally want EPUB and LRF) but they come through with the cover page I have downloaded as long as do NOT tell Calibre to use the source cover page.
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Yep, just tried it. The cover art goes generic. Just to make sure the eReader wasn't at fault I moved the PDB file to my desktop and then deleted it from Calibre and then re-imported it backinto Calibre, all the metadata is gone.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:44 PM   #4
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Setting the cover images is broken in all released versions. It was brought to my attention not very long ago and I have corrected it. It will work properly in 0.6.20 when it is released.

If metadata is missing when you import than that is a different issue. Could you open a ticket and attach converted file and the reimported file. Also include any non default conversion options you used.
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Let me make sure I understand the metadata before I submit a ticket.

I have the title, author, author sort, publisher and ISBN number in the metatdata table in Calbre for the TXT file. I EXPORT the TXT as PDB. When I read it in B&N eReader I see no metadata (or cover as stated above).

As a test I copied te TXT file with it's JPG coverpage to a safe place and then deleted the book from Calibre. I then RE-added the book from the PDB file and indeed there is no metadata.

Do I understand correctly that a file format like PDB should actually CARRY the metadata with it or am I confused?
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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I have the title, author, author sort, publisher and ISBN number in the metatdata table in Calbre for the TXT file. I EXPORT the TXT as PDB. When I read it in B&N eReader I see no metadata (or cover as stated above).

As a test I copied te TXT file with it's JPG coverpage to a safe place and then deleted the book from Calibre. I then RE-added the book from the PDB file and indeed there is no metadata.

Do I understand correctly that a file format like PDB should actually CARRY the metadata with it or am I confused?
In the PDB output section what do you have the format set as? Only the eReader format supports metadata. The default is PalmDoc which does not support images at all nor does it support metadata.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:02 PM   #7
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Aha! That was it! I had it set to PalmDOC format as you suggested.

Now all I have to do is wait for the next release of Calibre and hope I can convert with the cover image intact.

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Setting the cover images is broken in all released versions. It was brought to my attention not very long ago and I have corrected it. It will work properly in 0.6.20 when it is released.

If metadata is missing when you import than that is a different issue. Could you open a ticket and attach converted file and the reimported file. Also include any non default conversion options you used.
Covers now work with version 20.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:21 PM   #9
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Thank you all from a novice (me!) that was hoping to import book cover images to the Nook. I have preordered the Nook and the possibility of importing the covers really is cool!
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