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Subject: WL book I ordered has now changed covers!
Date Posted: 12/30/2012 11:33 PM ET
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WL book that was offered to me had a rather plain cover, but I don't care about covers especially since I plan to repost it after reading anyway. Imagine my surprise when I came on and the cover has totally changed-- sender had already printed my address label when I checked earlier today so I don't think she changed it.
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 12:23 AM ET
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The cover image never has to match the book you get. Some ISBNs literally have decades of various covers out there for them. 

It takes a little while for an image submission to be approved and then show up in the system when it is an image replacing an existing image so it could be the sender who submitted a better image for approval, or someone before them.



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Date Posted: 12/31/2012 11:40 AM ET
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If the cover doesn't matter to you then why does the cover that's shown on the listing matter? Publishers reuse and reissue books wiit hthe same ISBN all the time.  One ISBN might have several different covers and I think PBS tries to show the newest cover. But it might ot get updated until a membert takes the time to update it.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 1:27 PM ET
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I've listed a bunch of books where the cover picture doesn't match, in fact I listed a copy of Game Of Thrones yesterday and the cover showing is completely different for the isbn I put in. I've even come across quite a few where the image was of a different book entirely. Besides the publishers changing covers often it's human submissions (laypersons at that) that supply the cover pictures and they shouldn't be considered definitive. A friend of mine had a book published and I was surprised to see it on here but it didn't have a cover image. I sent one in and it was accepted without question. It is the correct image for the book but that just shows how if someone made a mistake the wrong image could easily end up on a book's page.

Date Posted: 12/31/2012 4:13 PM ET
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Yes, images can be submitted for approval by all members. Just as actual people are submitting images, actual people have to review and approve them. I seriously doubt cover images are being blindly approved left and right by the people that are volunteering their time to do the job.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 8:06 PM ET
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That's not what I said. I do know from the images that I submitted that they check the image itself to make sure it's ok technically (no watermarks or ids, right size, etc) but they don't research to see that it's the right image. That would be kind of impossible anyway given how many different covers an isbn may have, which one would be the 'right' image? Basically it's like a wiki, the info provided is only as accurate as the people who submit it.

 

Date Posted: 12/31/2012 8:51 PM ET
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The PBS approvers DO look at the images to make sure they are for the correct book (not necessarily that ISBN, but for that author/title). If there is an image on a book that is for a completely different book, then it is likely it came into the database some other way that a datasubmission on PBS.  There is no way that the data and image teams can clean up the database completely. Though members can search out and submit correct images to help!

Date Posted: 12/31/2012 8:59 PM ET
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The "plain" cover that you saw when you originally requested the book might have been a standard mockup used for the ARCs and prepublication purposes - I have received reviewer copies that are a very plain cover with just the author's name and book title in maybe one color. Sometimes those covers get posted to the book's Amazon page, and presumably get imported by PBS from wherever they get their book data on newly published books.  By the time the "official" book goes on sale there's a more elaborate cover in full-color, which is probably akin to the one that's now attached to the book record on PBS (probably uploaded by someone on the site).