The DoJ lawsuit might make things more difficult for those who have based their business models on paper books, but it could well be a boon to smaller publishers, authors, and--most importantly of all--readers.
It's not possible for Amazon to both (1) sell e-books at a loss in order to reap big profits on Kindle devices, and (2) sell Kindles at a loss to reap big profits on e-books. It may be doing 1 or it may be doing 2, but it can't be doing both at the same time.
The fact is the digital train has already long left the station and we, those of us who call ourselves writers and artists, have an obligation to get on board so we might impact the nature of the trip.
Traditionally, authors and readers play on the same team. Authors create content and readers read it in a mutually beneficial relationship. But e-piracy has put readers and writers at odds by offering content for free.
As a creator of works of the imagination, meaning works of serious fiction, I consider e-book embellishments, like like video and music, intrusions on the author's intention and the reader's reception of this intention.
E-books have given way to the most creative and innovative time of publishing I have ever known -- and setting traditional publishing on its head. Even agencies are now adding self-publishing guidance to their roster of services. Holy cow!