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message 1: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:04PM) (new)

Paul Bryant | 96 comments Dear all - I just became a librarian, it's been an ambition of mine for weeks - anyway I found several of my favourite books with no cover thumbnails so I scanned them and uploaded them and it seemed to work, but when you click on the actual thumbnail you just get a blank page rather than a page with a large version.


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So am I doing something wrong here?


message 2: by MikeS (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

MikeS (mothslayer) | 5 comments Hmmm, I just noticed that it does the same thing on a title that I uploaded a cover image for.

Sorry, I don't have an answer.

message 3: by rivka, Former Librarian Moderator (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

rivka | 45529 comments Mod
Since the large images all come from Amazon (IIRC), uploaded-by-GoodReaders images lack them.

message 4: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Paul Bryant | 96 comments Thanks rivka, that will be it. On the subject of covers, how strict is Goodreads that the cover displayed should be the actual cover of the edition shown?

message 5: by rivka, Former Librarian Moderator (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

rivka | 45529 comments Mod
Why would you want to upload a cover that doesn't match the edition? Wouldn't it make more sense to upload it to the edition it actually matches, and shift your review to that edition?

message 6: by Otis, Chief Architect (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Otis Chandler | 315 comments Mod
Hey all,

There was a slight bug for the case where the image is from a user and an Amazon cover doesn't exist - sorry about that. We'll have it fixed in the next release!

And yes, please keep the covers to ones that match the actual edition.

message 7: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Paul Bryant | 96 comments Here's an example of a cover which does not match the edition

the main edition listed is the Bantam paperback, which strangely was not illustrated. I scanned & uploaded my copu, which is a Corgi. But you can't see that it is from the tiny thumbnail. None of the other associated versions of Machineries of joy was a Corgi. So... does it matter in this case?

message 8: by rivka, Former Librarian Moderator (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM) (new)

rivka | 45529 comments Mod
So yours is this one? Why not just upload your cover for that edition?

Or is it an ISBN that's not listed at all?

I'm guessing that it's not as big a deal for older editions, where getting the real cover may be very difficult.

message 9: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM) (new)

Paul Bryant | 96 comments Nope, that one says "Corgi Childrens" which is different from the beautiful old Corgi paperback I have. I perhaps should have said that this cover/edition mismatch only happens on old and out of print books, so maybe - maybe - it doesn't matter in those cases.

message 10: by Paul (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:12PM) (new)

Paul Bryant | 96 comments Often the paperbacks I'm finding sans thumbnail are pre-barcode and pre-ISBN.

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