Did you buy books before the Internet was generally available?
There was life before the Internet?
No, I was raised in a basket by dust mice.
In those olden times, how did you select your bookstore purchases?
Looked for authors I knew or had been recommended.
Looked at interesting titles.
Looked at cover art.
I used the library, fool.
Dust mouse literature is very limited.
How much did cover art influence you?
Unicorns = fantasy, rockets = sf, what more do you need?
I was never the same after discovering Heavy Metal.
Didn't matter to me.
Something else I'll explain in comments.