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Jul 2, 2012, 12:45am Top

Did you flag a cover that might look wrongly-flagged to the casual observer? Post your reasons -- and please include links!

Jul 2, 2012, 12:49am Top

My two starter flags are two covers for Northanger Abbey, both of which I gave the "inapplicable" flag as being for the DVD version. One was for the BBC miniseries from the 1980s or so, and the other was for the more recent adaptation for Masterpiece Classic.

Jul 2, 2012, 12:54am Top

And speaking of Masterpiece Classic adaptations, I just found another for Sense and Sensibility. (Note to self: do not begin using shiny new flags at bedtime. Grogginess is not pleasant.)

Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 9:39am Top

Thank you for starting this thread. I think not being able to link to particular covers is a serious problem. But let's see how it goes with me describing the covers. For the very popular works with many covers I think it makes most sense to scroll through http://www.librarything.com/helpers_covers.php. The works with fewer covers are linked.

First a mistake on my part. The Jane Eyre cover in white with the blue-green stripe is a Dodd and Mead Great Illustrated Classic cover. This is not an abridgement or adaption. I was confusing it with the more recent Great Illustrated Classics that are adaptions.

The Jane Eyre cover with the silhouette of a woman in front of a pink-purple window is an adaption. The fuzzy text says "From the Story by Charlotte Bronte."

The fuzzy Jane Eyre cover with the painting in the center and a orange-brown border is a Norton Critical Edition cover. The Norton Critical Edition is a separate work.

The fuzzy Jane Eyre cover with the green border just below is also a Norton Critical Edition cover.

The three covers from the Kite Runner have movie credits across the bottom so I take them to be covers for the movie version.

This on isn't mine, but the flagged cover on Galactic Astronomy by Binney and Merrifield is in fact a cover for Galactic Astronomy : Structure and Kinematics by Mihalas and Binney, a different work.

The cover that is flagged on both Animal Farm and 1984 is a cover for a dual edition that contains both Animal Farm and 1984.

I voted no on the flagged cover for The Book Before Printing because The Hand Produced Book is the original title of that work.

The Dracula cover with Christopher Lee across the top is an adaption.

The Dracula cover all in red and the one just above with the same lettering are different covers for the same graphic adaption.

The two similar covers for Dracula with the red lettering and glowering, bloody-lipped vampire are for an abridged edition.

The black Dracula cover with the red lettering and white bat is for an abridged audio-book.

The black and white cover just below is also for an abridged audio-book.

The Dracula cover with the purple cape and wolves is for a graphic adaption.

The red Dracula cover with the white sticker that says Hanbury Plays is for a theatrical adaption.

The Dracula cover just below with Dracula in a spooky forest and a mountaintop castle in the background is for a graphical adaption.

And my last flagged Dracula cover (or first, depending how you look at it), with Dracula in a blue-tinged caped outfit, holding a sword is also a graphical adaption.

The flagged over on Cranford is for the DVD of the TV series.

Jul 10, 2012, 9:40am Top

> 4

I think it would help if you linked to the work pages.

Jul 10, 2012, 9:47am Top

>5 lilithcat:
Note that I edited my post to include the cover helpers page. For works like Jane Eyre and Dracula with hundreds of user-entered covers I don't think the work pages would help much.

Jul 10, 2012, 10:23am Top

I flagged some covers from 13 Clues for Miss Marple. Please note that this is NOT the same book as The Thirteen Problems ( aka The Tuesday Club Murders).

Jul 10, 2012, 11:31am Top

There are several members using generic images such as

Though fine in their own catalogs, in my opinion this is not a cover for any work any more than say


Jul 10, 2012, 11:34am Top

I agree. I've been flagging those when I come across them.

Jul 10, 2012, 11:38am Top

This one on Mark Twain's 1601 appears to be the result of the re-use of an ISBN.

Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 11:55am Top

> 4: "The cover that is flagged on both Animal Farm and 1984 is a cover for a dual edition that contains both Animal Farm and 1984."

I appreciate your point, but I'm reluctant to flag the dual edition cover as inapplicable to either separate Work. I'd welcome a larger discussion on this point, unless the question's asked and answered when I wasn't looking.

To start, I catalog each volume as its own record, noting where any Work is divided into volumes (e.g., http://www.librarything.com/work/12024971/87246141 and http://www.librarything.com/work/12025616/87400375 ) or appears anthologized (e.g., http://www.librarything.com/work/12218962/87532318 ). But I also see where other LT Members catalog multiple volumes or constituent parts distinctly as Works in their own right -- individual novellas, plays, poems and stories, not otherwise published as a stand-alone edition. I see logic in doing so, and I presume it lets them track distinct Works notwithstanding physical presentation, especially useful for identifying "to read" and "have read." It's also reasonable that a Member who holds either a multi-volume or anthologized Work, but catalogs it independently, should use a cover that best represents his or her actual holding.

Is it enough that each Member can freely use any image he or she chooses (perhaps a walrus, or a cat-in-the-litter-box), but only images depicting actual volumes with substantially the same content should profuse (neat word!) to a Work page? If so, we're right to flag every single-volume image on records for a multi-volume set, and every anthology cover on separate records for a constituent Work. On the other hand, if (as I think is the case) a fundamental purpose of cover profusion is sharing images among Members, shouldn't the Animal Farm / 1984 dual edition cover be accessible to any Member cataloging the same book, however they choose to interpret the "Work"?

My preference is to share potentially applicable cover images widely, although my voting record may not yet reflect that "evolution in thinking."

> 8, 9: I would agree, and would advocate for "default icons" of audio-, video- and e-books, similar to default covers we choose among for bound books. Does anybody know whether that possibility has been considered or discussed?

Jul 10, 2012, 11:53am Top

> 11

Dual editions, though, should not be combined with either of the constituent works. A book that includes both Animal Farm and 1984 should not appear on the work page for either of them, but should have a separate work page.

Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 12:06pm Top

> 12: I understand your point, and agree completely -- if they're CATALOGED as dual editions, they certainly should be combined on a separate Work page with other dual editions, using an appropriate dual-edition cover image, and not with either constituent Work's page.

My concern, however, is for other LT Members, who may hold Animal Farm / 1984 in the dual edition but would still catalog Animal Farm and 1984 as separate Works. To the extent this is a way some Members actually use LibraryThing, I hope we can recognize and accommodate the differences in approaches. Even though they're wrong! :o)

Jul 10, 2012, 12:48pm Top

Don't forget that flagging covers doesn't affect the user's own data. There's no harm in saying, at the work level, that the cover for a combined edition of Animal Farm and 1984 isn't appropriate for either work individually.

Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 12:53pm Top

>13 jasbro:
Then again, some people just enter records with conflicting data. For instance, this user has an entry for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a cover for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and no separate record for Through the Looking Glass.

To me, if the cover doesn't match the work that's sufficient for a flag. People can do what they like in their own catalogs but I'd rather not encourage or facilitate the kind of cataloging you outline. I'd also prefer to make it harder for people to enter incomplete data and then "fix" it by choosing a cover that matches their actual edition.

Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 3:27pm Top

Any thoughts on these specially made inclusion covers*. Nifty, but not actual cover images from any book.

*edited to add: select the "Inclusions" collection when you get to the catalog.

Jul 10, 2012, 1:58pm Top

> 16

I don't know what you mean by an "inclusion cover". Those all look like regular covers to me.

Jul 10, 2012, 3:26pm Top

>17 lilithcat:
Sorry. The permanent link doesn't seem to be capturing the selected collection. Try again and choose the "Inclusions" collection.

Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 3:41pm Top

> 18

Thanks. It's a little bit hard to tell, due to the size of the images, but I gather that these are actual covers, but covers of the books which include the short story, novella, or whatever, to which he's added the name of the short story, etc?

Jul 10, 2012, 3:46pm Top

In this book, I flagged the cover that was for the DVD:

There are 2 series, one for the hardcover books:
and one for the DVD series narrated by Charleton Heston:

The cover belongs on this work:

Cannot figure out what else needs separating as the book editions under Bradley seem correct.

Jul 10, 2012, 3:48pm Top

And as far as this cover:

the editions under this book seem to be the DVD but this is a book cover. Just haven't figured out which book.

Jul 10, 2012, 3:52pm Top

>19 lilithcat:
Click through to a book details page and then on the cover information to see a bigger version. There is a generic picture of an open book with the omnibus cover on the right hand page and the included work's cover on the left hand page. Again, nifty, but as a whole not an image that appears on any one book.

Jul 10, 2012, 4:15pm Top

>20 fdholt:
As there are only two copies it wasn't to hard to find the one with the DVD cover. It's a manual entry and looks like it is intended to be a book. So I think there's no separating to be done and the flag is appropriate.

Jul 10, 2012, 4:48pm Top

#23 Thanks. I really thought the book was in the correct place - the fact that the series title is the same as well as the book/DVD title, makes for confusion. In fact there are several in these series sets that also could confuse.

Jul 11, 2012, 12:59am Top

#15: You don't want to facilitate people recording what novels they own? I think that's a perfectly acceptable use of LibraryThing.

Then again, some people just enter records with conflicting data. For instance, this user has an entry for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a cover for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and no separate record for Through the Looking Glass.

Maybe Through the Looking Glass wasn't interesting enough to catalog. Maybe they haven't read it yet, and only catalog things they've read.

Jul 11, 2012, 1:30am Top

Maybe Through the Looking Glass wasn't interesting enough to catalog. Maybe they haven't read it yet, and only catalog things they've read.

Yes, but that doesn't alter the fact that a cover for "Wonderland + Looking Glass" isn't appropriate for the work "Wonderland".

Jul 11, 2012, 2:04am Top

#26: Why? It's the cover for a copy of Alice in Wonderland, even if there's another book under the same cover.

Edited: Jul 11, 2012, 8:58am Top


No, it's a cover for "Alice in Wonderland + Through the Looking Glass", which is completely different from "Alice in Wonderland". (You wouldn't combine the two works, would you?)

If someone has a book with both in, and catalogs it as two separate books, that's fine. If they use the cover of the dual edition book on each of the separate books, that's fine too.

The flag doesn't say that it's the wrong cover for the user's book, it doesn't say that user is a bad person. It says that at the global level it's not appropriate for the work "Alice in Wonderland".

Jul 11, 2012, 2:44am Top

Hm - not good: http://www.librarything.com/topic/139636

Created a bug report.

Jul 11, 2012, 8:24am Top

>25 prosfilaes:
You don't want to facilitate people recording what novels they own? I think that's a perfectly acceptable use of LibraryThing.

Other than commercial spam everything is an acceptable use of LibraryThing. It's just that some uses work better with having consistent global data. And what r.orrison said.

Jul 11, 2012, 9:33am Top

This image is fuzzy. But I believe it is a cover for Alice in Wonderland and Other Favorites It has the ISBN for that work (0671466887) but the edition is simply titled "Alice in Wonderland." So I'm a bit torn on separating and recombining. But the cover doesn't belong.

Jul 11, 2012, 10:58am Top

This Oberon Design journal cover image has been adopted by a member as a default ebook cover image. Should these be flagged "not a cover," "inapplicable," or not flagged? I lean towards "not a cover."

Jul 11, 2012, 12:38pm Top

> 32

I'd call it "not a cover".

Jul 11, 2012, 12:45pm Top

But it is a cover. It's not a cookie, or an apartment building, or a cup of coffee... It's a cover. Maybe, maybe even probably, a wrong cover. But some sort of cover nevertheless.

