I used to work for a publishing company, whose directors and editors spent a lot of time discussing the weight of the paper, grade, colour etc. I, for one, thought this was a bit pointless as I have never not bought a book I wanted because the paper was too thin, or not white enough. Listen people, I often tried to say, it's all about the cover, and that's all.
So, seeing as how no-one listened to me in the publishing world, I'm wielding my blog influence (limited as that might be) to highlight book covers which really excite me, and which have persuaded me to buy the book because the cover image has been so strong.
Case in point: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg. I love the blue, I love that it's water, and I love the text. I even love that he's Danish, for extra style credentials. I know he didn't do it on purpose, but the fact that he has an accent on the 'o' makes it look even better - to me, at least.