One of these things is just like the other…

Guest post by my wife Paula

Lately I’ve been seeing more and more book and CD covers on the very amusing web site, totallylookslike.com. What’s behind this severe case of deja-vu? Stock Photography. While sites like istockphoto and stock exchange have made quality photography available to even the author on a budget, there is a pitfall to using these images. 
 
Everyone else on the planet can use them too!
 
It’s sort of like showing up at the party of the year, only to find three other ladies wearing the same dress.
 
While a great image can set the tone for your entire book, simply picking an photograph and plopping some text on top of it is not design, it’s shopping.
 
Every book is unique. Shouldn’t their covers be?
 
Check out the following examples from Amazon.com: (click the Read more link):