Jul 11, 2012, 1:14pm Top

>32 eromsted:: I think for these purposes, any default image -- including this one, lovely as it is -- may be best flagged "inapplicable to this work," if not "not a cover." BarkingMatt's right, it is a cover, just not a cover for any Work. (Except for an Oberon Design leather journal, if that's a "Work.")

Isn't there a way to upload one's own preferred default cover, which (presumably, among other things) would keep a private image out of the cover profusion system?

Edited: Jul 11, 2012, 2:40pm Top

>35 jasbro:
Isn't there a way to upload one's own preferred default cover?
Not that I know of. There is a menu of choices that you can access by clicking on any book you own, selecting "change cover", and then "change default cover;" or just click here. Some of the options were created by members in a contest in 2007 but there doesn't seem to be a way to add your own default cover now.

Jul 11, 2012, 3:06pm Top

Right - at least, not that I'm aware of.

Jul 11, 2012, 6:55pm Top

Is a generic book cover a valid book cover?

Say this is the cover of the book. Then sure it is valid. Even if no one call tell. But, say it is used for other books is it then not valid? I could upload the same blank cover for all my books. Or say I have rebound all my books in the same half binding with red and white are these valid covers?

I have noticed there are covers with the binding add so that it is clear that these belong to the particular work. These seem valid, to me.

For me if there is nothing on the cover it just isn't a valid cover. I can except other people having a uniquely different view. Isn't that what the voting is for???

Jul 12, 2012, 12:22am Top

> 38

say I have rebound all my books in the same half binding with red and white are these valid covers?

Yes. They are the covers to your edition of those books. I have numerous books that I have personally rebound. They are valid covers.

if there is nothing on the cover it just isn't a valid cover.

I have scads of books without a title or other text on the cover. It might have been the designer's choice, or it may simply be that the dust jacket is no longer extant. But it is certainly the cover of the book!

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 10:45am Top

39> But how can anyone but you know?

So, if something doesn't clearly show any form of proof that it is the cover it should be except as the cover. So If people rebind their books with a picture of a cat or walrus that should be excepted as the cover? Who is to say all those cat pictures we have marked a invalid weren't the actual covers?

Should we have a flagged as "Questionable" ?

I am not saying you are wrong. I see your point of view. You just haven't convinced me...yet.

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 11:05am Top

39> Why did you vote this wasn't a cover?

It is on The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Have you reconsider it or do you know it isn't the cover?

Or is it the difference between "Not a Cover" and " inapplicable to this work"

Ahh the light dawns....

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 12:37pm Top

> 39, 40: I'm on record in post #11 above advocating a "broad interpretation" of what's appropriate as a "cover." So, let me see if I can tailor that position to these concerns, hoping somebody (i.e., y'all) will refine, elaborate, and/or correct my attempts where they fall short.

First, at its most basic level, the purpose of any cover image for a given Work is identification, for the Work generally and for each Member's individual record of that Work in particular. At the individual level, we have great latitude to adopt any available image, limited only by what fits LT's technical upload or capture parameters. However, at the corporate / communal level (remember, we're interpreting thus stuff "broadly," even across the political spectrum), profusing covers to other Members is primarily for sharing, enabling access, and use of available images for -- what? Cataloging? Work identification? Bibliographic information? Champagne-pajama-party flyers? Whatever. We're not policing; we're not judging; we're simply trying to help. As one esteemed LT'er has noted, we're like the janitors on clean-up duty.

As to whether an image is, or is not, a "cover": Does it appear to be any cover or cover-like image (e.g., the box or case of a commercial VHS, DVD or CD; or a VHS, DVD, CD or e-reader icon that includes specific Title and Author detail), regardless of whether it's clear, complete, correct, etc.? If so, it's a "cover," possibly (but not necessarily) suitable for profusion. Without particulars on how any single image relates to a given Work, the reiterative walrus or cat, the Project Gutenberg logo, and Author pictures don't fall within this definition. Yes, when I rebind my entire library in walrusi (that's the plural, right?), those may become absolutely appropriate as covers, but those images are primarily for me, myself and mine alone, and not so much for sharing. Lilithcat (for example) may admire, vilify, or post my covers on Facebook, even adopt them for some or all of her own catalog records, but that doesn't make them suitable for someone interested to research, identify or catalog William-Henry Ireland and The Abbess: A Romance. At that point, my walrusi become mere clutter, and maybe confuse. (I don't want my walrusi doing that!) This is a first-pass, broad-brush test, useful for reducing a Sisyphian task to merely monumental; by weeding out clear "not covers," we better focus our "inapplicable" analyses.

As to whether an image is, or is not, "applicable": Does it accurately depict an edition -- any edition -- of, or including, the cataloged Work? If so, it may be an applicable cover, suitable for profusion. De Profundis covers clearly don't belong to Green Eggs and Ham; but (and this is close to where I started) the dual edition cover for Animal Farm / 1984 may be suitable, or at least helpful, for each novel individually, if held in the dual edition yet cataloged separately. The converse, however, clearly isn't true: a cover from Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions would only clutter and confuse cataloging or identification of Slaughterhouse-Five ; The Sirens of Titan ; Player Piano ; Cat's Cradle ; Breakfast of Champions ; Mother Night. This is a narrower question than "is it a cover," mostly addressing our collective estimation of each image's utility in reflecting a given Work.

And, in the interest of complete consideration, as to whether an image is, or is not, "spam": Assuming it's neither "applicable" nor a "cover," is it otherwise so inappropriate, unwarranted, or offensive as to cause conniptions? (That's about as fuzzy a bright-line as I've ever seen!) If so, however much we may respect a particular Member's right to say "it": we know spam when we see it; we don't like spam, Sam-I-am; and we're thrown deep into massive, eternal struggles between individual liberties, personal freedoms, and the inherent worth of every LT Member, on the one hand, and morality, decency, the public good, general welfare, bowdlerization, and censorship, on the other.

