Found this blog mentioned on Twitter, and I had to post it. It’s a genuine, and incredibly sad, post by a man who has “published” seven titles with Amazon, and has only sold 24 copies, earning him a total of $10.50. And of course that’s the case, if anyone can be “published” through Amazon, then why would you buy the book? The buyer has no idea of what level of quality they’ll be getting, but it’s probably not up to par. And of course Amazon is too busy trying to suck the life out of independent bookstores (and Barnes and Noble) to bother publicizing those poor writers. This is why Amazon isn’t the answer. This is why we need publishers, now more than ever. Publishers and editors aren’t middlemen between us and writers, they improve quality, they publicize, they make sure that their writers are treated well and that we, the readers, hear about them outside of the goddamn internet.