All interesting. But all this echatter started my wheels turning in *this* direction: if ebooks truly are our future, how does an author best promote his/her titles? As (correctly) pointed out to me by "AM" in Mr. Bransford's comment section, an author can cost-effectively reach thousands of potential readers through blog tours and websites. And there are many wonderful ones out there, but the King is, of course, the distributor: Amazon. And if all authors are competing for space on the Almighty Amazon, who do you think will win? Prolly not debut authors, when Stephen King has a new kid on the block. Prolly not a midlister, when Stephanie Meyer waxes poetic.
I don't mean to sound bitter, I'm truly wondering how it might work. Limited distribution channels mean limited opportunities for author promotion.
And, too, taking this to an extreme: will booksignings fall by the wayside? I insist on stubbornly clinging to the idea that readers *like* meeting an author in person. And getting something signed.
Because as much as I love my Kindle, I love my signed books even more.
Please, weigh in! :-)