I just found this article from the New York Times which reports on Amazon’s move to directly woo authors, cutting publishers out of the deal. While this could be a good development for some authors who can self-publish e-books with Amazon and make more income from writing, I worry about the potential for publishing standards to drop. Publishing houses apply rigour to manuscripts, with usually multiple rounds of editing and proofreading – leading to a higher quality in the finished product. Not to mention the careful attention to the creation of a great cover!
Would love to hear your views on this hot topic!