Stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often
licensed for specific uses. Stock photography refers to the supply
of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses such as
magazine publishing or pamphlet-making. According to The New York
Times, as of 2005, "most" book cover designers prefer stock
photography agencies over photographers in efforts to save costs.
Publishers can then purchase photographs on an exclusive or
non-exclusive basis.. Often, an image can be licensed for less than
$1 for a low resolution license.