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Where to find photos for a book cover?


The best place to find photos for your book cover is through a stock photography agency.  Royalty Free images can be used for ebooks and paper books covers .  The image used on your book cover could make or break the sales success.  Cover design is a very important part of your books success, so securing and finding the perfect image is important.

Benefits of purchasing an extended license for your book cover

A stock photography agency will have licensing options available when you buy your stock photo.  Under an extended license, the buyer has more choices for the use of the stock photo and how many times the stock photo can be duplicated.  For books and ebooks, an extended license is recommended as the actual number of book to be sold is difficult to predict.  Under a royalty free photo license,  a stock photography agency limits the number of times a photo can be used.  Under an extended license, this number is limitless.  No matter how many books you sell, your extended license covers your stock photography use (at most agencies).

A stock photo with an extended license  can be used for editorial and marketing needs.  This is helpful to increase book and ebook sales and use the  image that you bought to build customer recall of your book.

Merchandising options to make extra money

If book sales are successful, you can use the extended license stock photo to create a merchandising program.  The book cover image can be used on merchandise sold to customers.  For an author, extra money through merchandising sales is a great way to support the development of their next project and increase hype about your book.

Looking for a photo to use on your book cover?  Shutterstock has unique photos with extended licensing options.

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About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.