At the Times Union, we get lots of calls, letters and books from self-published authors. Here are some links with interesting takes on the subject.
Slate magazine recently wrote about Amazon.com’s practice of having self-published authors enter into a murky ethical realm of buying reviews.
The Book Square blog follows up, and finds the service may no longer be available. That blog is here:
The moral of the story is that self-published authors need to be savvy about what they are getting into.