Here’s my spreadsheet of vendors of stock photos for book covers, along with notes on costs, genres, and licenses. You’re welcome.
I took my bookmarks and organized them into a spreadsheet so I can easily refer to it when looking for stock photos. And then it seemed like a good idea to take notes on each one. That way I don’t have to click through each and every site when I need a specific genre, or when I have a limited budget.
I list a few large vendors that I’ve found useful, such as Depositphotos and Shutterstock. Since most people already know about the big ones like Getty, Adobe Stock, and Alamy, I don’t list them. The list focuses on smaller vendors who specialize in stock photos for book covers.
It includes a rough guide for photo costs of print quality images, and notes on which genres the vendor supplies. I also note vendors that carry photos of persons of color and gay/lesbian content. And because it’s occasionally useful, I note sites that sell renders of 3D character models.
If you find this spreadsheet useful, please do link to it! I would highly appreciate it if you credited me and linked back to my website: https://www.scarlettebooks.com.
Spreadsheet: Stock Photo Sites for Book Covers
The spreadsheet has two tabs. The first tab answers a few questions you may have about the spreadsheet. the second tab contains my stock photo vendor data and notes. If you know of any stock vendors specializing in images for book covers, please do let me know! I’ll evaluate them and add them if I find them useful.