Originally Posted by zamana
Publishers will be unnecessary and disposable exactly how record labels are becoming in the past 2 decades. It's just a matter of time (and culture): authors will not only write, but format AND publish their own books.
THE END of the publishers are near.
The vast majority of successful musicians still use record labels; the idea that digital distribution would do away with record labels has been proven false.
This doesn't mean that book publishers will stay around, but it's certainly not evidence that they will go away.