I've found that I have a difficult time finding books I want to read if I can't see the cover. Fictionwise has some pages that are just title/author lists, and unless I recognize either one, I don't get any kind of feel for what kind of book it is. I like looking at the book covers. I can quickly scan the covers and see if anything catches my interest. I've just finished reading a book on my Sony, but I can't decide what to read next. I know everything on there is something I want to read, but without seeing the covers, I can't decide. So then I have to open up Calibre and see the covers and the synopsis before I can decide.
I guess cover art is a lot more important to me than I realized. I would LOVE it if my Sony had a bookshelf view like the Kobo.