What a load of hooey.
I don't know where they buy their e-books, but art couldn't be more important. You've got people scrolling through books faster than ever online, and if a cover doesn't grab their attention, your book is going to get missed.
|Tiny thumbnail: Case in point|
If someone was scrolling through a page, would they bother to click on my cover art to get a closer look? If they're on a mobile device, the screen is so tiny they would never see it properly.
But the paper backs look gorgeous. The posters are amazing. In this e-book focused culture, I think people sometimes forget about the larger picture. Yes, people are going to want e-books for a long time to come. They're affordable (well, unless you're buying traditionally published e-books), and you don't need to clutter your living space with bookshelves (even though some of us like having bookshelves stacked to the brim with reading material).
I'm thinking beyond the book. Maybe that's dangerous when I'm just starting out, and haven't proven myself yet. But I love the idea of creating beautiful artwork for fans who want more. It could be wishful thinking, but I look at the Empire's Foundation trilogy as the foundation for creating a fan base and writing empire.
I don't think I could accomplish that without iconic scenes displayed for all to see.
In other news, I crossed over 80,000 words in A Hero's Birth this week, and it saw one of the protagonists do something pretty spectacular. I'm having a lot of fun with the story right now!