Saturday, November 11, 2017

Discussion Post: Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover - Or What's With All the Identical Covers?



So, lately, I've noticed a lot of self-published books having the exact same cover.  The same people/couple, etc.  I understand that costs are expensive to have a brand new cover made, but when you use a picture that is kind of a unique couple, well, I don't know.  Sometimes it bothers me because I already identify that picture with the book I've already read.  Let me show you a couple of examples:

This is a book I read and loved, you can read my review HERE.   Lately I've subscribed to a lot more authors' emails and a few always put the pictures of their own books in every email, and I've seen a few with this exact couple, just maybe reversed, or the tattoos are missing.  Look at these below:



See, exact same picture, just reversed and missing the tattoos, or not quite centered on the cover.

Here is another one I'm seeing several just like it:


I have read this one, review is HERE.  And here is a matching one.


Now here is another favorite book, and this one is actually one I've seen in a physical bookstore.  HERE is my review of it.

Now, of course, as soon as I started working on this post, I couldn't find any of the ones that matched this one. But I'll keep my eyes open for before I post this just in case they pop up again.

Okay, and while this next one I haven't been seeing exact copies, the fakeness of the inserted babies on some covers is crazy!  Like this one:


So, have you noticed any matching covers like this?  I don't necessarily mind having the same person or couple on the covers, it's just when they're basically in the exact same position, same picture. That bugs me.  What do you think?

And because my discussion posts need at least one gif:

18 comments:

  1. The lack of originality is a disappointment. Seems like they're using the same vector image or whatever it's called.

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    1. Yeah, it's a little annoying. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I completely understand your frustration! Even if it's not the same exact photo, all the genres have the same theme! I get that certain covers sell, but the lack of individuality is concerning. :/

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    1. But the exact cover, a good one, that you already know for one book is definitely confusing. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I wonder if they are using stock photos or the same service for self-publishing. That's what this strikes me as. I don't know that it's necessarily terrible, but I'm not a fan of covers that are basically the same. Also to keep in mind is that genres of books within a certain time frame tend to have similar-style covers. At least, that's what I've noticed.

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    1. It's not terrible, I understand costs, but having the same couple that you see their face is just kind of disconcerting for me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I see this more with romance than any other genre. I guess because romance writers tend to pump out a multitude of books each year, they use more stock photos for their covers. I am sometimes surprised to see that with bigger publishers, and I have gotten confused too, because covers stay in my mind longer than titles.

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    1. True, more romance, probably because of the way covers are right now. I haven't seen it a lot with bigger publishers, but still. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I have seen so many romance covers that are almost exactly the same. I don't like it. It is confusing. I know that they are using stock images but aren't there enough to go around?

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    1. It is especially confusing when it is a cover of a book you love and you are seeing those cover models as the characters in the first book.

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  6. OH wow, that's a lot of books with basically the same covers. Yeah, it doesn't help make your book stand out if people are already seeing that same cover (with just a few little changes) on a bunch of other books.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It just is a problem if you already equate them with certain characters. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Those are hilarious, especially the baby one! There is a woman with a birdcage that appears on my copy of Little, Big by John Crowley that is also apparently on a ton of other covers. Someone even did a blog post about it (which of course I can't find now.) Tis the age of digital images.

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    1. I guess it makes sense, there are so many more published books since people can self-publish, so less pictures to go around. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I have a whole Goodreads list of covers with this one guy on them because it drives me crazy every time I see him. You can find my post about it HERE and here's the Goodreads list, which has 25 books in it!

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    1. Ha! I'm going to go check out your post, so funny that I'm not the only one it bugs. Although I am a fan of the Jonny James covers. :-)

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  9. They most likely used Fiver. The folks there often use the same covers for authors who buy their "product."

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    1. Ah ha! I didn't know that. Good tip. Thanks for sharing that, and thanks for stopping by!

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