The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing.

1. Are self-pubbed authors killing the publishing industry? (Indie Reader)

2. Amazon joins crowded field with Japan Kindle release (Reuters)

3. Number of self-published books up 287% since 2006 (paidContent)

4. Rewarding readers with e-books via credit/debit card (Digital Book World)

5. A healthy reminder from Amazon: You don’t buy ebooks, you rent them (GigaOM)

6. Penguin and Random House in deal talks (Media Decoder)