I entered genre, and sub genre and then refined by the lists that came up on the left of the page. Four star or better. New in last 90 days. That kind of thing. At the upper right I asked for a sort by price. What I am trying to say is it is not hard to find the books one wants to read. Not for me or any reader. I have begun to think all the reports about the slush piles of books prohibiting selection is not really about the great mass of books sinking away to oblivion at the bottom that has some authors anxious, it is the great mass of well written and delightful reads that float above their own endeavors. Too much good competition that makes it hard to find ones own good, but perhaps not good enough, tomes is what is so frustrating them.
The answer to that I believe is to write more, edit better, market smarter, work at one's craft and to accept that the compost at the bottom of the bin is not your competition and useless to worry about. The competition is the vast and growing number of fine story tellers writing books - not novellas or booklets - and daring other authors to step up their game. Yes, it may have been easier in 2011, but it is going on 2018 and time travel is a sub genre not a possibility. Wine yes, whine no. B