Originally Posted by KyIsBack
Increasing the ease of artists being able to share their work is never a bad thing. The same thing is happening in the music and movie industries.
it's a bad thing for the business side of it, but usury kills art, right?
well, it's kind of a wash from the business side. if you can build a brand and a following, self-publication is nice, but you have to be really active. however, the traditional publication houses that i would like to relay on are going buh-bye, mostly from amazon's war against it, but also combined with the factors like self-publication. the leading thought is that most of the big authors will start to form their own publication houses, and a lot of small houses will spring up that will focus on particular genres and probably provide finer-tooth combs, especially nice for people in more...esoterically inhabited fields (ahem...)
i guess the overall progression could be good, but for now, i just want the houses
p.s. there are over 10 million self-publications available right now. there are more self-published pieces than there are readers