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N--b question, how do I download a high quality cover?

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1LitUp
Juin 22, 2010, 9:45pm

Trying to download this "high quality" cover but without success. I just got myself a developer key but still can't do it. thanks

http://www.librarything.com/work/2573945/covers/

2rybie2
Modifié : Juin 22, 2010, 10:01pm

hi LitUp

You need to have the book added to your library before you can download the cover (and right now, I see you have 0 books in your library), so add some books, then change the cover to what you want.

3LitUp
Juin 23, 2010, 3:45am

OK thanks. Book added, cover changed. Now, how do I download the "high quality" cover as listed on the site? I'd like to set it as my desktop background

4AndrewB
Modifié : Juin 23, 2010, 4:04am

As I recall, the book covers aren't downloadable - just used in your catalogue. The high quality marker pretty much just indicates that it may look better than other lower-quality images when you increase the cover size in "cover view" while looking at your catalogue.

5LitUp
Juin 23, 2010, 4:25am

Well that's incredibly annoying and confusing. Why does it say that? As someone else has said "there's a text on some of the little cover pictures, "high quality(resolution given here)", but it's not clickable, in other words, i can't view the aforementioned higher quality cover pictures." Why be so unclear from the start? Lame that somebody uploads a hi res image and you can't download it, even though book covers are considered promotional material (and the book is 50 years old). And what is this all about then:

http://www.librarything.com/blogs/librarything/2008/08/a-million-free-covers-fro...

6AndrewB
Juin 23, 2010, 5:02am

If you search around, you will find several questions/complaints etc around accessing larger versions of covers. I don't know the rationale behind the way it is, don't shoot the messenger, I'm not on the LT development team.

That blog post details the cover API (for use by developers, who want to build a site that uses LT's covers), which seems to only work if you have an ISBN number for the book - which of course, you likely can't get if the book pre-dates ISBNs (and hasn't had one assigned on LT).

7LitUp
Juin 23, 2010, 7:13am

OK thanks for your help. However I doubt I will use this website again because it's so stupid.

8r.orrison
Juin 23, 2010, 8:45am

What exactly were you expecting? This is a site whose purpose is cataloging books, not a site for people to drop in, contribute nothing, and get free stuff.

9caf21
Jan 17, 2011, 11:27am

I came here for the same thing, access to cover images. And I don't consider that "free stuff" since I have hundreds of large images for rare books that I would upload in return. However, I'm not going to share my collection on a site that doesn't give me access in return. Oh, unless I am a school library and pay for them. What?!?

10coakman
Déc 13, 2011, 11:24pm

I agree.

Not being able to download covers makes this whole 'cataloging for the sake of cataloging' site pretty pointless.

11StormRaven
Modifié : Déc 13, 2011, 11:37pm

9: You can download cover images. Just right click on the image and hit "save image".

12TonyAlmeida
Mai 24, 2012, 4:13am

No StormRaven, that will save the image on the screen, not the hi res image.

13StormRaven
Mai 24, 2012, 8:01am

12: No, it downloads the image you are pointing at.