How can you update a book's cover?

Discussion in 'iBooks' started by Matth3w, May 26, 2010.

  1. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    I have some ePub files I am trying to xfer to my iPad...no issues with the xfer but I hate the ugly cover that they have....just says MS Word because it was a generic conversion.
  2. pik0
    Offline

    pik0 iPad Fan

    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    Messages:
    193
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    You can update the cover of an ePub file in iTunes. Just select the book and open the inspector (command-I). Then, click on the artwork tab and update the image by dragging in whatever artwork you've found or created elsewhere. Then, when you do the sync ,the book cover will appear.

    Now, however, if you have already sync'd the ePub and are trying to change the cover afterwards, you may be in for some trouble. In the bookcase view in iBooks, the cover artwork is cached and will only show the original artwork when the book was first transferred.

    This is a bug that has already been filed with Apple. Hopefully the next release of iBooks or iPhone OS will fix it. Not sure where the blame lies... :)

    Piko
  3. Bremen
    Offline

    Bremen iPad Addict

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,352
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    home
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0
    And since these books you speak of may be from torrents (not judging, I do it myself from time to time) the titles may not be correct. You have the have the correct title for it to search and get the right cover.....
  4. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Nah they're just crappy things that I have scanned in as PDF and converted. I have some smaller work related books that obviously aren't available in eFormat :(
  5. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Bummer, this is correct. I tried to remove it then re add it and it didn't work. Oh well, I know now.
  6. wot_fan
    Offline

    wot_fan iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Messages:
    406
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0
    I have run into this bug myself. You can force the artwork in iBooks on your iPad to update the book covers by uninstalling iBooks then reinstalling it. Not the best solution but it does work.
  7. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Thanksfor the tip, I'll try that
  8. Cosmo860
    Offline

    Cosmo860 iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Messages:
    1
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Hobart
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    You can also change artwork in Calibre when converting from PDF to ePub ect I have done this with all my books that have not such nice covers or no covers
  9. pik0
    Offline

    pik0 iPad Fan

    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    Messages:
    193
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    Yes, but you have to do the cover update BEFORE you sync to iPad via iTunes. Otherwise, the original cover artwork will be cached... :(

    Piko
  10. Hasty
    Offline

    Hasty iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,282
    Thanks Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Location
    Ratings:
    +22 / 0
    Just search "title" cover in google images and theres usually lots of choices to copy.
  11. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Yeah I don't have an issue with the cover anymore, but I can't change them now that they have been sync'd.
  12. pik0
    Offline

    pik0 iPad Fan

    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    Messages:
    193
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    If it bugs you enough, you can uninstall iBooks from the iPad and then reinstall. This will allow you to essentially "clear" the cache (since it's stored with the app) and re-sync from iTunes all your books.

    Piko
  13. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Yeah, it's not a terribly huge issue. I haven't been reading all that much lately for some reason. I go through spurts I guess.
  14. pik0
    Offline

    pik0 iPad Fan

    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    Messages:
    193
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    LOL! Yeah, I'm reading more now than before, since the book I was to read is always with me (in digital form) and it's very compelling ("Start with Why"). We'll see if I lose my momentum after I'm done.

    Piko
  15. Goldeneye
    Offline

    Goldeneye iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Messages:
    11
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    CT
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Can you add covers to .pdf's? I don't see an option.
  16. Matth3w
    Offline

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,032
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Not sure, I'm using it for the ePub
  17. Goldeneye
    Offline

    Goldeneye iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Messages:
    11
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    CT
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Yeah. Im going to convert my pdf's to epub.
  18. pik0
    Offline

    pik0 iPad Fan

    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    Messages:
    193
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    I've tried that with terribly mixed results. The ePub format is defined such that the contents can be re-flowed to any page dimension and font size with no negative affects. Most PDF documents have embedded folio which, when reflowed, end up somewhere in the middle of pages. Looks terrible.

    My wife and I have been experimenting with a whole slew of PDF organizer/reader apps and have found GoodReader to be about the best. Adding PDF documents can either back uploaded via a web interface (yeah, it comes with a mini web server on the iPad app) or via the iPad interface. Creating folder structure and organizing the PDF (or other) documents is a cut/paste operation which works quickly and reliably.

    Most importantly, the read has the best viewer and bookmarking model. Not as good as iBooks, but better than the others.

    For $0.99, it's a great product. :)

    Piko
  19. Xstatic
    Offline

    Xstatic iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Xstatic
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Book Cover

    You can get your book cover to appear if you are having problems. Use Calibre, choose a cover,(google your book title, and the words book cover, display in images..and in 2 seconds you can download your cover.) If you load the file as a pdf, or ebup, and don't want to change the format, just convert to the same format, and calibre will backup the original. Don't forget in the metadate to add the cover you downloaded. When you now upload to your ipad the cover will now appear.
  20. Brewc
    Offline

    Brewc iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    21
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Virginia
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    How about a step by step process Xstatic

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

book artwork itunes

,
can you edit book covers in ibooks
,
change cover of book in ibooks
,
cover page pdf
,
how to change book cover in ibook 2013
,

how to change book cover in ibooks

,

how to change book cover in itunes

,

how to change covers in ibooks

,

how to change epub book cover

,

how to change pdf cover

,

how to change pdf cover in itunes

,
how to change the cover of a book in ibooks 2013
,

how to replace book cover in itunes

,

how to update book covers

,

ibooks change cover

,

ibooks cover art not updating

,

ibooks not updating cover art

,
pdf books have no cover
,

update book cover in itunes

,

update book covers itunes