Kindle Publishers: Questions About Images For Covers

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I had a quick question for you all about purchasing royalty-free images to use on the covers of Kindle books. It seems that at least some sites that sell images have things like this in their terms: Restrictions: You can't...

"Use any of the Work as part of a trademark, design-mark, trade-name, business name, service mark, or logo"

That may not include book covers, but considering the fact that the title will be laid over the image, I'm not sure. This also means I'd be manipulating the image, and that's often against TOS.

As a side note, some sites also seem to restrict the use of any of their images for anything sexual, so that could be bad news for anyone who needs images for their erotica ebooks.

Does anyone know of good affordable image sites that don't have these types of restrictions? I guess that as a last resort, I could contact the creators of the images directly and ask them exactly what they're okay with.
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  • Profile picture of the author epublishingtips
    Check out 123RF.com and CanStockPhoto.com. (I believe DepositPhotos will give you the license you need as well and they have an awesome free trial offer running).

    You can also find awesome art/stock on DeviantArt but make absolutely certain that the artist is okay with you using it commercially and as a book cover (many will be fine with it but double check).

    For erotica & romance you can find a ton of good stock (and pre-made covers) at RazzDazzStock.com and Jimmy Thomas has some great stuff at RomanceNovelCovers.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Long Beach Nathan
    Ok, great. Thanks for the info!
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  • Profile picture of the author JeniferStarr
    I use istockphoto and their terms of use specifically say you can use it for book covers. The images are pretty inexpensive as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Dreamstime is another source of stock photos that specifically specifies "book covers" in their license agreement.

    Dreamstime Stock Photography: Download Free Stock Photos & Royalty Free Images


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  • Profile picture of the author Caden
    I look for public domain and commercial free images to use and some of them are just as good as the paid image sites. Check out publicdomainpictures.net and Stock.Xchng, there's plenty more, just do a Google search.
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    • Profile picture of the author spearce000
      Originally Posted by Caden View Post

      I look for public domain and commercial free images to use and some of them are just as good as the paid image sites. Check out publicdomainpictures.net and Stock.Xchng, there's plenty more, just do a Google search.
      This site is a good place to start: Free image resources - Meta (not an affiliate link).
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      • Profile picture of the author kfount
        You want an easy cover for a Kindle ebook....

        1. Buy from Fotalia, AT THE MOST EXPENSIVE PRICE.
        2. Attach the image to your ebook.
        3. Charge $9.99 for your Kindle ebook
        4. Make sure your content has decent grammar, and gives the reader enjoyment.

        You want to make money from Fotalia,

        1. Put your photos up at the most expensive price.
        2. Use SEO strategies to attract writers that might want to purchase your works.

        And you'll see whether or not the most expensive pricing works... if you know anything about SEO.
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        • Profile picture of the author kfount
          A strategy for Cheap Kindle Articles (for people that need money now)

          1. Buy the most expensive image on Fotalia (if you need a picture to advertise your piece)

          2. Give the reader an article that is magazine quality (like a flyer)

          Word Count: 1,000 to 5,000 words

          3. In print, this would be equivalent to ONE PAGE of content from a professional magazine.

          If you need help visualizing, go to the store, don't buy anything, and just LOOK at any magazine that you think is professional. What you will see is content that is well-written, to the point, but not plagiarized.

          Do the same for Kindle, but you may have to do it more if your content is soured by bad reviews. Start reading what the consumer wants.

          4. Anyway, the price should be $0.99 to $2.99.

          For affiliate marketing:

          1. Post your links on a website that is optimized for SEO.
          2. This is what is legal, as long as the content ain't plagiarized.
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Book covers are usually allowed, as is manipulation. The primary use of stock is in ad creative so it would be pointless if it couldn't be manipulated.

