Amazon's deal to publish Timothy Ferriss' next book is a sign that book sellers and authors are cutting the literary agent out of the deal.

This article titled “It’s little surprise Amazon and authors are cutting out the middleman” was written by Ian Vince, for guardian.co.uk on Sunday 21st August 2011 09.00 UTC

The world of publishing has got its knickers in a twist this week with Amazon’s announcement that its New York imprint has bought print and digital rights to bestselling self-help author Timothy Ferriss’s next book. While a few self-published Kindle authors have done well out of Amazon’s ebook platform, this is new: the acquisition of a potential print bestseller that could mark a decisive point in publishing. Will authors begin to deal not with agents and commissioning editors, but with the companies that sell their work direct to the public?

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