What am I missing here, other than basic common sense and brevity? If you've read this far, I appreciate and welcome your thoughts and reactions.

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 1:56pm Top

Don't over-complicate things people, please. Sure, if i wanted to do so I could paste a cover of some Harry Potter book on a bible. After that, that picture would be appropriate for my copy. That doesn't mean the cover is appropriate to the "work" as such.

Remember: Tim promised us that cover flagging wouldn't change anything for the users.

So, in that case, it's just about: Is this spam? / Is this a cover? / Is this cover appropriate for the work? No more, no less.

p.s.: I'm not sure I want to suppress other people's generic cover though. They could come in handy for other users too. That's why I vote undecided on those proposals.

Jul 12, 2012, 2:01pm Top

Wait if flagging won't change anything how is voting suppressing a generic cover? I can understand saying "I am undecided if this is or isn't applicable to this work" but what do you mean by voting Yes will will be suppressing the cover? How will it be suppressed?

Jul 12, 2012, 2:23pm Top

As far as I understand it* actual users will still see whatever they uploaded, but the picture - if sufficiently flagged - won't show for other users.

* But don't hold me to that. a.) I'm just another user, and b.) I might misunderstand.

Jul 12, 2012, 3:05pm Top

What bothers me about misericordia's implicit suggestion that the cover has to somehow show explicitly that it is a cover. How? Let's not forget that having the title on the cover is a relatively recent innovation in book design. The standard had been to have the title on the spine (if at all). It was the norm to buy books in sheets and take them to the binder to have covers put on them. Modern design binders don't always put the title on the cover. But it's still a cover, and it's still applicable to the work.

> 42

Lilithcat (for example) may admire, vilify, or post my covers on Facebook

Don't worry, jasbro, I never post anything on Facebook!

Jul 12, 2012, 3:26pm Top

This is a movie cover for Slaughterhouse-Five. It's fuzzy, but the top line reads, "Based on the Novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

On the topic above:
I don't think we should flag covers just because they lack a title or other obvious identifying information. Cover images of books without their dust jackets often lack such information. But they may still be recognizable to someone looking an actual copy of the book. So sharing those cover images is still useful.

Jul 12, 2012, 3:28pm Top

Personally, I'm not going to flag anything, or vote on flags, as "not applicable to this work", until the unwanted reciprocal nature of the flag goes away.

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 6:36pm Top

48> What do you mean by "unwanted reciprocal nature of the flag".

What about the pictures which are a set of books of which the particular work is a member. Is that a clear case of "not a cover" or "not applicable to this work"?

Like these...

These are examples for "Pride and Prejudice"

Jul 12, 2012, 6:45pm Top

> 49

What do you mean by "unwanted reciprocal nature of the flag".

See this thread.

Jul 12, 2012, 6:50pm Top

50> Thanks hadn't seen that thread...

Edited: Jul 12, 2012, 7:18pm Top

> 49: To my mind, pictures which are a set of books, of which the particular Work may (or may not) be a part, are neither a cover nor applicable to a Work, unless the "Work" is maybe the complete set, and not any individual volume or Work contained in it. Unlike the dual edition Animal Farm / 1984, I don't see that these examples give any meaningful research, identification or cataloging information about the Works in the set; but that may be a result of my own limitations or failing. I CAN see that an image of Suzanne Collins' complete Hunger Games Trilogy as a set, or of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (particularly with or without The Hobbit, or in a 7-volume edition), might be meaningful to someone researching or cataloging (or combining, or flagging!) one or another of those sets as a complete Work in itself. Is that enough to extrapolate another general rule -- that set pictures are OK, should go away, or "depend"?

Jul 14, 2012, 2:59pm Top

The one I flagged here is not a cover but the poster for the exhibition http://www.librarything.com/work/book/87695194

Jul 14, 2012, 5:39pm Top

Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, ISBN 0-88070-026-2. I have no book jacket, so I scanned the book with the spine so that I can identify my copy. Spine says "Seasons of Life". Despite the spine, it is Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life. Wasn't sure how to handle this. I flagged it and voted no.

Jul 14, 2012, 9:18pm Top

You flagged it yourself and then voted no. Did you grow up here?

Jul 15, 2012, 9:42am Top

My Friend Rose by Jane Duncan. My Beagle novel paperback copy of My Friend Rose, LC64-7789, has the cover for My Friend Muriel, LC 60-13879. I know because I also own the Beagle Novel paperback of My Friend Muriel. I also know because My Friend Muriel is one of my favorites, and My Friend Rose one of my least favorites in the series and when I picked it up off the shelf, I was quite disappointed although I bought it anyway.

Edited: Jul 15, 2012, 9:43am Top

#55. I am human and therefore illogical. Seriously, I have no idea how to handle this.

ETA message reference #.

Edited: Jul 15, 2012, 10:01am Top

> 56: Funny thing is: I don't even see that cover on that work. Maybe Tim has already implemented something and forgot to tell us about it.

Jul 16, 2012, 6:11pm Top

In the Charleton Heston DVD of The nativity in the Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible series, there is a cover for the book in a series of the same name and a DVD cover for The nativity on the Greatest adventure stories from the Bible series


Jul 17, 2012, 10:59am Top

OK what about this?

It is an cover image. But it is just a snap shot off of Amazon. Shouldn't we get rid of these?

What to flag it is the next question? "spam", "not a cover" or "inapplicable"

Jul 17, 2012, 11:01am Top

Why should we get rid of snap shots off of Amazon, as opposed to those taken from other sites? It's not spam, it's applicable to the book, and it's a cover.

Jul 17, 2012, 11:13am Top

It's a bone ugly representation of the cover, but it's still a cover.

Jul 17, 2012, 11:23am Top

You could argue that the inclusion of the "Search Inside!" logo means that the image is no longer a cover as it does not fully match the graphic found on any book. I'm not sure if flagging these is a good idea or not.

