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Subject: Another book cover question
Date Posted: 12/13/2014 4:56 PM ET
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Ok, have been informed that 'new cover' to replace the blue box was downloaded.  Will that only change the cover for future transactions?  or will the book in my transaction archive and BIR list also suddenly get the right cover?

Date Posted: 12/13/2014 5:34 PM ET
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All views of the cover will switch. The only place it would not is if you have posted the cover in a forum thread.

Date Posted: 12/14/2014 3:12 AM ET
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What Emily said. All views of the cover will switch to the new image for a given ISBN. This applies both to blue boxes and to image replacements.

Be aware, however, that the image sizes displayed by PBS (small, medium, large, extra large) usually do not all update at the same time. So, for example, the medium and large images might display on servers soon after the basic image has been approved, but the small image might not update until much later, or vice versa. It might take a week or two or longer for all the images displayed on servers to update and be in synch with a new image.



Last Edited on: 12/15/14 1:31 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/14/2014 4:07 PM ET
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Thanks for the warning, Chris......just checked my transaction archive and the blue box is gone, but no cover appearing yet!

Date Posted: 12/15/2014 2:03 AM ET
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When I request books with blue boxes I always upload images for them soon after they are received. I like to wait until the books are in hand in order to be sure the images are correct, and also because I usually prefer to scan them rather than pulling images off the net.

I've checked my transaction archive for the past six months or so and the books I received that had blue boxes are all showing images in the archive as well as in the standard PBS listings. I haven't paid any attention to how long it took for both the archive and the PBS listings to display the images, but I'd expect the blue boxes in each to update within a very short time after images for the books were uploaded and approved.

On the other hand, images that were uploaded to replace incorrect or poor ones already in the PBS image library will take longer to sync up after being approved, and most likely will not all update at the same time.

Images displayed in the transaction archive are "small". If you click on them, you will see their "large" counterpart (if there is one) on the book details page. The images below the main image on the details page are displayed in the "medium" size (if any). And, lastly, clicking the large image on the details page will display the "extra large" image (if any).

[ Note that PBS will scale large images (475 to 500 pixels high) uploaded to the site into each of the image sizes it displays (small, medium, large, extra large), but does not scale small images to larger sizes because doing so would result in the images losing resolution and becoming blurry or fuzzy. ]

 



Last Edited on: 12/15/14 2:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 2:33 AM ET
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An additional note about PBS image sizes. The image sizes listed below are approximate and depend upon the specific sizes of the images uploaded to the site and approved. You may want to keep these numbers in mind if you are able to check the sizes of images and scale them before uploading.

"small" images are usually about 60 pixels high,
"medium" images are about 140 pixels high,
"large" images about 280 pixels high, and
"extra large" images are about 475 pixels high.

Note that larger images uploaded to the site will scale to each of its smaller sizes, but small images do not scale to larger ones because doing so would result in loss of resolution and would look blurry or fuzzy. So, an image that is 200 pixels high, for example, will scale to the medium and small sizes, but will not increase to the large and extra large sizes.



Last Edited on: 12/15/14 2:36 AM ET - Total times edited: 2