23 Replies Latest reply on Jun 23, 2011 3:36 PM by Frannieann

    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.

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          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

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              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).

               

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                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.

                 

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                  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.

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                      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:;

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                        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!!

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                          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.

                           

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                            so, I'm having the same problem with the covers not showing up for the majority of my files.  Some of them I have randomly show the covers, but those appear under the folder "doc.Thumbs". Would you mind explaining again how to get the covers to apppear for my other files, in simpler terms, for me?Thanks

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                                cr546 wrote:

                                so, I'm having the same problem with the covers not showing up for the majority of my files.  Some of them I have randomly show the covers, but those appear under the folder "doc.Thumbs". Would you mind explaining again how to get the covers to apppear for my other files, in simpler terms, for me?Thanks


                                 

                                Is your problem for sideloaded epubs?  If so, this easy method has worked for every one of my sideloaded epubs, but it will only work for those without DRM-the unsecure ones, you know.

                                 

                                Be sure first of all that you know how to properly connect and disconnect from your computer.  If you don't know how, then ask.  And if you don't know that you need to wake up and later eject your NOOKcolor, then you are not ready to do this.

                                 

                                Here goes:

                                • Download a program called Calibre.  It is an ebook management program among other things and it is free.
                                • Start Calibre and choose to have books convert to epubs by default.  You are going to convert epubs to epubs.  It seems redundant but works.
                                • Add an epub by hitting the add books button-you can do this in bulk or individually and will see selections for this, but for the first time just do it individually.
                                • When you do this, Calibre will create a library (Calibre Library) on your harddrive.  Every book added will go there and be listed under the author's name in folders with a bunch of stuff in them.  These folders will have an epub and cover jpg image as well as opfs.  Forget about the opfs now.
                                • After adding a book select it and hit the button to convert it.  Make sure it says it will convert to epub.  Always to do this, convert the books individually.
                                • This will send you to the metadata page.  Here, you can correct any errors in the book title, author's name, and most importantly, you can add a cover image.
                                • It will show an image there already if your book has one, but under the image there is a browse button and you will hit that and go to that book's folder in your Calibre Library and find the cover image. You will add it again.  If your book doesn't have one yet, you can use the image of your choice for it or even download a suitable cover online.
                                • After you've added the image, select convert.  Once it is done, drag and drop the epub file from your Calibre Library to your NOOKcolor, My Files, Books area.  I don't send the book to my NOOKcolor from within Calibre, but some people do.  I use drag and drop and every one of my sideloaded books has a cover.
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                              Been reading up on this topic.

                               

                              Here is what's working, sometimes book by book, sometimes in bulk.

                               

                              1. Get / use calibre (I have 0.7.40).

                              2. In a folder in my calibre library, I created "epub_working".

                              3. Copied my ePub's there.  Many from FreeBooks.

                              4. In a folder in my Calibre library, I created "Mobi_Working".

                              5. Got a few from Baen.

                              6. Also copied two books I bought from Baen into "epub_working".

                              7. Added each book - red button.

                              8. Reviewed meta data individually. Needed to "download" some covers. Some books didn't actually have covers.

                              9. I converted the epub to mobi as a batch. Waited for the "jobs" to complete. A few wouldn't work at all - needed to "convert individually".

                              10. Then, in the Mobi folder in Calibre, I converted to EPub. Again, some didn't work out (like "the raven" by EaP from freebooks).

                              11. Waited for the jobs to complete.

                              12. Then from the epub folder, did a 'send to device', after the NC was plugged in, visible as "media" drive.

                               

                              IN closing - after having done this "in bulk" and not had the best results, I think it's worth it to walk through the "individually" options. More clicking, but those options never failed.

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                              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?

                               

                               

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                                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?

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

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                                        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!!!!!

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                                      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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                                        Goodness, but (and with all due respect, since I do know that this whole thing is NONE of our faults, and couldn't have been done intentionally by B&N) this whole thing seems needlessly complex--can no one simply construct a mini video to show us how it's to be properly done from start to finish and post it? I barely got the hang of opening the files in Calibre, I think; but have absolutely NO idea what things are supposed to look like in Sigil when I've done the conversion right, and I've been working on this off and on for six of the last 24 hours (and I KNOW it's got to be fairly simple when you've seen one done once or twice), managing to end up doing things over and over again! Lessons for how to do this with DRM'd and non-DRM'd ebooks would seem to be the obvious solution.

