Personally, I'm almost afraid to jump into this... but jump I must...
Originally Posted by rlauzon
What will happen, as what usually happens in a capitalistic society that allows for innovation, is that many services will arise that will "grade" the self-published eBooks.
Unlike the current publishers, they will not base their rating on how well the book sells but rather on how good the book is.
So we get the same filtering. But now we get filters based, not on the sell-ability of the book, but on how good the book is based on who rates it.
This is exactly right. Books today are too often reviewed by people already on the publisher's payroll (or the bookseller's), or authors swapping good reviews "tit-for-tat" to bolster each other. It's like asking NBC to review "Friends." Or having ABC give "Friends" a good review on condition that NBC gives "Desperate Housewives" a good review. What kind of reliable reviews can you get in that system?
Impartial reviewers, mostly readers themselves, will provide the best source of information about what's worth reading.