Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Similar Covers: Figures on Pier

On Monday, I spotted a familiar-looking book cover on Leslie’s blog, Under My Apple Tree, so I plugged the image into TinEye. And what a popular cover it turned out to be! (I’ve put the books in order of publication, with the CD last.)


As if that wasn’t enough, very similar images (same pier, slightly different angle) are used in four other instances:


  • Emergency Response Handbooklet: Depression by Group Publishing (Group Publishing, Dec 2007)
  • The Magic of Self-Acceptance: How to Be Happy by Michael Sharon (Book Guild, Feb 2008)
  • Christian Formation Counseling by John Pugh (Tate Publishing, Aug 2008)
  • Releasing Anxiety Guided Meditation MP3 by Total Balance (date unknown)
I do find the first photo quite striking—I especially like the CD cover—and it’s true that many of these titles are fairly obscure, but this still seems like overkill. And it’s pretty weird that Tate Publishing published two of these titles with very similar covers!

11 comments:

  1. Oh, my! So many similar covers. I wonder what the authors think about that.

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  2. That's so absurd! (The covers, not your post, of course!)

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  3. God. Amazing. I thought no image could be on so many covers unless they were magazines!

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  4. wow!enough of that pier already!

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  5. Good Lord. This seems like your biggest group of finds yet! Amazing it wasn't used for The Dive From Clausen's Pier.

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  6. I just love this feature!!

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  7. Wow. Great catch. I'm going to have to be more observant. There's a dozen instances of it out there and Fare Forward didn't look familiar to me at all!

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  8. I think it is time to lay that picture to rest!

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  9. Overkill really is the word here! That's too many of those, and all used in a very similar way. I like the picture though.

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  10. I just hope the photographer who took the original image owns the rights and is getting pad every time they are used! It definitely seems like a publisher shouldn't use the same image twice but I guess it saves them money!

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