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Not even NYT bestsellers are safe from AI cover art

An image of the novel ‘House of Earth and Blood’ by Sarah J Maas displaying an AI-generated image of a wolf. The original AI-generated stock image is displayed besides it on the right.
The UK cover for House of Earth and Blood beside the original AI-generated stock image from Aperture Vintage. | Graphic: The Verge | Image: Adobe Stock / Aperture Vintage / Bloomsbury

A prominent fantasy novel features a cover apparently generated with artificial intelligence, sparking complaints from artists and book enthusiasts. Earlier this month, readers noted that the back of the UK edition of Sarah J. Maas’ House of Earth and Blood credits Adobe Stock for the illustration of a wolf on its cover. The illustration matches an image created by user Aperture Vintage and marked as AI-generated on Adobe’s site. The move has led to criticism of both Maas and Bloomsbury Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent publishing houses.

While stock image services like Getty Images have prohibited AI-generated illustrations to avoid copyright disputes, Adobe has notably welcomed AI onto its Adobe Stock platform under…

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