Sisters in Crime gave a link in their e-letter to the Wall Street Journal article by Eric Felton entitled: Cherish the Book Publishers—You'll Miss Them When They're Gone
Very good article that makes you stop and think. The part that bothered me was the reference to an e-book author asking other self-publishers for reviews to make them more noticeable. So many writers are bombarding Amazon with, in my opinion, works with no merit that any author who can construct a wonderful story will not be found among the drivel. Sort of like a reader's slush-pile.
Kindle readers I know don't even try any more. As one said, "I've been stuck a few times. Now I only go with publishers/authors I know." She went on to say she looks at who the publisher is before downloading no matter how good the book sounds. "It may be only 99 cents, but that's what I can use toward my favorite authors, instead of throwing it away."
I find myself doing the exact same thing. Traditional publishers have established their reputation for putting out a quality product, if they keep to that tradition, they will thrive in the e-book market as more and more readers get "stuck".
I'm thinking Amazon may have to eventually change from accepting anything anyone wants to upload to having some kind of control or evaluation since they are moving into the publishing business.
E-book publishing and marketing is definitely the new wild west--open and free for the taking. I wonder what things will be like twenty years from now, even ten years.