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Book images not sticking + non US book image searches not working

I assume that this is a problem that is already known as I've had trouble with it for a little while now, but I can't find a discussion about it.

Here is an example: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14629354 I've just registered it, and when I did a search using the ISBN the correct details and correct image appeared. However once I finalised the registration, I find the image has disappeared. And when I try to update the image, nothing comes up, even when I try to use the google option. It's not the end of the world but I hope someone is trying to fix it? And thank you if you are on the case!

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I assume that this is a problem that is already known as I've had trouble with it for a little while now, but I can't find a discussion about it.

Here is an example: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14629354 I've just registered it, and when I did a search using the ISBN the correct details and correct image appeared. However once I finalised the registration, I find the image has disappeared. And when I try to update the image, nothing comes up, even when I try to use the google option. It's not the end of the world but I hope someone is trying to fix it? And thank you if you are on the case!
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seems the work-around solution is to use amazon.com or amazon.ca to find the images. Several amazon-sites are not communicating with our site, unfortunately.

The tech team is doing their best.
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seems the work-around solution is to use amazon.com or amazon.ca to find the images.

That, or find an image elsewhere, save it to your computer, then upload it.
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That, or find an image elsewhere, save it to your computer, then upload it.


Sure, although it is pretty laborious...
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That, or find an image elsewhere, save it to your computer, then upload it.


Sure, although it is pretty laborious...

I do that regularly.
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I do that regularly.

Me, too. There is no Dutch Amazon anyway, so we're used to it.
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That, or find an image elsewhere, save it to your computer, then upload it.


Sure, although it is pretty laborious...

I do that regularly.



Regularly? You have registered less then 300 books in about 8 years... What is your idea of "regularly" ???
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Regularly? You have registered less then 300 books in about 8 years... What is your idea of "regularly" ???

The person I answered has registered about the same as me. I also add imagines to many books I get given by other BCers (books I didn't register) and I manage the site for another BCer, adding images there as need be. No I have not registered as many books as you have. I rarely visit this forum, so it's a fluke I saw your reply so quickly.

"regularly" for me personally, is as 'needed'. My comment was also made 4 months ago. You took your time!
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seems the work-around solution is to use amazon.com or amazon.ca to find the images. Several amazon-sites are not communicating with our site, unfortunately.


Well the books I tend to read are often in foreign languages and do not appear on amazon.com etc, hence the problem.
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Actually it's strange - this one is now showing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14629354 whereas the others that I registered yesterday are not.
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If I can't find it there, then I search elsewhere.
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For some time now I have the same problem. But before that, it worked just fine. What's the matter that this site gets worse instead of better? Can't you set the program as it was before?
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What's the matter that this site gets worse instead of better? Can't you set the program as it was before?

No, as the feature was broken by changes made by Amazon, and BC has no control over that.
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Untill some time ago we would be able to search for books on Amazon.uk as well as Amazon.ca in addition to Amazon.com < the US side >

Recently the Amazon.ca searches have joined the Amazon.uk searches in providing blanks for the book covers ...

When attempting to add the book cover later , an error is encountered.

The message states: Error: FAIL ...

Given that many books in Canada have different covers from the American covers , this is a real pain in the neck.

I have always tried to provide a cover that represents the books I register accurately. It is almost impossible now unless I want to spend a huge amount of time uploading images I produce or locate elsewhere < Goodreads anyone? > I simply don't have time to do this for every book.

Anyway, the problem has now been with us for months. A fix will be much appreciated. TIA.
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The problem I reported is not that covers don't stick.
Under Amazon.ca only blanks are offered.

And I repeat, when trying to update the cover an "Error: FAIL" materializes...

SAD that there does not seem to be a solution < yet > !!!
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Until some time ago we would be able to search for books on Amazon.uk as well as Amazon.ca in addition to Amazon.com < the US side >

Recently the Amazon.ca searches have joined the Amazon.uk searches in providing blanks for the book covers ...

When attempting to add the book cover later , an error is encountered.

The message states: Error: FAIL ...

Given that many books in Canada have different covers from the American covers , this is a real pain in the neck.

I have always tried to provide a cover that represents the books I register accurately. It is almost impossible now unless I want to spend a huge amount of time uploading images I produce or locate elsewhere < Goodreads anyone? > I simply don't have time to do this for every book.

Anyway, the problem has now been with us for months. A fix will be much appreciated. TIA.



And time marches on.

We still do not have a solution to finding correct bookcovers via Amazon.ca [ Have not checked other "foreign" search options ]

I would like to encourage the BookCrossing software team to come up with a solution sooner rather than later.

I have basically almost stopped registering as I do not really like to have a large number of "blanks" or for that matter incorrect [ US based ] covers.
Note my previous comment: [ Given that many books in Canada have different covers from the American covers , this is a real pain in the neck. ]

You'd be surprised how many book published in Canada have a different cover from USA-issued ones. { Must be the "Stand on guard for thee..." EH! ]
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I would like to encourage the BookCrossing software team to come up with a solution sooner rather than later.

There are a number of calls for glitch fixes right now, infact there is a lot across this forum - Bugs and Broken Bits Reporting - and also the Feature Requests forum.
I respectfully echo my recent comments in other threads that those BCers posting demands for fixes and calls to HQ for updates/timelines on fixes, I would like to encourage them to show the courtesy of the most basic sign of supporting the site - ie appearing with wings.
Nothing happens for free and there are ALOT of none flying members calling for things to be done. If the site isn't financially supported, how it is supposed to survive, never mind keep up with software fixes or glitches of its own as well as those resulting from 3rd parties such as Amazon making changes that no longer sync with BC.


On a side note, hasn't Moem already explained that this is a result of an Amazon change, not a BC glitch?
No, as the feature was broken by changes made by Amazon, and BC has no control over that.



Simple work around - from someone who had to do this for almost every single book I registered post 2017 when I was buying books in Australia, and there was no Amazon in Australia - simply register the book with no cover and then upload it manually using the "Can't find cover?" option where you can upload the correct image that you have saved as a JPEG by right clicking on the book cover image on Amazon.ca.
Yes it is a pain, but basically how it has always been for any BCers outside of USA, Canada and UK.
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I agree with J4shaw here; buy wings and support the site.

A good source for covers is Goodreads (which I also belong to). Otherwise, the book can be photographed and the photograph cropped to the cover.
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Yes it is a pain, but basically how it has always been for any BCers outside of USA, Canada and UK.

Me too, but I see it as an adventure to come up with the best possible image.
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Some of them are there, but all those I've added recently are just blank.
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The wishlist situation is tricky - it has to do with the global-overview page associated with the wish. If you added wishlist books by clicking on the "add to wishlist" button on a global overview page that had an image, it should appear on your wishlist, but if the overview page did not have an image, or if you created a new wish via the "add wish" button on the wishlist page itself, you may be stuck.

If you can find an existing overview page WITH cover-pic for the book you want, you can add a new wish from there, and that *should* work; then you can remove the wish with the blank cover. But it gets complicated, and the overview-page situation is often messy, so... yeah.

While I like seeing the covers, I don't consider it a serious issue to have a wishlist book without one - once you actually have a copy of the book to register, you should be able to find a cover (or, if you're a victim of the still-not-fixed cover-lookup problem, can upload one yourself).
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Thank you Gory, I have been using the button on the wishlist page - when I click on the global icon I see a cover, but it doesn't post.
Will see if I can find my way round the other solution you suggest.
I know it isn't very important, but I do like to see a row of covers rather than grey rectangles.

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