Check out: Book cover clones

This was super-fascinating to me! Obviously book designers often use stock photographs and common motifs, but here are two blogs which systematically compile and showcase trends and copycats/similarities in cover design, including some which even use the exact same stock photos.

Euro Crime: Common Themes in Cover Design

The Rap Sheet: Copycat Covers

9 thoughts on “Check out: Book cover clones”

  1. Has anyone else noticed that the cover for Machine of Death looks almost exactly the same as the cover for “A Scientologist’s Guide to Alfred Hitchcock (illustrated edition)”?

  2. Friend of mine used to work for a literary agent. They didn’t often represent fantasy authors, so she had a bit of a problem explaining to the agent that the “original cover art” on one author’s new book was anything but.

    It consisted of a guy on a hill, with no shirt, waving a sword over his head…

  3. A book I helped write did the same thing, there was a long debate with the publisher over if they should use the image for the cover or not.

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