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.
This is not a comment on the recent court ruling on Apple, agency contracts, and price fixing.
But a cursory glance at the history of ebook retail makes one conclusion crystal clear:
Ebook retail is a horrible horrible business to be in.
On one side you have self-destructive madmen like the big publishers who have done the following lovely things to their ebook retail partners:
Abruptly changing all ebook distribution contracts to agency.