I was in Burlington, VT yesterday speaking about this very topic to a very savvy group of state librarians. Ironically, while I was gone one of my LIS students was talking about some of my ideas with her grandfather who is a retired econ professor with a deep commitment to the value of libraries. I missed the article, but thanks to my student and her grandfather we have a great example of how the publisher's are deeply concerned about their survival in the face of Amazon's aggressive push to remove them from the picture.This quote from one of Amazon's top execs
puts the situation very bluntly, “The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader
,”... He doesn't think libraries even rate. David vs Goliath. We have a few short years to become involved- otherwise Amazon and Apple with divide and conquer.