I en tid da det globalt publiseres rundt én million titler årlig, og bestselgerne stort sett ser ut til å handle om vampyrer og realitykjendiser, er det ikke vanskelig å slutte seg til denne tiraden fra en amerikansk avis:
Every person of fairly good education and of restless mind writes a book. As a rule, it is a superficial book, but it swells the bulk and it indicated the cerebral unrest that is trying to express itself. We have arrived at a condition in which more books are printed than the world can read. This is true not only of books that are not worth reading, but it is true of the books that are. […] Everybody wants to say something. But it is slowly growing upon the world that everybody has not got something to say.