Novelish, a great new blog about creative writing, has put together an insightful post about the use of stock photography as book covers. After noticing some striking similarities and doing a little research, it was clear that book cover designers were grabbing their material from the same places.
Thorn, Novelish’s writer, has only found a few examples but I’m sure there are many more. I was shocked that fairly high profile books would use stock photography and run the risk of a double-take, but I guess that goes with the territory. You never know where you’re photos will turn up.
I’d love to see a display of all the different uses of one stock photo. I’m sure it would be enlightening.
Head to Novelish for more creative writing news.