It’s not enough that you say you don’t want to read this crap. No, people take it a step further and say, “who would want to read this crap.” It is doubly disappointing to see this coming from romance readers who are the brunt of so many literary putdowns. There is no question that when a popular subgenre rises up it can seem like it is displacing other books in the market.
I would argue that what you are seeing, however, is an influx in new readers brought to romance by 50 Shades. Yes, I know 50 Shades is viewed as an anathema to many traditional romance readers, but reading several goodreads reviews, 50 Shades brought people back to reading and specifically reading romance.
Everything is cyclical. A few years ago, the straight contemporary was very hard to find. Sarah Wendell and I started a campaign to get more people read that sub genre because it was one that we loved. Right now, the hot new thing might be New Adult but in a few years it could be something else.
Also adding New Adult as a category is All Romance eBooks.
CBS has threatened to sue Aereo again as it opens a market into Boston. The benefit of the Aereo content is that you can a) watch it anywhere you want on any device you want and b) it works as a DVR. You can record stuff, fast forward through commercials (which is what is really pissing off the television stations). Verge