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mrelie

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KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 1, 2010 8:58 PM
 
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Hi, sorry for posting this when it was already posted, but the answers in the previous post haven't helped. I've added the html code to the top of the page for my cover image, made sure the image is in the containing folder with the rest of the images in the folder, and KindleGen is still giving me the "cover not specified" warning. The code I'm using is:

<center>

</center>
<mbp:pagebreak />

Does anyone have any helpful ideas?
Thanks
notjohn

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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 2:08 AM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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When you say "cover image," you are speaking of the cover as it will be displayed on the Kindle reader itself?

An easy solution would be to omit it. Most of my Kindle editions don't have a cover image included. For one thing, it takes up valuable space in the 10 percent sample download.
mrelie

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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 7:16 AM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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Yes, I'm not referring to a book image. I'm talking about the 600 x 800 jpeg that a purchaser can see by selecting "go to cover" from the menu.
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Posted: Sep 2, 2010 8:50 AM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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And you have a division identified as "cover"?

[b]<div id="cover">[/b]
mrelie

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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 1:15 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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Yes. I'm sorry, I pasted the html I was using in the initial post, but it does not seem to have made it in :)

Anyway, yes, I started with that, exactly as you typed it.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 2:26 PM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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OK, I just looked a little further up on the screen and it appears there are a couple of other warnings. It first says my "media file" is not specified and gives the location as the desktop. Then it says the "media file" is not supported, and also gives the address of the desktop. The cover image is in jpeg format and is 600 x 800 and less than 127 kb. I kept it in the folder with the other images, which Kindlegen had no problems finding, and I also copied it to the desktop just to be safe. The warnings are still coming.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 2:31 PM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
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Why don't you just upload it to the DTP and check it out in the Preview? The menu works there, and will show you the cover if there is one.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 4:34 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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A lot of the big guys seem to be getting around the cover/sample problem by putting the cover at the back end of the book. The "go to cover" link works just as well no matter where you put it.
mrelie

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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 5:41 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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That's a good idea. I'll try that.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2010 5:43 PM   in response to: cebpubs in response to: cebpubs
 
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Hmm, tried it, but it still isn't working. Was a good try and good advice.

Don't quite get it. The cover matches the specs exactly, and I've placed copies of the image on the desktop, with the other images, and next to the html file. The filename matches exactly, and yet it still says my jpeg isn't found, then says it isn't recognized.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 3, 2010 7:40 PM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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Try leaving out the "center" code...

It really isn't necessary because 600x800 will fill the entire screen, top to bottom, side to side, without your adding any position code.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 4, 2010 6:36 AM   in response to: cjeasyaspie in response to: cjeasyaspie
 
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Though the OP writes:

[i]The code I'm using is:[/i]

He doesn't actually provide the code for the image, only for centering it. (I see a faint image that suggests a cup of Starbucks coffee.)

Absent the code, there's no way to know what he's doing wrong. He says for example that he has named the division "cover" but not provided the actual html tag for that either.

I can only assume that he's made a simple error and just keeps repeating it in every iteration. We've all done that, right? But without the code there's no way to know what it is. We're just thrashing about in the dark.
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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 4, 2010 7:32 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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Though the OP writes:

[i]The code I'm using is:[/i]

He doesn't actually provide the code for the image,
only for centering it. (I see a faint image that
suggests a cup of Starbucks coffee.)

Absent the code, there's no way to know what he's
doing wrong. He says for example that he has named
the division "cover" but not provided the actual html
tag for that either.

I can only assume that he's made a simple error and
just keeps repeating it in every iteration. We've all
done that, right? But without the code there's no way
to know what it is. We're just thrashing about in the
dark.


Well, I did say "try"... it seems like everything else has been suggested.

I remember in the distant past when I first started using computers, some very wise person told me... "don't take every message literally... the software can't know every single error you might commit, so it sometimes just grabs an error message that doesn't make sense".
cjeasyaspie

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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 4, 2010 7:37 AM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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Yes. I'm sorry, I pasted the html I was using in the
initial post, but it does not seem to have made it in
:)

Type your code in a note in plain text and attach it to your message (Attach Files at bottom of message)... that'll work!
dmsmillie

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Re: KindleGen still not recognizing cover
Posted: Sep 4, 2010 12:13 PM   in response to: mrelie in response to: mrelie
 
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To post HTML code on the forum, you have to replace the < characters with the HTML "entity code" for the "less than" symbol - if you don't, the forum software tries to actually interpret and render the HTML code as HTML.

The "entity code" for the "less than" symbol is &lt; (ampersand ell tee semi-colon). You can also replace each "greater than" symbol > with the corresponding code &gt; but as long as you replace the "less than" symbols, you can leave the "greater than" symbols as they are.

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