Someone once told me a story that stuck in my mind -- when Thomas Aquinas accidentally came across a piece of paper with some words on it, he was overjoyed! The discovery made him rejoice! That's how rare reading material used to be...
This is a great time to to be a reader: nowadays our main problem is how to find the works of literature we like amongst everything else that's out there.
Reading the fifty queries Nathan Bransford posted in today's "be an agent for a day" contest, I can't help wondering, what would a completely-saturated market for books look like? Here are the rules again -- Bransford posted fifty queries today, and you have a week to pick the five winners. Queries somehow make any manuscript sound peculiarly unappetizing. And the existing system seems better at screening out writers who are bad at marketing than at screening out writers who are bad at writing.
Still, for a writer these problems are surely compensated for by the advantages of having a super-abundance of reading material available, online and elsewhere. There's no reason ever to run out of literary inspiration! Then rejoice!