Although it is a constantly evolving issue, privacy, and the assault on it, in the 21st. century is something we should all be aware of. Here's one book for you to look through: Prying Eyes: Protect Your Privacy from People Who Sell to You, Snoop on You, and Steal from You by Eric Gertler [323.44 GER].
Here's a telling statement from the WSJ article:
...in publishing, reader satisfaction has largely been gauged by sales data and reviews--metrics that offer a postmortem measure of success but can't shape or predict a hit. That's beginning to change as publishers and booksellers start to embrace big data, and more tech companies turn their sights on publishing.For a creative writer, it must be chilling to think that novels in the near future may be written by committee, based upon how ebook readers are now reading books.
When you purchase an ebook from a vendor such as Amazon, you may be getting more than you bargained for!