                                         

                                        I'll step back now, shut up, and let those that know, teach =)

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                                          I was having problems with this just now. I tried everything that everyone said, and it worked for some of my books, but not for others. I found another thing you have to watch out for. Some ePubs have an OEBPS folder. You have to put the cover.jpeg file in there too.

                                          • How to add covers that are not showing to sideloaded books on your Nook Color

                                            I found these really detailed instructions online on how to add covers that are not showing to sideloaded books on your Nook Color. I know this process seems long (it's really not) and it REALLY works.

                                            1. Hopefully, you have already downloaded and installed Calibre in order to convert and/or add books to your Nook Color per my previous post. If not, then go to http://calibre-ebook.com/download and download and install the program. If you need to know how to add books to your Nook Color, then there a separate post for that.
                                            2. Go to http://code.google.com/p/sigil/ and download SIGIL. This is a program that Google developed that allows you to go in and fix the Metadata on a file. 
                                            3. Leave both programs open at the same time.
                                            4. Go into Calibre and find the book that does not have a cover. Click on it one to highlight it.
                                            5. At the top of the screen, click on the CONVERT BOOKS button and then CONVERT INDIVIDUALLY.
                                            6. In the upper left hand corner, the INPUT FORMAT should already read EPub as you should have already imported and converted all your files to EPub as needed.
                                            7. In the upper right hand corner, set the OUTPUT FORMAT to EPub as well. I know this seems somewhat redundant, but trust me, this process works.
                                            8. Even if your book cover shows here, if it is not pulling through to the Nook, you need to complete this process. Leave the Calibre screen as it is, and go to the web and find your book cover.
                                            9. You can do this several ways. You can go back to the site you obtained the book from and see if it is there. You can also check the publishers website or a booksellers website (a couple of good websites for this are allromanceebooks.com or fictionwise.com). Once you have found your cover, you want it as big as possible. If you go to the publishers or a booksellers website, typically, if you click on the image, it will pop up a little bigger.
                                            10. Right click on the image and then on SAVE IMAGE AS. Find your desktop and then click on ADD NEW FOLDER. Call the folder what you want (I called mine Calibre Bookcovers). Wherever you put it or whatever you call it, the point is to be able to find it quickly and easily again and again.
                                            11. The image should download as a JPG. This is very important. The Nook DOES NOT recognize any type of image except for JPG, so do not download GIF files or any other sort of pictures, they will be useless for this purpose.
                                            12. At the bottom of the screen, click on the FILE NAME line and rename your picture. This is important as once you are in Calibre, the picture themselves will not show, only the name with a little generic picture next to it.
                                            13. Go back into your screen in Calibre and in the middle of the screen, click CHANGE COVER IMAGE. 
                                            14. Go onto your hard drive and find your book cover. Click on it and then click OPEN.
                                            15. Click the OK button at the bottom of the pop up. Calibre will now do a conversion.
                                            16. Once that is done, go into Sigil. Click the OPEN button.
                                            17. Go onto your computer hard drive and find your Calibre Library.
                                            18. Go into the library folder and find the author and then the book you want. Finally, double click on the EPub file, NOT THE METADATA FILE.
                                            19. On the left side of the screen, you should see BOOK BROWSER. On this list, there should be a folder called IMAGES. If it is not already open, then click the little arrow next to it to open it.
                                            20. There may be several little blue image boxes in this folder. At the top or close to it, you should see a .JPEG file (not .JPG, you want the .JPEG file). If there are several .JPEG files, you need to double click on each one. When your book cover comes up, that is the image you want. If there is not a .JPEG picture here, then you need to repeat the conversion and addition steps in Calibre and then come back to Sigil.
                                            21. If the book image is not called cover.jpeg, then right click on it and rename it cover.jpeg.
                                            22. Click the SAVE button. If the image is already named cover.jpeg, click on the SAVE button anyway. This is very important, you CANNOT skip this step. Even if the name is already correct, you must click on the SAVE button in order for this process to work.
                                            23. Go back to Calibre. Open the book again and repeat the exact same steps to convert the book from EPub to Epub and change the cover image. Again, even if the book cover shows here, click on the CHANGE BOOK COVER and reselect the book cover you downloaded. 
                                            24. Click the OK button so Calibre will do the conversion process again.
                                            25. Now you can save the book to your Nook Color. Allow the Nook time to process the file and when you back into your library on the Nook, the cover should be there.