Jul 17, 2012, 12:22pm Top


That's splitting hairs, I think, and given the howls of outrage at this feature I think it's best to use as light of a hand as possible with flagging lest it be removed. (Why do people get so bent out of shape over a simple value-neutral setting of a database field, anyway?)

Jul 17, 2012, 12:34pm Top

So what if the flagging feature was removed. It doesn't DO anything anyway.

Jul 17, 2012, 12:41pm Top

howls of outrage at this feature
In what thread? I don't remember anything like that.

Jul 17, 2012, 2:00pm Top


http://www.librarything.com/topic/139636 for one. I saw other similar threads - the "if there is any conceivable reason someone might want to use it, it shouldn't be flagged, because maybe they re-bound their personal copy with that non-cover, so don't flag it" mentality.

Edited: Jul 17, 2012, 6:02pm Top

With what we've been given so far by Tim it's not immediately clear how best to handle every case of a potentially problematic cover image. I think the above is a quite civil discussion trying to hash that out.

In my opinion misericordia's suggestion that, "For me if there is nothing on the cover it just isn't a valid cover" is too broad. At the same time, if someone's custom rebinding ends up flagged because it's not recognizable as a cover for a particular work that's not too big of a problem. However, I would only flag covers lacking identifying information if there is some evidence that they are a placeholder image being used for for multiple works (e.g. message 32.)

Jul 17, 2012, 5:59pm Top

Well I have totally backed off the "if there is nothing on the cover it just isn't a valid cover" I don't like it, but it is a cover.

What I am more concern about with the snap shot of amazon's cover is, it's their image. I don't know but since they added the "Search Inside" part it could be a copy righted image. I am pretty sure we can't just cut and paste author images from amazon into LT. Why would we be able to add their images outside of the agreed interface.

Jul 17, 2012, 6:26pm Top

> 69

I am pretty sure we can't just cut and paste author images from amazon into LT.

Actually, you can. LT will respond if they get a take-down notice ("Rather than using member moderation of image copyright, LibraryThing now relies on the instruments and protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)."), but I don't know of any instance where they have received one. In any case, Amazon generally doesn't hold the copyright on the author images on their site. The author/publisher/photographer is the likely copyright holder.

Jul 23, 2012, 11:35am Top

The recent large set of "not a cover" flags is all from one member, BFGlibrary. Bookel started flagging these and when I went to the catalog to look ... well, wow. There are so many non-cover images uploaded as covers that I decided not to give the benefit of the doubt to anything suspicious.

Jul 23, 2012, 12:41pm Top

I wish there was an option to flag for 'not even an interesting image on any level'.

Jul 23, 2012, 12:43pm Top

Hah, yes...

Jul 25, 2012, 2:03pm Top

I flagged one cover on "High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture" (http://www.librarything.com/work/351410) because it properly belongs to the companion volume "Modern art and popular culture: Readings in high & low " (http://www.librarything.com/work/4638367).

Yes, close, but no cigar.

Jul 25, 2012, 2:50pm Top

>74 BarkingMatt:: There were some copies of the essays combined with the exhibition catalog. I separated them and they took the cover with them (together with the flags).

Jul 25, 2012, 3:08pm Top

Ah, good. Thank you.

Jul 27, 2012, 8:40am Top

The two covers I flagged for "River God" both say "Het Koningsgraf", which is the Dutch translation of "Seventh Scroll".

Jul 27, 2012, 9:43pm Top

There's a flag listed on the helpers' page for the work Introducing Phonology by Peter Hawkins. The blurry cover shown is for Introducing Phonology by David Odden. So the flag is correct. But when I go to the Hawkins work page I can't find the cover. So it may be a moot point.

Edited: Aug 1, 2012, 4:29am Top

This is actually a "why I voted no":

Clueless myself, but according to the disambiguation notice on that work: "Shadows in the Moonlight" was originally published as "The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits". (http://www.librarything.com/work/40294/covers)

Aug 10, 2012, 8:21am Top

Louis Couperus De boeken der kleine zielen (in English The books of small souls) consists of four volumes:
1. De kleine zielen (Small souls)
2. Het late leven (The later life)
3. Zielenschemering (The twilight of the souls)
4. Het heilige weten (Dr. Adriaan)
Volume 1 has a cover of Het heilige weten assigned to it; volume 2 one of of Zielenschemering; volume 3 another one of Het heilige weten and volume 4 one of Het late leven.
The last three look superficially alike, but when you click on Information you can read the different spine-titles.

Aug 10, 2012, 8:32am Top

The two covers I flagged for "Early Netherlandish Painting" are for Panofsky's book, not the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue of the same title (which is where I found them).

Aug 10, 2012, 8:39am Top

I hope everybody realizes that by flagging a cover as "inapplicable to this work" they are also flagging it as inapplicable to the correct work.

Aug 10, 2012, 8:47am Top

>>82 lilithcat:
Can you give an example with links? I just learned about this group, but have flagged covers and wonder if I've done that?

Aug 10, 2012, 8:50am Top

>82 lilithcat: Yes, that's why I quit flagging and voting on inapplicable covers a while back. I tried to raise the issue a couple of times, but I think Tim had already abandoned the whole feature by then.

Aug 10, 2012, 8:57am Top

#82 by lilithcat> Of course, you are right. The covers mentioned in my message #80 are only on the wrong volumes, not on the right ones.

Aug 10, 2012, 9:00am Top

I see the reciprocity of flags as a bug - sure I do. But:

a.) Does that always happen, or just occasionally?
b.) I hope the system will ultimately still be aware of which work the cover was flagged for.

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 11:38am Top

deleted by author - SEE >>91 for replacement

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 11:39am Top

deleted by author - SEE >>91 for replacement

Aug 10, 2012, 9:07am Top

>82 lilithcat:
It is true that the flag displays wherever the cover appears. However, the flag on the helpers list is associated with the work it was originally applied to. I assume that work number is recorded.

