∞ Amazon cutting publishers out of book deals altogether

New York Times:

Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It is a striking acceleration of the retailer’s fledging publishing program that will place Amazon squarely in competition with the New York houses that are also its most prominent suppliers.

Book publishing continues to undergo nothing short of a seismic upheaval as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and others change the rules. I’m sure that some will lament these changes as the end of publishing as we know it, but change is inevitable.