Hi all,

This is exactly why I said from the beginning, as soon as I discovered that HP was the buyer of palm/webOS that they should have cut a deal with Amazon BEFORE they bought Palm/webOS....I'm sure this is the beginning of a very large new trend that Amazon will undertake...they have huge leverage over authors to cut out the middleman! Please see the provided link.

Take care,

Jay

October 16, 2011
Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal
By DAVID STREITFELD

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/te...gewanted=print

SEATTLE ó Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.

Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It is a striking acceleration of the retailerís fledging publishing program that will place Amazon squarely in competition with the New York houses that are also its most prominent suppliers.