David Streitfeld reporting on comments from Russell Grandinetti (an Amazon exec):
He pointed out, though, that the landscape was in some ways changing for the first time since Gutenberg invented the modern book nearly 600 years ago. “The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader,” he said. “Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.”
That includes Amazon. This entire move by Amazon not only makes sense, but sounds like a win-win for both writers and readers.