Books of the Year list is here. Benjamin Schwartz will even tell you why on audio. He says that the book form has probably run its course...dead or at least shrinking. (Schwarz says: "Sadly, most of or readers are not spending their extra-curricular hours talking about books.") Note that in the winners and runners up features 3 short story collections and 1 biography of Flannery O. The interviewer notices this, too. Have short stories replaced novels due to our ever expanding access to information and lack of time? Didn't everyone used to say you had to publish your novel before your short story collection? Were they wrong? Discuss.
p.s. Does anyone want to buy a patiently shelved book of short stories? Some of the stories have won awards.