Now let's talk covers. You might think that digital publishing makes covers less important, and that might be true, but it doesn't make them not important. A book needs a cover even if it's an ebook. But an ebook does have different requirements, in that it has less room to have an impact. I've been thinking about this lately, because I plan to put some of my novels on the Kindle platform, and thus I need to get covers for them.
Ergo, today's post is actually a poll, to sample how folks feel about book covers in general and ebook covers in particular. Anyone with an LJ account can answer; if you don't have an account, feel free to comment anyway! Or do both! Just like a lot of ebooks, it's free.
In a spec fic book, what is your favorite kind of cover?
What design element do you find makes the most compelling cover?
What's most important to you, as a reader, about the cover?
What genres/categories do you read? (please click all that apply)
Do you ever read/buy ebooks?
If you have bought ebooks, or downloaded them for free, how much are you influenced by the cover?