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Why don't kindle books start in the Cover?


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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 1:30:22 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
All the Kindles made today have a cover view. So when I open the book I just want to start reading like I do now.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 1:28:10 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
The only one calling you that is you. We don't have to agree with you and we don't have to change our opinion. It is extremely easy to get to the cover so it is a non-issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 12:53:01 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
or look for it at the end as 4 out of 6 books I bought recently had the publication info at the back

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 12:51:05 PM PST
I do, because I want to see the publication info, etc. Also, there are times when there is a prologue before Chapter 1, which I would be aware of if I hadn't gone back to the cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 12:46:17 PM PST
Debi says:
LOL, I've had quite a few.

While I would never turn down books opening up at the cover, I got over it years ago. And since nothing's changed I'm guessing it's not going to either. And I don't feel the need to backtrack to the cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 10:22:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2014 11:07:02 AM PST
Tim W. says:
I haven't conducted a scientific survey. Considering there are at least three groups, 1) those who don't care either way, 2) those who would choose beginning at the cover if they had a choice but don't consider it an issue and 3) those who dislike beginning anywhere but the cover. Without a scientific survey, I'm guessing the first two groups are larger than the third. My opinion. If Amazon finds a means for the customer to choose the default opening for e-books and implements it, that's great. For my part, I would choose to leave it as it is.

As for the cover artists losing their livelihood, how does starting at the beginning of the text cause that? People like the cover art because it helps them choose a book before it's opened. I don't know how much people look at the cover after the book is opened. I wouldn't...but that's me.

Edit: Redundant word

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:55:24 AM PST
"...I am challenging your and others' condescending and patronizing attitude..."

Do you really have the time and the inclination to duel EVERY person (posting on a voluntary, public forum, at that) who rubs you the wrong way?

Darlin', it's the intarwebz.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:25:40 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
the version of this book published in the UK by Tor UK has the cover at the end, but this one published by Spectra (US) may not

US version: Nights of Villjamur (Legends of the Red Sun)
UK version with cover at the end: Nights of Villjamur: Legends of the Red Sun: Book One

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:25:03 AM PST
King Al says:
I have a bunch of them -- they have a generic cover in the front, and the actual cover at the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:24:32 AM PST
King Al says:
Have the books open to Location 1, whether that is the cover or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:23:12 AM PST
Mayfayre says:
I've yet to own a ebook where the cover is at the end of it, and I have thousands of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:19:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2014 9:20:31 AM PST
Mayfayre says:
@ Tim - And you've done an extensive survey to come to that conclusion?

Seems to me it makes more sense to start the book at the cover, and let those that want it to open on page one of chapter one make the multiple taps neccessary to get to that point.

By automatically taking the cover out of the viewing equation, Amazon is slowly creating a mentality that cover art is unnecessary for ebooks. Do you really want to contribute to causing cover artists to lose their livelihood?

;->

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:14:54 AM PST
Neogeezer says:
I can see that may be a problem, but I have thousands of books on my Kindle, and I have never found one where the cover was at the back.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:12:42 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
yes, but I ask yet again, what about the books where the cover is the last page? You'd be at 100% and being asked to rate the book before you ever read it

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:12:00 AM PST
Neogeezer says:
I don't challenge that it is a non-issue for you, I am challenging your and others' condescending and patronizing attitude toward those who would prefer something different. We are indication a preference while you are telling us what we should prefer and that we are too stupid to find a way to get to the cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 9:07:49 AM PST
Tim W. says:
If finding/highlighting the book is step 1, then there are four steps. On a tablet, finding & pressing the book cover is step 1 and clicking "Go to beginning" is step 2. Doing the math, that's two extra steps.

If I'm using my HDX, if I open a book and want to start at the cover, I tap the page and flip the slider all the way to the left. I'm at the cover. Sorry if it troubles you greatly but this is a non-issue for the vast majority.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 8:43:46 AM PST
Neogeezer says:
Well, that's four steps, but seriously, the issue is not how to get to the cover, we all know how to do it. You could just as easily get to the first page of the first chapter if it opened on the cover, as it should.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 8:35:45 AM PST
Tim W. says:
It takes an extra 2 steps. Highlight book with cursor, click right. Choose "Goto page..." then choose "cover."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 8:13:41 AM PST
R. Thomas says:
And it annoys the h*ll out of me when it doesn't! Maybe there could be a setting which sounds simple enough. However, it is pretty easy to simply swipe back to the cover.

I do find it odd that the books don't start at the cover, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 10:49:40 AM PST
Mayfayre says:
I don't think it's the publishers, because .epubs tend to open with the cover of the book

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 10:33:41 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Exactly especially when all of the newer Kindles and apps have a cover view before going into the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 10:06:45 AM PST
It annoys the h*ll out of me when a book opens at the cover. To make matters worse, these are usually books that don't have a table of contents or marked chapters so I have to page forward through all that extraneous stuff to get to the story.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 9:49:26 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I've seen that information at the end of a book too and here's one where it is:

Kitchen Confidential

the cover is location 1 though, but the acknowledgements and the eCopyright information is at the end of the book

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 9:39:24 AM PST
It's what I usually do. I want to see the "front matter", especially if it includes a date when the book was first published (not when the Kindle version was), because it can make a difference. "Why didn't she just use her cell phone?" is a valid question to ask an author for a book published in 2014, but for a book published in 1990, not so much.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 9:35:15 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
that would work for the books with the cover at the end

:-)
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