Another case of an image proliferating across all the book covers in the world, much like the man by the fence
. This time it's a photo by Lorraine Molina
of a woman holding a birdcage (though sometimes her birdcage has been Photoshopped away). Thanks to the sharp-eyed emailer who drew my attention to several of these instances, inspired by my talking about John Crowley
And this is the original photo...
Ooh sad. I loved Little, Big, and that is the paperback version that I have always been quite fond of.ReplyDelete
The thing is, it works really well as the cover for L,B, too!ReplyDelete
Amazing. What I want to know is, how do you discover which books use the same art?ReplyDelete
Unbelievable. I just found out that my latest release from Feb. 2011 had the same stock photo for the cover as a release in 2009--I guess I should just be glad that it was only one other rather than a dozen!ReplyDelete
Heidi: Ouch! It's sad how few authors get to have much input into their cover designs. I suspect many more are unhappy rather than happy with the way their books end up looking.ReplyDelete
Sean: A mix of luck, informants, reverse image search engines, Amazon and ABE searches on the names of photographers, and access to a number of stock image libraries. And magic.
Aw, man, I loved Little, Big too. That's not my edition, but it's a great cover for it.ReplyDelete
This is the problem with using stock photography instead of creating original artwork for each book. One hopes that that lovely, evocative image is appropriate for each of those titles. But geez ... couldn't they have done something original?
Ooh, painful. My lovely current publisher has given me a lot of say in cover design and I did reject a few photos that I'd seen used elsewhere. But you can't check everything....ReplyDelete
That's true--since stock agencies don't keep a register of who has bought their pictures, it's probably pretty easy to accidently reuse something without knowing that you're doing so. I guess it's a good argument for designers to regularly haunt bookshops, just so that they have a good idea of what imagery is already out there. Not that you can see every cover!ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting so many examples of the reuse of this particular image. It is one that has been driving me crazy every time I see another use of it, yet again! I first noticed it in 2008, thanks to Little, Big & Madame Zee...ReplyDelete
I found a new one for you (so new it's not going to be published until next month, July 2012):ReplyDelete
The Painted Bridge: A Novel
by Wendy Wallace
hardcover, from Scribner
expected publication 17th July 2012
You can see the cover on Goodreads here:
Well spotted, Allesandra: I'll add do a new post with that one. Thank you!ReplyDelete