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Artist, Designer and Illustrator Marc Scheff posted an open letter today to the Atlantic Wire after they failed to credit a majority of the book designers and illustrators unless their name was already on the cover of the book in this article, "25 Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year". 

Quote: "Your recent article, titled, "25 of the Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year," celebrates the work of designers, artists, and illustrators (in some cases, all three) yet you and Jen failed to credit a single one of the image creators, save the ones whose names were actually printed on the cover. This is not only poor journalistic practice, it is probably a licensing breach to the owner of the image, the artist...Unfortunately, this kind of breach of rights happens all too often. In my own research on the books you list (see below), I found authors who featured the book covers with great fanfare on their own site, with no mention of the artist. Frankly, I just don't understand how that even makes sense, never mind that it is not allowed. If you credit the artist, the artist will likely promote your piece, bringing more eyes and subscribers to your work. By crediting them, you harness the power of their social networks, and you missed out out that online traffic by a factor of 25. "

Marc also goes on to show how easy and quick that information could have been found and included the information at the bottom of his letter.

You can read the entire letter here, on Marc's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/marcscheffillustration/posts/10151267056773376

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#1 - December 06, 2012, 06:02 PM

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And a most excellent update to the Atlantic Wire article:

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*Update: This post was intended to celebrate books and the people who work on them. People have pointed out that they would have liked to see credits for the book-jacket designers, and we have attempted to remedy that by adding that information in all cases in which it could be confirmed. Thanks to all who reached out to help supply these names.

Our hope with this, as with all of our book-celebratory posts, is that they entice people to read books—and in this particular case, more publishers to hire great designers.

...And illustrators! :)

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/11/25-most-wonderful-book-covers-year/59428/

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#2 - December 07, 2012, 10:06 AM

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