Yes, I’ve noticed the new publisher oriented bookshelves and appreciate them.
The problem with the preview is that it also just takes so long to download and you can’t keep working in the meantime.
By quality, those not wanting to use BLOOM for the platform were referring to quality of content–whether the author was writing well/spelling well/telling a good story, and even whether the pictures were good pictures (not resolution). Sometimes people are even uploading just to practice uploading, and you get a picture of someone grinning and it says “shazzam” or something like that.
Pacific Storybooks were planning on curating the content and images of books, and though they will certainly draw from BLOOM as a resource for Pacific Books, the Pacific Area was really hoping that they would actually use BLOOM as their platform. They were intimating that because they would want to be able to recommend the BEST books that authors were uploading, thereby helping potential readers to be discriminating, they liked the idea of a recommended status, and so might not use BLOOM as a platform, but were planning on “white-labeling” books found on BLOOM.
I do realize that one of the things that makes BLOOM so helpful is that anyone CAN upload, and so having a “recommended” would require that someone/s be the recommend-ers. And that could be a tricky question! I’m interested in what others think of the pros and cons of that idea.