I like them. They make something that you don’t actually have stand out from the crowd. And it has taken me far longer than it should to find a generator for such things.
Fortunately, I’ve found one that not only looks good, but which is also free. Free and good is, for a small publisher, a God-sent opportunity. The image to left was created using their generator, and they have a number of other templates for books, CDs and DVDs/Blu-rays.
The image was taken straight from the image used on Amazon and to create it took less than a minute. I had to crop the image as there was a lot of white space, but that’s a small consideration.
If you’re an author looking for an excellent cover, I recommend you go to Adazing – http://www.adazing.com/cover-mocks/