This article by John Naughton at the Guardian newspaper looks at the darker side of all that self-publishing goodness. When you want to get as much content out as possible into the marketplace, less scrupulous players will be incentivised to plagiarise, manufacture and generate as much trash as they can sell for $1.
Kindle self-publishing, in other words, is metamorphosing into a new kind of lucrative spam. The pollution of a potentially interesting and valuable space in this way is depressing enough. But why is Amazon allowing it to go on? Could the fact that it takes a 30% slice of every transaction have anything to do with it? I only ask.
Read the original article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/26/kindle-ebooks-publish-naughton