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Initial post: Jan 31, 2014 12:20:28 AM PST
LWTBP says:
I have never had issues with the default setting of the kindle which causes it to start the file at section immediately following the Cover.

However, recently, I had a file which had a 'prologue' section which was completely skipped by the kindle and it started the file at 'chapter 1'. If I hadn't already read the paperback of the novel I would have simply missed the prologue and ignorantly continued reading from chapter 1.

So, is there anything we can do to make Kindle ignore everything and start the file from the 'cover' (which is the extreme beginning of 100% of files I think)? This way there would be no chance of missing anything in any weirdly formatted files.

Extra info: It was a .mobi format. Kindle 3 model.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 12:44:22 AM PST
No, there's not a way to make it do that automatically. I always start every book by going to the GoTo button and search to location1. That gets me to the cover or first page all the time. It's apin to have to do it, but I don't want to miss anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 12:47:24 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I had one book that had the Cover as the last page

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 3:05:36 AM PST
flipoid says:
No, you can't change it because as far as I know, the publisher sets it. But what I do immediately upon opening a new book, is (similar to EdGein) hit Menu, Go To, and then Cover. Or sometimes Table of Contents.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 3:10:39 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I just check the table of contents when I open a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 6:21:46 AM PST
LadyH95 says:
I've had the same thing happen to me. So, now, my habit is to open a new book and see what the starting location is. If it is not at location 1, I manually go to the very beginning.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 10:31:20 PM PST
LWTBP says:
I was talking about the kindle going automatically to something that ALL files will have at their start, the 'location 1' it seems. So that can be controlled by Amazon, not the publisher. But thanks for your thoughts. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 10:33:06 PM PST
LWTBP says:
Thanks. Just never struck me to try location 1. As I mentioned to 'flipoid', Amazon could have done something about this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 10:42:19 PM PST
LWTBP: If the start point was location 1 all the time, then for many books, the sample would contain only the publishing information and little of the actual book. I suspect that is why the start location is usually the first chapter in the book - so far, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 10:46:21 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
Actually, I don't believe Amazon could do anything about it. It's set by the publisher where they think people want to start (which is usually chapter one - but I've seen it set to other places, including the cover. I always figure those are indie authors who actually read off Kindles and understand that some people like to start there).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 11:03:46 PM PST
I've always heard that the publisher sets it, but my Nook books all start at the cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 11:38:27 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
But all my books don't start at the same point here at Amazon. I've had them start at the cover (rarely), chapter one, table of contents and once with the prologue. If it was set by Amazon - you'd think (for sheer ease) they'd all start exactly the same place.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 11:44:04 PM PST
Jeff L says:
The publisher sets the start location in the guide section of the OPF file. However, the specifications do not require ereading software makers to use the guide elements.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 6:02:23 AM PST
flipoid says:
Maybe it's a difference in the coding for ePub files compared to Kindle files? That's a complete guess, of course. (-:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 9:43:20 AM PST
Miss Carol says:
That hadn't occurred to me. I had wondered if maybe B&N made that a requirement for publishers / authors and Amazon didn't.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 10:08:57 AM PST
flipoid says:
EPub existed before B&N created the Nook. (-:

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 2:48:04 AM PST
BN uses a different file format. EPUB always defaults to the cover. The publisher has no control over it. In fact, the publisher has little control over anything with EPUB formatting. MOBI (Kindle) formatting allows the publisher a great deal of flexibility in formatting.

I do a lot of ebook formatting and the standard is to set the "start" at either the first chapter or Introduction/Prologue if has a direct bearing on the book.

It's because most people just want to get to reading and not flip through pages and pages of other stuff. There's an author I like, but they set their books to open right on the title page. And He can literally have 10 screens of Table of Contents and it's all just numbers. I just go to the menu and choose "beginning."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2014 6:05:48 AM PST
"...He can literally have 10 screens of Table of Contents..."

Yep. FWIW, I'd rather have my books start at the first page of the actual book. But if a prologue is relevant, I agree it needs to start there.

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