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MOBI File Metadata Tweaks and Kindle Book Covers Not Showing Up

When you upload a MOBI file to BookFunnel, we make a slight tweak to its metadata. The metadata we add will tell Kindles to save the book in the Books library so that a reader can easily find the book on their device. We also change the title of your book to Your_Book_Title – Author_Name.

We also set the author name, and book title into your EPUB file if they are missing or incorrect.

More than 90% of the MOBI files that are uploaded to BookFunnel would show up in the Docs folder if we distributed them as-is. This is the way your app (whatever that may be) compiled the file, and up until 2016, books going to Docs was more of an irritation than a problem. Most readers don’t know that the “Docs” library exists and are confused when their book doesn’t show up in their Books library with their other Kindle books. They ask for help and we show them where their Docs folder is, and everyone is happy.

On the 2015 Kindle Fire (5th Generation) as well as all 4th Gen Kindle Fires, a book saved to Docs is a terrible reader experience.

  1. The book is buried three folders deep inside the “Docs” icon, which Amazon has relegated to just another icon in the sea of icons.
  2. Readers can’t search their Kindle Fire for the book title.
  3. The book will never show up in their “Recents” carousel.
  4. If they find the book on their Kindle Fire, it won’t save their “last page read”, so readers have to flip the pages ahead to get back to the last page they were reading.

It is a terrible reader experience. We want the millions of Kindle Fire readers to be wowed by our free books so that they come back and BUY the rest of our books. 🙂

Will My Book Cover Be Displayed?

Yes, in most cases. Because of these metadata changes, some Kindle devices will attempt to pull the book’s cover from the Kindle Store. Without a valid ASIN, these devices will not show a book cover. If you provide the ASIN then you upload your book to BookFunnel, ALL Kindle devices will show your book cover.

These devices will always show the cover embedded in your ebook:

  • Kindle Fire
  • Kindle For Android app
  • Kindle For iOS app

These devices will NOT show your embedded cover. They rely on the Amazon ASIN to display your book cover:

  • Kindle e-readers (Paperwhite, Voyage, Touch)
  • Kindle For PC and Kindle For Mac

If you do not provide an Amazon ASIN, a reader using a  Kindle e-reader or Kindle For PC/Mac will see a blank Amazon cover with your book title and author name printed on it. Learn how to find your ASIN and add it to your book on BookFunnel.

“WHAT? I want my cover to show up EVERYWHERE.” We understand! You want your book to go to Books AND have the beautiful cover you commissioned AND be exclusive to BookFunnel / not on Amazon yet. There is a solution…

Can I See My New MOBI and EPUB?

Yes! You can either download the book files from your download page on BookFunnel, or you can get them from your dashboard. You will find your altered MOBI and EPUB on your book details page under the heading “Our MOBI file” and “Our EPUB file”. Your formatting is not affected by the metadata change.

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