Most academic libraries remove the dust jackets from books before putting them on the shelf. This means that adding images of book covers isn’t quite at valuable to us as it might be to a public library. So – what if, while we were cataloging we were given a choice. We can include the dust jacket pulled from whatever source or we can choose from a color chooser so that the image shows a generic book in that color? I know that there is a catalog out there where the catalogers include the book covers – but this would be a little different – it would not only have the color coded into the record, but it would show the right colored book in the search results instead of a “no image available” image. You can even use a bit of scripting to have the book’s title printed on the generic image – like LibraryThing is doing now if your book doesn’t have a cover associated with it.
Just a little brainstorm of mine 😉
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