A couple of days ago Nicola Morgan blogged about some of the problems which self-published writers face; and today Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware discussed the growing trend for self-published writers to call themselves "indie" publishers.
Read both posts. They are excellent. I wish I'd written them.
(Apologies for my relative silence this week: I hope you don't feel ignored. I'm just a bit busy with work right now, but it shouldn't last too long.)