Initial comment here.
Whilst it is not the case that the primary role of libraries is to provide fiction- much less to support the poor publishers- the place of fiction is a good indicator of attitudes to books in general.
Mr Ezra is wrong in asserting that fiction is of declining importance. It’s a short step from that to asserting that books as a whole are less important.
Mr Cheetham is wrong in making Mr Ezra’s words a ‘proposal’, regardless of his position at the MLA.
That said, a clear commitment to a varied fiction and non-fiction bookstock from the MLA wouldn’t go amiss.