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Old 02-27-2020, 09:04 AM   #1
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Conversion from Word to MOBI WITHOUT Cover

Hello, was hoping the expertise of the forum could please help me. I am about to publish my first eBook on Amazon. I am using Calibre to convert from MS-Word to MOBI for submission.

Amazon instructs not to include a cover in the file as they will add that themselves. However, when I convert from MS-Word, Calibre automatically takes my first page (the title page) and makes it the "cover". I am concerned Amazon will then overwrite this with my actual cover and I will lose the title page.

I have tried removing the cover from with EditMetadata, but each conversion Calibre still makes my title page the cover.

Apologies for what is likely a rookie question but would be extremely grateful for any advice anyone can offer. Have tried researching extensively but have come up with nothing. Thank you!!

Sincerely,
-Chris
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Old 02-27-2020, 09:51 AM   #2
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I don't believe you are allowed to submit a (Calibre) Mobi. Try EPUB

But the solution may be simple:
create 1 page in the beginning: with the text
"Cover image goes here"
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I don't believe you are allowed to submit a (Calibre) Mobi. Try EPUB
That is true. And when converting to epub, on the epub output part of the conversion options, there is a box to check that says "No default cover". That might fix it; if not, just edit the epub and delete the cover file.
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A quick and easy way to remove covers from EPUBs is use the Modify plugin ==> Index of plugins.

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Hello, was hoping the expertise of the forum could please help me. I am about to publish my first eBook on Amazon. I am using Calibre to convert from MS-Word to MOBI for submission.

Amazon instructs not to include a cover in the file as they will add that themselves. However, when I convert from MS-Word, Calibre automatically takes my first page (the title page) and makes it the "cover". I am concerned Amazon will then overwrite this with my actual cover and I will lose the title page.

I have tried removing the cover from with EditMetadata, but each conversion Calibre still makes my title page the cover.

Apologies for what is likely a rookie question but would be extremely grateful for any advice anyone can offer. Have tried researching extensively but have come up with nothing. Thank you!!

Sincerely,
-Chris
Question, are you creating your eBook in Word using carefully crafted styles or are you do it the old fashioned way such as a returns for section breaks or selecting the text and applying the features you want to the text?

If you are not using styles, then you will have a very messy eBook (the code will be a mess). This is not good as the rule is to keep it simple and the messy code is far from simple.
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