    The trademark, logo, etc restriction is due to the nature of those items. They are one of a kind, exclusive, legal assets. Since stock is NON exclusive, that is at odds with those types of materials.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashbaxter
    Pond5 is a great site and very reasonably priced.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You could always to go Fiverr and find someone who create a good cover for you for only 5 bucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You could always to go Fiverr and find someone who create a good cover for you for only 5 bucks.
      I definitely wouldn't trust Fiverr when it comes to book covers. MANY of the covers that come out of there are done using images that they don't have a license to use and could really end up screwing someone. That $5 could end up costing thousands.
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        Originally Posted by Slate Marketing View Post

        I definitely wouldn't trust Fiverr when it comes to book covers. MANY of the covers that come out of there are done using images that they don't have a license to use and could really end up screwing someone. That $5 could end up costing thousands.
        Excellent point and hopefully one people will pay attention to.

        When you are paying someone $5 to create a cover it is unlikely they are paying to license a photo. Best to supply them with a photo you have rights to.
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        • Profile picture of the author kfount
          Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

          Excellent point and hopefully one people will pay attention to.

          When you are paying someone $5 to create a cover it is unlikely they are paying to license a photo. Best to supply them with a photo you have rights to.
          Pay the most expensive price on Fotalia.
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          • Profile picture of the author kfount
            If you ACTUALLY READ the standards on the other ones, you stand a greater chance of getting sued.

            The only issue I can see with Fotalia is that you cannot use their images on T-Shirts. The ability to use the photos IN PRINT was obviously shown and clear to anyone with a 3rd grade education.
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      • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
        Originally Posted by Slate Marketing View Post

        I definitely wouldn't trust Fiverr when it comes to book covers. MANY of the covers that come out of there are done using images that they don't have a license to use and could really end up screwing someone. That $5 could end up costing thousands.
        I used Fiverr and got a GREAT ebook cover! It all depends who you hire. Look at their portfolio. I provided the image (from Fotolia) and they turned it into a great looking cover. Even my wife, a very picky graphic designer, thought the cover looked good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You could always to go Fiverr and find someone who create a good cover for you for only 5 bucks.
      That's all good and dandy, and I agree it's an option, but you still better be sure you have legal rights to use the image(s). Just because someone else created a cover with an unlicensed image, doesn't let you off the hook if you are using it.
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  • Profile picture of the author zep123dmc
    with canstockphoto, if we bought an image with standard licensing terms do we have to attribute the image in the copyright details of the kindle book?
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  • Profile picture of the author kfount
    I use Fotolia. Clear standards with no chance of getting sued.
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  • Profile picture of the author ViralMediaBoost
    There are tons of sites, you tried searching on google royalty free images?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Long Beach Nathan View Post

    "Use any of the Work as part of a trademark, design-mark, trade-name, business name, service mark, or logo"

    That may not include book covers, but considering the fact that the title will be laid over the image, I'm not sure. This also means I'd be manipulating the image, and that's often against TOS.

    Nathan,

    Typically, when you use an image for a book cover, you are not making a "trademark, design-mark, trade-name, business name, service mark, or logo." The prohibitions are in place because you don't have ownership rights to the purchased images and can't keep others from using them in their projects as well. When you register a trademark, design mark, etc you have control over it's use by others. At least, that was how it was explained to me when I asked the question of one of the large image sellers.

    Why not locate the image(s) you want to use, then contact the seller and specifically ask if you can use this specific image for a particular use (and explain what you want to do in detail). I do this all the time and usually I get quick and favorable responses regarding using their images for book/report covers.

    One side benefit that comes from doing this is that you have their permission in writing (the return email) which I file with the image just in case my use is ever questioned. I also keep a receipt of the purchase so there's no question about how I obtained the image.

    This process may not be totally fool-proof, but at least I feel that I have done what I can to document my right to use the image for an express purpose.

    Good luck to you,

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  • Profile picture of the author KyleG1461
    It's not a question of the cover looking good. It's a question of you being sued out of your home because you or whoever made your cover didn't get the correct rights to use the images.
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    • Profile picture of the author kfount
      Do like I do, and pay the most expensive where you get all the rights to each photo.

      And use Fotalia.

      You also have the option of using text-only as Amazon provides an automatic ebook creator.
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