I've noticed that the images of book covers on MBT seem to appear blurry, as if they had been over optimized. While I appreciate the need to reduce the load times of images by reduction of the file size, and I do this carefully with each image I upload on any site, it would appear that MBT may be using some automatic process to achieve file size reduction—or perhaps simply an approach to scaling the images that is resulting in over optimization.
For example, notice the difference between the image here:
and the same image, already optimized, on the home page here:
Clearly something has happen within MBT to make the image blurry. (You can see if best in the small type.)
In an effort to compensate for whatever MBT is doing to the images, I uploaded several un-optimized vector-based images that were perfectly sharp, and again was disappointed to see how blurry they are within MBT here:
While I understand that there will always be people who use plugins like Smush.it to optimize images across the board, or some other “one-size-fits-all” solution, a lot of us have spent a great deal of time and effort on our covers and would like to see that commitment to quality show up on MBT and that isn't happening now.