8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 6, 2012 11:53 AM by bklvr896

    Question about pictures & ebooks

      This might be a stupid question.  I'm thinking of going from my Nook to Nook Color.  Does the Nook Color show pictures that come in eBooks (such as biographies & true crime, etc)?

       

      I know the enhanced books will be able to show pix in travel & cookbooks.

       

      Thanks.

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          Benefitsgirl65 wrote:

          This might be a stupid question.  I'm thinking of going from my Nook to Nook Color.  Does the Nook Color show pictures that come in eBooks (such as biographies & true crime, etc)?

           

          I know the enhanced books will be able to show pix in travel & cookbooks.

           

          Thanks.


           

          It is not a stupid question at all.  The answer though is a qualified, yes.  The reason is the ebook form is dependent upon what the publisher feels is relevant for the ebook.  For instance I have some ebooks, Team of Rivals being one that does contain the same pictures as the regular paper book.  They are no different and the book is the same for nook and NOOKcolor.

           

          Another book never came with pictures originally-The Lost Symbol.  I did however buy the special illustrated edition which has fantastic color images.  Not completely necessary for it, but there just the same.  I've also purchased some of Ann Rule's books and they have the same B&W images as I would guess are in the paper book.

           

           

          I do have some crocheting books that have color illustrations in them. 

           

          The thing is we are kind of in transition here.   I think most of the standard bios and true crime books have B&W images and those work for the nook and the NOOKcolor.  What you can do, is download samples for books if you are unsure and want to see if there are illustrations. photos and the like.  Usually, you can get a pretty good idea, but some samples are a bit limited-one book I ended up buying was on woodworking and does have good photos in it, but the sample was only the table of contents.

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              This is one of my pet peeves. I like true crime and biographies and just can't understand why even the basic b/w pictures in paperbacks are usually missing. We pay the same as the physical book. The technology supports great photos, audio and video and yet we don't see any of that. I've quit buying these genres since I moved to electronic format. Publishers are ripping us off by charging the same when they aren't even bothering to provide all the content, and there's no way an elevtronic book costs them the same as a physical book with all the hands that have to actually handle it.
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                  Seer33 wrote:
                  This is one of my pet peeves. I like true crime and biographies and just can't understand why even the basic b/w pictures in paperbacks are usually missing. We pay the same as the physical book. The technology supports great photos, audio and video and yet we don't see any of that. I've quit buying these genres since I moved to electronic format. Publishers are ripping us off by charging the same when they aren't even bothering to provide all the content, and there's no way an elevtronic book costs them the same as a physical book with all the hands that have to actually handle it.

                   

                  I am not going to debate the cost of ebooks here, other than to say do some research before you make certain statements. This has been debated repeatedly and there are researched articles that point out the costs of both dtbs and ebooks. It matters little, anyway, because you can decide whether to buy or not and companies set their prices. As to your statement that pictures are usualy missing, you couldn't be more wrong. I have true crime books and bios and history ebooks and they do have the pictures. I have books that never included pictures, that now have them. The problem most likely lies in securing the rights of pictures in digital form. These rights are most likely more expensive to obtain than for the printed form since digitally produced images are easy to copy and retain their quality when reproduced, unlike printed versions.
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                      Hello Deemure,

                      Thanks for your post, but we must be reading different titles.  I have to disagree with you.  Of the last 3 books I've read in this genre, only one had pictures, and all were released very recently.  Lie after Lie (Lara Bricker),  and Mommy's Little Girl, (Diane Fanning) did not have any pictures in the digital books, and I know they are in the physical books.  The third book (Love her to Death -M. William Phelps) did have the same faded B/W pictures as the paperback.  I had to scour all the descriptions before selecting this one to buy to make sure it made reference to images included.  It is one of the few that did have them. 

                      I have asked the various booksellers (B&N, Amazon/Kindle., Apple iBooks) about the problem and they didn't seem very aware but researched it and told me it was really up to the publisher to decide if they are going to include them and difficult to tell without buying the book.   I maintain that the cost of distributing digital titles can not possibly be the same as the cost of printing, boxing, shipping, receiving, stocking and selling a physical book, so in my mind it is still a rip off to decide that it's not worth bothering to add images to the digital books.  So, until I can count on the content of digital books being at least equivalent to physical books, I will be avoiding them in this genre.  The pictures are important to me in these genres, and I very much look forward to enhanced content like color photos, or even audio and video content.  While my iPad will nicely access all that, I'm sorry to say it is the publishers who aren't taking advantage of the technology for this genre.  But I have noticed that they do include them for cookbooks and travel books.  Just not very often for true crime. 

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                          I agree it us up to the publishers. Again, it may well be best to attempt to sample a book that dies not specifically state photos are included. It still is the case that it is harder to secure the right to provide photos within a digital publication. Harder and more expensive. I know this because I use services for some stock photos. Printed rights are often given more freely and first. But, when used electronically, services vary widely based upon photographers' "cooperation". Some rights are also harder to secure. This explains partly the difference in books that have the photos and those that don't. Therr are also considerations that photographers also have. I also am a photographer, mainly taking photos to illustrate my own projects. Museums, for instance, have some different rules on what photos you can take and how they can be used. Most allow personal use of photos of museum-owned pieces. Printed rights for museum owned pieces may be given. Digital use for the same may be given if paid forand based upon use and distribution. Mostly, they will not. For individually owned, on loan pieces, all bets are off since usage rights must be secured both from the museum and the owner.
                          Ok, for crime photos, the problems are different. Crime scene photos are legal documents. Every other photo in a book is owned by someone. There are many issues involved and this is still a new industry. Publishers should always state clearly whether all photos are included, ir not. But, they don't. They also don't update descriptions to remove wording from many other titles that say a dvd or cd is included or that is talking about an audio version and mentions the narrator. I recently got a photography ebook that mentions the gray card included, which I didn't get. It can be frustrating.
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                          I would have NEVER bought a Nook if I knew that it doesn't include pictures from the books.  I know am going to the library to get books again.  It's ridiculous.  These people can figure it out.  Anybody can duplicate pictures in a book as well as if it was in a Nook....no excuse.

                           

                          Very disappointed.

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                                bklvr896

                                msroncon wrote:

                                I would have NEVER bought a Nook if I knew that it doesn't include pictures from the books.  I know am going to the library to get books again.  It's ridiculous.  These people can figure it out.  Anybody can duplicate pictures in a book as well as if it was in a Nook....no excuse.

                                 

                                Very disappointed.


                                Sometime pictures are included, sometimes not. If it's truly a picture, as in a photograph, generally, that's a copyright issue, the publisher only has rights to publish the pictures in hardcopy form.  Other things like drawings, etc, may be there, but may be unreadable due to the size. 

                                 

                                And yes, you can duplicate pictures from a book, but it's easier from a digital format.  However, it's a publisher issue, since they're the ones who publish the eBooks.