From an interview with Paul Theroux in The Atlantic:
TA: Does the migration to e-readers increase access to good stories or diminish it?
PT: Greatly increases access. I could not be more approving. But free libraries are full of books that no one reads.
Theroux comments that literature has always been an interest of a “tiny minority of people, even in the most literate societies”. Which I more or less agree with, although I’m happy to provide excuses to increase the numbers.
We have about thirty of Theroux’s works at Tisch, most travel-themed. For more on travel literature (one of my favorite genres), try the Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing or (one of many) the Encyclopedia of Women’s Travel and Exploration.