Goodreads mascot competition

Posted by Michael Economy on September 21, 2010
If Goodreads had a mascot, what would it be? Compete and share your best images!

How to enter the Goodreads Mascot Competition


Please upload all entries as an alternate profile image:
http://www.goodreads.com/photo/new?photo[tags_string]=mascot_contest_2010
Mascots should all have a name.

Deadline 11:59pm PST October 31st


Current entries can be viewed here:
http://www.goodreads.com/photo/show_tag?name= mascot_contest_2010


The winners will be picked via a goodreads poll.


Rules



  • Only one entry per person is allowed

  • All submissions must be made through the goodreads photo system and tagged "mascot_contest_2010"

  • All mascots should have a name.

  • Any entry that don't properly represent the 'Goodreads image' will be disqualified.

  • All images must comply with the Goodreads Terms of Service

  • Using multiple accounts for entering or voting will result in disqualification.

  • Goodreads employees are not eligible to win.

  • Rules may change at anytime.

  • All submissions become the property of Goodreads, Inc.

  • Original artwork only (no clipart/google image search/stock photography).



Prizes


1st place: 5 Goodreads Swap credits, a t-shirt with the new Goodreads mascot on it--and worldwide fame and recognition.

2nd place: 3 Goodreads Swap credits and less fame.

3rd place: 1 Goodreads Swap credit; perhaps no fame.


Note: if you live outside the US and win, (since swap is US only) we can instead mail you some free books instead of swap credits.

How will the mascot be used


Mascot is not guaranteed to be used, but may be used for the following:
Goodreads promotional items
Cardboard cutouts
Goodreads Apparel
Goodreads Airplane

Comments Showing 1-50 of 105 (105 new)


message 1: by Forrest (new)

Forrest What a great idea for a GoodReads contest- thanks for allowing us to be involved!


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Woooo we get an airplane?


message 3: by Gabriella (new)

Gabriella What do you mean when you say that the image must be made through the goodreads photo system? What is the photo sytem?


message 4: by Casey (new)

Casey Airplane?! That sounds exciting.


message 5: by Forrest (new)

Forrest What does the Goodreads Airplane do?!


message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Gabriella wrote: "What do you mean when you say that the image must be made through the goodreads photo system? What is the photo sytem?"

That means you have to upload it here:

http://www.goodreads.com/photo/new


message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy FYI: Goodreads does not yet have an airplane.


message 8: by Dori (new)

Dori MICHAEL wrote: "FYI: Goodreads does not yet have an airplane."

Not even a paper one?


message 9: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Dori wrote: "Not even a paper one?"

I think I know what the next internal GR contest for the northern office is going to be.


message 10: by Petra-X (new)

Petra-X The second bookworm is already in use on at least four other sites.


message 11: by Faith (new)

Faith Uhhhhh... a BOOK? Duh. OK contest closed.


message 12: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Petra X wrote: "The second bookworm is already in use on at least four other sites."

Rules state:
*Original artwork only (no clipart/google image search/stock photography).


message 13: by Annie (new)

Annie AWESOME!!! Great idea!


message 14: by Ally (new)

Ally This sounds like fun. :)


message 15: by Ace (new)

Ace how can u not look up an image on google? come on that makes it so much harder!


message 16: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Because using such an image would be illegal, and a violation of Goodreads Terms of Service.

If you find it using Google Image search, someone probably owns (and has copyrighted) that image.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

ok this is awesome XD would it be bad if we drew something from google took a pic of the drawing and then posted it? because technically it would be our own just getting an idea from the internet.....hrmmm I can tweek it as well.. im an art junky hehehe


message 18: by Holly (new)

Holly Do you have a size preference and pixel per inch you'd like?


message 19: by Holly (last edited Sep 23, 2010 10:48AM) (new)

Holly I was curious after Petra X wrote that the second image was already in use. In fact, both images posted (no longer in the first position) are clipart images and can be found using the google image search.


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

That's just mean... Think about it what if you had posted those and someone said that about them to you? How would you feel? Don't put down other peoples ideas it's not all that nice they stand a chance I like them :)


message 21: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka There's no need to comment on entries. There will be a poll composed of eligible entries after submissions close.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

The only way to get your drawing onthe site would be to scan it, right? Or could we just take a picture of it and download it into our computer?


message 23: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Faith wrote: "Uhhhhh... a BOOK? Duh. OK contest closed."

No, not symbol or icon. Mascot, with a personality & mobility, as in Bookcrossing's Ballycumber, or the Pillsbury DoughBoy, Tony the Tiger of the cereal Frosted Flakes. (Please note, those are probably all trademarked, and I don't want to be in any legal trouble for using them as examples, they are not in any way affiliated with goodreads nor licensed nor any of that stuff.)


