There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
To turn it around and think of it in terms of the writers writing those books not the readers reading them: Do you write for writers or do you write for the masses? Better yet, do you want to write for the man who wants to read a book or the man who wants a book to read?
My lit professor has repeatedly posed this question rhetorically to our class. She's not a writing professor but a literature one but her implication is that this difference in intention is the crux of the matter for writers and therefore a difficult decision. Is it?