[bksvol-discuss] Re: An observation about synopses

  • From: "Donna Smith" <donnafsmith59@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 11:27:40 -0500

I second Shannon's concern.  I can't remember the last time I had to
make up a long synopsis.  It's right there on the book, either on the
dust cover or back of the book.  Cut and paste is all that is
required.  Sometimes you have to up the resolution on your scanner if
the description is on the back of a paperback book, but it's still no
big deal.  I scan the whole book on resolution 300 and then when I
reach the back, I stop and up the resolution to 500 or 600 and scan
the back cover.  With all the other work that goes into scanning a
book for BookShare, this piece is really very simple.

And Shannon is absolutely right that it is hard to decide whether to
read a book when we don't have full access to the information
available to anyone else holding the book and looking at it.


On 12/28/08, solsticesinger <solsticesinger@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Good morning, all.
> It is rarely my intent to come in here and complain, but, this morning, as I
> was browsing the new books page, something really irked me. In truth, it has
> irked me for some time, but not enough for me to actually come in and write
> about it.
> There seems to be a problem with certain submitters and long synopses. They
> will write something very vague in the short synopsis field, which is fine,
> providing you can get more information from reading the long synopsis.
> However, in the case of a few submitters, you can't. The short and long
> synopses both have the same, very vague, description of the book.
> I do understand why we keep the "short" synopsis brief, but I do not
> understand the lack of a longer, more detailed, synopsis. If the submitter
> can't come up with one, can't the validator do so? It makes it very hard to
> decide whether or not a book is worth reading when you have very little
> information to go on.
> Shannon
> Women will starve in silence until new stories are created which confer on
> them the power of naming themselves.
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