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Old 02-04-2011, 06:21 AM   #1
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Why don't Kindles display cover images?

Is there something you can put in the html to fix this? I want a newly opened ebook to display the cover image first, then the copyright page, then a table of contents, then the beginning of the book.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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It is just not possible. There were several threads about it here on MR. The best you can do is to open at the first page after the cover which can contain the cover picture. Maybe Amazon will fix this in the future...
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A Kindle book will open at the point that the information in the book tells it to open at.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:42 AM   #4
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A Kindle book will open at the point that the information in the book tells it to open at.
... except of the cover
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:45 AM   #5
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... except of the cover
True. You can't tell it to open at the cover. As you suggested, though, you can have the cover image as the first page of the book, and tell it to open there.
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How do you tell it where to open at? Is there something you need to put in the html?
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You need to add an anchor to the HTML at the point that you want it to open at:

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<A name="start_reading />
and then add an entry to the "Guide" section of the OPF file:

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<reference type="other.ms-firstpage" title="Start Reading" href="book.html%23start_reading"></reference>
If you're using Mobipocket creator, open the OPF file, select the "Guide" page, and enter the following:

Title: Start Reading
Type: other.ms-firstpage
Filename: book.html#start_reading

and then click the "Update" button at the bottom of the page.

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Just to add to that, the default behaviour is opening at the first page after the cover.
So if you want to do the "fake cover" as described above, all you need in most cases is adding the cover image as the first page of the book (given that it was not set to open on a specific page previously).

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