As a wannabe writer I kind of hope they are. I'm getting into ebooks now and finding the whole process more user friendly and basically more profitable. I can't stand dealing with these people anymore. They're so backward and outdated it's so hard for me to even provide their problems in bullet point form. I'm sick of having to fork out an extra 50 quid a month just to mail off my manuscripts to them. This is 2012 and 90% of them don't accept email submissions!? Do you have any idea how much paper those guys waste? If anyone cared about their industry they'd be laughed off the face of the earth. The final straw came with me when I actually started communicating with these people and realised what a great bunch of clueless morons they are. In one email the guy told me it was strange that I chose to make my two main characters brother and sister, he said normally the right thing to do is to have two love interests, and he wouldn't accept it on that principle. There you have it. People think Hollywood is the one running out ideas but it's actually the outdated traditional publishing industry with their obsession on stereotypical genre fiction who holding down the floodgates on originality. If more writers give up on traditional publishing and move to ebooks we'll see a new explosion of original ideas and concepts. Until then there's no way a new and young writer who thinks up his own ideas can get in. It's easier to get in into the industry by either ripping off the flavour of the month or reproducing the same old thrash out or the popular genres. Walk into your local bookshop, the shelves are full of Tolkien fan fiction these days. The most popular new books of our age are as follows: a children's book, Da Vinci Code, a vampire porno, an even more porno oriented fan fiction of that vampire porno. Fair enough 50 shades was in fact an ebook but it stands to reason there's be some successful crap too and it shouldn't hold back what might come in future. However, even that is funny because despite all the critisim laid on the book by the traditional industry it didn't stop them from publishing it when it got popular. 50 shades proves publishers are willing to sell out when the crap is successful. Trad publishers try pretend they're the gate keepers of quality yet when an ebook gets success they jump straight on it. It goes to show they really have no leg to stand on any more. Quality means nothing to them. 50 shades proves traditional publishing has outlive its purpose and it's time to cut out the middle man.