If you buy a lot of books (as I do), and/or spend a lot of time browsing through bookstores, you have undoubtedly seen a variety of book covers that look remarkably similar to others you’ve encountered. Some swipe standard motifs or patterns (thrillers are notoriously bad for this) and others use the exact same stock art (fantasy novels and role-playing games often do this) or photos (new, interesting photographs are expensive, I suppose, and publishers are always looking for ways to cut corners). Sometimes they will photoshop the stock photos a bit, or flip the images, or zoom in on one particular feature, but it’s usually readily apparent that they’re starting from the same base image.

There are at least two blogs out there that systematically catalogue these duplicate or copycat covers: Euro Crime and The Rap Sheet.

(Thanks to the Wondermark Blog for identifying these blogs.)