Seemingly unannounced (did I miss something?), Amazon.com is increasing the size of (some of) its product images, for example for CDs, books, and other entertainment items.
Is anybody else seeing this?
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I suppose that the bigger image sizes are more appealing and will get more clicks.
On the other hand, I place the product images in my sidebars, carefully designed to accommodate ad boxes and other items of 125 pixels wide or less. The new larger images exceed 125 pixels and are messing with my page displays.
Fortunately, Amazon.com is increasing the size of its product thumbnails also. Where size is an issue, I am recoding my CMS to substitute thumbnails for the full-size images. The larger thumbnails are not as attractive as the full-size images, but they are better than the old-style tiny thumbnails, and more to the point, they are easily less than 125 pixels wide.
Did Amazon.com announce these changes anywhere?
Another point. Amazon.com seems to be phasing in these new larger images gradually. On many of my pages, I now have a random mix of over-sized and normal-sized images, and tiny and enlarged thumbnails. The effect is a bit weird.
Sigh. More adjustments needed. No rest for the weary...