The fallout from Sandy has been pretty widespread, industry-wise, since most industries tend to have some presence in New York City, and if nothing else, many, many employees have been displaced from offices and have had to figure out temporary office situations (this is true for the Atlantic Wire office, for instance).
In the book publishing industry, Sandy's impact has been felt, with downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn stores closed—tens of thousands of dollars in damages reported for some, like powerHouse Arena in DUMBO—as well as struggles to regain basic functionality (electricity!) and get things moving again in the business of publishing in general. There are the bookstores, the libraries, the publishers, the editors, the publicists, the agents, the writers. As with the rest of us, this week of post-hurricane recovery has meant putting "normal" things on hold—but for a book author, that might come at the cost of the rising momentum of a new release. For others, it means being unable to access all the information needed to gauge sales, or best-seller status. Beyond the devastating loss of many thousands of dollars in books, some bookstores have had to close temporarily and to postpone or cancel readings. Writers are still waiting for advance or royalty checks, money to pay their rent. A number of writers were stuck in Texas for days following last weekend's Texas Book Festival, when their flights back to the city were postponed or canceled. Some still haven't been back.