OK, this isn't earth shattering news. What I'm curious about is what people are reading... genre fiction? Self help? Are people that unwilling to take a chance on a book that is described as "unceasingly entertaining"? What do monkeys read? Here's a link that should neither expire nor require a login.
Compelled to write, but fewer readers? According to the executive editor of Norton, sales of literary fiction are dismal, so fewer chances are taken with writers who haven't had a bestseller. As a consequence, good writers may get cut if their latest effort doesn't bring home the cash. [NY Times link, Harold Bloom]