I have no problem with advances going away. I understand that is how authors are traditionally paid but it is an antiquated system. Hopefully authors will get a higher royalty and will be paid on what they sell. I would think in the long run that could lead to a system where new authors are sold as e-books. When theycross a certain threshold, the Publisher sells the paper book.while not perfect, it would allow Publishers to publish more new authors with limited risk and reward the authors whose books do well.
Assimilation does not have to be painful. Here, have a cup of tea.