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Old 11-30-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Penguin is the most cheapskate publisher

Penguin is using a large image of their logo in black and white as a cover. There isn't even the name of the book or the author on this generic image. So if you have a reader that uses thumbnails of the cover, you are going to be screwed if you have multiple Penguin books with the same exact generic cover.

You can't get much more cheapskate then not even making a cover with the title and author.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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Penguin is probably the publisher that spends the most time and effort on its covers.

Which book?
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Penguin is probably the publisher that spends the most time and effort on its covers.

Which book?
Almost every one I've ever bought from them had a generic cover with the stupid penguin. I have at the very least 30 ebooks by penguin. Between the generic covers and the horrible errors/typos, they must be the worst big publisher out there (IMO).

Which is yet another reason why I love Calibre . I can put the CORRECT cover on all of my ebooks.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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Penguin is angryface.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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Then it's settled, let us not buy Penguin books anymore starting now.

Case closed.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:19 PM   #6
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I only have one or two books from Penguin. I thought that's an error. Do all Penguin books have this thing as their cover image? That's hard to belive..
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:21 PM   #7
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I have at least 3 Penguin books in my library (Kindle format).

Thumbnails work just fine -- illustration, author etc. I have no "generic Penguin" covers.

When I open it in the Kindle App, it doesn't actually have a cover.

I'd assume it's a format thing, not a "cheapskate" thing.
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Then it's settled, let us not buy Penguin books anymore starting now.

Case closed.
And we shall include pBooks as well and not even allow MR members to read for free because that's giving into Penguin.

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #9
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I have at least 3 Penguin books in my library (Kindle format).

Thumbnails work just fine -- illustration, author etc. I have no "generic Penguin" covers.

When I open it in the Kindle App, it doesn't actually have a cover.

I'd assume it's a format thing, not a "cheapskate" thing.
It IS a cheapskate thing.
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I only have one or two books from Penguin. I thought that's an error. Do all Penguin books have this thing as their cover image? That's hard to belive..
Not all. But it seems the newer books have it.
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I've seen that thread and in it there are pictures of the books ... with actual covers, not a penguin, what gives ?

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Tell that to the hordes of Dresden Files fans on MR. The Dresden Files series is published by Penguin and if you can get them to agree, then I'll agree too.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:28 PM   #12
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I've seen that thread and in it there are pictures of the books ... with actual covers, not a penguin, what gives ?
Most of the Dresden Files eBooks have a white cover with words. Very poor as well. The covers in the thread are just graphics found on the web.
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Penguin sucks. For Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series on amazon, all of the Kindle editions cost more than the paperback versions.

Not only do they charge you more for the book, it seems they also skimp on the cover. (I don't know that for sure; I'm too pissed off at the price to buy them and find out.)
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Penguin sucks. For Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series on amazon, all of the Kindle editions cost more than the paperback versions.

Not only do they charge you more for the book, it seems they also skimp on the cover. (I don't know that for sure; I'm too pissed off at the price to buy them and find out.)
You could get the free sample to check.
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Penguin is using a large image of their logo in black and white as a cover. There isn't even the name of the book or the author on this generic image. So if you have a reader that uses thumbnails of the cover, you are going to be screwed if you have multiple Penguin books with the same exact generic cover.

You can't get much more cheapskate then not even making a cover with the title and author.
All the more reason to remove the DRM and use Calibre to download a proper cover.

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