Saturday, January 17, 2009


My competitive urge to surpass Karen of Euro Crime's collection of three identical covers has inspired this post.
I found three of these covers and then The Rap Sheet  then found a fourth!


Blogger Barbara said...

Holy smokes. This is absurd. And why is this the compelling image of the era exactly? Makes me wonder what kind of metadata helps designers find this stuff. Maybe this one is tagged "bestseller."

8:49 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

It is not as if they are unknown authors for whom the publishers don't want spend the money on jacket design. Obviously this image is tagged under foggy Victorian London? Oops one book is set in Toronto, one in the 1930s, and one during the Blitz.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One question is whether publishers have a process of checking via a web or metadata search whether a cover they want to use has already been used- it seems they don't do that at least sometimes.

Another question is the money - they all have to pay for each use. Usually these pictures come from photo libraries which have standard fees for any publisher (or person) who wants to use their images. The library will have done pretty well out of this image!

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sometimes wonder if we are doing them a bit of a disservice by assuming that there's much planning at all behind any of these things.

But then my quest is to get as many books titled "Still Waters" as I can. It's not proving that difficult to find them - which takes a lot of fun out of a good quest.

4:17 PM  

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