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Viewing .epub covers in Windows Explorer?
#1  Dullahir 03-14-2013, 02:28 PM
Hey everyone:

Is there a way to view .epub thumbnails as book covers in windows explorer? It would be such a timesaver, because I can simply edit and stuff from there without having to load up Calibre and load the 18,259 epub documents that I currently have in this folder. (I have more in others.) It would also help me look for dupes as well as avoid that HORRIBLE 'ABC Amber Lit Converter' pos. Like if I have two books, one with that shizz and another pristine, I'd prefer to get rid of the corrupt one, not the perfect one.

I know that with pdf books you can use the Preview Pane. But are there any programs or tweaks that will allow you to view the .epub covers as thumbnails in a Windows Explorer window running on Windows 7 64?
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#2  Dullahir 03-14-2013, 05:26 PM
No-one knows? If they do, I'd appreciate some help. This issue is very important to me.
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#3  Section8 03-14-2013, 06:52 PM
Don't use windows at home to test this, but instructions are here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35505
although it looks like this may be out of date now.
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#4  JSWolf 03-14-2013, 09:04 PM
There is no way for Windows to be able to pull the cover out of an ePub and display as a thumbnail. You would have to write the code for Windows to do that.
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#5  Dullahir 03-14-2013, 11:50 PM
Ah, thanks for the info. And yes, I did see the page you spoke of, but it didn't say anything about .epub, so I wasn't sure, hehe.

And thanks, Wolfie, I thought as much, but I guess it didn't hurt to ask. So there's no software of anything that might help, right? I know that Adobe has some, but I guess that's just the way things are. Should I temporarily reformat the books to pdf to check? (I really don't want to do that because formatting from .pdf is an absolute BISh. A single 3.7mb book once took 306m 38s before I cancelled it.)
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#6  mrmikel 03-15-2013, 07:31 AM
Adobe Digital Editions displays covers as thumbnails, so long as the book is in your personal library. You can't edit them in it and they have to be valid or they won't be displayed.
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#7  Dullahir 03-15-2013, 11:10 AM
Yes, I know. I have Adobe Digital Editons, but they display the covers within the program itself, not without it.
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#8  PeterT 03-15-2013, 04:06 PM
I've had success with CBX Shell Manager on 32 bit Windows 7, and just need to experiment on 64 bit, so I can document what is needed.

32 Bit, the following registry edit is needed
Code
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.epub]
@="epub_auto_file"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.epub\shellex]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.epub\shellex\{00021500-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@="{9E6ECB90-5A61-42BD-B851-D3297D9C7F39}"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.epub\shellex\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{9E6ECB90-5A61-42BD-B851-D3297D9C7F39}"
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#9  Section8 03-15-2013, 04:24 PM
That post I linked does have a registry setting for epubs as well, about half way down.
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#10  PeterT 03-15-2013, 06:19 PM
Quote Section8
That post I linked does have a registry setting for epubs as well, about half way down.
Different program.... and people did indicate issues with 64 bit support.... but... I guess you know better...
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