A Comment was left by StarChip, suggesting I could simply copy&paste the missing cover in. Well, that also got me thinking about a dialog box I saw but didn’t try in the beginning.
I’m wondering if this method can actually add missing covers to ePub eBooks.
The book I decided to try was The Cheaters, because it has a wonderfully lurid and pulpy cover:
I could have gotten to the cover by breaking open the ePub file, but I really wanted a low-tech method that others could follow.
Adobe Digital Editions lacks that mode. And I really wanted the biggest possible image. If all you have is ADE, use that.
What I did was a screensnap — as shown above — and then cut out the cover image, like so:
Sure, it’s not sharp, but the cheesiness of it adds to the pulpy charm. I saved that image to my hard drive.
Next, I launched iTunes:
There’s the book I want to do. I did its Get Info by right-clicking on it (it can also be selected by drop-down menu):
And then I selected the Artwork tab:
And then clicked on Add…
And navigated to the cover image, then clicked on it and hit Open.
And BOOM! It seemed to work.
But what I don’t know is whether or not this is a fix for displaying only within iTunes or if that cover will transfer over to an iPad and then be displayed as part of the eBook itself in iBooks.
I didn’t bother to try the copy&paste method, since this seemed to work. If you try that, leave a Comment.
This could also be accomplished with Calibre, but I really wanted the easiest possible way to do this, without burdening people with yet another program to download just for a cover insertion.
Update: According to a Comment, this is a hack for Apple itself. In other words, it displays the cover in iTunes and on the bookshelf in iBooks — the Apple side of things. However, the cover does not appear when the book is being read — the ePub side of things. So, to really fix a cover, the ePub file needs to be cracked open. Since that kind of process can be a bit involved — and with purchased eBooks (especially from Random House, which generally have crap covers of only text!) would involve “illegally” breaking DRM, I will not do a post about this. Well, for now.