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From: Iain Truskett
August 28, 2002 22:26
Message ID: 20020829052507.GD15505@tarantula.tpg.com.au
* Uri Guttman (firstname.lastname@example.org) [29 Aug 2002 15:14]:
> * Iain Truskett writes:
> > Because, ideally, we have two to three versions.
> > Thumb for the index pages. Medium for the book pages, and perhaps a
> > Large for those who want to see the cover to some degree of detail.
> so why not have 3 links? same thing as one but you store 3 url's in
> the DB (if the book has all 3 sizes).
Because the site may only have one version? Amazon usually has three
different versions (it's where all but about two of the covers on the
current site come from [those two being 'Practical mod_perl', and
'Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason']). Or, the site may have one version
and it's shite. It's usually the author's sites that have the best
versions (and, yes, we could link there), but ideally all our iamges are
around about the same size (aspect ratio notwithstanding).
*Ideally* we have a nice big hires copy that we can scale however we
like. We, obviously, can't just reference one image and use <img
width/height> unless we also store the aspect ratio.
> > We could always cache and Magick them, but then we'd be storing =)
> my whole point. why store when we don't have to.
> > There's another kettle of fish. Some places don't even like links to
> > images from pages that aren't on their servers.
> well, we can deal with that later. this is a non-profit info site. we
> can ask the major publishers for permission (o'reilly and manning will
> surely let us. i bet most of the others will too).
That's what I suspect. I suspect they would even be friendly to us
having copies of the covers ourselves.
> > Anyone feel like writing to some publishers and asking what they
> > like? I think there's some legal thing that lets you play with the
> > covers (since it's in a review/organisational context rather than
> > trying to sell some competing product). But, IANAL.
(And, not only am I NAL, I'm not an American lawyer.)
> i can do it for those two as i know people there. i don't know the
> other publishers. i think we could just do the linking and let them
> complain first. then we get permission or drop them.
Which sounds a good step. We'd have two for precedent =)
> it is free publicity (unless the book sux) so they probably won't
> mind. out site should help sell books which is what they want.
Even bad books get good reviews. See Amazon =) The trick with this site
is to get the Perl community rating and reviewing, because they
theoretically know better than Joe Dredd who just picked up his Perl/CGI
book and is looking for something more. And good books get bad reviews,
O'Reilly and Manning, due to having ebook editions, would probably love
the site =) After all, who visits Amazon, looking for a book and then