I don't generally post anti-Amazon articles. I publish through Amazon among others, and I like what they've done for independent authors. But it never hurts to read the contrary viewpoint, and the links below this article should make interesting reading.
"Paradoxically, then, almost the worst thing that can happen to writers, at least if it’s the quality of their work we’re thinking about, is to receive, immediately, all the money and recognition they want."
A nice reflective article, although I disagree with Parks' contention that it's internet piracy that's led to the drop in authors' advances. I believe that this phenomenon is due to the commoditization of books and the rise of mega-huge publishing companies (the two are related). It stands to reason that publishers will put the most money into books guaranteed to sell, leaving less money to give advances to new talent or midlisters.
I believe that options for self-published authors will change dramatically over the next two years, but right now things look bleak for indie authors hoping to get their books into stores. Face the reality, and hope for better times.
This writer's conclusion is pretty much my own view. I think most forms of publishing have something to offer; it's up to you to pick and choose what works for you. That's pretty much the point of this whole topical collection of posts. You are free to choose.