Many areĀ speculating that Palin is trying to deprive DC insiders their ritual of jumping to the index of a new book to spot their own names. But Samuel P. Jacobs puts forth a simpler reason:

[T]ime. It takes two to three weeks to put together a good index, says Peter Osnos, the founder of Public Affairs, who has published Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan, Scott McClellan, and nearly every other Washington macher over the years. Cutting an index can mean the difference between getting a book into stores well before Thanksgiving or missing the holiday sales season altogether. Speed is at an even greater premium now, in the age of e-books and instant downloads on the Kindle.

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