I have to admit, there was a certain amount of vanity involved when I chose a POD outfit for The Kaska Trilogy, my first set of novels. But the rewards have exceeded my expectations, now that they are getting exposure on my website and reviews and comments are proving favorable. Oh, to actually see my words in print within a decent cover generated by a reputable house. It was most pleasant and exceptionally inexpensive. But ego aside, I wanted people to read my works and enjoy them.
I agree with those who say that online publishing will probably not replace paper, but there is a distinct catch. What about a pylon commentator in ancient Egypt? Where are his hieroglyphs now? Or the Akkadian biographer's latest cuneiform efforts? The business of the universe seems to be change, no matter our desires for opposing it. POD, I think, is an alteration that has arrived with some good credentials. I don't know that e-books can have a similar impact or a greater one, but it is certainly plausible once the flaws are reduced. What say you?