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    Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

      Disappointing.  I have a variety of ePub and PDF books.  None are displayed with covers (just a grey box), and there seems to be no way to put them on the Home screen or the Daily Shelf either.

        • 1. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

          Hi Jaynlisa,

           

          You're correct, right now sideloaded content cannot be added to either the home panels or the Daily Shelf.  This is already on the list of customer requested features, but I have no further update on that.

           

          Regarding thumbnails for sideloaded images, we recogize that there is a problem there and we are working on fixing that. 

           

          Regards,

           

          -Jeffrey

          • 2. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

            Thanks, it's nice to see than BN are responding to these questions.  The could be a great product with a few software tweaks.  My advice:  Focus on the parts of the software that make this the best reading device it can be (and less so on the other non-reading bells and whistles).

             

            • 3. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

              Dear Nook_Engineer ... I just wanted to say that I appreciate you being in these forums and posting answers. It is good also to hear that several important additions/corrections are already on the consideration list for future updates.

               

              • 4. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                Well I added books to  the Books folder thru usb and the books and covers show up? But I guess you mean thru the SD card?

                • 5. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                  Im SORTA having this problem..

                   

                  a good number of side loaded books have covers, but NON of the PDFs.

                  Is there a way to have Covers for PDFs or no?

                   

                   

                  • 6. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                    I've been able to fix the cover art problem. It seems that in the .opf file there are two parts that the nook is pretty strict with:

                     

                    <meta name="cover" content="cover"/>  in <metadata>

                    and <item id="cover" href="images/cover.jpg" media-type="image/jpeg"/> in <manifest>

                     

                    Both bold text needs to be exact "cover" in order for nook to load a cover art. Other reader seems more lenient on this and I've seen "cover-image", "cover1", etc just works fine in Adobe Digital Edition. Anyway when I change them to "cover" I've got cover arts. Try that.

                    • 7. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                      Yep, that's it.  I compared the opfs from files that worked and the ones that didn't and all the ones that worked had "cover" instead of something else.   Thanks jianglia!javascript:;

                      • 8. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                        Glad to help. Hope engineers in BN can also notice that and fix this too much stringent requirement. Fixing tons of ePUBs for this "cover" thing is still a pain in an ass.

                        • 9. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                          The only covers that work on my NookColor are either purchased B&N books or epub files with out DRM such as free books or books purchased from Baen publishing which do not use DRM.

                           

                          On DRM protected epubs from Sony or Borders the covers do not work. So I modified the opf file to include the cover references in both metadata and manifest sections per a previous reply in this message thread.

                           

                          The cover still did not work.  I have also tried loading the images directly into the same directory that B&N places all of the cover art.  This did not work.  To date I have only been able to get non-DRM epub files to display cover art.  B&N in this forum stated that they download all of their cover art from their servers when you download the DRM epub file.  I suspect that this establishes a link between their epub file and the matching cover art file (yes I know that cover art is embedded in the epub but it appears they extract it for normal use) and that the NookColor wants to do the same thing for any DRM epub file but can't since these files did not come from B&N.

                           

                          Could I be wrong? Has any one been able to get cover images to work with DRM protected epub files purchased from other stores?

                          • 10. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                            I have not been able to get them to work on DRM protected files from other sites. bummer.

                            • 11. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                              I have been reading the threads in this forum for a while and I was specifically interested in this thread, as I too have been trying to get the cover art to show up for all of the ebooks I added to "My Files" on my nook color.

                               

                              I tried for hours on end to use calibre to add the cover art to my books as well as converting them to different formats and continually removing them from my nook and then transferring them back to my nook.

                               

                              I want to say that I used the method Caffeine247 posted above, and although it took a while, every single one of my books now has the cover art showing!!!!!

                               

                              I joined this forum just to post this reply, as I can see it is a big issue for many people who own nook color's like myself.

                               

                              I added all of my books into calibre, then opened each one in Sigil, saved it (and nothing more), then converted them from epub to epub in calibre, and sent them to my nook.  Everything worked great the first time!!!!!!!!

                               

                              I am so happy I found this thread.  I personally DO think it is a big deal to be able to have my cover art displayed for my books.  Every other media device out there, from phones to Mp3 players to game systems displays art for the media contained on them, and that is one of the things that makes these devices so wonderful and personal.  To have a Nook Color, which is foremost designed for Ebooks, and have it displaying tons of ugly, blank, grey books is extremely disappointing.  I definitely feel the software engineers need to fix this issue ASAP since this IS a big deal to so many people.  If I didnt care to see the book covers then WHY WOULD I BUY A NOOK COLOR in the first place!

                               

                              All in all, I am very happy with my nook color.  But I do feel there is much room for improvement in many areas of its functioning.  And as someone else stated earlier, the engineers should definitely focus more of their time on streamlining the ease of use and user control related to Ebooks before worrying about the media and gaming aspects of the nook.  Most people, myself included, own smartphones, gaming systems, PC's, MP3 players, etc.... and bought the nook color for reading ebooks.  If I want to play games or listen to music I use one of my other devices.

                               

                              I just hope the software engineers are listening..............................

                              And thanks again to Caffeine247 for posting this work around!!!!!

                              • 12. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                                Where do you go to find these .opf things? I am having the same issue, and I'd love to get it fixed so I can see my covers. Is it a file somewhere? How do I get there?

                                Thanks!!

                                • 13. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                                   


                                  jianglai wrote:

                                  I've been able to fix the cover art problem. It seems that in the .opf file there are two parts that the nook is pretty strict with:

                                   

                                  <meta name="cover" content="cover"/>  in <metadata>

                                  and <item id="cover" href="images/cover.jpg" media-type="image/jpeg"/> in <manifest>

                                   

                                  Both bold text needs to be exact "cover" in order for nook to load a cover art. Other reader seems more lenient on this and I've seen "cover-image", "cover1", etc just works fine in Adobe Digital Edition. Anyway when I change them to "cover" I've got cover arts. Try that.


                                  This was very helpful, thanks!  I also found that many of the missing covers did not have the cover in the images folder, which, when rectified and the code was added, did the trick.

                                   

                                  • 14. Re: Nook Color does not display covers for any of my 218 sideloaded books

                                    The nook user manual and quick user guide have this problem for me.  Ironic that they ship on the device.


                                    Loading it once usually restores the cover to the gray box; it seems random otherwise.

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