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Old 09-03-2010, 02:39 PM   #1
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Calibre and Pandigital Novel running Aldiko?

Hey guys, got a question. How do I transfer books that I've converted to .epub with Calbre to my Pandigital novel running Aldiko? I know the books have to go in ebooks/import folder on my external SD, but how do I get Calibre to send to that folder with my PDN connected to my pc? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2010, 03:18 PM   #2
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One good way is to use Connect to Folder, available under the connect button. It makes any folder into a 'device'.
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and does that option also convert the cover images for Aldiko?
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:27 PM   #4
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and does that option also convert the cover images for Aldiko?
No. It does nothing special with covers.

This thread is a fairly detailed discussion of calibre's aldiko support.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:23 AM   #5
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I think Aldiko creates its own covers from the cover embedded in the epub file.
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and just how do you embed a cover in an epub?
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Old 09-05-2010, 07:38 AM   #7
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and just how do you embed a cover in an epub?
Many (most?) epubs come with covers.

Calibre can add/remove an epub cover during conversion. If you have an epub without a cover, use edit metadata to add it, then convert the book from epub to epub.

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when I convert .lrf to .epub, I download the cover and the metadata, but after I convert, I get a cover.jpg in the same folder as the .epub
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when I convert .lrf to .epub, I download the cover and the metadata, but after I convert, I get a cover.jpg in the same folder as the .epub
Yes, you do. Calibre keeps a copy of the cover separate from the books, because some book formats cannot store covers (e.g., txt). If you had set the cover before the conversion to epub, then the cover is in the epub.

An epub is really a zip, and contains a lot of stuff. You might try getting an epub editor like sigil to see what is in one. Or perhaps the tool mentioned in this post http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...77#post1090177
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thanks for the links chaley! Sigil is a VERY nice/handy app!
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:24 PM   #11
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so does aldiko get the cover from the epub or do I need a separate cover image in the same folder as the epub?
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so does aldiko get the cover from the epub or do I need a separate cover image in the same folder as the epub?
Not having an android device, I can't say what aldiko does. Magic Man speculated above that aldiko builds its covers from the contents of the epub. That seems reasonable, but being reasonable doesn't make it so.

My advice: try it. Send a book containing a cover and see what aldiko does with it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:21 PM   #13
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Yes, Aldiko must extract the cover. At least, on my Android phone, if I put an .epub in the /ebooks/import folder for Aldiko, set Aldiko to import books, the book is imported into Aldiko.

It creates an ebooks/author/book/ directory, places the .epub in there and creates a .cover.png and a .thumbcover.png for it automatically (as well as a .nomedia file)
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