Michael Kozlowski had this here reactionary fit:
I think its very important for all major bookstores to have an indie section because small publishers and indie authors are abusing the system. Others have highlighted the problems with this plan.
The short version of the counter-argument: what’s a self-publisher?
Most of the major ebook retail platforms direct small publishers to use their self-serve platforms not everybody who uses them is a solo author publishing his own work.
The writer Rosen Trevithick said this here thing:
For goodness sake Kobo, I took a risk publishing some of my titles with a relatively small eBook vendor. It took days to jump through your formatting hoops and I lost my bonuses for being exclusive to Amazon. I did this because I wanted to support an alternative to the market leader. You reward me by stabbing small publishing companies in the back.