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Subject: Book covers
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 9:21 AM ET
Member Since: 1/3/2008
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I've submitted a couple book covers, but I guess none of them were good enough.  Where do people generally get the pictures?  Is copying them from Amazon legal?

Last Edited on: 9/17/08 9:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 10:13 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Did you use the "Upload Book Covers" link? If not, try resubmitting them via that link.

Check the size before uploading. The pictures also need to be cropped, with no "white space" around them. Also, if you scanned the image using a scanner, the book image must be straight. You can use image software (my favorite is the free XNVIEW software) to crop and straighten if necessary.

You can pull book covers from other sites, but it shouldn't have that "See Inside" arrow or other site-specific promotional tags on it. (Does that make sense?) Also, be aware that UK book sites probably have different covers than the U.S. sites, so just be aware of which version you're pulling the cover from.

Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 3:46 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Did you receive a PM stating that there was a problem with them? Did they tell you what the problem was, or did they just not appear?

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 4:21 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2007
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If the book cover doesn't really have an image, they don't upload them. Like I uploaded a book where the front cover  was a dark red with a single thin line of diamonds across. Never got put up.

If the book is a non-ISBN book, I think the book cover is a lower priority. It might take a while.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 9:40 PM ET
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Rick, there is no priority in the order images come up for approval. They just come up as they are submitted. Occasionally they get mixed up, but not too often. I think the image team has been clearing the queue at least every other day if not most every day lately. But, sometimes it can take up to a week when everybody is off doing stuff. Right now, several approvers are keeping right on top of the images.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 3:18 AM ET
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Btw, Rick, what was the book you tried to upload a cover for? Maybe I can find a different one for it? Be glad to give it a try!