So although coming from a work page the display is confusing I figure it is safe to vote on the basis of the cover/work pair showing on the helpers page.

Of course it's all moot unless Tim decides to finish the feature.

Aug 10, 2012, 9:21am Top

Of course it's all moot unless Tim decides to finish the feature.


Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 9:59am Top

I flagged CoverA because it is for an edition that contains two different books by two different authors (see BookA) rather than the singular edition (see BookB).

Background Info: I separated several copies of BookA that were combined with BookB, but the image (CoverA) did not follow.
I made sure “zero” copies of BookA were separated from BookB, since images are often attached to that particular string.

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 9:57am Top

I flagged CoverC because it is not the correct one for the motion picture it is currently attached to (see MovieD). The following is the correct movie it should be attached to: MovieC.

Background: Two different movies were incorrectly combined, which I separated. CoverC did not move (completely) to MovieC.

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 10:37am Top

I flagged CoverE because it relates to a children's book set titled "The Best of Roald Dahl" (see BookE) versus the book of the same title that houses numerous ADULT short stories (see BookF).

Aug 10, 2012, 10:47am Top

I flagged CoverG because it is a MESS! Looked like someone had a scan-gone-bad. Following this link to the work (BookG) there is a viewable cover already there.

NOTE: You'll get a better sense of what the image looks like in context with the better one by following the BookG link above. I included CoverG because I believe that is what the LT'er thought they uploaded, not the mammoth one.

Aug 10, 2012, 10:57am Top

I think CoverG is a low-quality scan of the spine.

Aug 10, 2012, 11:03am Top

I flagged CoverH because it is not the correct cover for the book it is attached to. It should be attached to BookH, not BookI.
Follow the previous links for BookH and BookI, noting the different authors.

I look to the CK:Editions page for the explanation. Sometimes the error is Amazon's, sometimes it is the LT'ers. If it is the LT'ers, I go to their library for the book details, which usually provides clues as to which book they are listing.

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 11:41am Top

>>95 henkl:
I agree. However, for some reason it becomes distorted & enlarged when seen from the book's webpage.

Aug 10, 2012, 11:38am Top

NOTE to Flaggers Group:

I wonder if we could get a "link" inside the Cover's Lite Box (where the original vote occurs), taking subsequent voters to where the "cover in question" is located on the Helpers: Cover Flags page. And while I'm at it, how about a way to link directly to where the flagged cover is located on the Helpers: Cover Flags page. In a sense, this is being done elsewhere in LT for other stuff. For example, if I'm working on a large CK:Publisher Series work page (such as: Mack Bolan: The Executioner) and need to refresh the page, usually I'm brought back to the general area I was at, after the refresh completes.

The other thing that would be helpful, is the ability to post the original detailed explanation for placing a flag (currently being done here) on the Helpers: Cover Flags page. Then if there is additional explanation/discussion needed, it can be done here. This might circumvent some work keeping up with comments/questions.

Aug 10, 2012, 11:44am Top

Any of that would be good, absolutely. But it really isn't up to us in flaggers. None of us has that power. Contact Tim or post it in "Recommended Site Improvements".

Edited: Aug 12, 2012, 11:51pm Top

>>99 BarkingMatt:
Thanks for the input. I've just spent some time in the RSI-LT Group to see if my comment (#98) would be redundant. Best as I can tell, I don't think its been addressed.
Will post in RSI-LT group in near future. RSI = Recommended Site Improvements

To All Flaggers:
See Comment #3 in Topic String titled "Cover SNAFUs" in the Flaggers! Group for some investigation into ISBN recycling and bookcovers. Open for debate/discussion anyone?

Aug 12, 2012, 11:40pm Top

I didn't flag this cover (Lamintations-Deluxe Edition) but in an effort to support other flaggers, I am picking a few covers at a time and investigating beyond the obvious (work title vs. bookcover title), hoping my vote is informed (?). Since this cover already has 3 no's & 1 undecided - I selected it to check out.

I googled "Grindhouse vs. Deluxe Edition", and amazingly found this site (Blog on Differences) discussing the differences between the two (and there are) on the very same RPG book as is flagged here.

Thus, I voted 'yes' in agreement with LT'er insektmute. Any agreements/arguments with this?

Aug 13, 2012, 1:39am Top

Hm, from that review I get that there are differences, but not that they're major enough to separate the books (even if we could - several of the editions are unspecific).

Mind you, I understand very little about RPG books and how important the differences between editions are to the people using them.

Aug 13, 2012, 2:16am Top

Personally, I tend to treat notable differences in system mechanics and/or content, ISBNs, and being considered a new revision/edition (rather than a new printing, even w/ some changes) as a separate work. I'd like to see a bit more clarity on distinguishing different editions of RPG books, since the current way of things means spending a lot of time trying to clarify which version of something I own or want, but it's admittedly tough to say where that line is drawn sometimes.

Aug 13, 2012, 12:22pm Top

Note to Flaggers!

Re: Comment #98:

I just noticed in the current bookcover lightbox configuration, when one clicks on >> Flag This Cover and the 3 flag types pop-up; below, there IS a link to the "Flagged Covers Log".
Part of the the phrase is bolded, indicating a link (>> See cover flags log.) in tiny print. I TOTALLY missed this. Now, instead of providing a link, I'm going to recommend the link font size is increased, and/or the link brightened.

Aug 13, 2012, 12:31pm Top

Re: Newly flagged bookcover (Bookcover).
When I followed the link to the work it was flagged on (WorkPage), there was only 1 cover present, and it looked appropriate for the work.

Does anyone know what happened?

