It's sad that traditional publishers, agents, and booksellers are leery of Amazon Publishing.
The fear of course is that Amazon will come to dominate publishing...
All Eyes on Amazon Publishing reports:
"For many agents, along with some booksellers, the real concern about Amazon Publishing has to do with what it could signal for traditional publishers. If Amazon lands enough bestselling authors, it could dominate traditional publishing the way it has come to monopolize online bookselling. Jeff McCord, owner of the Atlanta shop Bound to Be Read Books, thinks Amazon has long “wished to take over the book industry from top to bottom” and its recent foray into publishing is proof. “Amazon Publishing is a bigger worry for publishers than for bookstores,” he said."
FWIW, the "Amazon will dominate" boat set sail well over a decade ago.
Will Amazon dominate over publishing too? Yes, it will. Because Amazon gives readers what they want, and it seems set to give writers what they want, too.
As a reader, I love Amazon. Amazon gives me what I want, when I want it, often within minues.
As a writer, I love the Kindle platform. Its simplicity is totally beguiling. I uploaded a book within a minute, and it's selling. Contrast that with shopping a proposal around to agents and expecting to be published within a year or three.
Amazon's giving readers and writers what they want.
Unfortunately, the traditional publishing industry is focused on getting what it wants -- to heck with the customers (and writers) it's supposed to be serving.
Amazon Publishing will dominate, because it deserves to dominate.