However as a journalist, content writer and literary nonfiction author, I haven't event noticed the...drought. People will always need information. Whether they get it online or in print is simply a matter of choice.
Maybe there just needs to be a shift in the way the fiction author thinks about publishing. Move to writing e-books, blogging and maybe even putting your book on your Web site for pay. Publish for kindles, nooks and other e-readers, notebooks and audio.
At a writer's conference where I was recently a speaker, I was the only writer there with my book offered as an e-book or audio book. I had my iPad set up for presentation and sales, CDs, bookmarks, postcards with an excerpt from the book and chocolate kisses. I sold 25 copies. No other writer sold a single book that day. While the others had great presentations, I wage to bet that my book sold because buyers saw the convenience of the e-book, even more than what my book is about. With my book, readers could read it on their e-readers and iPads, or they could pop it into their cars' CD players immediately, instead of having to wait to get settled in a location to read it in print (which I still love by-the-way).
Nevertheless, I think the shift in publishing has more to do with a sign of the times and the push to incorporate more 21st century capabilities more than any other reason. So, if authors intend to keep up, they'll definitely need to catch up.