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Why don't kindle books start in the Cover?


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Initial post: Jun 23, 2011 4:47:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2011 4:49:06 PM PDT
Am I the only one who start turning back pages to reach the cover when first open a new kindle book.

They always start with the first chapter or prologue if there is one, but I for one, love to start the book, reading the covers and dedications and even chapter names if they have some, so I start imagining whats coming next.

If reading from a kindle is like reading a book, we should be able to start in the same order as the real paper book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2011 5:31:04 PM PDT
By default, Kindle books open at the point the publisher designates at the beginning. This is the sort of feature that sounds good but doesn't work out so well in practice. Many of us open a new book, immediately select "Go to" from the menu, then select "Cover" (no need to page back page by page). If there were an option to change the default opening, I would certainly use it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2011 5:32:41 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
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Posted on Jun 23, 2011 5:35:55 PM PDT
Like Melinda and Gina, I like to start at the cover.

Maybe Amazon could make this a setting. "Where to start by default: Cover or First Page"?

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 6:12:02 PM PDT
I too like to start at the cover. I have had a few book start a chapter one, skipping over the index, ToC and preface.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 6:59:12 PM PDT
I prefer to start of the cover also because lots of times there is additional content (e.g., maps, dedication, acknowledgements, etc.) at the front of the book that I like to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2011 8:33:35 PM PDT
Dave J. says:
While the book is open, select menu, go to and cover. This will take you directly to the cover although I've gotten many books that don't have a cover.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 8:52:04 PM PDT
Kindleista says:
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Posted on Jun 23, 2011 8:58:20 PM PDT
I agree with the original poster.. First thing I do is Menu/Go To Cover and flip through the first several pages.. Sometimes there's prologues, maps, etc. that are important to me prior to starting the first chapter.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 9:51:59 PM PDT
Dottiebears says:
I never go look at the cover. Never even thought to do it. I've probably looked at less than 5 covers in the 2 years I've owned my Kindle. I like being able to just start reading.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 10:00:51 PM PDT
I always go to the cover as well. Some of my books dont have covers and it really bothers me. I know you can't tell a book by its cover but I have always been pulled into looking at a book by first looking at the cover. I think this should be an option that can be chosen by the individual Kindle owner.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 10:17:25 PM PDT
JoAnneM says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2011 11:06:00 PM PDT
Sue says:
It's not so much the cover for me, but I had one book that, if I hadn't gone back to the "cover", I would have missed a three page prologue that was pretty integral to the story. Sometimes it is just table of content or quotations, but sometimes not.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 11:10:45 PM PDT
A. Sisk says:
Again...this is not Amazon's doing...it's the publisher. They are the ones that determine the "starting point", so they are the ones directing you away from prologues and dedications.

Personally, I'm a jump right in and start reading type of gal as well. I would guess a large majority of us are.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 11:14:13 PM PDT
readalotta says:
I like looking at the cover first. It's like looking at someone's face before you start a conversation, the cover is the 'face' of the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2011 7:07:23 AM PDT
It's not that it is "hard", but it would be NICE to have the option.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 10:04:02 AM PDT
I love to look at the cover first and, often, while I'm reading the book. I also like to see the author's photo. If there are many photos, I like to refer to those over and over again while reading. Publishers are spending less on graphic design, proofreading, copy editing, etc. With ebooks, publishers should spend more on formatting. Prices keep going up and quality is going down.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2011 10:06:49 AM PDT
My feelings exactly. Though a few people here has call me lazy :(

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2011 10:10:21 AM PDT
Jersey Girl says:
Wow, the mean pills must be working good today.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 10:13:49 AM PDT
I don't particularly care to see the cover of the book but as Sue said, sometimes there is content that is important to the story that comes before the designated beginning. I don't need any changes to the Kindle software though. Menu/Go To/Cover works fine for me.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 4:27:57 PM PDT
Book Lover says:
cool I never knew we could see the covers thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 8:22:27 PM PDT
L. Siefert says:
It wasn't until I got the Kindle that I realized how much I do enjoy the cover and pre-chapter stuff. I've even had Kindle books start at chapter one, skipping the prologue ... I like prologues. KINDLE TECH: Make this a setting within Kindle, not the publisher's choice!

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 9:25:42 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2011 9:33:11 PM PDT
As an author, this is good to hear. When uploading my document to Kindle conversion, I put a bookmark labeled 'toc' for my Table of Contents and 'start' for where the book essentially begins. I can make the book start at the cover just a simply as any other page but never really knew where the majority of readers wanted the book to start.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 10:53:30 PM PDT
I am guilty of usually looking at the cover -- if the book is on the Kindle PC, easy to do through the table of contents because it simply says "cover" (or go to cover) -- but not insurmountable to go through the same process on the kindle. I guess I gently get into a book, dip my toe into the water, read the blurbs, usually peruse through the table of contents, prologue then start reading, usually in the second session -- I'm not in such a great hurry to enjoy the reading process. Just an old habit when I read hardcover books (back flap, back cover, etc.).
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