Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2011 12:56 PM (in response to John Purlia)
Did you ever figure out your issue? My cover page shows up as a regular page. There is no cover. The eBook opens to the cover image. I was anticipating that the cover would be shown first, then you can open the book.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2011 10:22 AM (in response to bbarnhart)
Sort of... but not entirely.
I created two versions of my cover: one is simply a jpeg image, while the other is xhtml. Within the package.opf file I specified the jpeg in the "cover" meta tag, and this image appears on the bookshelf when the book has been loaded into my iPad. The xhtml version of the cover is the first item specified in the <spine> and <guide> elements so the reader can flip back to a nice full page cover (and back cover) while reading.
Where I'm now slightly confused is how the cover dropped into iTunes Producer relates to the cover image jpeg included in the epub file. Does this image:
- Represent your book within the iBookstore?
- Appear on a reader's bookshelf after the book has been purchased
For me, this distinction is very important, as my book is a fixed-layout landscape book of photography, and landscape book covers look pretty horrible on the bookshelf side-by-side with portrait books. As such, I designed a very nice looking portrait version of my cover which acts as the cover jpeg in my epub file. It looks good on the shelf, but once you start reading the full landscape version of the cover appears (which is what I want).
I'd also like the full landscape version to appear in the bookstore, but I don't want this to end up replacing what buyers see on their bookshelf.
Wish there was a little more clarity on how various aspects of a book directly relate to the bookstore.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2011 8:10 PM (in response to John Purlia)
I've not yet reached the iTunes step with my eBook. I'm confused over the cover. The cover shows up fine on the user bookself. However, when you launch the eBook, the book opens already open. I was expecting the book to launch closed with just the cover showing.
Instead, the book launches, already open with the cover displayed on the right page. Is this how it's supposed to work? I downloaded a few fixed layout books and they all did the same thing.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 11, 2012 7:34 AM (in response to John Purlia)
The cover art you submit using iTunes Producer is what buyers will see on the iBookstore.
The cover you specify in metadata in your OPF is what buyers will see on the bookshelf of iBooks. If none is specified in your OPF, the art you uploaded with iTunes Producer will be used.
The cover you use in XHTML will be seen only when the reader turns to that page.