Aug 13, 2012, 1:00pm Top

Re: Another newly flagged bookcover (NuclearManualbookcover) - that exists, but:
When following the link to the work (NuclearManualworkpage), I noted that this is a "zero" copy entry. Thinking maybe the page needed refreshening, I clicked on "Recalculate cover" and then "Recalculate title/author." Nothing changed, so I went to the author's page (RadiationProtectionauthorspage).
The book is not listed (because it's a zero copy), but no other edition of the same book existed either.
So I did a site-wide search of "Nuclear Emergency Operating Manual". The result showed that this title had 2 editions (one was titled "ZZZZzzzz"). So I separated the "ZZZZzzzz" from the "Nuclear..." and recalculated the cover and title/author, and .... nothing. No change.

I did vote "No" on this, because the cover is appropriate for the work, but it seems to be a moot point.
Is anyone else experiencing such bugs?

Edited: Aug 20, 2012, 2:46am Top

Re: Newly flagged bookcover Brighty by Collectorator, as it was attached to Fabric Santa Fe 12-Copy CD.
Clicking on the Editions link, then the combine/separate potentials, I noted that the 10-ISBN: 0528876899 used on the Fabric Santa Fe work also shows up under the Brighty work, four times. Using the ISBN on Worldcat / Amazon (USA), resulted in the Brighty title. Using the ISBN on Google search, resulted in only one out of ten items pointing to the Fabric Santa Fe work; the other 9 occurrences were for Brighty.

Next, I went to the "Add Books" tab on LT and tried the ISBN with 3 Amazons: Amazon(USA); Amazon(UK), and Amazon(CA). The USA/UK sites came back with Brighty; the CA site came back with Fabric Santa Fe .
Then, I went to the one site from the Google search that came up Fabric Santa Fe . It was AbeBooks and the book was being sold by Newsboy Books (see AbeBooks entry).

After that, I went to each of the 4 LT'ers and looked up their copy of the book. I wanted to see if it was possible to discern which title they meant to convey on LT: Brighty or Fabric Santa Fe. Best as I can tell, I believe they meant to have the Brighty title. All four used the ISBN number on an Amazon site to add the book to their library. In my mind, this could have happened if the LT'er mass imported using the ISBN, and might be unaware of the anomaly. Another possibility, is that the Amazon(USA) site corrected their entry, leaving Amazon(CA) with the incorrect listing. Plus, the cover was downloaded by one of these four.

Finally, some web research told me that Rand McNally has published non-travel books (children's & adult), with Brighty being one of those. The number of pages was 224; there was no mention of CDs.

CONCLUSION:? I can't vote this cover as being inapplicable for the work. It's the work title that is incorrect; and an Amazon problem, to boot.
Personally, I won't vote on a flag issue, unless I can make a definitive conclusion either way. I also hope someone is reading these explanations. It seems like I'm talking to a stone wall (?)(!).

Aug 20, 2012, 2:44am Top

I think since the issue mentioned in 82/84 became known, the enthusiasm for cover flagging has died.

Edited: Aug 20, 2012, 2:54am Top

>>108 r.orrison:. Thanks for your quick reply!
I guess I'll just keep on "keeping on." I enjoy the research behind the separation/combination of works, etc. Just thought I'd participate in Flaggers!, since I've found a few oddball covers, too.

Aug 20, 2012, 2:55am Top

It's still a case of stated copies of "Fabric Santa Fe" being provided with a cover for "Brightly". If the title is incorrect users should correct it. (Yes, I do realize there is some possibility they're unaware of a mistaken title in their lists).

Aug 20, 2012, 6:42am Top

110, yes, the user should correct. That is the whole point of the cover-flagging "feature" ---which does nothing. I only flag occasionally anymore. Probably 1 in 50 of the improper covers I see. It's a silly endeavor, but for an unknown reason I do it sometimes.

Aug 20, 2012, 6:54am Top

I still have vague hopes it will eventually do something.

Jun 21, 2013, 1:21pm Top

The reason I flagged this cover:
is because it belongs on this work:

Jun 21, 2013, 2:10pm Top

Thanks for the explanation. I changed my vote.

Jun 21, 2013, 2:10pm Top

Thanks for explaining. Changed my vote. (I really couldn't make out what it said on that cover).

Jun 21, 2013, 2:11pm Top

Ha, we both did at the same time.

Jul 28, 2013, 7:32am Top

I flagged a couple of images as "Not a cover" this morning because they looked like illustrations... then discovered on a third book that actually they were covers, but the title and the author's name only appeared on the spine, which wasn't visible on either of the (very low resolution) ones I'd previously flagged. Oops.

So I've counterflagged as "No" on both of them. They're Murder Must Advertise and Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers if anybody else wants to go and do so as well. 11202 and 11203 on the list.

Jul 30, 2013, 3:09am Top

I flagged this cover because it is for a Golden Book, and the work is an Elf Book.

Jul 30, 2013, 3:25am Top

117> I flagged a couple of images as "Not a cover" this morning because they looked like illustrations... then discovered on a third book that actually they were covers, but the title and the author's name only appeared on the spine, which wasn't visible on either of the (very low resolution) ones I'd previously flagged. Oops.

I think I may have done something similar, after a bunch of people voted 'no' on my flags - sorry!

Aug 7, 2013, 9:27am Top

I flagged the Magician's Nephew because it says abridged.

Oct 3, 2013, 11:04pm Top

Oct 4, 2013, 2:20am Top

... and then I flagged the wrong one. I haven't had my coffee yet.

Oct 6, 2013, 7:11pm Top

I flagged a cover on this work http://www.librarything.com/work/77597/covers, because it actually belongs with this work http://www.librarything.com/work/9160431.
The Publishers series in the second work link above, always contains a 2nd story with it. Please see "Disambiguation notice." Thanks.

Nov 24, 2013, 5:40pm Top

Please ignore my flagging of a cover on this book
It should have just been separated and now I have done so.

Dec 4, 2013, 2:50am Top

Please ignore my flagging of a cover on this book
I was so excited to see that Tim has fixed the Member Uploaded Covers But Can't Flag Bug that I just had to test it out!

