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Book Cover Images and Copyright - The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!
I’m creating this post because I get a surprising number of hits on my FAQ page about this specific question! I figure people are googling the question, so crafting a post on it might be helpful for my googlers (this kids googling for book reports on The Time Machine, however, are still out of luck). The question comes from librarians and teachers, and involves some combination of: How can you use copyrighted book cover images on your blog? And this is actually a really fascinating question! I was right. First, I must say that most of the books I read and review now are books I receive for review, and publishing the review with a cover image is encouraged by the publishers. Second, most cover images I use come from sites like Goodreads and Library Thing. Using a cover image in a blog post might be considered a reasonable risk. Of course, this only applies to cover images! If you worry about posting an image, there are two options that might be worth considering: Tara Like this:
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