@Charred - The reason the public doesn’t gobble down theses books is that they (myself included) have limited attention spans. I am not saying we’re dumb, just that we prefer bite sized nuggets of information.
That’s what makes coffee table or gift type books such good nonfiction books for the lay reader. Personally I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
We just have to adapt to the times and distill information in a way that can be easily digested.