I read an article against self publishing. You know, some authors may not be as talented as others, but I think that is for the reader to decide and not an industry. What is the old saying? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! So those against self publishing should calm down, and let people dream and showcase what they've got. If the reader enjoys the description and the sample chapters, most likely, the book will be enjoyed.
Besides, many good writers would never get the recognition or the chance to see their words in print if not for the self publishing media; therefore, the reading world would be missing out on talent and good stories. Isn't it far better to gain great new writers even if we must weed through some that aren't our cup of tea to find those who are awesome?!
I'm an avid self-publisher and, to date, have been entirely independent. I wrote a text book several years ago which was traditionally published, but when it came to fiction, I thought I'd try it myself. There is a freedom that comes with it which allows an author to work and release books at their own pace. I'd heard horror stories about people who were waiting for their turn in the traditional queue so to speak. They had signed contracts, edited books, but were three years or more away from being published. I decided I didn't want to wait. My most recent novel, Cure, is independently published, was recently runner-up in the Halloween Book Festival, AND was optioned for film by a veteran Hollywood producer. http://belindaf.blogspot.com/ While I agree that there is definitely some sub-par work out there in the indie community, there are also some GREAT, AFFORDABLE reads. I love supporting talented indies.