I think the most interesting thing about this is that it’s taking place at SXSW (South by Southwest), rather than a traditional publishing gathering.
I also find it interesting that even with all the self-publishing tools available, people still wag their fingers at publishers and accuse them of being filters and gatekeepers. “You’re just a filter. Why do I need you? I can just use Lulu.” There’s no answer to that. If you think the gatekeeper is guarding a gate that has low or no walls on either side, then why are you bothering to lecture him? If you don’t like the filter, then don’t go through the filter.