Stock Photo Sites for Book Covers
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Augusta Scarlett's Stock Photo Vendor Spreadsheet FAQ
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Visit my site for custom book cover design and illustration, premade covers, and other graphic design.
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Hello! This spreadsheet came out of a list of commercial stock photo sites that I use or that I thought I might use at some point. I've kept notes on them, and thought they might be useful for other people as well. To get to the list, use the tab below that says "Stock Photo Vendors".
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If you find this list useful, I'd appreciate a link back to my site: https://www.scarlettebooks.com. Thank you!
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1. Why don't you list free stock photo sites?
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Because with free sites, even if the site claims you can use the photo commercially, you cannot be sure that the person who uploaded the picture owns it, and because free sites do not require model or property releases. Read my post titled 5 Reasons Not to Use Free Stock Photos on Your Book Cover for more detail: https://www.scarlettebooks.com/5-reasons-not-to-use-free-stock-photos-on-your-book-cover/
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2. You're missing a stock photo site!
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Email me the details at augustascarlett@gmail.com and I'll evaluate it. Thanks! (If I've found that the owner of a site is a jerk on the internet, I reserve the right not to link to their site.) If you're a stock site owner and want to be listed, or if you own one of these sites and I've mis-categorized something (quite likely!), please let me know.
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3. I don't understand what you mean by a category.
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Does the cell at the top of that column have a black triangle in the upper right corner? Hover the pointer over that and it'll open up and show you any notes I have about it. Otherwise, ask me about it by emailing me at augustascarlett@gmail.com or by leaving a comment here: https://www.scarlettebooks.com/where-to-find-stock-photos-for-book-covers/
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4. Have you used all these sites?
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Nope. But I created this list to bookmark them so I can check back every so often and purchase from them if I have a call to.
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5. Are you using affiliate links?
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For a couple of them, yes. That means if you purchase something after using my link to get to the site, I'll get a little kickback at no extra cost to you. Thank you! However, if you are opposed to affiliate linking, you can Google the site's name and reach them that way.
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6. Do you keep any sources secret?
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Nope. (1) if you have to keep your sources secret, that means you don't have confidence in yourself as a designer, but more importantly (2) if I keep sources secret, then those models, photographers, and websites don't get new customers, and if they don't get enough customers they stop selling pictures. Which means it's in my best self-interest to ensure these sites keep posting new pictures!
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