> As writers, we can choose to devote times to projects that seem more likely to be published or bring in income.
I think the new thing with "amateurs" self-publishing ebooks is that 1/ they don't expect to derive any significant income from it, and 2/ they are free to set their own prices. This frees them from economic constraints (and associated length requirements).
one could also make a similar point for podcasts which don't have to play by any of the rules in this article but still are mostly drivel with a low content/noise ratio.
It would be interesting to see some hard data on word counts over time, broken down by genre.