If you have not seen this article, you may want to check it out. It is in today's (October 18) edition of online NYTimes.com. If the link in this email does not work for you, you may have to go directly to NYTimes.com to access this article.
As you all know, the State Library has been in communication with many publishers, requesting permission to move eContent that the Kansas Consortium owns, from one platform vendor to other platform providers. Many publishers appear to be afraid of what libraries are going to do with this content (provide it to multiple end-users at the same time? allow items to be pirated?).
This article suggests that publishers may have a new fear -- Amazon cutting them out of the writer relationship!
Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal
By DAVID STREITFELD
Amazon.com, the online retailer, has long competed with bookstores; now it is starting to make deals with authors, bypassing the traditional publisher.
Joanne M. Budler
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Thanks, Jo. I should have posted this when I saw it yesterday.