“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.””
— Russell Grandinetti, one of Amazon’s top, David Streitfeld: Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing - NYTimes.com