Book covers unique? I don’t think so…

Many of you have been following my Cover Love series of blog posts for some time. Some of my newer followers might not have seen my “Seeing Double” post in the series. As I am constantly updating this post, I thought I’d give you an example of what can be found on it.

Example:  the same derelict building can be found in all FIVE of these covers!

If you think you’ve seen that cover art before – chances are – you HAVE!

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this or any of my blog posts.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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24 Responses to Book covers unique? I don’t think so…

  1. My sincere apologies if the general title included more categories than it should have in your circumstance. And there certainly is a difference between pre-made, unique, and custom covers! My article noted your company as:
    “End2End Books submit your design requirements to 3 different designers who deliver book covers to your inbox within one week. You choose your cover and tell the designer what you liked or disliked.”
    At the time of my research, your company popped up. That wasn’t intended in any way to point you out as “pre-made,” and I included your blurb to clarify.


  2. so many ready made book cover companies out there! i’d be willing to bet you could find this one at I wrote an article for my blog back in April ( regarding the ready mades–some as cheap as $5, or starting at $350 and depending which, the ability to customize. I started noticing all those six-pack covers–ugh–please pull the pants up (or do they shave too?)!


    • Jack says:

      Hi it has came to our attention that we’ve been listed as a pre-made book cover agency. This is completely false. Pre-made means that it was done before you placed your order with us. We don’t do that. You let us know what your book is about, and we make it for you. That’s why it’s custom.

      The author’s post in the above is talking about unique-ness. Unique-ness and pre-made is comparing apples to oranges. Just because a cover was custom-made, does not make it unique and just because a cover was pre-made does not make it not unique. A cover that is custom made could be custom to the book cover, in the sense that the author wants to convey X, Y, Z on the cover and the designer does this. However, some designers may draw inspiration from other covers and copy way too much. Hence it is not a unique cover because it was copied, but not because it was pre-made. But just as stories could have similar elements, the covers (which follow the stories) could use similar images too. Covers are done using stock images, and then edited. So because the pool of good stock images is limited, sometimes the same good image could become overused. Not only on book covers but websites, ads, and more. We try not to use overly popular stock photos, but not all stock photos make good photos to use. A truly unique cover would involve us traveling to a specific location to capture a scene, or draw from imagination. We provide this as well, just at different price points due to the work involved.

      According to this article in 2014, there were 3.4million books on Amazon ( 10 same covers is not even 0.001%. Are there going to be designers who copy way too much? Of course. Are there designers who look for inspiration but change the cover sufficiently? Of course.

      Would like to understand more about what authors define us unique and the price that they are willing to pay for a truly unique cover? Note: unique, not custom-order


  3. I suppose there are only so many things you can stick on the cover but I think it is deliberate. Certain types of cover tend to be associated with specific genres and they don’t want to put off potential readers with a cover that’s different or unusual.


  4. This is so interesting! I’m going to start paying more attention to this now!


  5. skyecaitlin says:

    I adore this.


  6. Ugh, cover pet peeve, grungy, grey-toned cover featuring an old falling down building and a mysterious figured. Bonus hate points if the title gives no indication of what the book’s about!


  7. Annie says:

    Hahaha and they’re ugly xD


  8. I wonder if they have cover designers in common or it’s just that cover designers zone in on the same trends. Would be fascinating to get a cover designer’s/publisher’s take on it….

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  9. Wow! Even the fonts look similar!

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  10. That’s actually seeing quintuple. 😉

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  11. LizScanlon says:

    Ah, now I must go and check out the whole series on this topic 🙂 … I have lately started noticing some covers having same elements used on them. And honestly it threw me a bit in the beginning.. I think if I was an author, it would freak me out NOT having a unique cover,, even though there’s only one element of it that’s used on someone else’s book…

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  12. carhicks says:

    I have noticed that often. I am one who chooses books by the cover. I have come across books that I am sure I read before because the cover was almost identical, only to realize it is not the same book.

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  13. Take a look at my Urbane post this month and you’ll see the same cover artwork on two of the books – wouldn’t have expected it from same publisher with books published around same time, but what do I know!

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  14. It’s amazing how often the same stock images are used. I had no idea until I started doing this stuff.

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  15. Karen says:

    It had registered with me that many book covers are very similar but wow, to have the SAME BUILDING in so many covers – and 2 of these books are by the same publisher. That is just laziness. I’ll be looking out now for identicals! Well spotted.

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  16. Since reading your Cover Love posts I keep noticing similar covers all over the place! 😁

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  17. Joanne says:

    The cracked wedding ring seems quite common just now too. 😊

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Funny you mention that Joanne as it is on one of my Cover Love posts in the near future. I’ve been collecting wedding ring covers for a while now.

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  18. I love this! Never even noticed that!

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