Don't you think that a well-done cover helps to sell a book?
When I am searching through book shelves and online websites, I can't help but take a second look at covers that grab my imagination and have a sense of drama or sexiness about them. When I see a cover that looks great, I take a moment to read the blurb, then the excerpt. Yes...I am shallow. LOL! Looks mean a lot to me when it comes to books. Unless I know the author and love his or her work, that cover is a real selling point.
Here's a fun contest...go over to my author page on Ellora's Cave's website and look over all my book covers there. It only takes a moment or so. Then e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me which one you like best. If you have bought one of my books because of the cover, tell me that, too. I have a few fun prizes for those who take the time to enter. I will accept entries through Saturday September 15th.
Now, I would love to hear from you in comments if you have bought a book based on the cover art. Are you "shallow" like me, or does the cover not even have any effect on your purchase?