Dec 4, 2013, 7:51am Top

Heh. I was so excited by the fix that I got trigger happy on dismissals and dismissed the cover I'd been saving for test purposes (I got back to it unexpectedly fast). I then had to dismiss a whole batch more before I found another one that needed doing. :-)

Dec 5, 2013, 7:10am Top

#125 by Collectorator> I already did (understood what had happened).

Apr 30, 2014, 4:50pm Top

This is more of a "why I didn't flag" ...
The flag on this orange cover
should not be flagged.
The edition should be removed from the work:
There's a 1 copy and a 0 copy.

Not fixing it myself so that Lyndatrue can see to it.

Edited: Apr 30, 2014, 7:52pm Top


Thanks very much for the message. If only I knew more stuff, right?


Thanks :-D


Okay, >128 Collectorator:, I even managed to clear out the editions from the work. I just wish I could add *that* work, but I'm going to return later to figure out why it's not working (and post about it in a more appropriate thread). If there is a way to remove the flag from that cover (now that it's separated out), please do so, or else tell me how, and I'll be happy to do it.

Thanks again.

May 21, 2014, 8:05am Top

There are a couple No votes on the Jack Vance cover on this page:
There is a work by Jack Vance entitled Vandals of the Void, but it is a different work and the cover is not applicable to the J. M. Walsh work.

May 21, 2014, 11:40am Top

>129 Lyndatrue: sorry, did not see your edit until r.orrison posted and brought the thread up.

Now that the "orange" book is gone, I have no idea what it was or where it is to see about unflagging it.

Jun 18, 2014, 5:13am Top

I flagged this cover on the far right because it belongs to this work:
which is a part of The Rivers of North America (not The Rivers of America)

Jun 18, 2014, 6:45am Top

Sorry if this has been discussed already but I haven't read the whole thread through. Near the top of the helpers page there was a 'cover' for The Great Gatsby showing Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, flagged as not applicable to this work. The cover is clearly from a DVD of the film. In a perfect world the DVD would be a separate work from the book and this cover should not appear among the variations for the book. I am all for perfect worlds so I flagged it and for good measure flagged the several other DVD covers in the list. It is, I think, now virtually impossible to separate all the DVDs of The Great Gatsby from the printed editions - certainly beyond me - so is this flagging just pissing in the wind?

Jun 18, 2014, 8:45am Top

>133 abbottthomas:
At the moment cover flagging doesn't do anything so it's all arguably "pissing in the wind," as you put it. But assuming that at some date the cover flagging feature is finished, the situation will be the reverse of what you say.

If it is possible to locate the copies with DVD covers in a book work, and those copies are in neatly distinct editions, then those editions should be separated and combined with the movie work. In that case flagging the covers is not needed.

But, as you say, it is often impossible to locate the copies with the non-book covers, or those copies are stuck in editions that should be the book. In these cases cover flagging is needed to suppress covers that do not belong on the work.

Edited: Jul 26, 2015, 10:48am Top

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Oct 3, 2015, 7:42pm Top

Is there a way to correct a flag on a cover? My cursor slipped when flagging the final member uploaded cover for this work http://www.librarything.com/work/38974/covers/108130305 and I flagged it for not being a cover - whereas what I should have flagged it for inapplicable for this work (it's a different one in the series). I've flagged it correctly and put a no vote in my initial flag, but is there a way to correct the first flag as it was unintentional?

Mar 10, 2016, 10:17am Top


I flagged the yellow cover as it is an Agatha Christie book. All editions of this book list Charles King as author.

Edited: Mar 10, 2016, 11:11am Top

>137 2wonderY: The Agatha Christie book is presumably Dumb Witness. I can't see that anyone has that story on its own in LT although there are DVDs as well as several versions combined with other works.

Mar 10, 2016, 12:04pm Top

Right, but the person who added the AC cover has it in their catalog as authored by Charles King.

Edited: Mar 10, 2016, 12:18pm Top

Probably never noticed that both title and author are wrong. Testigo mudo is not the same as El testigo mudo. But it's a private library.

May 15, 2016, 6:17am Top


An egregious promotional shot uploaded by the author.

Sep 21, 2016, 10:05am Top


The cover image is for Jan Brett's work. This work is the Maggie Downer book.

I know, I know, the text is the same, but picture book collectors do like to differentiate the classics by illustrator. I've double checked all the 13 copies here and they all refer to Downer.

Sep 21, 2016, 10:34am Top

>142 2wonderY: Perhaps you should register your vote as well?

Oct 11, 2016, 12:56am Top

I flagged the History Channel cover because this work is from National Geographic.

Oct 11, 2016, 3:48am Top

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Oct 28, 2016, 2:51pm Top


I flagged some covers on Willow: A Novel by Wayland Drew last night because they belong to different works with titles which are damn near the same. For clarification:

•the cover with the title in a white box and Willow in the lower left holding a baby belongs to Willow: The Novel by Joan D. Vinge, a shorter adaptation of the screenplay designed for younger readers
•the one with the gold band on top, the title in gold in the middle, and Willow standing bottom center belong to the movie
•the one that says Marvel Comics above the title belongs to Willow: Graphic Novel by Jo Duffy

Feb 11, 3:01pm Top

There are bunches of inapplicable covers crossed up between the original edition of James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (1995; audiobook in 2002), http://www.librarything.com/work/8445, and its revised & updated edition (2007), http://www.librarything.com/work/11996938. Regrettably, there's at least one revised & updated cover on the original Work that I inadvertently "double-flagged" as inapplicable, and one correct cover on the R&E Work that I incorrectly flagged as inapplicable, then voted down. Did we ever devise a way to unflag a cover, or to undo an inadvertent (i.e., erroneous) flag? Reference http://www.librarything.com/topic/138519#3469660. Thanks ...

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