Display your Kindle ebook covers as thumbnails in Windows with Mobihandler

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I recently wrote about a software that displays image thumbnails rather than icons for all manner of common and obscure image files (here). If this sounds good to you, and if you have ebook files on your computer (esp.

Kindle friendly .AZW, .MOBI and .PRC formats) then check out Mobihandler, a free software that will replace the bland file icons for these formats in Windows with a thumbnail of the cover artwork.

In addition, Mobihandler adds a tab in file/properties that displays the cover and some ebook of the ebook’s metadata. Works on both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows.

How it works: install Mobihandler, and that’s it. The next time you browse a folder that contains .AZW, .MOBI or .PRC ebook files (in icon or tile views) you will see the ebook cover as a thumbnail image. Note that if your ebook does not include a cover image the program will simply display the first page of the ebook as a thumbnail.

See the before and after thumbnails above for an illustration of what this program does.

MobiHandler Screenshot1

The verdict:: a very nice Windows tweak; this is especially true if you have a Kindle or reading device and a growing collection of ebooks. Definitely a tool to add to the next update of my “Big List of Free Kindle Tools” post.

Version tested: 1.1

Compatibility: Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit).

Visit this page for the download links (approx. 196K).