It’s getting really hard to deny my Cassandra Complex. This sounds an awful lot like what I wrote back in 2000 (yes, nine gorram years ago):
People are already circumventing all this by self-publishing. The self-publishing industry is the only area of paper-book publishing that’s thriving right now. Soon enough, a huge number of authors are finally going to get fed up with the publishing industry and just self-publish electronically. They’ll hire their own freelance editors, and do the marketing themselves. The publication of a finished manuscript will take minutes, rather than months.
Couple this with the rampant speculation that Amazon will start providing Kindle ebooks for other platforms (the Kindle format is based on MobiPocket, so this should actually be pretty easy), and speculation that self-published ebooks read on cell phones as the future of publishing isn’t looking so crazy anymore. Who’s crazy now? (well, yeah, still me, but for completely different reasons)