According to a August 25 article in the Wall Street Journal, 40% of e-reader owners report reading more than they did before owning an e-reader. Portability is a leading factor in the increase. Readers are able to carry multiple electronic books and read them in places they wouldn't haul a backpack load of texts. The same article reports that the social publishing and reading website Scribd.com is used for sharing books and documents 10 million times each month.
People are used to staring at screens, small and large. They're reading more, and they're also reading differently. In the following NPR clip, author William Powers talks about his new book Hamlet's Blackberry and his take on information overload in the digital age.