Peter W. Meek
pwmeek at mail.msen.com
Wed Aug 4 08:31:48 EDT 1999
On Wed, 4 Aug 1999 06:42:25 -0400, Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk (dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones)) wrote:
> Denise<?> wrote:
>> Here's my DWJ cover directory:
>I love the idea of scanning in covers like this - but has anyone looked into
> the copyright issues?
In general, putting something up on the Web is publishing. The
only way I can see to justify re-publishing book covers is to
make the images part of a review, where quite a bit of latitude
is allowed for quoting and copying. I've done this on many of
my book pages, and even on my page of quotes from books I like.
I have simply declared that if I quote an author, it should be
construed as being part of a favorable review of either a single
work (if it is so identified) or of that author's entire _ouvre_.
So go ahead and make up a simple web page that displays the
images which is headed by a statement that they are part
of a favorable review. (I like favorable; how can an artist
or author turn down a favorable review?) I suggest putting
this page in the same directory as the images and naming it
index.html so that someone going to the directory gets the
"review" page rather than a list of the files.
With his permission, Denise might even use Phillip's posting
as the review (couldn't be entirely favorable, though) and
make each title into a link to the picture file. That would
take about 5 minutes with a simple text editor.
In fact here it is. It needs a comment and link about the sfa-spell
cover though. If you *do* use Phillip's comments, you should get
his permission, and attribute to him properly.
Otherwise edit the text around the links to suit yourself.
Snip and save the text between the === lines and save to
a file called index.html (don't overwrite your own index-page;
I suggest mirroring your online directory structure on the
computer where your create your web pages.)
<title>DWJ cover reviews</title>
<h2>DWJ cover reviews</h2>
<p>The only one of those
I have ever seen before is
<a href="http://www.sonic.net/mustang/dwj/sudden-wild-magic.jpg">Sudden Wild Magic</a>
- my brother managed to obtain an
Avonova edition before it was published
over here, and it was passed around the
family many times before the Gollancz
edition was published - and I still think
of Gladys in terms of that picture.
In fact it took me several reads of the
book to realise that that picture
_doesn't_ represent anything that happened
in the book - Gladys didn't go
flying: she used her overgrown garden
as a wood and mapped it onto part of the
"very thorny wood" that separated the worlds.
<p>I like the picture on
the atmosphere very well, if not very
accurate (well not in accordance with my
mental picture - and where's that
<p>The picture on
is very good. A more
American goon than had ever occured to
me - but still gets the character spot on.
Don't like the spaceship drawings,
though. I always saw Howard's interest as
technical rather than artistic...
Almost as bad as the Teens edition.
Dog's the wrong colour. And if
that scene is the bit I think it is, Kathleen
has quite the wrong expression on
her face, and shouldn't still be holding the zoi.
<a href="http://www.sonic.net/mustang/dwj/witch-week.jpg">Witch Week</a>
cover is better drawn than
the UK hardback cover (which ran for
several editions I think), but I'm not sure
I like the characters.
<a href="http://www.sonic.net/mustang/dwj/charmed-life.jpg">Charmed Life</a>
cover. Nice concept, shame about the execution.
pwmeek at mail.msen.com (Peter W. Meek)
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