Re: Self-Publishing . . . the numbers . . .
I read recently that ebooks are surging. Sales in August were up something like 189%. I think that there will also be a role for traditional publishing for blockbuster authors, but those who write for mid-list niche markets are better off self-publishing.
I respect those who go the traditional route, but I've chosen to go with an ebook only release. The numbers aren't spectacular but I'm in it more for the readership, so I've been giving out lots of free coupons.