Is the overall quality of published books diminishing?
I read a great deal and it seems to me that it is getting more and more difficult to find quality reading material. While I realize that quality is subjective and that tastes can vary wildly, it would appear that I have to sift through an inordinate amount of bad literature just to find something worthwhile to read. I am also aware of the fact that vanity publications have been on the rise over the last several years, however it still seems that even with that taken into account the number of good books available simply isn't as great as it should be. What are your thoughts?
As an aside, I do read across a number of genres, but I would like to confine this inquiry to contemporary literary fiction. There are a great number of classics that we can agree on (mostly), but that is why they are classics.