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Two questions about the Marvin reader
#1  AlexBell 08-30-2013, 05:59 AM
I hope this is the place to ask for help with the Marvin ereader. If this is not the right place could you tell me where to go?

The background to my questions is that I design ebooks as a hobby, always make sure that the ePubs validate, and test them on my Sony, with iBooks, and on my Kobo Touch. I also convert most of them to azw3 with calibre, and test them on my upgraded Kindle Keyboard.

I have tested one of these ebooks with Marvin, and have two major problems.

Problem 1
I the config.opf file I always enter the author's name as creator, and the illustrator's and markup designer's name as contributors. With the Marvin reader I get the three names displayed across the top of the page - though only the author's name is displayed on my iPad2 with iBooks.

Problem 2
I use pagebreak-after always to force a page break within a longer file, and rely on the end of the file to force a page break for chapters and so on. Marvin completely ignores both forms of page break, though they work perfectly well in the same ebook read on my Sony, iPad2/iBooks, and Kobo.

Is there anything I can do to fix these problems while still writing standards compliant markup which will work on my other ereaders?
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#2  kguil 08-30-2013, 06:03 AM
@AlexBell

Could you send me a copy of the OPF file and a sample with the page break? If the book is in the public domain or you own it's copyright, would you send me a copy of it to have a look at? support[at]marvinapp.com
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#3  AlexBell 08-30-2013, 08:19 AM
Thanks for your response, but I'm having another major problem - though perhaps it's my ignorance about the iPad.

Because the ebook I tested with Marvin was an unfinished version I thought I'd test the final version before responding to your kind offer. I was able to delete the old file, but though I could add the new version to Marvin and can see it on the list of ebooks that iTunes shows on my computer I can't see it on the iPad when it's disconnected from the computer.

Just to test myself I added the ebook to Bluefire using the same standard procedure, and can read it on my iPad. It has at least one problem also, but at least I can read it.

Anyway, the ebook is in the MobileRead library; it is The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain.

To summarise the procedure I use:
- I connected the iPad to my Windows 7 computer, and waited till iTunes had connected and synchronised.
- I selected the iPad, and then Apps.
- I selected Marvin, saw the list of books on it, and deleted the old version - the title no longer showed on the list.
- I selected Add, navigated to the folder which contained the ebook, and selected it. The ebook appeared on the list with the right date.
- I synchronised the iPad
- I selected Control and ejected the iPad.
- I opened Marvin, and looked for the ebook but it wasn't there.

This is the same technique as I used to load the ebook into the Bluefire reader.
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#4  Faterson 08-30-2013, 02:40 PM
AlexBell, there's a "refresh/reload button" in Marvin's Library. It looks like an arrow in the shape of a circle. Try hitting that to see if the book appears. It should.

And please, don't refer to the outrageously obsolete iTunes method of loading books as "standard". It is anything but that, for 2013. There are numerous easier, faster, more comfortable ways of loading books into Marvin, such as:
Even if you wish to establish a direct connection between your main computer and your iPad, using iFunBox is infinitely preferable over using that monstrosity iTunes. (See this thread.)
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#5  kguil 08-30-2013, 06:30 PM
I think the iTunes section of this tutorial will help you.
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#6  AlexBell 08-31-2013, 03:34 AM
Quote Faterson
AlexBell, there's a "refresh/reload button" in Marvin's Library. It looks like an arrow in the shape of a circle. Try hitting that to see if the book appears. It should.
Could you tell me please where I find this circle/arrow?

There is a top margin which has Home, All my books, a tick mark, and a book icon; and a bottom margin with a pair of dice, Author, cloud, and question mark.

I don't see any arrowed circle.
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#7  AlexBell 08-31-2013, 04:02 AM
Quote kguil
I think the iTunes section of this tutorial will help you.
Thanks.
- I attached my iPad2 to the Windows 7 computer with Marvin off and verified that The Innocents Abroad was present in the documents list
- I then turned Marvin on, and verified that the ebook was not in the library.
- I then selected the book (organiser) icon, found the circled arrow and selected it, and the ebook did indeed load.

I suggest if I may that this procedure is not what one would expect from the tutorial which is available when one first turns Marvin on. Am I right in thinking that Marvin should be turned on when one is loading ebooks through iTunes?


Anyway, the concerns about the three names appearing at the top and page break-before being ignored are still present, though a page break forced by the end of the file does work.

Let me repeat that the ebook validates with EPUB-checker.exe, and that these problems do not occur on my Sony, Kobo, or iPad/iBooks.

Were you able to get The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain from the MobileRead library? I could send it to you if you wish, but its a 12Mb file (more than 200 images) so I'd have to send it by MailBigFile.
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#8  kguil 08-31-2013, 04:23 AM
You can copy books using iTunes whether Marvin is running or not. If Marvin is not running, it will find them and add them to your library when it's loading. If Marvin is already running, you'd refresh your library using the refresh button.

I can confirm the page break issue. I'm already working on a fix but it won't make it into the very next version (it's already wrapped up and ready to ship).
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#9  Faterson 08-31-2013, 04:43 AM
Quote AlexBell
Could you tell me please where I find this circle/arrow?

There is a top margin which has Home, All my books, a tick mark, and a book icon; and a bottom margin with a pair of dice, Author, cloud, and question mark.

I don't see any arrowed circle.
You tap the book icon first (= Library Organiser), and then the arrowed circle is at bottom right.

You're not the first user having a hard time finding the button, or realising that such a button exists in Marvin, so perhaps its placement in the interface is a bit unfortunate. The button seems to be "hidden" from many users' eyes.
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#10  kguil 08-31-2013, 07:25 AM
@faterson - you're right. I'll make this more obvious in an update.
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