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Subject: posting a book for the first time
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 12:43 PM ET
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I just posted a book called "The Seneca Hostage" I entered in the isbn # and then the add information page came up(not sure what that page is called)

So I enter in all the stuff like page count and book description. What I was wondering is the picture of the cover.....do I just snap a picture of the cover and put it in there myself or do I need to be some ......I dont know.....somehow more official....lol.  Im asking because I see other members are like book cover image group.....or book data correction group. Also is there a way to go back and add the picture after you put in the info for the book.........I guess I could have asked before I posted this book........but that would have been too easy

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 1:56 PM ET
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If you submit a jpeg under 5 meg, it will usually be approved an added by one of those official people within, say, 3 days.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 3:24 PM ET
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You don't need to submit a photo of your book cover -- lots of books here do not have cover shots.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 11:38 PM ET
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Sally is right. A cover image is not strictly necessary, but it might, just might, make it more likely to be requested. Or you might get sick of looking at the blue "no cover available" sign.

Yes, you can do it after you post the book.

I recently covered all my naked books. It's not that difficult. I think the easiest is to use a scanner to capture the image. Make sure to crop out the background using an image editing program. Then upload it using (on the bottom of each page, first column) Member tools --> Upload Book Covers. It has to be under 5mb and a JPEG (.jpg) file.

If you have a digital camera, you can PM me about how to get the best looking shots.

Happy covering!

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 11:58 PM ET
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'Or you might get sick of looking at the blue "no cover available" sign.'


Works for me ...

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 5:55 PM ET
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I actually think the EASIEST way to post a cover image is to find the same cover image on another site like Amazon and borrow it.  I too get tired of the blue images and like to have a cover, and I think it does increase the chance of a book being requested. 

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Date Posted: 10/1/2009 9:07 PM ET
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If you can find an image on another book website (just Google the ISBN for a list) that's usually the easiest.  Next would be to scan the book.  Scans are VERY easy to work with - they are straight, clear, easy to size...  Digi photos can be done but come with a number of problems  - we frequently have to deny ones that are skewed/distorted, or with backflash. 

Images can be added to a listing at anytime.  If you post a book that is already listed but has no image, that's a good time to do a quick search.  Frequently you can find a GOOD image on another edition listed on PBS!  Just be sure to save and submit the Larger image.  And YES, it does make the book more likely to be requested!

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 10:15 PM ET
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"And YES, it does make the book more likely to be requested!"


Thats what I am talking about........I read a specific kind of book (forgotten realms) so I can usually just scroll through the covers and tell if I have this book or not.......I think the cover helps get the request

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Subject: if her book has an ISBN why the info page?
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 10:36 PM ET
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The same as above if her book has an ISBN why did the info page show up.  Plus, reveiwing the book can I do that after the book has been posted and when I put a book on TBR do these show up to be claimed like a wish list?  I mean all because I put it on the TBR list doesn't mean I wish to read it just one day.  I understand if the wishlist book comes up and I have the time to chose if I indeed want it does this happen on the TBR list also?  Thanks.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 11:02 PM ET
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The database is not complete.  Not all ISBNs have info with them.  It's not that common, but I've stumbled across quite a few of them since I joined.

What I don't like is when I entered all that info for a book I had with an unrecognized ISBN, then I removed the book because I thought a friend wanted it, and when I went to repost the site wanted me to re-enter all that stuff!

I assumed it was being added to the database and was very annoyed it wasn't.  Especially since PBS-generated number books hang around with all their info cluttering up the library & WL's when they (should) never ever be reposted under those 5 digit numbers.  This was an actual ISBN and the data wasn't saved!

I don't bother listing any book that isn't in the database anymore.  The only reason I did was because I thought I was helping the site out by filling in missing information.  Otherwise it's too much time/typing to me.