Cover Love; part 13 – Seeing double (or even triple)

What makes a reader choose one book over countless others?
Depite the age old advice to never judge a book by it’s cover, many of us continue to do so. Dustjackets catch the eye, then they entice us to enter a different world.

In this, my thirteenth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that have similar, and sometimes identical covers!

Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!

I once thought that books had to be individual.  I naively thought that book covers were unique to each book.  At one time I also thought a book’s title had to be unique.  What a fool I was.  I remember from my job as a library cataloguer that there were over sixty titles in our database with the title “Betrayal”!

In this post I will show you covers that are either identical to, or show similarities to others by different authors.  I am NOT planning to read all of these titles. I choose them solely on the basis of their covers.

 I did not include links to the synopsis from  Goodreads.

If you see something you like, don’t hesitate to check it out on Goodreads to learn more.

You might just find your next favorite book!


I’ll start with the identical covers

same picture and both have the word 'playing' in the title

same picture and both have the word ‘playing’ in the title

same shattered rose

same shattered rose

identical crows on tree limbs with aqua background

identical crows on tree limbs with aqua background

identical view with different girl

identical view with different girl

floured hands holding dough hearts

floured hands holding dough hearts

identical photo with minor Photoshop adjustments

identical photo with minor Photoshop adjustments

same photo of women put on different backgrounds digitally

same photo of women put on different backgrounds digitally

same derelict building in all four covers

same photo of child sitting on a suitcase with teddy

identical steps and railings with some minor digital editing

identical steps and railings with some minor digital editing

same photo with sweater color photo-shopped

same photo with sweater color photo-shopped

same photo (dress, camera, gloves) with some digital editing as to color, camera strap etc.

same photo (dress, camera, gloves) with some digital editing as to color, camera strap etc.

woman holding same books – same cuff on dress sleeve

identical houses behind identical watery window

same face with eye color changed digitally

same face with eye color changed digitally

sneakers with full body reflection

same photo of girls with digitally changed backgrounds and suitcase edited out

same photo of girls with digitally changed backgrounds and suitcase edited out

Now I’ll show you some that are not identical, but have striking similarities…

cupped hands holding baby booties with similar background color

cupped hands holding baby booties with similar background color

adult with toddler on same stairs

hand printed title on similar background color

hand printed title on similar background color

black silhouette heads with similar background color

black silhouette heads with similar background color

silhouette in window with aqua backdrop

black silhouette heads with white between

black silhouette heads with white between

woman in white standing in front of teal door

woman in white standing in front of teal door

lone figure walking through forest in fog

lone figure walking through forest in fog

white note on aqua watery background

white note on aqua watery background

similar shaped houses

similar shaped houses

same house peak and gingerbread against different sky

same house peak and gingerbread against different sky

shadowy outline of men in fedora hats

shadowy outline of men in fedora hats

bare tree branches with white background

bare tree branches with white background

black cover with circle near center

black cover with circle near center

women from behind with long flowing hair - word 'sea' in the title

women from behind with long flowing hair – word ‘sea’ in the title

lone figure in a hollow made by trees

lone figure in a hollow made by trees

blue butterfly wings

blue butterfly wings

similar titles - similar colors used

similar titles – similar colors used

brick buildings from similar angle

brick buildings from similar angle

posy of dead pink roses

posy of dead pink roses

figure in red on road at night - both have 'lost' in title

figure in red on road at night – both have ‘lost’ in title

bells to ring for servants on off-white background

bells to ring for servants on off-white background

women in flowing gowns standing in front of ornate windows

women in flowing gowns standing in front of ornate windows

corners of house tops with similar colors used

corners of house tops with similar colors used

silhouettes with similar hairstyles

silhouettes with similar hairstyles

eyes peering through venetian blinds

empty swings in autumn

empty swings in autumn

young woman walking away in dark alleyway

young woman walking away in dark alleyway

red covers - trees on each side

red covers – trees on each side

single figure on foggy day - police tape in foreground

single figure on foggy day – police tape in foreground

lit streetlight on left - blue cover

lit streetlight on left – blue cover

young women in a similar position underwater

woman in red walking on rural road toward house

similar looking trees

similar looking trees

shadowy heads

shadowy heads

If you have enjoyed this post I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Thanks so much for following my Cover Love series!

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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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32 Responses to Cover Love; part 13 – Seeing double (or even triple)

  1. Kev says:

    You wasn’t kidding that I’d find this very interesting. Must be using stock photos. All the more reason to use your own which is what I do now. 🙂

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  2. skyecaitlin says:

    Lynne: for some reason, clicking on the covers of double/triple does not take me to good reads: I have to do it manually, and none, so far, are on my TBR list.

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Yes Skye. For this post I didn’t link the covers. I think I mentioned that at the top of the post. I couldn’t figure out a way to do it as I have more than one cover in ONE image. Sorry for the inconvenience. My Cover Love covers are not all on my TBR. Many of them I chose solely because they fit my criteria.

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  3. aiharun says:

    Wow, this is really an eye-opener. I’d always thought book covers are unique because even books of the same title/author would have a different cover under a different edition/publication. Really fascinating. I knew it’s harder to be original with book titles, though. I discovered that on Wattpadd. 😄

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  4. Interesting. It’s like your brain says ‘if you liked the book with this cover, then you’ll the book with a similar cover’!

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  5. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    I love these! So much fun, but also a little sad. It makes the truly original covers all the more special, I guess.

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  6. I’m quite loving these posts. Very amusing.

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  7. Great post! That’s crazy. I too thought covers have to be unique, otherwise it would be copyright infringement. I guess I was wrong..very wrong..

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  8. Renee says:

    Very interesting post! I had no idea there were so many similar covers out there.

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    • Fictionophile says:

      When you work in a library you become very attuned to dustjackets. LOL

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      • Renee says:

        I’m sure! I’m always interested in how covers and/or titles can draw us in or make us say no. I’m guilty of cover & title judgement:) I’m going to write a post about that soon as I have one of my favorite cover judgements coming up tomorrow for standalone Sunday

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  9. Fascinating! Although it does amaze me that an author/ publisher would use the exact image that has been used on another book!

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  10. I love these Cover Love posts!!

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  11. skyecaitlin says:

    Lynne, that’s ok—because I am very careful about what goes on both the TBR list and then my B and N wish list.

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  12. skyecaitlin says:

    I have kept all of these, and for most of the books, they have been placed on my TBR list and some have gone on my B and N wish list.
    As always, nice job.

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  13. nickimags says:

    Wow how fascinating I didn’t realise this about covers either!

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  14. Christine says:

    Another dynamite entry in this wonderful series of cover posts, Lynne!

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  15. I love these posts. I still don’t get why authors are happy for their covers to look like someone else’s. It has as many disadvantages as possible advantages (if that includes being selected by mistake). Of course from a librarian’s point of view it’s a nightmare. I can hear it now, ” I don’t know the author or the title but is has X on the cover” !

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