with very loud thunder. I thought everything was going to change so much more quickly and so much more radically, says Ellie Hirschhorn, chief digital officer at Simon Schuster, a big publisher, who had predicted in 2010 that half of all book sales would be e-books by 2013. I dont know if it is an eagle, he said at last. No one is counting our books in any survey that comes out in the media, sighed Barbara Freethy, another romance writer. On Wednesday, after he won, you reached out to me, seeking advice, solidarity. On election maps, Colorado looks simplea four-cornered flyover, perfectly squared off. Im afraid that a man will hurt me in public, and everyone around will think its.K., she said. Supporters cherry-picked specific statements or qualities that appealed to them, but they didnt attempt an assessment of the whole, because, given Trumps lack of discipline, this was impossible. A few spoke about how frightened and betrayed they felt. Men who groped youparticularly the ones who did it on a whim, out of aggressive boredomwould be shamed into the mausoleum, shoved into a corner next to coat hangers and coverture.
Publishers spread their bets on the basis of instinct, taste, friendship, hunches and stubbornnessfor all of which a more data-rich world has less room. Sparrows may yet cross the sky. Publishers hoping to spot the next hot thing have started to scour online writing sites, such as Wattpad, where people receive feedback on their work from other users. Their anxieties cannot simply be written off as predictable technophobia. And if publishers find that some sorts of book no longer make money, they will be able to do a better job selling the ones that do thanks to the far greater amounts of data that can be gathered when books are sold on the.