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Old 09-17-2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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Epub output - cover art issue

I'm converting mobi files to epub, but when I open the epub files in either Sony Reader or Nook for PC, the cover art appears distorted - stretched wide to fill a designated area. After my initial problems I did find and check the "keep aspect ratio" under Preferences - output - epub, but it seemed to make no difference. Is there another setting I am missing?

Just FYI - I don't currently have an ereader, but I plan on buying one of the new Sonys, and I would like to have the cover art display properly when I do so. I'd prefer to have white/gray/blank column on either side of the cover art than to have it distorted to fill the screen. Is there a way to accomplish this?

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You'll have to add more canvas to the cover art to make it portrait sized. That's the only solution I've found to this problem. Your photo is wider than it is taller is my guess?
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I'm converting mobi files to epub, but when I open the epub files in either Sony Reader or Nook for PC, the cover art appears distorted - stretched wide to fill a designated area. After my initial problems I did find and check the "keep aspect ratio" under Preferences - output - epub, but it seemed to make no difference. Is there another setting I am missing?
When converting to epub, calibre changes the cover to SVG to fill the entire screen. Your typical ereader is around 600px/800px and even though it may be slightly distorted it looks great on the reader. On any PC app the area is usually oddly shaped and thus extremely distorted. The experiences between PC and reader are drastically different. On a 6 inch Sony the image will look exactly as it does in the cover browser.

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I'd prefer to have white/gray/blank column on either side of the cover art than to have it distorted to fill the screen. Is there a way to accomplish this?
I think your experience with an actual Sony will be different, but if that's what you want go to the epub output area and check No SVG cover. This will give you covers created using jpgs that will not fluctuate with the size of the screen. I believe keep aspect ratio is used with JPGs.

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Old 09-17-2010, 10:21 AM   #4
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Ok, good to know that how it appears on the ereader will be different than in the Sony desktop software. I will bookmark this thread and see what happens when I start moving stuff onto the device.

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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What about for the nook app on an android phone, i side loaded epubs to the nooka and it shows up, but with the cover art missing and in calibre i dont see a way to export the cover with it. Any ideas?
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