Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cover page changes

I've revamped each work's "covers" page—a.k.a. "change cover"—to emphasize the higher-quality images among out 1,000,000 covers.

1. The images are bigger, so you can see quality, and because covers are so beautiful.
2. The algorithm now sorts larger covers higher, so that members are more likely to pick higher-quality versions of their cover. The existing sort order was reinforcing the use of low-quality images, even when LT had high-quality ones.
3. High-quality images now say "high quality" and list the original dimensions.

Here are some examples: The Odyssey, Pnin, The Kama Sutra, Pudd'nhead Wilson, Origin of Species, Life of Pi, Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks good, except that I can't seem to change the cover when I add a new book - is there a problem with the javascript? I've tried on both Opera 9.52 and IE6 (don't ask).

Let me know if you need more info or if there's a better place for a bug report!

8/28/2008 4:44 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Maybe I was blind, but I did not see any guidelines on the recommended quality of cover uploads. Do you want to full 300 dpi scan - no need to worry about storage space? Or scaled down to a reasonable size for screen display (e.g. 800 pixel width), or, as I did for those I uploaded so far, scale them down for the size actually displayed in LT so far, about 200 pixel height. Luckily I still have the full scans, so I can replace my earlier upload with higher qualities.

8/28/2008 6:46 AM  
Blogger Felius said...

The guidelines are displayed on the covers page below the section which allows you to upload a new cover. It's in fairly small text - perhaps we should update that and make it clearer. For example, it says "large images will be scaled" - they *are* scaled for display, but we've kept the original uploaded files for about a year now.

The only limitation on image quality is size - we accept a maximum filesize of 600k. You can fit a very high quality scan in 600k!

8/28/2008 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a really new member fumbling around the site, so may be doing this wrong, but have been trying to fix "wrong" covers on my library page. I'm following the steps, but wind up with the default blank leather binding. Is there a bug as multifaceted suggested?

8/28/2008 9:28 AM  
Blogger theboltchick said...

I like it :). I already changes two of my covers and they look much clearer.

8/28/2008 10:04 AM  
Blogger mollishka said...

I'm getting the same thing as Anonymous up there ... I try changing the cover the same way as always and instead it goes to my default blank cover :-(

8/28/2008 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that the 300x450 files for my scanned covers qualify for "high quality"! I was worried when I chose that size that they'd be smallish (they're 1/2-1/3 the raw scan size, typically).

8/28/2008 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful! This is incredibly useful considering all the time I spend on LT is making me go blind :-)

8/28/2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger Sole said...

You can actually see the differences clearly, great job!

8/28/2008 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*pokes Felius* Does this mean that you'll soon make those blurry covers better? I mean, this is good, but it kinda sucks when the covers that are said to be "high quality" are still really blurry because of the resizing or whatever.

8/28/2008 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the reason why many covers just disappeared? As far as I know, the problem seems to affect mainly books in italian...

8/29/2008 8:12 AM  
Blogger JVK said...

great - this will save me a lot of trial and error. I do notice, however, that the scans I upload are not being flagged as high-res straight away - does this take a few days?

8/30/2008 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re btripp's comment...the covers I upload tend to be 30% of the original scan size. I was rather pleased to see they count as high quality.

9/03/2008 1:20 PM  
Blogger med humanities said...

I found a replacement cover which was upside down. I chose it thinking, foolish me, that it would invert. Wrong! Now I'm looking for a way to right it.

9/08/2008 8:24 PM  

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