Except for a few small presses, most publishers are north of Ground Zero.
You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency, I am also an ebook publisher.
We are taking a business-as-usual position at my agency, though business before 9/11 wasn't that hot either!
We now open our mail with gloves and mask, though I can't imagine why anyone would target a literary agency!
Laboratories can reduce risk by implementing a proven and internationally accepted quality assurance technology that is applicable across the globe.
The key factor is whether the agent is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, which screens its members and requires them to uphold a Canon of Ethics.
We are forced by the major publishers to include electronic rights in the contracts we make with publishers for new books. And there's very little we can do about that.
The real effect of the WTC calamity has been depressed spirits, anxiety, and uncertainty among publishers, and of course those emotions are not restricted to publishers.
It's always a mistake for writers to key their submissions to world events, because they move so quickly and unpredictably, as has certainly proven the case in Afghanistan.
I tend to turn down books originally published as e-books. As for selling books directly to e-book publishers, I would do so only if all traditional publishers had turned them down.