Melissa (YA Book Shelf) Hmm...it doesn't say this in the rules, but if one of the prizes is goodreads swap credits, does that mean that only Americans can enter? I live in Canada, and as you know, that feature isn't available for Canadians or anyone other than those with an American address.

:(


message 25: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Bojangles, you could also create the image using electronic drawing software (Paint, for example).


message 26: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Melissa (YA Book Shelf) wrote: "Hmm...it doesn't say this in the rules, but if one of the prizes is goodreads swap credits, does that mean that only Americans can enter? I live in Canada, and as you know, that feature isn't avail..."

updated post to add:
"Note: if you live outside the US and win, (since swap is us only) we can instead mail you some free books instead of swap credits. "


message 27: by Dan (last edited Sep 22, 2010 12:52PM) (new)

Dan Schwent Could the reader get Goodreads Mascot Contest Winner on their profile beneath their picture?


message 28: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Dan wrote: "Could the reader get Goodreads Mascot Contest Winner on their profile beneath their picture?"

Possibly.


message 29: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent MICHAEL wrote: "Dan wrote: "Could the reader get Goodreads Mascot Contest Winner on their profile beneath their picture?"

Possibly."


Good enough for me.


Melissa (YA Book Shelf) MICHAEL wrote: "Melissa (YA Book Shelf) wrote: "Hmm...it doesn't say this in the rules, but if one of the prizes is goodreads swap credits, does that mean that only Americans can enter? I live in Canada, and as yo..."

Thanks for the updated info, Michael. :)


Kate (theshortone) Hey maybe a cat with glasses and a book in front of them.


message 32: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Link above to view current entrees has been fixed. Lots of good submissions so far!


message 33: by Alina (new)

Alina 1. Does the mascot picture have to be of a person or animal, or can it be a random pile of books or something like it??


message 34: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Alina wrote: "1. Does the mascot picture have to be of a person or animal, or can it be a random pile of books or something like it??"

I said in the rules, it needs to have a name. So I guess it could be a pile of books named "pile-ee" :D. Get creative, and have fun!


message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Not a hard one.A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 36: by Faith (new)

Faith Abbi: I KNOW right!!!!!!???


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

ummmmmm......again I ask can we draw something off the internet and tweek it? would that be acceptible???


message 38: by surfmadpig (new)

surfmadpig what's the deal with most of the submitted 'mascots' being images from the web and/or not really mascots (Stephen Fry??)

I guess the entries will have to be cleaned up at some point, because I think the current list will only encourage other users to submit non-legit entries thinking they are legit.


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

oh another question... what are swap credits? What are they used for and so on?


message 40: by JK (new)

JK There should be a rule that submitted picture have to be public... it's kinda annoying trying to look at the submissions only to be told they are private. =\


message 41: by Megan (new)

Megan Costello Whoops! I didn't read the rules---I got too excited---and I posted more than one. You can pick which ever out of the ones I posted because I don't know how to take off what I put up. Sorry if I inconvienced you. :(


message 42: by Megan (new)

Megan Costello Just Joe wrote: "oh another question... what are swap credits? What are they used for and so on?"

Swap credits are what you receive when you swap books with someone else. The credits allow you to not have to pay, for the shipping and handling, so the book you choose is 100% free!


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

I see that lots of people are using clipart/Google. I am going to scan mine... :D


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

rivka wrote: "Bojangles, you could also create the image using electronic drawing software (Paint, for example)."

Let me just say that you wouldn't be able to do something very good if you use Paint. If you want to make something REALLY cool, then draw it, scan it, enter it.


message 45: by surfmadpig (new)

surfmadpig Some people can be quite good even with paint. I personally can't see how the mascot can be a photo O_o
.


message 46: by JK (new)

JK I think people are missing the point of this, not reading the rules, and are just submitting random pictures. =\


message 47: by karen (new)

karen if you go with walbert (and i'm not saying you should, but look how cute he is!! look!!) you have an actual posable three-dimensional object that is more than just a photo - he is a ready-made friend/mascot/life partner! he cooks, he cleans - he is no mere line drawing - he is a bookish monster with a fully-developed personality! he has hopes and dreams and would very much like to be on a shirt!


message 48: by Erika (new)

Erika I like this. Mr. Horsey Notabook says hi, by the way. He's sad he can't see close-ups of the entries who have private profiles.


message 49: by Erika (new)

Erika By the way, I did mine with photography. That`s okay rightÉ (ack-that`s a question mark...bilingual keyboard be gone!)

I was actually going to make it my new profile picture but can`t figure out how. Any helpÉ (-that`s another question mark too)


message 50: by !ĘŁÏŻÅ¡ (new)

!ĘŁÏŻÅ¡ A walking book can be the mascot!


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