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Subject: No book cover image for some books, should I contact someone here?
Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:06 AM ET
Member Since: 11/16/2007
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I noticed some people here are members of the Book Cover Image group. If I have a book on my list with no image for the cover, should I contact one of those members? How do I do that? Is there a specific email address I email the ISBN to?

 

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:09 AM ET
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Chuck there is a link at the bottom of every page of the site: Upload Book Covers if you find a book image you can save it and then upload it to that link then one of the members who approves the changes will approve the image.

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:20 AM ET
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I do not have the image as I do not have a flatbed scanner (i have the combo printer/scanner which scans only 1 piece of paper at a time). So do I only contact someone if I have the actual book cover as an image file?

 

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:22 AM ET
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You could start a topic like this, and more than likely an image volunteer will jump right on it!

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:30 AM ET
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you actually don't even need a scanner, most of the time googling a book title will bring up a cover image, then you can right click, save and upload from there. 

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:34 AM ET
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What Kristen said. Sorry I thought you meant you had the image and wanted to know how to submit it.

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:55 AM ET
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Looks like somebody gotcha already.

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 10:00 AM ET
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So far I have never had to actually scan a picture, but have been able to find images using google.  A lot of time I end up on the Amazon website from google.  However, one thing ot keep in mind.  PBS doesn't use the images with the Amazon yellow arrow... so I have been to the www.amazon.co.uk site (the british amazon) because they don't seem to use those arrows as much and have many of the images.  Also, another trick to look up the author and book title in PBS itself.. and often a different ISBN number of the book will have a cover image.  You can download that image to your computuer and then use it to submit back to PBS via the upload cover feature.  Also, PBS wants any extra white space in an image chopped off before you send it.   Finding and posting images is a great relaxing activity :  )  Enjoy :  )

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 10:20 AM ET
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Chuck; Also;  if you put the ISBN# in Google Search, you can check all the sites for an image.

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 10:56 AM ET
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Your printer/scanner should work fine! Just scan the cover of the book as you would a document! You'll need to crop out the rest of the image (I use the "custom crop" option), so that you're uploading only the actual cover itself, not any of the extra blank space in the scan.



Last Edited on: 11/19/07 10:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/19/2007 2:23 PM ET
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Sorry Seajack. I would then need to rip off the cover to get it through the paper-thin slot in order to scan it. Then the book becomes invalid (no cover plus damaged).

 

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 2:28 PM ET
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Here's a link to a very helpful thread:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/view_topic.php?t=60867#r1213529