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Will Amazon’s self-publishing put publishers out of a job?

by Patt Morrison

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The new Amazon tablet called the Kindle Fire is displayed on September 28, 2011, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Amazon has expanded from a book-seller to a book-publisher.

This fall, it is accelerating the number of books it publishes, with 122 brand-name fiction and nonfiction books lined up. The company already scared publishers with the release of its Kindle Fire, which Amazon branded as an “end-to-end service,” enabling Amazon to single-handedly publish, promote and deliver a book.

Weigh In:

Having already shrunk the market for bookstores, will Amazon now shrink the need for other publishers as well? Or will enough writers still want an agent to assist with the business side of writing? Does this threat to publishing companies bother you or are you happy to have it all done under one Amazonian roof?


Jack Perry, publishing consultant

Jim Fusilli, author and music critic, The Wall Street Journal

Dennis Loy Johnson, founder, Melville House Publishing, an independent publisher in Brooklyn, New York

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