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Subject: 2 easy things to help your books fly off the shelf!
Date Posted: 6/16/2008 2:44 PM ET
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An easy way to get people to order the books that you have on your shelf is to make it the best it can be with 2 simple things that don't cost a thing but a few minutes time.

1. Add an cover image to each title. (best if you can scan the book, but if not try to find a image online that matches your book) (Camera shots usually are not a good idea)

2. Make sure that the book info is correct and complete. Add a description & author if there is not one shown.

 

GOOD LUCK!


FYI: Images will be approved and updated usually within 2-24 hours and edit changes can take 1-10 days to be approved depending on volume.



Last Edited on: 6/16/08 2:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/16/2008 11:58 PM ET
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More info to help with submitting images:

Images must

  • Have the borders around the image (usually white/grey/Black) cropped off.
  • Be straight
  • Be clear, not fuzzy or dark and free from camera glare.
  • Be large enough to read the title
  • Be free from any emblems from other sites, such as eBay or Amazon.

 

Edited to fix spacing.



Last Edited on: 6/17/08 12:00 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 3:22 AM ET
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These are excellent tips.  I know that when I'm going through a book list, the ones with images catch my eye right off the bat.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 11:43 AM ET
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Excellent advice, all my books have images and almost all have a description.

I was thinking about you the other day Betsy, wishing you would post this again! Thanks...

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 1:45 PM ET
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Thanks Anne!

I still need to add descriptions to some of my books, but then again I have over 1000 on my shelf.  I am working on it too!

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 2:03 PM ET
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Betsy, another good thing to remember, unless this has been fixed, is to check to make sure your image shows up when looking through your shelf on the Member Directory. I just looked and I believe I found around 20 books where the image isn't showing when scrolling through the Member Directory under my name but yet they show on my shelf from my end.

I believe I remember I was told to send them 2x when this happens and it will clear up. All the ones I found were older books I posted so maybe Betsy can answer the question about images not showing the first time around?

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Anytime I find an image that is not showing in all spots, I resubmit. If it still is not showing after that, I try to find another image file of the book and try that once. If it still does not show then I report it to R&R and see if they can determine what is wrong.

 

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 3:15 PM ET
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I'm re-submitting the books I found without images so I'll re-check to see if they go through this time. Thanks for clarifying that, Betsy.

Date Posted: 6/20/2008 7:26 PM ET
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I thought I would bump this up. I still see lots of shelves without images!

Date Posted: 6/20/2008 9:34 PM ET
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This is from another thread that Sherry started. It has lots of good info. I thought I would copy it here.

BASIC GUIDELINES ON POSTING IMAGES:

  • Images need to be clear and large enough to see. (min. sugg. 175px high max sugg. 500px high) (ETA : MUST BE ABLE TO READ THE TITLE)
  • They need to be straight. Don't upload images that are crooked
  • Cropped the image right to the cover image, with no extra around the edges.
  • They may not have any identifying markings from other sites, such as eBay or Amazon. 
  • The image must be under 5MB.
  • The image must be in .jpg format.
  • Do not use the same page as the book data edits. This link is not working, use the link at the bottom of the page.
  • "I have a number of images that are GIF and I need to change to JPG.  Could you give me the step by step guidance to use the Paing program.  I am not really sure how to begin.   Thanks."
    • If you can download the program Irfanview it is really easy to use, and it's free. All you have to do is open the gif file with Irfanview and then SAVE AS a jpg file.
  • Look for other copies of your book and upload the cover to them also.
  • Images can be uploaded to non-ISBN books, just no data edits.

HELP ON MANIPULATING IMAGES FOR PBS:

Do you have any type of graphics program? Open your image in it. If not, you can download and install a free program called Irfanview. It is simple and will help you with three important things for images for PBS.

  • You can crop images by using your mouse to "draw" a box around the portion of the image you want to keep.
    • (Click-Hold-Drag-your mouse from the upper left corner to the lower right corner-then release. This will create a box.
    • Place your mouse across an edge of the box to move it. The mouse will turn into a double arrow and
    • you can click-hold and move the edge in or out.
    • When you have the box the size you want, click EDIT then CROP SELECTION. 
  • Images must be .jpg if you download one that is .gif you can open it with Irfanview and resave it as a .jpg format.
  • You can look at images to make sure there is not extra around the image of the cover that needs to be cropped off.
    • Go to OPTIONS then PROPERTIES and
    • click the tab VIEWING and click the CHOOSE button to change the background in the viewing window.
    • Changing it black or white enables you to see the excess that is not part of the cover and needs to be cropped. I hope this helps you and if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me. I'll help as much as I can.

FINDING IMAGES ON THE INTERNET:

  • Type the title "enclosed in quotes" into the regular search slot of Google or any search engine.
  • Type the title "enclosed in quotes" or without if nothing with using Google Image search (upper left corner IMAGES).
  • Use any of the methods or sites listed above for finding data for finding images.
  • Slide down the page when you go Abebooks, Alibris, Biblio and such, there is often an image from individual sellers.
  • Photo Binbook - a great source for book covers. Most are the old smaller size, but better than nothing! If you can find larger, do so, but if not, use these!
  • WorldCat - a library connection. Often good for getting a genre classification or image.
  • The Library of Congress - another source for data, genre classification, and images
Subject: Using Irfanview
Date Posted: 6/21/2008 12:21 AM ET
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I teach computer graphics in the Boston area - mostly photoshop and photoshop elements, but also do a one evening event called Computer Graphics without Photoshop, in which I teach students how to use the free program Irfanview (for Windows), mentioned above. You can download it at http://www.irfanview.com

Apart from the suggestions in the other post, I also advise you in Irfanview to go to image, resize/resample and change the resolution to 72 (used for the Web). Then determine the height and width you want there in pixels - 72 pixels is an inch, so for example a 360 pixel width is 5 inches width.

If you need to improve the colors, use image, enhance colors. Since you'll be making a jpg and jpg takes out sharpness, then choose image, sharpen. Finally, you will do a file, save as and save in jpg format. Most people can't tell the difference between quality 5 and quality 10, and since quality 10 can be quite a large file size, you should be fine saving your image at quality 5.

Tracy

Subject: Another Helpful Tip
Date Posted: 6/21/2008 12:34 AM ET
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I  find it helpful when looking for deals if you put what type of books you have on your shelf in the subject line. Here are couple of examples:

Good:  2 for 1 on mystery/thrillers

Bad:  2 for 1 Look at my shelf.

I mostly read mystery/thrillers and it really bothers me to look at some ones shelf and find mostly romance.

Happy reading everyone

Tammy

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 8:54 AM ET
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Thanks Tracy and Tammy!

Anyone else have any good tips to share?

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 9:33 AM ET
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I like it when members tell you ahead of time if their home is smoking or non-smoking (or other pertinent information), so that member's with requestor conditions will know if they should order from the member offering the deal.

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I think it is nice to help out new members by uploading images for them, especially if they are having trouble moving their books off the shelf. 

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 11:31 AM ET
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At this time there are not any pending images to approve.

I worked on approvals for about 2 hours.....thanks for all the hard work in getting images added!!  Let's keep it going!

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Just a reminder. Please do not submit personal or random pictures as book cover images. they cannot be approved.

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 12:26 PM ET
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Just before finding this thread I was thinking I should get on and give a big THANK YOU! to our imaging crew. It has been absolutely wonderful to find my covers on my shelf within a few hours of submitting them. Even my no-ISBN books are looking fabulous.

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Kalualani, You are very welcome!